Wednesday, February 08, 2006


The Middle Man

(I thought I'd blogged about this before, but a quick check of my archives proved I'm descending into senility, instead. If I did, and just can't seem to locate it, mea culpa.)

The Middle Man, as we used to say, rocks a phat jam. Created by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a writer and Supervising Producer on ABC's Lost, with art by the simply amazing Les McClaine, the comic is... Well, I'll let them tell it in their own words:
"Your reality is a sham. Your way of life is constantly under attack by monsters, aliens and talking primates - and the reason you and the rest of the pink-skinned normal world don’t know it? THE MIDDLEMAN. Working in absurd secrecy, aided by talented amateur Wendy Watson, the Middleman stares down threats extra- infra- and juxta-terrestrial with a big gun and a have-a-nice-day grin. The Middleman: he fights evil, so you don't have to!"

How can you go wrong with that? The art is gorgeous, the script is tight and funny, and the stories rock along at just the right lunatic pace. Issue 2.1 opens with a jewel heist, and by the end of the issue has devolved into a mashup of Hong Kong kung fu flicks and Mexican luchadore wrestlers, complete with masks. In Volume 1, a key player is a chimpanzee mafioso. Look, if you can resist something like that, you're a better person than I am.

The original four issue miniseries was released today in trade paperback, timed to coincide with the release of the first issue of volume 2. You're not going to find a better time than this to jump on board. So hie yourself to your local comic shop and pick up a copy. For more info, check out the official site.

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