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Harris Smith recommends Fez #2
New Zealand-born comics creator Roger Landridge has brought his slyly humorous talent to many iconic characters over the years, from Batman and Thor to Popeye and The Muppets. Without overly indulging in pop-culture minutia, Landridge, from his earliest days working Judge Dredd, has proven himself adept at capturing the spirit of a character while maintaining his own sensibility as a writer and artist. It makes sense, then, that his own creation, the Fez, calls upon the tradition of the great pulp heroes, yet at the same time feels very fresh, funny and original. Self-described as an “earnest, sincere, imaginary man,” the Fez, invisible except for his eponymous headwear, is a mysterious, mystical and mythical hero in the grand tradition of Dr. Strange, The Shadow and John Constantine. He is a difficult character to pin down, by turns roguish and caddish, not above pickpocketing a small child, yet noble in his quest to defend the world from the forces of darkness, including such unimaginably insidious foes as Impossible Alan and Space Hitler.
Issue two of the Fez, available now through comiXology submit, finds our hero dating, dying and exorcising demons, breaking bad children’s toys and even killing the Queen of England, all why a dry, raking, decidedly English wit. The tone of this comic is,well, comic, but Landridge throws in just enough shadowy horror imagery to keep things spooky. Fans of the Venture Brothers and similarly self-aware takes on the cartoon narratives of the pulpy past will be enthralled by Landridge’s vision of a character “as real- or as unreal- as we choose to make him.”
[Read Fez #2 on comiXology]
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Neagtive Pleasure on Newtown Radio.