Minimum Wage #1

Minimum Wage #1

Writer: Bob Fingerman Artist: Bob Fingerman Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 8, 2014 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

After a nearly 15-year hiatus, BOB FINGERMAN's edgy, critically-acclaimed title returns as a monthly. When last we left Rob and Sylvia they were exchanging vows at the altar. Three years later (in Rob's world), much has changed. Rob has a cell phone. He's 25. And oh yeah - spoiler alert - he's single again. Oops. Living again with his mom, it's get-back-on-the-horse time as the daunting prospect of dating looms large as a horny Kraken.

  • 9.6
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Jan 10, 2014

    Fingerman has outdone himself. This book is raw, alternately hilarious and depressing, hopeful and forlorn and most of all honest. Get on board now so you can be cooler than your hipster friends (unless your hipster friends are too hipster to read a book with more production value than a photocopied fanzine). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jan 10, 2014

    “Minimum Wage” #1 proves that Bob Fingerman is nowhere near short on stories to tell. Rather, it's proof positive that he's more willing to be emotionally raw and honest than ever, while never losing sight of the essential comedy of life. It's early in 2014, but “Minimum Wage” looks like it's well on its way to being one of the sharpest looks at the human struggle that mainstream comics will produce this year. Not bad for a comic that seeded its roots in the very specific '90s landscape of Indie Comics. It's more relevant and personal than ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Feb 19, 2014

    FIngerman, whose work has been nominated for both an Ignatz Award and has twice been considered for the Eisner, has been at it since the mid-80s (check out the cover of The Toasters debut LP), working for comic luminaries like Harvey Kurtzman; producing material for magazines like Cracked, Screw, Penthouse, Hot Talk, The Village Voice, Heavy Metal and National Lampoon; writing and drawing comics including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Skinheads in Love, Bloodsucker and White Like She; and putting out novels including Bottomfeeder and Pariah. His most definitive work, however the one that people point to when asked who Bob Fingerman is is without a doubt Minimum Wage, and its great see Rob Hoffmans story continue after all these years and, even more than that, that its still really fucking good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Jan 8, 2014

    There is plenty in this first issue of Minimum Wage for readers both new and old to enjoy and also relate to. The great part of Minimum Wage is that even though this series has always felt so personal almost anyone can relate to it. Fingerman is great at making stories that are grounded yet very entertaining. The concept of the “slacker” was a very popular idea that many people used and also abused but not many of those people could follow with what happens next, but Fingerman pulls it off quite well here. Any fans that were concerned about returning to Minimum Wage should have their worries extinguished with this first issue and hopefully new readers will enjoy this enough to continue to read on and even read the older material. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jan 12, 2014

    Fingerman's art is just as strong, if not stronger than his writing and that's saying something. There's plenty of detail on each page, and although his characters are not realistic, you soon learn to accept the style and embrace it as the world they're in. He uses a color palette of black, white and blue which also contributes to the overall mood and look. Rob always seems to stand out a bit more in his solid black t-shirt, keeping the focus of your eyes on Rob as it should…its his story. The ending sets the stage for a dramatic and funny second issue. There's a lot to like within this first issue and you don't need to know anything from the original series to pick this up, enjoy it, and laugh. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Samantha Roehrig Jan 8, 2014

    Rob finally gives up on clubs in order to pursue online dating. It was quite odd having the comic shift from so much dialogue between friends to Rob's thoughts. It was probably my favorite part though. Rob thinks like all the rest of us, and his inside comments about all the girls he has these one-time dates with brings in that right touch of humor. I will definitely keep my options open with Minimum Wage while I wasn't blown away; it was hard to stop reading it once I started. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 10, 2014

    "Minimum Wage" #1 is a nice, pleasant start to the series' return. Fingerman's plan is to release the comic in batches of six issues, and provided there's enough demand, after he builds up some more comics he'll come back with another six-issue story. This was a good first issue; it set the stage well, and it has a promising lead-in to next month's installment. It feels like the sort of comic where each issue will build on the previous one and make the overall experience that much better, but even on its own this is worth looking at. Check it out. Read Full Review

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