High fantasy and mystery meet in Image Comics’ “Fairlady”
The concept behind Fairlady, the upcoming Image Comics fantasy series, is plenty interesting: after pulling an Éowyn, Jennifer Faulds decides to become the only female private investigator in the land after the war is over. That’s a cool concept, with lots of room for some great stories.
But with a pitch that reads as “Magnum P.I. meets Fables”? Yeah, SOLD.
Check out the details below.
A NEW CASE-SOLVING FANTASY SERIES FOR FANS OF FABLES BEGINS THIS APRIL IN FAIRLADY
Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over?
PORTLAND, OR 02/11/2019 — Writer Brian Schirmer, artist Claudia Balboni (Star Trek), and colorist Marissa Louise team up for Fairlady—an all-new fantasy series from Image Comics this April.
"I realized that there wasn't a fantasy series that focused on a female private detective, and then I realized how much I needed that to be a thing," said Schirmer. "I took a love of '70s and '80s shows like Magnum, P.I. and The Rockford Files, poured that into a big bowl of Middle Earth, and added dashes of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and Mignola, and Barbarians Conan and Thundarr. Then we dropped in a tough outsider in the form of our protagonist, Jenner Faulds, the land's only female private investigator. Let the limitless stories begin!"
In Fairlady, after posing as a man to join the army, Jenner Faulds returns home to The Feld for a new start as a “Fairman”—a specially licensed private investigator. But sexism didn’t end on the battlefield, and as the only “Fairlady,” Jenner gets stuck with the cases nobody else wants. Hitting the streets to solve The Feld’s overlooked mysteries, Jenner finds that the smallest cases hide the biggest secrets.
Fairlady blends the procedural case-solving of Magnum, P.I. and Fables, but is set in a vibrant, Rat Queens-like high fantasy world. This debut issue and each following issue will feature a complete 30-page story.
Fairlady #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on April 10.