FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics – Series Review
Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Publisher: DC Comics
I just finished the fourth and final volume of this series, and I was sad to see the story end, because I liked the series so much.
After all, FBP has great writing and amazing art.
The major premise is that the laws of physics are unraveling, creating some very unnatural natural disasters, but the government has established the Federal Bureau of Physics to deal with them. The story is compelling and told at a rapid-fire pace – FBP is a real page-turner. It’s also very, very high concept, presenting many ideas from quantum theory. It has a wide range of interesting characters – in fact, it’s the characters that really make this series special, heroic geniuses sent to deal with a wide variety of freakish phenomena great and small, meanwhile seeking an explanation for why the laws of physics are breaking down.
The art is a source of endless delight and amazement, e.g., the inventive depictions of the disasters, the astonishing use of fluorescent colors, and the splatter effect. Rodriguez displays a hyperkinetic style that has frame elements in constant motion, a perfect complement to the story.
You don’t need an interest in science to like this series, because the story is primarily character-driven, but if you are a science geek – like me – then you should put this series on your Must Read list.
Besides, you don’t want to miss out on the art in this one.
I recommend this series for readers of all ages. In fact, I think that children should be encouraged to read FBP, because it depicts scientists as heroes doing important, life-saving work. I point this out because FBP is part of DC’s Vertigo line, which means that it’s suggested for mature readers ; however, I couldn’t find anything really objectionable in the series, and I’m guessing that children interested in science will find this book very interesting, even exciting.