Fiction Squad #1

Fiction Squad #1

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Ramon Bachs Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: October 1, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
7.6Critic Rating
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Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children's Realm. After transferring in from the realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case.

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 1, 2014

    Another wonderful aspect to the comic is Jenkins' frequent hilarious lines and turns of phrase, like Alice's gang, which includes the Mad Hatter, being named the Tea Party, giving that term yet another disparate meaning. With such a dense and diverse backdrop, Jenkins and Bachs manage to conjure up the same kind of fascination that many had when they first heard these stories. Like Tim Burton did with the holiday-blending "Nightmare Before Christmas," the creators of "Fiction Squad" #1 blend an array of beloved childhood stories, give them a fresh slant with a definitely grown-up feel, and tell a story that's absolutely fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Oct 1, 2014

    All in all Fiction Squad #1 is a fun read that pretty much anyone can enjoy. We get the start of a new detective story that expands the world of Fablewood and shows howfamiliar stories can betold in new, interesting ways. It's off to a good start and I can't wait to pick up the next issue. If you enjoyed Fairy Quest or just want a good detective story then I highly suggest picking Fiction Squad #1 as you'll be hooked by the first few pages. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely Oct 1, 2014

    Fiction Squad is a book worth reading. It's well written and drawn, and I am interested in seeing how all of the different stories we already know will come together in this book. It's always fun to see classic characters we see as good on the other side. Aside from the overly busty female characters this book is promising a hit. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Sep 30, 2014

    In the end, the story ends up being that same kind of mixed bag. On a fundamental level, this story is not taking itself seriously, and that is fine because it is not trying to. This makes it a fun and relatively compact read, but equally it is lacking a lot of depth as humor at the pre-established characters expense often takes the place of good plot development or effective dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Ian Bonar Oct 1, 2014

    It would be a crime not to give this new comic a chance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lisa Wu Oct 7, 2014

    This fun, literary, and riveting new series of BOOM! Is worth following as the idea, story, and talent are all there to give you a fun new twist on your childhood past. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 30, 2014

    Fiction Squad is unmistakably fun, even if it is treading some more than familiar ground in the process. It's not a wholly original take on the genre, but given the nature of the material Jenkins is playing with, it doesn't have to be. Indeed, it flat out recognizes that all stories are borrowing elements from similar tales, so the comedy of recognition is something that it tries to work in its favor. It's the kind of concept that tends to work best in short bursts, and while this is solicited as a mini-series, it will be interesting to see if the narrative can sustain its core pun-damentals over the course of an entire series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Oct 2, 2014

    The idea is pretty interesting this time around. While Fairy Quest seems to be more of a concept of free will and adventures, which could connect with readers differently depending on their ages, Fiction Squad has a much more noir and crime drama tone. Jenkins has presented some great ideas already in issue one, and the seeds of what is to come make this a pretty cool new series. As Detective Mack turns to some of his regular sources, there is a smart use of a lot of the characters and their stories. A few instances tend to grate a bit as the puns and nods to the nursery rhymes wear a little as the story moves forward. Still, the integration of the different worlds and tales make the overall experience rather fun and Fiction Squad #1 is a good opening chapter. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Oct 21, 2014

    The larger plot threads, and minor story arch are interweaving well, and Jenkins pacing is as consummate as anyone who has had their name on comics for this long. While the story wasnt highly imaginative, Im guessing a real injection of creativity is around the corner. It isnt present in this first issue, but Im sure it will manifest shortly. Read Full Review

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