Detectives in a sci-fantasy world encounter aliens, robot Jaegers, and wizards! You’ve played this scenario on RPG night!
Written by Brian Schirmer
Illustrated by Claudia Balboni
Colored by Marissa Louise
Lettering by David Bowman
Published by Image
Synopsis: FairMen are licensed investigators. Jenner Faulds has returned to society following post apocalyptic war. She has been hired by a wizard to secure his tower. This arrangement yields free time that she hires out as the land’s only FairLady.
Samanda Messilis is missing and Jenner has been hired to find her. Without explanation we start reading Samanda’s journal. I initially thought it was Jenner’s.
We get to see the crime scene and to the team’s credit, they allow us to draw conclusions along with the characters in a unique way.
Jenna travels with a Jesu, a kind of Wookiee cat, named Oanu for muscle.
A point about the art. In general I like it. It doesn’t get in the way. Jenner, however, is drawn in a way that she seems to always be rolling her eyes. She must be remarkably short.
The character design could use more asymmetric treatment. I thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy landscapes and place names.
The business transactions in the story don’t make sense. Jenner gets paid twice to fail to bring in Samanda.
Recreating the interrogation room from Dr. No was interesting as a choice. I wonder if it is a dark foreshadowing of things to come.
Some story flaws. People that pay for privacy have the only curtain doorways in the book.
Jenner delivers some smack down and breaks a pendant but we don’t have an explanation for her anger. Two pages she seems very sad about the same things. The fragments of the journal don’t explain Jenner’s struggle with clarity.
In my opinion, drop the use of the flash-forward and flesh out the unexplained bits.
I call this a buy and look forward to issue #2 if the team sticks to this formula and presentation.
I give it 3½ of 5 stars.
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