After the success of Josh Howards Dead@17 series, it looks like Viper Comics has another hit with The Middle Man. Javier Grillo-Marxuach has created in Wendy a perfectly likeable disaffected young woman without dropping her into the trap of the slacker stereotype. Wendy is someone youd like to hang out with, talk about nonsense as if it were important and dire news as if it were trivial. And now, your friend Wendy runs into a monster at work and winds up rescued by a man who could be just as dangerous. Its not so much that The Middle Man contains any revolutionary new concepts, but the unexpected juxtaposition and true-to-life humor carry this comic beyond the sum of its parts and into the realm of truly inspired. Read Full Review
Theres a very slight hint of blandness around the edges here, but for the most part this makes for a compelling first issue. And if you rush out now and get this issue, you can get the next one at the same time; hows that for service? Read Full Review
Les McClaine jags up his smoother style and uses a heavier ink that works well with the heavier paper stock. The end result is that his artwork looks just as good here as it did on Highway 13. McClaine is also a true artist. He can illustrate an exciting action sequence, render offbeat humor and, as cool-down scenes between Wendy and her roommate show, display for his characters casual mannerisms that give the book its contrasting realism. Read Full Review
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