FBP : Federal Bureau of Physics

FBP : Federal Bureau of Physics

Volume 1, The Paradigm Shift

Book - 2013
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Wormholes in your kitchen. Gravity failures at school. Quantum tornadoes tearing through the midwest. As with all natural disasters, people do what they always do: They adapt and survive. And if things get really bad, the Federal Bureau of Physics (FBP) is only a call away. Adam Hardy, young, brash and smart, is a rising star at the FBP, but when a gravity failure leads to the creation of an alternate dimension known as a "BubbleVerse," Adam is sent on a rescue mission and finds his skills and abilities pushed to their limits when he discovers his partner has a different agenda.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2013
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781401245108
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 O48F


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Apr 04, 2018

One of my fave sci-fi comics. Recommended for those who enjoy WTF moments, reality-within-reality sci-fi, and cranky reluctant heroes.

In the near future, you can call 911 for police, fire, ambulance... or physics emergencies, since the "laws" of reality intermittently break. Adam Hardy is an agent with the Bureau, responding to these emergency calls. Or not, or possibly two hours late, since he's kind of a slacker. Things are about to get serious, though, and Hardy's right in the middle of it. Will reality continue warping until it collapses, or can someone stop it?

FBP is complete in four volumes' worth of investigations, bizarre scientific inventions, secrets, lies, growing friendships, and heroic sacrifices. The end was... felt like the only way, and I was satisfied even though my heart had wanted something different. Rodriguez and Renzi together created a look that I wouldn't call attractive, really, but instead dynamic, expressive, and totally appropriate to a story about the warping of reality. The switch to different artists later in the series wasn't wholly successful for me, but I was invested enough in the characters to keep reading and I was glad I did.

Diversity/content notes: (1) Hardy is Pakistani-American, and partway through the first volume Hardy gets a new partner, Agent Rosa Reyes, who is Latina. The third main character, Cicero, is a Jewish man. (2) Hardy does make a couple of jokes mentioning Asperger's that are consistent with his kinda jerky character (because due to Reyes's backstory, she does seem to have some autism spectrum characteristics). It doesn't come across as author-endorsed, but it's there. (3) Co-creator and artist Robbi Rodriguez is Mexican-American.

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