By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
Fiction Squad is my first visit to Fablewood, and I am a bit surprised by what I just read. I've never seen fairytales portrayed in such a corrupt way. I'm not saying this is a negative thing, it's actually quite interesting. I had no intention of picking this comic up, mostly because I had no idea it existed until I saw it amongst the row of new releases at the comic book store. Written by Paul Jenkins, Fiction Squad #1 takes classic fairytales to a new level.
The story follows Detective Frankie Mack, who crosses over from the realm of crime fiction to the fairytale realm, Rimes. Mack reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes-type of character. Except he wasn't successful, so now he's trying to pick up the pieces of a dysfunctional land far from the one he failed in. I like an underdog type character, and so do many readers. Of course, I was expecting something a little bit more childish, but don't let this cartooney comic fool you. There are plenty of mysteries and surprises spread across these pages. The art style, by Ramon Bachs, reminds me of the tabletop game Munchkin for some reason. It's extremely animated and colorful.
There are a multitude of fairytale character cameos. However, you will discover that the only thing that's familiar are their names. Bachs takes a provocative twist on most of the female character outfits, and puts a comical spin on some of the other characters appearances. It's definitely an interesting take on the common tales we all know and love, but I never thought I'd see Alice (from Wonderland) as the head of a gang called "The Tea Party." Overall, it's very clever. I think Jenkins has piqued my interest just enough that I'll pick up the next issue.
Fiction Squad #1 from BOOM! Studios is written by Paul Jenkins, with art by Ramon Bachs.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.