FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #3
Written by Simon Oliver
Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Colors by Rico Renzi
Review by Mike Duke
Agent Adam Hardy has, “unfinished business with physics.”
I couldn’t help but smile as I read this line on the second page of FBP (formerly Collider) #3. It was at that moment that I knew I was in for a great time, and this book does not disappoint. I personally found the first couple of issues to be a little slow, and I was worried that it was going to get away from me, but issue three has sealed the deal: I’m a fan of FBP.
The story here is split between Adam and his partner, Jay, on a mission in the “bubbleverse” and Agent Cicero, their boss, who is doing some detecting out in the real world. Several people are trapped in the bubbleverse, and one of them–a CEO in trouble with the SEC–is Adam and Jay’s problem. The mission is to get him out before the bubbleverse collapses. This, of course, does not go to plan. As always, no spoilers, but you owe it to yourself to read this book and find out what happens next. It’s the most fun you can have with physics this side of the potato gun.
I will admit that the story may read a little better in trade format, but to do so is to deprive yourself of the joy of seeing this title come up in your hold slot every month. The covers are bright and psychedelic, the art inside is similarly whacked-out and trippy, and the story in issue three ends on a, “What will he do?” cliffhanger worthy of an old Batman TV episode. However you get it, though, this book is great fun to read and one of the best experiences you can have outside of mainstream superhero comics.
Buy it. As I said, FBP may read better in trade, but I’m having too much fun issue-to-issue to wait. Hold off for the collection if you want, but this story is just too good to miss.