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The Middleman: The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse (The Middleman #5)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  205 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
The Middleman and Wendy return in a new adventure that completes the epic journey of their hit tv show! A betrayal by one of Wendy's closest friends sets off a chain of events that threatens the very fabric of human existence. Alone and surrounded by the forces of FATBOY and their leader, the dreaded Manservant Neville, Wendy and The Middleman stare down the barrel of a sa ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Viper Comics
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Joe Sergi
Feb 26, 2012 Joe Sergi rated it it was amazing
In 2008, ABC Family Channel debuted a show called The Middleman (based on the Viper Comic written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach with art by Les McClaine). The Middleman is not really a person, but rather a job title that has been handed down from Middleman to Middleman for centuries. "Fighting evil so you don't have to," the Middlemen work for the "Organization Too Secret To Know" (O2STK), who provides each middleman his assignments and super-cool gadgets through a robot named Ida (Mary Pat Gleason) ...more
Travis
Jul 13, 2017 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I just finished a rewatch of the TV series, so what better way to finish it off than reading the comic of what would have been the season finale? I did watch a Comic Con (or something) panel of the actors all reading the script once years ago, but had mostly forgotten what happened, and anyway, it was nice to see it actually illustrated not just read. I really loved this show and this was a great finale for it. It's a shame neither the show nor the comics continued. (I know there was one more co ...more
Ali
Nov 28, 2014 Ali rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Rereading this because my copy of The Middleman - Volume 5: The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation finally arrived once the postal strike ended.

This is good, but I don't love it like I love the show (although I know this is essentially just the final episode). One of my favourite things about the show is that it's generally feminist and progressive - and here the cover pretty much sums up Wendy's role in relation to MM's. The men are drawn with human-looking faces, while the women all have bi
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Steven E
Jan 29, 2010 Steven E rated it liked it
Unlike Buffy or Firefly, the Middleman never ended its run with any degree of closure, running as its last episode a by-the-numbers slapdash post-apocalyptic episode that never really gibed with the rest of the series and was probably the worst of the show's 12 episodes. Unlike Whedon, series creator Javier Grillo-Marxauch chooses to use his comic book as a coda, rather than drag a beloved franchise kicking and screaming through the dust of a litany of legacy-tarnishing books because he just can ...more
Jenn
Jan 31, 2010 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This was a pretty satisfying ending to a tv series where we were left hanging. I started reading The Middleman after meeting Javi at Dragon*Con quite a few years ago. He was there to talk about his (then) new show, Lost. He was incredibly awesome. He was willing to talk to the fans any time and anywhere and loved to geek out about his favorite stuff as much as the next person. He even did four extra talks that weren't scheduled because the fans felt that the track in charge of Lost didn't do it ...more
Travis
Dec 28, 2014 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I bought this book at a dollar sale, not knowing it was the ending of a single season TV series on ABC Family. So my lack of enjoyment most likely stems from my lack of previous involvement with these characters. While there is a little bit of a summary of the characters in the opening narration, a couple pages is not the same as a TV season. But I did enjoy the light, over the top doomsday scenario as a simple cartoon adventure.

I'm glad there is glossary of pop culture references included in th
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Mónica Mar
Jan 30, 2014 Mónica Mar rated it it was amazing
The Middleman es quizá la serie más ñoña que he visto en mi vida. Es como una mezcla de The X Files y James Bond, o un híbrido igualmente absurdo. Solo duró doce episodios; los ratings no eran los mejores y sufrió una cancelación muy poco digna. Pero polvo eres y en polvo te convertirás: el final de temporada se materializó en cómic, su formato original. en The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse conocemos el nombre de The Middleman, su pasado y su futuro, al menos en un aspecto. También vemos surgir ...more
Mike
May 24, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-series
I can't say it any better than the author: In the words of Javi himself, The Middleman is
“...an over-the-top, sixteen-car-pileup-sugar-popped-cereal-bowl of a series that’s not afraid to be everything your mother warned you about television: a cartoonishly extreme, randomly fantastic, special-effects laden, three-fisted walking-and-talking toy-line advertisement of an action-adventure-sci-fi comic book in which the fabric of reality barely survives in the end, and the journey invariably reveals
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Rosa
This book was the resolution to the show Middleman. I loved the show and am incredibly disappointed that it was cancelled. The resolution was completely bittersweet and I hope that even though the show is cancelled they decide to keep writing more Middleman novels. The show and the graphic novels are funny and smart. A scifi fantasy superhero mashup that includes witty popculture references and characters that are rediculously forthright (while that might not be realistic, it does make for some ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This book returns The Middleman to his comic book roots and gives us what would have been the final episode of season 1 if they show's ratings hadn't sunk it. For that reason, I enjoyed it, however it did lose some of the series personality and definitely left things much more open than the actual finale did.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Michelle
Aug 28, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
Grim tacked on unnecessary final indulgence...unlike the TV episodes, this second time through it seemed like all the magic had been pulled back and there was nothing to see but faltering clockwork. Might be that the graphic novels lean more toward this darker vein, but I prefer the TV version's whimsy.
Aldi
Aug 26, 2012 Aldi rated it really liked it
Loved it, and could see it so clearly as a fantastic final episode. My bitterness about this not happening knows no bounds.

I do have one art nitpick: Why on earth do Wendy and Lacey (and it's specifically only them) not have pupils? It makes them look like brainless anime dolls :\

Wonderful story, though. I'm glad we at least got to see it in comic form.
Matt
Aug 24, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
A great way to end a TV series that was canceled too soon. Like the series, it doesn't pull its punches and by the climax it gives a great surprise at how much really is at stake for Wendy Watson and the Middleman. To put it simply, I want more! Not because I'm unsatisfied, but because you can never have enough of a great thing.
Ben
Feb 07, 2010 Ben rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is the final episode from the highly entertaining TV show "The Middleman" that never aired. The comic of the episode just didn't have the same snap of the TV show--the clever dialogue just didn't feel the same on the page and without the actors the situations just felt a bit flat.
Don
Apr 10, 2010 Don rated it really liked it
Reading this kind of bummed me out. I wish the show had been more popular so we could have seen this episode as an actual TV show instead of just an adaptation of the screenplay.

The book itself is outstanding. Fans of the show (and the original comics) will love it.
Jennifer
This is the "season closer" to the canceled television show - translated into graphic novel form so that fans of the show can have at least some resolution.

The biggest shame was how few fans there were. The show was absolute fun; a fast-talking, reference-dropping, sci-fi romp.
Quynh-Chi
Nov 06, 2015 Quynh-Chi rated it really liked it
This is a great "series finale" for fans of the show. The continuity is spot in with events picking up where they left off and most loose ends being tied up.
Catherine Siemann
Jun 30, 2010 Catherine Siemann rated it it was amazing
Just delightful.
Stephen Theaker
Apr 17, 2011 Stephen Theaker rated it liked it
Nice finale to the series. Glad to see I wasn't just imagining all those Doctor Who references in it.
Simon
Jan 02, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it
Good but short. Finishes the story though with the untold 13th episode.
Shira
Aug 27, 2011 Shira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
god i love this show.
Josh Kinal
Nov 06, 2010 Josh Kinal rated it really liked it
Oh to have seen this as a season finale to the tv series would have been superb. Regardless, it makes for a thrilling read and a fitting end to the series.
Lima
Jan 16, 2010 Lima rated it it was ok
not really worth buying. the lettering drove me crazy. feel free o ask about it if you want a rant.
SA
May 08, 2012 SA rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2012
Oh, Middleman, you died a death far before your time, but at least you got this fantastic conclusion.
Rebecca Smith
Mar 03, 2013 Rebecca Smith rated it it was amazing
Bittersweet ending to a really great TV show. I was glad I had this to say Goodbye to the Middleman and Dub-Dubs
Lil
Jul 21, 2012 Lil rated it it was amazing
A heartwrenching ending worthy of this amazing series.
Jason
Sep 27, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2013
A nice graphic novel-ized season/series finale, but the show's budget CLEARLY wouldn't have been able to handle the epicness.
Megan
Feb 26, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
The only way this could be better would be if I had actually been able to see this episode broadcast on ABC family.
Youri Zoutman
Youri Zoutman rated it it was amazing
Mar 07, 2012
Richard Due
Richard Due rated it it was amazing
Aug 10, 2012
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