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The Middleman: The Collected Series Indispensability Paperback – July 25, 2008

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A fun, fast-paced, and quick-witted comedy-adventure in the vein of Men in Black, Ghostbusters, and Hellboy. --Ben Lathrop, The Library Journal

If you are still resisting buying The Middleman, not only do I fear for your immortal soul, but I fear that you are not worthy to buy any comics at all. --Greg Burgess, ComicBookResources.com

With a dashing, retro, ass-kicking secret agent, a spunky fish-out-of-water hottie partner a his side and adversaries that include muck-encrusted monsters, mob monkeys and mexican maulers, we guarantee you'll love being stuck in the middle, man. --Jesse Thompson, Wizard Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Viper Comics (July 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980238544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980238549
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard Oliver on October 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Middleman is one of the best comic books ever. Created by Javier Grillo Marxuach (Lost/Medium) Wendy Watson is just a temp at a lab when a monster attacks her. She is rescued by a stranger with a high powered laser gun who then offers Wendy a job saving the earth from threats like gangster apes, or a cabal of mexican wrestlers with a laser cage created by a diamond. Full of adventure and comedy it's also a successful tv series in America this is definitely a must buy.
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I bought this after watching the show. My wife and I loooooved the show, so I had high hopes. Apparently this was created before the show, in between the first attempt at making it a show 10 years ago and the current instantiation (I hope hope hope it returns!!), and it basically outlines the plot of the first season of the show (except for a real surprise in the end...wow!!). As a result, I already knew what was going to happen most of the time. But if you haven't seen the show, buy this - it's a great intro to a fabulous concept, and maybe you'll push ABC Family to re-up the show...
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I was tipped that I might like The Middleman TV series, and I do, very much. Reading the comic is the logical response and it's good in itself and fascinating to see what changed (Wendy and Noser are Anglos; she reads different comics). The art is good enough to attract my almost-single-minded verbivore's eye. If you like wordplay and the old heroes (The Avengers, The Man from UNCLE) try it.
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You can add me to the list of people who were fans of the TV series The Middleman last summer. (Unfortunately, the number wasn't large enough and it got canceled.) Naturally, I was curious enough to pick up a copy of this book. It collects the entire run of the comic books that preceded the TV series. Basically, that's three stories.

Up first is "The Trade Paperback Imperative." In it, we meet Wendy Watson and learn how she came to be the apprentice to The Middleman. The mission in this book is to fight evil apes who watch gangster movies and are plotting to take over the world.

Next is "The Second Volume Inevitability." Wendy is going to get training in martial arts from master Sensei Ping, that is until he is kidnapped by a gang of masked Mexican wrestlers out for revenge.

Finally comes ""The Third Volume Inescapability." While Wendy struggles with balancing her art career and her new job saving the world, The Middleman gears up for a battle with their arch nemesis, F.A.T.B.O.T. (that's Federated Agents of Tyranny, Betrayal, and Oppression's Yoke). This one ends quite differently than anything we saw on the TV show.

And, frankly, that was my biggest disappointment with the book. These stories had already been told on the show, so I remembered where they were going even if there were some changes along the way. Furthermore, the TV series ran 12 episodes, so we got a much richer, deeper, and funnier canvas. Heck, there is hardly any focus on Wendy's home life, which often provided some of the best laughs on the show.

But what is here is still fun. The whit shows up just fine. It's just slightly bizarre enough to still be believable and funny at the same time. The adventures are imaginative.
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I really enjoyed The Middle Man graphic novel, which is a lot of fun. I want to get more! The dialogue and the asides are funny; and I love Ida's comments, though Wendy and The Middle Man have some great lines too. (I appreciated the similarity to the TV series, though there are differences...) And I hope to see more of Sensei Ping. The Middle Men from times past was a fun idea too. (I'm glad the graphic novels are available since they cancelled the TV series.)
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Despite having a live-action TV series on ABC Family back in 2008, The Middleman was originally a very popular underground comic series. The first two mini-series were collected into trade paperback, and the third volume was published directly as an original graphic novel. The comic was popular enough to garnish a full color graphic novel conclusion to the TV series which was cancelled one episode early. Written by screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach, this comic is about a secret orginization that deals with all the exotic problems that the real world can't normal believe in, like alien invasions, mad scientists, and other supernatural threats. Sorta like Men In Black meets Ghostbusters meets X-Files. Although the black and white artwork by Les McClaine gives it a very manga look to it.

The series begins with struggling artist Wendy Watson part-timing in a lab which is attacked by some kind of tentacle monster. The beast is stopped by a strange man in an Eisenhower jacket, who ultimately frames Wendy as the cause of the mysterious accident. He then reveals himself to her as The Middleman, and explains that he uses their orginization(which is mainly staffed by him and a snarky old robot woman)exists for "fighting evil so you don't have to". Wendy is taken on as his sidekick and Middleman in training, and they begin to unravel this new case which involves a super-intelligent ape mafia and a maniacal geneticist.

The next volume has Wendy learning martial arts under the temperamental Sensei Ping, a fighting master who wears a lucha libre mask, and gets kidnapped by a cabal of Mexican wrestlers. The Middleman and Wendy manage to stop the evil luchadores, but Wendy starts to realize how being a Middleman is affecting her life.
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