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Fairlady, Vol. 1

(Fairlady #1-5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over?

Writer Brian Schirmer, artist Claudia Balboni (Star Trek), and colorist Marissa Louise team up for volume one of Fairlady-the first book in an all-new series featuring the procedural case-solving of Magnum P.I., The Dresden Files, and Fables, but set in a vibrant, Rat Queens-like high fantasy world.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Image Comics
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Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: noir, image-comics
The story takes place after a war in a fantasy realm as people are going back trying to live normal lives. Our main character is a woman breaking into the private detective business.

While she has a feline race partner, he's not developed much as a character, and doesn't feature prominently as I expected him to.

The book contains several stories where the main character is hired on a case and tries to solve it. There are some recurring characters and the stories build on each. The first story
Jakub Kvíz
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, kn-celendz-2019
Female Magnum P.I. in Middle-Earth after the War of the Ring.

The first (and also the last as the series was canceled) volume consists of 5 self-contained detective stories set in fantasy land. The main protagonist Jenner is the only female private investigator (they are called Fairman) and she's usually working on cases nobody else wants.

The idea of running a self-contained story in each issue looked good at first but it's not working very well. The script feels a bit repetitive after a while -
Dini Kamayana
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arc, edelweiss
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publishers for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I would enjoy this graphic novel a lot more than I did. It started off well, although with the formatting/layout of the eARC sometimes it was difficult to read two-page spreads (since I couldn't change my view options). That said, I found the fact that each issue was a separate story/mystery to be solved was very confusing. This was especially so after the introductory story and we jumped to something
Alex Sarll
The standard noir set-up, with the war finished and a veteran making a new life as a private investigator - but this was a fantasy war, and the city isn't LA, it's built within the husk of a fallen titan. The first couple of cases frustrated me, less for the perfectly serviceable and sometimes ingenious melding of fantasy and crime tropes than for the art. Not that it's bad, by any means, it has character and charm - but in service of the fusion it tends to stay in close shots, seldom letting ...more
Dávid Novotný
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Premise was interesting, potential looked good, unfortunately it wasn't used. First issue promises full story, and you kind of get it, if simple story of chasing lost bookkeeper with stolen money is enough for you. Ending is sudden and doesn't makes sense. Chemistry between two main protagonist doesn't exist and there is no world building at all. You get few glimpses at city lying in the remains of dead giant, but you learn nothing about it, nothing to get you hooked up. Another short story, or ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss

actual rating: 2.5

I really wish I had been able to get into this but for some reason I couldn't. There was nothing technically 'wrong' with it but I still just wasn't interesting in the plot no matter how hard I tried. I think the setup is interesting and I love the art and character designs, but I feel like making each issue an entirely separate mystery was a mistake. A single comic issue is not a lot of page time in normal circumstances but to
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A little of everything.

The book Fairlady is about a Veteran who becomes a P.I after the wars. She resides in a tower where a wizard hired her for security. The time seems like the renaissance but the the land they live in is a decaying robot/titan. Fairlady was only 5 issues but I feel like I got more then my moneys worth out of those few books then most volumes. Each issue was a full mystery, which was well put together, with little to no ads and only $3.99. It was more like an anthology, you
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5

Total review score: 3.5
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is my understanding that it is too late now, but go out and buy this book. IMO Schirmer takes several influences and melds those influences into arguably the first, to my knowledge hard-boiled fantasy noir. And, by that I mean set in a more traditional setting than the writers who transport fantasy into a modern noir setting.

There will be no more floppies, hard copy, digital, or otherwise as I understood the author's statement earlier this week. Perhaps, the TPB sales will be high enough to
Paul Decker
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received this book as an eARC from Image Comcis via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I love the concept of this book. What happens after the epic battle ends in a fantasy war? What do the fighters do? Jenner Faulds goes into private investigating. Her job is a combination of bounty hunting and being a sheriff. This series has a police procedural feel. Each issue seems to solve one investigation. The world is
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is, sadly, an incredibly average comic. There's nothing unique to its plots, to the world it presents, and to the characters it features. The self-contained "detective" stories seem fun for an issue or two but the problems with these become apparent pretty quick. It's hard to get invested in a 24-page mystery when the conclusion is either obvious or impossible to guess and it's even harder to care about the characters at the center of these stories when they're one-off appearances with no ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A decent book, with several thriller adventures taking place in a run-down village where people have settled in the guts of a mammoth humanoid robot, post some kind of war. Some of it works more than others (the housekeeper that spouts a similar spiel against our heroine every time they meet is a bit annoying), but generally there is fun to be had. The artist clearly had fun, too with some funky design that actually works, and the author also does things with word layout, repetition, and ...more
Håvard Haraldsen
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Noe så uvanlig som en fantasy-krim, der hvert kapittel er avsluttende. Illustrasjonene er gode, pacingen er god, skrivingen og dialogen er god - masse poeng for det. Men likevel føles den litt overfladisk, den går ikke så dypt. Noe som kanskje er naturlig med så liten plass til å utvikle hver idé. Verdensbyggingen er veldig bra, men det er vanskelig å få grep om karakterene - de kan oppleves litt tomme. Likevel ikke dum som en one-and-done hyggelesning, hvis du vil se det dagligdagse komme frem ...more
Paul Allard
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it

Detective comic series set in a fantasy world - silly and fun

Jenner is the only Fairlady in a world where Fairmen help to maintain the law. She investigates various crimes for money and a few other important characters are introduced. Each comic has its own story and they are entertaining and nicely produced. The whole effect is of a fun series which is worth a look.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy, mystery
Fantasy PI. The most interesting thing about the book is that fantasy setting, though we're kind of thrown in without much introduction and the most interesting parts aren't really expanded on. The mysteries are ok, but they could really use more than a single issue each to get me really invested.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun surprise! Fantasy P.I. procedural featuring a former soldier who has become the first female investigator, a “Fairlady.” I wouldn’t have minded a little more flesh on the stories, but there is some really great illustration in here and plenty to enjoy.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
I like fantasy and I like mysteries! I was pretty much the target audience :-)
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid fantasy crime style world. Each issue is a separate crime. The art is great but I never felt the story reached any sort of peak. It was just so so
Amanda K
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice clean art style, interesting mysteries (and characters!) and a fun world to explore. All in all a solid start.
Harry Jahnke
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this a lot! Hard-boiled detective stories dipped in fantasy flavor. Kind of makes me think of Rockport Ltd. but if it was played straight. Super fun.
Josh Storey
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
High fantasy noir. Loved it.
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