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Review – Fairlady #4 (Image Comics)

Fairlady #4(Image Comics) variant cover art(detail) by Justin Greenwood, Brad Simpson
Fairlady #4
Overall
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8.5/10
  • Writing - 8.75/10
    8.8/10
  • Art - 8.25/10
    8.3/10
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Summary

Author: Brian Schirmer
Artist: Claudia Balboni
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: David Bowman
Cover Artist: Claudia Balboni & Marissa Louise
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: Mature
Release Date: July 17th, 2019

Fairlady #4 continues the quest of Jenner Faulds—the only Fairlady in the land. Here her new bounty is one that all book fans are familiar with.

 

Fairlady #4 Is the Embodiment of the Quest for Answers

Fairlady #4 continues Jenner Faulds’ journey. Though if you recall, one of the things that makes the Fairlady series so unique is that every issue has its own freestanding plot. So you can really read these in any order you like. That being said, I think this might be my favorite issue of the series. Though, maybe that is because of the book theme, but can you blame me there?

Once again, Jenner has taken up a new job as a Fairlady, though this time around it may have been slightly less optional for her. But that probably happens to everyone from time to time. But if you’ve ever wanted to see a bounty hunter go on what has to be the most peculiar quest yet, then check out this issue.

Writing

Fairlady #4(Image Comics)cover art by Claudia Balboni
Fairlady #4 (Image Comics) cover art by Claudia Balboni

Brian Schirmer has done an amazing job of making this series as unique as it is interesting. Better yet—it’s lived up to the promise of having each issue stand alone. Fairlady #4 is the perfect example of a freestanding plot. Once you know the world and have a general idea of Jenner’s character, you’re basically good to go.

This issue started out with a bit of a surprise, but it did a great job backtracking to then explain the situation. I love stories that start in the middle of the action—it gets your attention right away. As long as they explain it later, that is.

Fairlady #4 had a bit of a comical edge to it. And it worked oddly well with the series. Jenner’s latest bounty is…unusual. But it’s also something that many of us could sympathize with, in a way. And it certainly opened the door for lots of commentary and jokes.

The fourth issue in the series took advantage of different storytelling techniques to walk us through what happened. It was clever, and it kept things light and interesting. It also added some extra intrigue to an issue that was otherwise fairly relaxing.

Art

Fairlady #4 showed us more of Jenner’s world, and some of the beings that inhabit it. These characters were interesting to see, mainly because of the way they were designed. It can’t be easy coming up with creatures that look different while still having them fit into the surroundings.

Claudia Balboni was the artist for this issue, while Marissa Louise provided the colors. Together they brought this world to life. Not every panel was one to catch the eye—but they didn’t all need to be. The panels that were, though? They’re worth talking about. Some were striking—bold backdrops combined with text and brilliant pieces of art. Or amusing expressions—those were another highlight of mine. They coupled well with the story being told.

Conclusion

Fairlady #4 was a fun and enjoyable read. The added humor to the plot was much appreciated. The specific tone used fits well with Jenner and her strange world. The ending was oddly perfect, not that we can explain why without spoiling it all.

All in all, this issue was wonderful. The bounty was not something I expected to see—and yet it was something I feel that any reader can sympathize with and support. That certainly made the whole ordeal a lot more entertaining.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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