It's a comic book about a middle aged actress who never had her break, despite a number of fleeting moments in the sun. She is not down about this, however, at least not on the surface, and keeps a bright, shiny attitude that is positively infectious. Her doubts, her fears, her crippling black dog is saved for the moments outside of the spotlight and for her very closest. There is the possibility that she was abducted by aliens, but also the possibility that this is a stand in for something else.
If you have any admiration of the work of Jamie McKelvie, Alan Moore, Bryan Talbot, Kieron Gillen, Roger Langridge, Frank Cho, Carla Speed McNeill, Dave Sim, Amanda Conner, Ty Templeton, Posy Simmonds or Dan Clowes then you should find plenty to love in Verity Fair. Wiley creates a work through clean crisp lines that is both extrenely funny and poignant, crisp and silly yet both psychologically complex. he takes characters that he has been crafting for decades with collaborators, yet gives you a fresh start with no backstory necessary. I've repeatedly called the comic book one of my favourites of recent years, as I have Sleaze Castle, Surreal School Stories and Petra Etecetera that preceded it.
It is published by UK small press publisher Borderline Press. Few US comic book stores will have ordered it. If your store is one that did, rejoice. Because tomorrow, unlike many Americans, you will have the chance to go into your store, pick it up, pay the $24.95 cover price and discover a true comic book work of genius. And then lord it over everyone else who doesn't have a copy, and years from now be able to say "of course, I read my first Wiley long before you, back in twenty-fifteen".
If you can, tomorrow, while flicking through Secret Wars and Bat-Mites, do yourself a favour and buy this comic book, if you can. Otherwise berate your retailer to order you in a copy, all special like.
I envy your discovery, as I am so grateful for mine.
Thank you Terry.
Oh and comic book stores? MAR151345. That should help. Trust me on this one.