FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #6

by Kelly Thompson, Reviewer |

Story by
Simon Oliver
Art by
Robbi Rodriguez
Colors by
Rico Renzi
Letters by
Steve Wands
Cover by
Nathan Fox
Publisher
Vertigo
Cover Price
$2.99 (USD)
Release Date
Dec 11th, 2013

Mon, December 16th, 2013 at 10:29AM (PST)


Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi begin a new two-part story called "There's Something About Rosa" in "FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics" #6. Bad people do bad things, the Agents of Physics try their best to clean things up, and physics apparently does whatever it is it "does" in the latest issue that finds Adam unhappily saddled with a new partner, Agent Reyes.

Simon Oliver does a great job of shining the spotlight on Adam's new partner the mysterious, decidedly taciturn -- and apparently utterly socially inept -- Agent Reyes. The story, which begins in the present and then winds back three days, has a nice build up and a great cliffhanger ending (and opening, since it begins at the end). Yet the story never sacrifices on solid character development and general world building. It also does a nice job of continuing to lay the groundwork on plotlines it has already begun developing.

Robbi Rodriguez and colorist Rico Renzi continue to define the stunning look and feel of "FBP" with a boldness that is simply infectious. For his part, Rodriguez brings a looseness and kinetic energy that moves everything beautifully on the page. At the same time, he reins the art in enough that he has plenty of room to really cut loose when the story calls for it. The end result is a finely balanced book with lots of strong contrasts that never fails in consistency. Among Rodriguez's many strengths is his expression work, which ranges from perfectly poised (or perhaps bored) on reserved Agent Reyes, to absolutely off-the-handle livid on a dissatisfied FBP "customer." Agent Reyes has a fantastically simple design that feels divergent from the typical female comic book character in the best way.

Renzi's colors are to die for. Unlike so many modern colorists, he knows how to really light a scene, bathing every aspect in nighttime hues, sunsets or artificial apartment lighting depending on the moment. His colors work wonders for setting tone, and when called upon, delivering maximum devastating impact. Like Rodriguez, Renzi knows well when to hold back, so that when necessary, he can cut loose for all the right reasons. Most comics could learn a thing (or twelve) from the "FPB" artistic duo.

"FBP" continues to be one of my favorite books that is also way over my head. I have to leave a fair amount of investment in understanding the particulars at the door in order to enjoy "FBP," but as long as I do, I find I always come away happy.

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