Review: ‘Fairy Quest’ #1

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Fairy Quest, a $95,100 backed Kickstarter success story from industry veterans Paul Jenkins (“Sentry”, “Deathmatch”) and Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man”), has now been re-released as a two-part mini-series by BOOM! Having previously worked together on Marvel’s “Spectacular Spider-Man”, these acclaimed comic creators continue to blow the masses away with their imaginative take on the traditional fairy tale genre, utilizing themes of tyranny, oppression, and revolution to do so.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Jenkins
ART BY: Humberto Ramos
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 6th

The setting of “Fairy Quest” takes place in the world of Fablewood, where all of the stories that we know and love exist in the same despotic universe ruled by Mister Grimm. The characters are made to continuously re-tell their stories sans deviating from the script, or face extreme consequences. But under the Big Brother surveillance of Mister Grimm and his Think Police, the characters who dare to think and dream for themselves are at risk of having their minds wiped inside the Mind Eraser.

It’s a tale that follows Red (Riding Hood) and Woof (Big Bad Wolf), who’ve become friends regardless of their scripted history, and sees them embarking on a quest to find RealWorld, a place where they can be free without having to tell their stories under the tyrannical eyes of their oppressors. Red and Woof’s journey will be a challenging and dangerous one, as they travel through all of Fablewood meeting various familiar characters along the way; my favourite appearing in the last panel which features Ramos’ best artistic work in this issue, thus far.

I can’t imagine anyone else but Humberto Ramos drawing this series, as his dynamic, slightly manga inspired style lends itself to the overall feel of the genre. He’s tackling an enormously huge challenge in creating Fablewood, populating the Kingdom with villages, woods, castles, and candy houses. It’s a visually ambitious project, as there are numerous scenes with many signature characters featured in a variety of different panels, but he rises to the challenge. Because “Fairy Quest” is an action/adventure chase story, the characters can’t look like their traditional versions for the sake of authenticity, and Ramos does a fantastic job making them all look eccentric and unique.

Paul Jenkins’ writing brings a whole new perspective to traditional fairy tales with his charming re-imagining of the original stories. It’s obvious that he has a firm understanding of the quintessential aspects the genre needs to appeal to the masses, as he scribes a light-hearted adventure tale, with slightly sinister undertones, that will leave readers wanting more.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – ShadowJayd