Fairest #27 Review

Has Prince Charmin’s empty promises came back to bite the Farm and Fabletown in the bum? Read on to find out.

The official description from Vertigo:

In this new epic, refugees from Fabletown have returned to New York’s Castle Dark, and Reynard, now able to shapeshift from fox to man, travels the mundane world to regale the animals with tales of his exploits, rubbing the other Fables’ noses in his good fortune. Frustration at their restriction to the Farm threatens to become a issue once more! Can the animals find a way out of their situation?

FAIRES-27-2-de8edFairest has proven to be a sensational spin-off to the fabulous Fables with the female centred series being very entertaining. The latest story The Clamour for Glamour kicks off and unlike previous Fairest stories it focuses more on the Farm’s animal residents rather than a fair beauty.

Regular Fables artist Mark Buckingham switches pencils for pens as he take his first proper step into comic book writing. Having wrote the back-up story Pinocchio’s Army for Fables #100 Buckingham isn’t a complete stranger to writing as though it wasn’t your conventional comic book format it proved very entertaining. In this issue Buckingham does a tremendous job of following on from a very early plot development from Fables with Reynard’s boasting stirring up ill feelings in the other Farm Fables. The drama and suspense that this caused was very thrilling with the dialogue shared by Rose Red and King Cole being very intense.

It would’ve been nice if Buckingham also produced the art for this story but between writing this and drawing Fables that’s a hard ask. We are however graced with the fabulous artwork of former Jack of Fables artist Russ Braun with his wonderful art fitting the Farm setting perfectly. The detail and charm of Braun’s art proved very impressive with the sharp lines and beautiful scenery adding real definition. The facial expressions and emotions also proved very intense with the mixture of lighthearted and tension being astonishing.

Mark Buckingham makes a successful transition into writing as the latest Fairest story gets off to a fabulous start. Highly recommended.

  • + Reynard may very well have started a riot.
  • + Mark Buckingham makes a successful move from artist to writer.
  • + Jack of Fables artist Russ Braun does a terrific job on the artwork.
  • - Detracts from the series original concept.

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