Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. After transferring in from the realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case.
Late last year, I had the opportunity to check out the first issue of a book I had really wanted to check out. My first knowledge of it had come from it’s very successful Kickstarter project, one I regrettably was unable to contribute to. Ever since I heard about it, it was a title I had a lot of interest in getting. After enjoying that first issue as I knew I would, it goes without saying that being able to read all six issues of Fiction Squad definitely made my week.
As long as I can remember, I have been such a fan of fairy tales and the many a twist that has been put on them. This particular variation brings us to Rimes, a city in the Children’s Realm, one of many within Fablewood. These books follow detective Frankie Mack, an unknown character from an unfinished novella. He finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind of murders, conspiracies, and a brewing war between the major factions within the realm. Along with his dimwitted partner Simple Simon, the two have to go to many lengths and put themselves at risk to solve this ever evolving case.
Let me tell you, from the cover of book one to the last page of book six, there is nothing but beautiful artwork throughout. The illustrations capture the likeness of so many popular characters, yet with their own unique flair for the book. All of the backdrops are wonderfully drawn, and the colors are absolutely spectacular. Just that in itself makes me want to see what the other series tied in look like.
Getting this chance to finally see all of these was such a treat for me. This is easily one of my favorite books in both the story and the art. I would gladly recommend this to every person looking for a great title to read. Grab this without hesitation, and do as I plan to eventually and seek out the other Fablewood books.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.