Nutshell Review: FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics. Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here by Simon Oliver with art by Robbi Rodriguez
Genre: Science Fiction, Comics
Series: #2 in the Federal Bureau of Physics series
Publication Date: 2014
Source: Copy provided by publisher
This volume 2 is a compilation of issues 8-13 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
The mind-bending science fiction series FBP returns to the strange phenomena all over the world-and beyond.
Federal Bureau of Physics agents Rosa and Adam are invited to take part in an experiment that will test their limits and blur their concept of reality. And after a beautiful moment is shattered, Rosa and Adam get to see firsthand why Nakeet is known as the strangest town north of the 48.
This is a very unique series. It takes place in a time when the laws of physics don’t exactly work like we’re used to them working. The Federal Bureau of Physics was created to put physics back in proper form when it got out of hand. In the first volume of the series events led to the fact that the research facility in Nakeet, Alaska is about to be shut down.
Before that happens however, one last experiment involving Agent Adam Hardy and Agent Rosa Reyes leads to a story that can leave the reader trying to figure out not only where and when but which dimension the story is in at any given moment.
This is one that for me really doesn’t come fully together until the second reading. I don’t see that as a bad thing. The second time though I caught so much more of the subtle shifts and hints as to what was going on.
The art in this series is both a bit rough and choppy but at the same time there are places where the visuals are incredibly fluid. The characters are often inconsistently drawn but the distinguishing characteristics keep that from being too problematic. It’s very bright and colorful.
There are several mysteries playing out and clearly not all are resolved by the end of this volume. I liked that Rosa’s character was more fully developed since she was introduced in the latter part of volume 1.
I’ll be keeping my eye out for more of this series.