Rose and Adam are called to complete an experiment in the frozen North of Nakeet. Though the facility is getting ready to be shutdown for good and the properties of the surrounding area make it a curiosity of quantum physics. Here a canyon exists where one can throw in a rubber ball and have it either bounce back or disappear forever. Rose’s past plays into her interest in inter-dimensional travel. Adam, meanwhile, struggles with the concept of finding his father. The locals are not friendly, the law enforcement shady and the Bureau of Physics broke, and all hell is about to break loose.
This is hands down a Vertigo Comic. Simon Oliver’s characters range from a bizarre woman from another dimension with no fear of sleeping with someone to keep warm, to a male to female transsexual who heads the science department of the soon to be shut down facility. Readers sensitive to sex or sexually related topics may find themselves having a hard time settling into the story line as the head of the science department has an assistant who constantly references her decision to become a woman. Our dimensional traveler, Rose, is easy to love and finds her way into a character that seems a good deal like a sane version of River Tam from Firefly. I did find myself questioning many times if the scientific theories presented were sound and how many were just crackpot conspiracy theories.
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Volume #2 collects issues #8-13 and is addictive from it’s first few pages. I found myself pouring through the colorful pages in one sitting, devouring the content as a whole. Even if one has not read the first collection of FBP, it is fairly easy to pick up the story and run with it.
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. #2: Wish You Were Here is available from Vertigo Now.