I read a fair number of graphic novels, but Fairlady: Volume One written by Brian Schirmer and illustrated by Claudia Balboni, departs from most of the Super Hero, SF, and Fantasy graphic novels I usually buy. Jenner Faulds, who disguised herself as a man to fight in a war, returns home to The Feld for a new start after the war ends. Jenner decides to become a “Fairman,” a licensed private investigator. But, Jenner calls herself a “Fairlady”–the only one–and tackles cases the other Fairman won’t touch.
So Fairlady is a mashup of police procedurals and fantasy. Each of the five issues collected in Fairlady: Volume One includes a self-contained story. My favorite adventure was “The Case of the Missing Page.” If you’re looking for mystery with a fantasy setting, I recommend the Fairlady series. GRADE: B
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
The Case of the Blue Rock
The Dead Fairman Mystery
The Case of the Barbarian’s Secret
The Case of the Missing Page
The Case of the Missing Murderess