Image Comics Mixes Fantasy And Noir In FAIRLADY

- Advertisement -

Image Comics has announced a new fantasy series Fairlady — written by Brian Schirmer with art by Claudia Balboni and colors by Marissa Louise — to debut in April. What sets the book apart from standard fantasy storytelling is the inclusion of film noir and detective elements alongside the magical ones. The writer-artist team previously worked on Image’s Black Jack Ketchum.

Image Fairlady

According to the publisher’s description:

In Fairlady, after posing as a man to join the army, Jenner Faulds returns home to The Feld for a new start as a “Fairman”—a specially licensed private investigator. But sexism didn’t end on the battlefield, and as the only “Fairlady,” Jenner gets stuck with the cases nobody else wants. Hitting the streets to solve The Feld’s overlooked mysteries, Jenner finds that the smallest cases hide the biggest secrets.

Fairlady blends the procedural case-solving of Magnum, P.I. and Fables, but set in a vibrant, Rat Queens-like high fantasy world. This debut issue and each following issue will feature a complete 30-page story.

According to Schirmer, the initial idea for Fairlady came from the absence of something in the marketplace:

“I realized that there wasn’t a fantasy series that focused on a female private detective, and then I realized how much I needed that to be a thing. I took a love of ’70s and ’80s shows like Magnum, P.I. and The Rockford Files, poured that into a big bowl of Middle Earth, and added dashes of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and Mignola, and Barbarians Conan and Thundarr. Then we dropped in a tough outsider in the form of our protagonist, Jenner Faulds, the land’s only female private investigator. Let the limitless stories begin!”

- Advertisement -

Balboni spoke about creating Fairlady‘s setting:

“It was nice to visualize an entire city and give it life. I am always happy to work with Brian because his descriptions make it much easier to get a picture of what he has in his crazy mind. We have a perfect synergy, which is the ingredient that everyone wants during a creative process. I never designed something like this, and this project gave me the opportunity to explore some new horizons.”

Image Fairlady

Schirmer summed up his initial thoughts on the story dynamics of Fairlady:

“I’d never read a fantasy story with a female P.I. as the lead, just as I’d never read a surrealist Western about a historical figure. It’s also fun to blend the various genre elements. How might someone fake their death in a high fantasy setting? How might magic play into a murder investigation? What does sexism look like in such a world, and how does it impact the life of our protagonist in ways both similar and different to our world? Asking and answering questions like these is what gets me out of bed in the morning as a writer.”

Fairlady #1 arrives with two covers: Cover A is by Balboni and Louise, Cover B is by Tula Lotay. Both will be in comic stores Wednesday, April 10.

Does Fairlady sound like an interesting blend of genres? Will it fill the hole left by the end of Fables? Leave us a comment!

TRENDING THIS WEEK

2019 Will Eisner Award Winners – The Complete List

The 2019 Will Eisner Awards were held last night at San Diego Comic-Con, and we have your complete list of winners below!

Review: SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1 is a weird yet intriguing start to the series

The Life and Times of Jimmy Olsen! Almost every comic book character has a human sidekick. Batman has Alfred, Wonder Woman has Etta Candy, and...

Review: We Could Use a Few More Pages for THE QUIET KIND

In many ways, The Quiet Kind by Chuck Brown, with art by Jeremy Treece and Kelly Williams, is an inversion of the clichéd “chosen...

Review: The Queen Returns with VAMPIRELLA #1

It’s been 50 years since Vampirella first graced the comic page. Now, Dynamite Entertainment reintroduces the fan favorite anti-heroine with Vampirella #1. The story picks...

Advance Review: MIDNIGHT SKY #1 Creates An Intriguing Mystery And A Frightening World

Scout Comics' Midnight Sky #1, by James Pruett, Scott Van Domelen and Ilaria Fella is the start of brand new science fiction series that...

30+ Page Preview Of IDW’s SONS OF CHAOS From Chris Jaymes And Alejandro Aragon

The oversized, panoramic graphic novel Sons Of Chaos written by Chris Jaymes with art by Alejandro Aragon hits your local comic book shop on...

Review: DEAD END KIDS #1 Is A Somber Murder Mystery

Dead End Kids #1 is the new book from Source Point Press, written by Frank Gogol, with artwork by Nenad Cviticanin and letters by...

Review: THE IMMORTAL HULK #21 Explores The History Of General Fortean

James Fortean, much like his mentor General Thunderbolt Ross, would like nothing more than to destroy both Bruce Banner and the Hulk. So much...
Avatar
Kevin Sharp
From alternating Batman & Green Lantern as childhood Halloween costumes, to getting punched in my adolescent heart by Love & Rockets, to playing convention sidekick to the legendary Len Wein, I feel like the comics medium & characters are part of my DNA.
COMIC REVIEW DIGEST, sign up today! At Monkeys Fighting Robots, we strive to talk about ALL aspects of a comic book, instead of just giving you a recap of the story.
  • Did you notice how epic the colors were?
  • That was a wicked panel layout by the artist!
  • What was the letterer thinking?
  • How did this comic book make you feel?
  • Most importantly, should you buy it?

Every Wednesday you will receive an email with our latest reviews and analyses, as well as our original comic strips and exclusive editorial content.
Thanks for signing up!