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Product Details

  • Series: Federal Bureau of Physics (FBP) (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140125067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401250676
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A straight up hard-boiled detective story, and one that any fan of the crime genre should enjoy."—IGN

"Well told, with numerous twists and turns. . . . A gripping tale."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"This is a outstanding book in the true classic noir style, right down to the last panel."—CRIMESPREE

About the Author

Simon Oliver is the writer of the Wildstorm comic book series GEN13 and the Vertigo comic book series THE EXTERMINATORS and HELLBLAZER PRESENTS: CHAS—THE KNOWLEDGE. He also wrote the acclaimed Vertigo Crime graphic novel NOCHE ROJA.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed the art however, a very kinetic style.
Nathan Houde
This volume ends with a suggestion that maybe the next volume will pick up the pace, but it's already taken too long to hold my interest.
S. Robert Katz
For those who are not, like me, then there is not a lot I expect you can get from this other than a proliferation of confusion.
Travis Starnes

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reading Bifrost on October 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
“With only our five senses to guide us through what we perceive as ‘Reality’… chances are we’ll never know for sure if it’s real or not. But when we die, who’s to say we don’t just pass into another reality, and that none of this was ever real. It doesn’t matter where you are. If your reality is actually ‘real’ or not. No matter what reality you inhabit, it’s just as frightening and no less real…”

Welcome to volume two of Federal Bureau of Physics, where our favorite agents Rosa and Adam find themselves dealing with multiverses and alternate realities!

This volume is ordered in a non-linear fashion, which worked really well for the topic and story line. It skips from not only past to future, but also from one reality into another. This can also make it a bit confusing to follow the story if you don’t pay attention while you’re reading, and you can miss out on valuable hints.

There’s also so much quantum physics going on in so few pages it can make your head spin (see quote above). Rosa and Adam are in a quantum physics experiment that deals in questioning reality. But, really, as the saying goes- some people should not be left to their own devices.

I do feel like Rosa’s character took a leap in development somewhere between the first and second volume and we missed out on it. Where in the first volume she had trouble communicating even in small talk, in this volume she had no problems at all speaking her mind.

Overall, the story is compelling and handled the topic with flare. I’m still wanting to see a bit more detail with facial expressions with the art, but it’s as psychedelic/pop-artish as the first volume.
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By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2015/03/fbp-federal-bureau-of-physics-volume.html">at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV.

Volume two begins with news of dismantling of public FBP facilities and another physics problem. One guys asks for a neutrino scrub. What the heck that means, I have no idea. Neutrinos almost never interact with other particles. Scientist have to build elaborate neutrino traps deep underground to catch the handful of them that actually do bump into things. Any given one of them could go right through the Earth without hitting a thing, so the very idea of a neutrino scrub is nonsensical. What are the scrubbing? Neutrinos? There are none there to scrub. Are they scrubbing with neutrinos? How does that work given that neutrinos pretty much pass through everything?

Is the Earth exactly 93 million miles from the sun?! No! But I’ll let them get away with that, because in this volume, we meet Professor Sen, who is a male to female transsexual, so continued kudos for having a variety of characters in this novel. Unfortunately, that’s rather offset by the fact that this volume is a lot less structured than was volume one. I had a hard time following parts of it. It does bring a really interesting revelation which has all the hallmarks of being cribbed from the movie That Matrix, but which nonetheless raises the stakes a bit.

Despite being a bit frustrated with the switching back and forth, and one or two minor issues with the science, I still enjoyed this, and I'm looking forward to the next issue. Main characters Adam Hardy and Rosa Reyes continue to intrigue and engross, and the story continues to be worth following.
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First things first, there's a review here (the only 3 Star review as of this writing) explaining that you should read the first volume before getting into this one. This is true of almost any comic book series, but especially so here. This is a book about metaphysics and alternate parallel universes and such, so you wouldn't be doing yourself any favors by trying to jump in without reading volume one. Speaking of which, you might want to read my review of volume one before reading this one, but I suspect if you've gotten this far you've probably read volume one already.

And speaking of not doing yourself any favors, you might want to spend your time and money on another comic book series. It's not terrible, but it's pretty darn unspectacular. The concept sounds great, and Robbi Rodriguez is a terrific artist, but the overall product is disappointing. It sounds so cool, and it's just not as cool as it should be. I gave the second volume a chance hoping things would pick up, but they didn't.

This volume ends with a suggestion that maybe the next volume will pick up the pace, but it's already taken too long to hold my interest. Also, artist Robbi Rodriguez moves on from the title after this volume and I believe he's replaced by Alberto Ponticelli, who is one of the least appealing comic book artists I've seen in a very long time, so this book's strength (if you can stomach the garish color palette) becomes a weakness. Needless to say, I won't be sticking around to see if this series ever lives up to any of its potential.
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