This book is gorgeous. I only got my hands on a digital copy but that first page just oozes the lush palate that Ramon Bachs uses to convey Fablewood’s central city City of Rimes and the characters we find there. Though with a clear nod to Humberto Ramos’ style in Fairy Quest Ramon is carving out his own niche as you’ll see in the preview below.
But what about the story? The underlying mystery looks interesting, a turf war is brewing between the “Queens” and the “Madonnas” though I’m not really clear just yet on what a “Madonna” is they seemed fairly feared. We follow along with one-shot novel detective Frankie Mack who has crossed the border from Crime Town and now works the Nursery Rhyme Division in the city. You see the world we’re in is inhabited by literary characters all living out their stories together in Fablewood’s different realms. Now if you love weird novels (like I do) you’ve probably read Jasper Fforde’s “Thursday Next” series where he tackles the same subject matter. Or maybe you’ve read comics The Unwritten or Fables, which follow a similar idea (fictitious characters are real, have lives etc).
That being said Fiction Squad doesn’t feel unoriginal, I guess that’s a testament not only to Paul Jenkins writing but also to the depth and flexibility of these classic characters. This story feels lighter, more tongue in cheek. And he uses every joke and pun you’d want, and some you’d never have thought of (one character asks Nick-Knack and Paddywhack to get someone something, any guesses?) Paul brings us; Simple Simon, the Crooked Man, Humpty Dumpty, Pinocchio (or Noke), and a host of others and they all have personalities you want to get behind, totally believable takes and it makes for very comfortable enjoyable reading. Isn’t that what these characters are all about?
Enjoy the preview and pick up issue #1 at your local comic shop on October 1st!
Fiction Squad #1 (of 6)
Writer: Jenkins, Paul
Artist: Bachs, Ramon
Cover Artist: Backs, Ramon
On Sale: October 01, 2014
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: AUG141153
Format: LIMITED SERIES