Haspiel's a cartoonist who can say a lot with a few deceptively simple lines, Waid's a terrific dialogue man, and together they bring Paul Patton to life. Patton's deal is economically explained in a legend.
Haspiel's good-natured art ensures a joyous visual ride, while Waid's dialogue has pep aplenty (and speaking of pep, it was a short-lived strip in Pep Comics that featured Madame Satan, before she was kicked out to make way for the debut of some kid named Archie). Haspiel and Waid cheekily get a dig in at the Man of Steel movie's horrible climax, while showing the the Fox has to work hard for his wins.
Waid's not involved in the back-up strip, which sees The Fox enter a very weird house. It's fun, but notable mainly for showing us that the Fox doesn't have just one kid, but two. And apparently he's not Paul Patton, but Paul Patton Jr, if this picture is anything to go by.
Both strips gain extra bounce from the vibrant colours of Allan Passalaqua and stylish letters of John Workman - hopefully this issue's creative team will stick together for the run.
A nice essay in the back sees Haspiel, refreshingly, not claim to be an expert on the Fox. Rather, he explains how the character connects with his own life, and it's a good, touching read.
Add in a Watchmen Easter egg and a choice of three excellent covers and you have a great package - a superhero comic that's self-aware enough to be enormous fun, but not so much as to be self-consciously clever-clever. Give it a try.