Actually this is a nice companion piece to Danger Girl
"Looks fun." I think and about a week later I find all five issues at the Local Comic Shop. So I grab them.
Madden has written a fun series. He wears his inspirations on his sleeve but I didn't mind as it really gave a strong sense of the world Jack Averice is set. it doesn't hurt that Madden and I share several influences.
The first issue opens in Hawaii where Jack is longing for adenture in far off exotic lands, he is complaining that as an American he doesn't need a passport to travel there.
This interspersed with a suave almost Bondian spy Fox. After getting out of several scrapes, the Fox lands in Jack's lap.
The second issue has Jack dragged into a world of adventure, The Fox was his brother and agent for The Courier and Jack is to be the new Courier. (The Courier came out in 2011, Kingsman which has a number of similarities was a comic in 2012 and a movie in 2014 - any similarities would come from the same influences) Actually this a nice companion piece to Kingsman.
Jack then travels the globe having wild adventures stopping a supernaturally charged villian from acquiring the last piece for world domination.
This was a fun spy romp and even without Madden's easter eggs and refernces to Bond, Danger Girl and Indiana Jones, this would still be a fun story.
As I said this a fun story and Madden's art sells that story. It has a realistic style with a cartoonish touch. It works really well. The other thing is Madden's talent for likenesses which help several of the easter eggs
Check out this image from issue 2 (this is the clean art seen on Madden's Blog http://jackavarice.blogspot.com ) as the characters cover up part of it.
Anyone with fondness for spy/adventure movie/tv/comics and games should be able to idenitify a good chunk of these. (the complete list of Who's Who is on the Jack Averice blogspot)
I high recommend this as a fun adventure romp and hope Madden will be able to continue the story.