Writer Brian Schirmer, artist Claudia Balboni (Star Trek), and colorist Marissa Louise’s new whodunit fantasy series Fairlady launched with a West Coast signing tour and early fan support. Fairlady #1 will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with the enthusiasm for the new series.
This debut issue and each following issue will feature a complete 30-page story and blends the procedural case-solving of Magnum, P.I. and Fables, with a Rat Queens-like high-fantasy aesthetic.
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 #1, second printing (Diamond Code MAR198112) will be available on Wednesday, May 15. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 22.
Fairlady #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
Select praise for Fairlady:
“The book promises a police-procedural-meets-urban-fantasy vibe, but what really sets it apart is that each 30-page issue purports to be a complete one-and-done story, making the barrier for entry particularly low.” —Paste Magazine
“A stellar first issue of what promises to be an excellent series. The writing, the complete ‘one and done’ story format, the art, and even the carefully crafted culture of The Feld all makes the book a standout. Come for the anthropomorphic cat, stay for a genuinely original and fascinating story that will leave you wanting more in the best way possible.” —ComicBook.com
“An enjoyable read. There aren’t enough stories like this on the stands today, old-school detective stories that allow you to pick up a single issue and enjoy a complete story, whether the overarching mystery is solved or not.” —Newsarama
“Its fantasy procedural nature is really exciting and sure to grip a great many.”
“Fairlady is Columbo by way of Conan, a tight little procedural with fantasy flare.”
—Jim Zub, Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons
“A fun, smart book with a great hook. Worth your time.”
—Antony Johnston, Atomic Blonde, The Fuse