Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Freak Magnet Returns in THE FOX: FOX HUNT #1!

THE FOX: FOX HUNT #1 was published a couple weeks ago. This is a sequel series to the first mini-series featuring THE FOX. This is the second in Archie Comics' new Dark Circle line of comic books. It features Paul Patton, Jr. AKA the Fox. He's a husband, father, professional photographer, and reluctant superhero.

Both series have spotlighted Paul's desire to give up the tights and become a regular guy. The problem is that he's become a freak magnet. It doesn't matter what he does. He still manages to attract hostile villains of all sorts!

But first...

This blog entry contains spoilers. If you don't want to know what happens in THE FOX: FOX HUNT #1, then stop reading now. You have been warned.

Back to the show...

This series begins in Patton's hometown of Beaver Kill. The town has been bought out by a corporate CEO named Mister Smile. He plans destroy this deserted community and turn it into a river basin for nearby Impact City. Patton and his son Shinji have traveled to Beaver Kill to photograph what's left of the community before it's all literally washed away.

Remember when I told you that Patton is a freak magnet?

Patton discovers that his "Smilephone," which giggles each time one takes a picture, keeps capturing images of an otherwise invisible green-haired woman -- one with a mean punch! He figures out that this mystery woman hiding out in the old fortune parlor. He dons his Fox costume and -- promptly gets knocked unconscious by his mystery woman.

Soon enough, Patton discovers that his assailant is a Mighty Crusaders villain known as Dream-Demon. Dream-Demon is a witch who used to belong to a group called the Eliminators. We learn in this story that she was Patton's childhood girlfriend. A girl named Linda.

Like Patton, Linda is not happy that her hometown is about to be destroyed. Unlike Patton, she's not content to settle for memories. She plans on using her powerful magicks to spread a toxic black mold throughout the community, effectively destroying its ability to become a river basin for Impact City.

Fox does his best to convince Dream-Demon that Impact City needs the water. She needs to realize that these empty buildings are just memories and that it's time to move on and make new memories.

Unfortunately, his best isn't very good. He completely fails and the black mold plague is released upon Beaver Kills -- effectively killed Mister Smile's river basin plan.

Unfortunately for the Fox, Dream-Demon still loves him. Not only did she release the mold, but she left at least two patterns in his likeness -- apparently as some form of tribute towards his childhood sweetheart. Of course, she inadvertently implicated the Fox with her sabotage efforts.

Now Mister Smile has issued a $1 million reward to the super-villain who brings him the Fox's head!

It looks like FOX HUNT brings back all sorts of classic Mighty Crusaders villains, including Gasser, Brontosaurus, Owl, Gadgeteer, Dragonfly, Iron Fist, and Mighty Man -- plus a couple others whom I don't recognize! Either way, things aren't looking good for our resident freak magnet!

"The Situation" is written by Dean Haspiel & Mark Waid; with art by Dean Haspiel; lettering by John Workman; and colors by Allen Passalaqua.


hobbyfan said...

I have this issue, and thought this was interesting, to say the least.

You wouldn't happen to know anything about Archie's recent bout with delays? Seems Betty & Veronica was one of the victims, since issue 275, part 4 of the "Farewell" arc, just came out recently.

Jon said...

Hobbyfan, I just offered some thoughts on this in another thread. Fortunately, Dark Circle doesn't seem to be plagued by delays so far.