The Fix #5 (Image Comics)
Spoiler alert: The Fix is one of my favorite series on the stands right now, so this review is going to be pretty positive. The Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber series has been a hilarious ride, and the fifth issue is no exception. The start of the new storyline introducing the Mayor of the city, The Fix #5 is another hilarious entry into the series, and shows that Spencer and Lieber aren’t planning on slowing things down any time soon.
The Hollywood starlet that Roy was supposed to be protecting is now dead, and now his boss is gunning for him. Roy’s in deep trouble, the kind so bad that he’s going to have to meet directly with the mayor himself, which would be a problem if the Mayor wasn’t a twenty something who spends his off time playing video games and smoking weed. Thankfully Roy and The Mayor hit it off, but it’s not long until Roy screws up his own press conference and gives chase to a criminal that has a surprising connection to him.
It’s reveals like the one with the Mayor that really make The Fix so unique. Nick Spencer’s script does a phenomenal job of setting up and delivering on jokes, and the final page reveal is on par with the “Hydra Cap” one from his Captain America #1 from earlier this year. Spencer’s got a real gift for creating some pretty hilarious scenarios that also don’t seem like they couldn’t be too far removed from actually happening.
Steve Lieber’s art is, as always, extremely on point here. His work with Spencer is like peanut butter and chocolate. The two have an incredible story telling ability in their own right, but when you put them together it’s magic. The pages leading up to the end page, where Roy is chasing after his culprit, are extremely well done, and contain some hilarious gags as well.
The Fix is, simply put, one of the best comics on the shelves right now, and absolutely deserves a place on your pull list. Lucky for you there’s a trade out right now, so you can grab all five issues for pretty cheap. If you’re a fan of movies like The Nice Guys, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, or even some of the goofier missions in Grand Theft Auto 5, you owe it to yourself to pick this book up. It’s that good.