It’s no secret that I think Paul Jenkins is a great writer. I love what he’s done with some of the most iconic characters (Wolverine: Origins for example), so I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt when he releases a project.
The concept isn’t new to me, I’m a big fan of Jasper Fforde’s “Nursery Crimes” series (with titles like “The Fourth Bear” and “The Big Over Easy” had me rolling back in 2007, I hoping that Paul has a different take, but that I enjoy it as much. It’s an idea that should have legs, taking stories we all know and love and twisting the mystery out of them. If you look at any fairy-tale in well reverse I guess and it takes on that very quality. Three Bears? It could be a breaking and entering case or if something befalls Goldilocks well that’s a whole nother thing. Rumpelstiltskin? So much to work with. Well Paul’s story features Frankie Mack, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and Simple Simon all involved in a case that could just unmake storytelling itself.
The fact that Jenkins is teamed up with Humberto Ramos again (as they did in Fairy Quest) just makes me anticipate this book all the more. Fiction Squad #1 will be on the shelves October 1st with a cover price of $3.99 tell your local comic shop they can order it under Diamond Order Code AUG141153
Keep your eyes peeled for the FICTION SQUAD #1 Chase Cover by Michael Dialynas (1:10) and the FICTION SQUAD #1 Retailer Incentive Cover by Humberto Ramos (1:20) (pictured below)
Here’s the press release, straight from BOOM! Studios:
September 3, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Who would have guessed that Humpty Dumpty was actually a classic whodunit? Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the October debut of Fiction Squad, a high-stakes detective story set in the mythical land of Fablewood from Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest) and Ramon Bachs (Marvel’s Civil War: Front Line). The publisher picked up Jenkins’ previous stories set in Fablewood with Fairy Quest: Outlaws and Fairy Quest: Outcasts, and following the successful funding of Jenkins’ Kickstarter campaign for Fiction Squad, the publisher has picked up this series as well. Fans of Fables and Once Upon a Time will enjoy these nursery rhymes gone wrong.
“Fairy Quest was just the beginning now that the wild world of Fablewood continues to expand with Fiction Squad,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “There are brand-new characters introduced to this world in a classic mystery story that has a great twist. Fiction Squad exists thanks to thousands of co-publishers who supported Paul’s Kickstarter campaign, and we’re very excited to be a part of it.”
Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. After transferring in from the Realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case.
Fiction Squad #1 arrives in comic shops on October 1st with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond Order Code AUG141153. The first issue ships with a main cover by series artist Ramon Bachs and two incentive covers, one by Michael Dialynas (The Woods) and the other by Humberto Ramos (Fairy Quest). Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.