Written by: Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges
Art by: Travis Moore, Michael Wiggan and Todd Klein
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2016
My only foray into the world of Fables was the Vertigo/Dc Digital First book, Fables: The Wolf Among Us which I enjoyed quite a bit. Nowadays, the whole Fables concept is no longer new and there are so many variations that you can take your pick which one is your favorite (mine being the Sisters Grimm books). The thing I like best about the comics, however, is the more mature and adult nature of the whole thing. The Wolf Among Us was not a book for the young ones and with the same team on this one, I expect the same. So, is that the case and is it any good? Let's find out...
Well, that mystery was solved rather quickly as the first couple of pages feature blood, guts, gore and a motorcycle cutting a path through a horde of zombies! Not good for the young ones, but I'm not young and I had a big smile on my face!
The first handful of pages are an overload of explanation and visuals and while I didn't quite understand it all just yet, it had me excited nonetheless. The world of Fables has become less secret and while there are new Fables being created in the world, the old guard, or Shadow Players, are the ones in control and policing things.
This comes into play as we see some old faces and a new recruit, Conner, being accepted into the Shadow Players. Yes, he is the son of Bigby Wolf and Snow White and he rides off with Feathertop in a flying Aston Martin! How's that for a beginning!
We continue with Hansel, Bo Peep and Peter in Union Station, St. Louis about to retrieve the "package" they were sent for. There is a bit of a dispute with how things are being run and Hansel gives Bo the old Nancy Kerrigan treatment .
Meanwhile, we see Conner being given the two cent tour by Feathertop. He meets some characters he'll be working with and for and then gets his first case...catching some Museum thieves with eyes on artifacts pertaining to resurrection.
We then switch back to see that Hansel has definitely gone rogue and when Peter catches up to him, he finds out why. No Fabletown means no Compact and Hansel is looking out for #1.
The issue ends with one of the goriest scenes I have seen in a long time and also a lesson to everyone that you should always stick to the plan and heed any warnings you get along the way.
Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges throw the reader head first into the story, but make sure to at least point the way if not hold the reader's hand. This is a mature title with gore, four letter words and such and I don't know about you, but that's a breath of fresh air to me. I already told you that I am not a Fables fanboy, but I'll tell you now...I'm intrigued by what I read here and I will be back for more.
I will also tell you something I am very sure of...I love Travis Moore's art! It's gritty and realistic while also maintaining a sort of cartoony look as well. What I'm saying is that is looks fantastic and fits the story so well. Kudos to the entire art team.
Bits and Pieces:
The first issue of Everafter has me confused in a good way and I can't wait to learn more about these characters and their world. Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges do a good job of getting the reader (almost) up to speed and then pulling the rug from under them and making them scramble for their lives. Travis Moore contributes his usual kick ass art and we are left with a debut that has me excited to dig into more right now!