Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Artist: Les McClaine
Publisher: Viper Comics
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun. If that's not enough of a review, if that doesn't make you want to go buy Middleman right off, then I don't know what more to tell you. But I reckon I'll start with the plot.
After the Middleman's mentor, Sensei Ping, was abducted last issue by Mexican wrestlers, Wendy sets to work as a sexy waitress to infiltrate the bad guys' lair. Meanwhile, her boss goes right to the source—and gets captured. Luckily, Ida, an old crone of a secretary (and also a killer cyborg), comes to the rescue. But no victory is without a price, as two members of Team Middleman fall.
So, let's run down the list of bad guys: El Maestro de Ceremonias, who has a blood-feud against Sensei Ping; El Comelon ("The Glutton"), who leaves a trail of mole sauce wherever he goes; El Queso Suizo ("The Swiss Cheese"), who attracts bullets; and a cast of thousands. Other nefarious villains include a tub of ice cream and a Teledyne water pik. There isn't a panel wasted in this comic, not a single moment that doesn't bring a smile. Artist Les McClaine is perfectly suited to this brand of over-the-top comedy, bringing Wendy and MM to life with lines as sharp as writer Javi's wit.
Full of smart slapstick and ridiculously specific cultural references, Middleman is a James Bond meets Seinfeld adventure riot. Worth every penny—-295 of them, plus tax.
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