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FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics, Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here

(FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #2)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  52 reviews
The mind-bending science fiction series FBP returns to the strange phenomena all over the world-and beyond.

Federal Bureau of Physics agents Rosa and Adam are invited to take part in an experiment that will test their limits and blur their concept of reality. And after a beautiful moment is shattered, Rosa and Adam get to see firsthand why Nakeet is known as the strangest t
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Vertigo (first published September 16th 2014)
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'kris Pung
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
The first volume was a lot of fun so I was excited to give this a go but this one went way over my head with all the complex physics theories and alternate realities. I did enjoy the main characters and their snappy dialog so I'm mildly interested to see where it goes next.

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In volume 2, Adam Hardy is paired with a new partner, Rosa Reyes, and is sent up to investigate events in Nakeet, Alaska. Possibly the weirdest small town ever, things go predictably wrong and Cicero and an old friend end up dragging Adam and Rosa into increasingly more bizarre circumstances.

Did not even begin to understand the science behind this one but I liked the concept a lot and the relationships between the various mentally unstable characters was interesting and believable. Worth pickin
I wavered on the stars, maybe it's more 3.5 because the ideas are hard to squeeze into the graphic novel format, they're just too expansive and it does get confusing. But the art helps, better this than straight print. I'd love to see what they could do if they could put out a longer volume all at once and really expand on their ideas. I saw that the concept has been optioned for a TV show, which seems interesting, but I still want to see what they can do with this first.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
The mystery deepens, and inevitable relationship stuff occurs, while the quality level of the art and story maintain. This is a cool idea, and there's a fair bit of the Robert Anton Wilson dimensional mindfuckery happening here, which is a nice throwback to the reading of my late teens and early 20s. Looking forward to a third volume without being overly excited about it.
Sidekicks Wanted
This volume had a definite Inception thing going on. A reality within a reality talking about another reality. There was a lot going on. I liked it, but it was definitely confusing. (that could just be me though)
Steven Werber
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very odd story. I like the plot but I'm not invested in any of the characters. Just ok for me.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Weird, trippy and a bit confusing, but the art is fantastic and it makes for a very interesting read.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book 2 of the Oliver/Rodriguez/Renzi FBP graphic novel is one too many. From the by the numbers clichéd bar fight to the time flip flops and where are you now and what happened first it is confusion for the purpose of making an installment rather than moving the plot forward. The art remains strong, but there are other graphic novels and other graphic artists. At best this is analogous the old middle school creep out about what if the universe is a tiny speck of dust on the thumb of another midd ...more
Nate LaPrairie
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-manga
Glad I finally got around to getting my hands on Vol 2.

In this volume, they start developing a bit more of the backstory of some of our main characters, which I always enjoy. It's good to know, with a story like this, where the protagonists find their motivation for the adventure on which they find themselves. In particular, the kind of work that the characters do would seem to take a certain amount of determination and perseverance to keep one motivated to keep going. The backstory that we get
Ross Alon
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book was weird, didn't care much for Rosa
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Um I don't know how this one was connected to the first one? Like how was this related?
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
umm... ok.... sure.

quick read tho
Elizabeth A
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphix
You can read my review for this entire series here:
Skye Kilaen
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-graphic-novels
My spoiler-free fangirling about this excellent series is here:
Alex Neilson
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good follow-up to volume 1
Will Cooper
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Better story and more character development than the first, in my opinion, but still not enough to keep reading this world.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.75 of 5

I was drawn to this book by the title.  Federal Bureau of Physics.  Physics!  I had a sneaking suspicion that this would be a story a little out of the ordinary, and one that I might be able to sink my teeth in to.  And I was right.

There are times, especially when reading, that I like reading something that might be confusing.  Typically, it's when there is a maze of realities that the reader must sort through.  For inst
Reading Bifrost
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

“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 agent
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
When a series deals with strange things like bubble universes, alternate realities, and flexible laws of space-time and physics, things can easily get out of hand. Some series abandon all sense of coherency (the Terminator movies, for example), while others try to be mystical and confusing on purpose and end up being lame (like the Morning Glories graphic novels). This volume avoids those pitfalls and delivers an interesting story.

Volume 1 had a mix of physics crises that set the stage for the F
Paul Mirek
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This mind-bending second volume attempts to tackle some age-old questions about the nature of reality, but it's framed by a visceral noir storyline that keeps the pace moving quickly even when the philosophy starts to drag. This is also an attempt to return to the kind of comics that bear rereading--a far cry from the slim plots of many series these days where the only relevant information is on the last page.

There's plenty to savor here as you make your way through, from Oliver's insightful wr
Feb 12, 2015 added it
So this book fit my ideal criteria (or at least the first one did) because it was optioned for a tv show and it was from Vertigo. I hopped right on board with it because I want to be that guy at the part that says oh did you know FBP was a comic first. And then I could see my friend Drew nod like he cared about what I was saying even though he's thinking about diving out a window to get away from me.

Anyway, despite being a Vertigo book and that it is going to be on TV. I have no idea what this
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic, sci-fi, adult
This is 911. What is the nature of your emergency: fire, ambulance, police, or physics?

These comics are set in a world not too different than our own, except isolated incidents of physics failures keep occurring. Gravity will stop working in a spot or items will appear to randomly teleport from quantum effects or small alternate realities will bubble up out of nowhere. Adam Hardy is a hard-living, irresponsible agent in the Bureau that deals with these incidents, keeping secret his investigation
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The second volume of FBP continues the trend of vague narrative and interesting ideas. There's an intriguing plot line concerning alternate realities, and 'quantum' realities. Playing with the idea that we make our own reality and what is streams of consciousness came together to form new realities is a great idea. I just wish Oliver was a bit better at making those ideas clear. There are still far to many needlessly confusing moments.

Part of the confusion does stem from the art this time. There
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story started abruptly and had an entirely different pace from the first trade, but it mostly works. Things to expect from this trade include sudden jumps in narration, a Cartesian cat and mouse game with reality versus alternate dimensions, and stunning art and coloration that rivals Ody-C. For all that, this is still a challenging read and I'm left wondering about Adam and Rosa's character arcs. Is Adam still the main character? Who are they going to meet? Why is this friend of Cicero's so ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
There are convoluted messes in comix, and there are convoluted messes – the biggest difference between the two kinds being the very intention to be convoluted. This title tries for it, succeeds and then some, and is all the worse for it. It's the author's research into modern science's thinking over parallel universes, reality, quantum physics etc, all disguised as a meaty and weird Vertigo title. So someone just has to have had a sex change, two people are doing something they perhaps shouldn't ...more
Jeremy DeBottis
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to pat myself on the back as I start this review about a story centered around a team that investigates odd physics events on earth by being nerdy and saying this was a very heavy, dense read. Yay science.

Before you read this, I'd recommend reading the first to get an understanding of the world that has been created, but once you, this is literally mind bending.

The art and coloring continue to be amazing, but without giving too much away this volume plays with the idea of mul
Travis Duke
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
book 2 follows Rosa and Adam delve into another alternate reality... and it starts off really slow and boring. I bordered on giving this 2 stars but the end got a little more exciting. Adam is searching for his possibly dead father and Mr Blackwood. Rosa builds a machine that would teleport them to other realities but doesnt end up using it. Most of this book they spend in an alternate reality and doesnt add up to much. I am guessing the writers are going for the the long haul but damn its slow ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This goes squarely in the 'what the heck did I just read?' category. It probably didn't help reading it months after reading the first volume, but most of it stands well enough on its own that it wasn't too much of a detriment. The story is wild enough without too much carry over, with alternate dimensions, co-mingling time streams, and lots of bouncy balls. There are some weird things about it, but the question is whether they are part of the story or actually mistakes - I tend to think they're ...more
Andrea Lorenz
This was a weaker volume than the first. The plot diverged from Adam Hardy's mad attempt to find out about his father and his father's unfinished paper to an experimental station in Nakeet, Alaska where Adam and Rosa take part in an experiment. The whole volume seemed to be a little more world-building and character-building, but I still don't feel like I know that much about Rosa or about Adam. Besides being an interesting mystery-adventure, I don't think this volume added much to the series.
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