Fairlady #1

Writer: Brian Schirmer Artist: Claudia Balboni, Marissa Louise Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 10, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 12
8.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating


Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over?

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.

Writer Brian Schirmer, artist Claudia Balboni (Star Trek), and colorist Marissa Louise team up for FAIRLADY-an all-new series with more

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Apr 10, 2019

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Apr 9, 2019

    A highly satisfying self-contained first issue that seeds excellent thematic ground for the book to explore moving forward. Fairlady #1 is a fantasy mystery noir, with muscular scripting and lucious artwork. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Apr 10, 2019

    Writer Brian Schirmer delivers a tight, engaging script, delivering exactly what he promises on the cover: a complete Fairlady mystery from start to finish, no cliffhangers, but with enough worldbuilding throughout the issue that you find yourself with a bigger picture view of the world and a nagging sense that there's something much larger afoot as Jenner and Oanu investigate. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Apr 10, 2019

    This is an ongoing series, structured in five issue arcs. Schirmer and Balboni also have set themselves the task of providing a complete story in an issue. Given today's usual preference to write for trades, I have to say, I like the nod back to yesteryear especially as it gives the impression that every issue will be a valid jumping on point. All in all, this is an intriguing read based in a new world, with Schirmer's influences clearly seen throughout the book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Elizabeth Fazzio Apr 11, 2019

    There is a character. Who wears an octopus. For a hat. I realize that I've drawn attention to this fact twice already but I feel it bears repeating. I don't think he'll be in any future issues, but for three glorious panels, he existed, and for this I am eternally grateful. Brian Schirmer "pitched Fairlady as 'a gender-swapped Magnum P.I. in a post-War-of-the-Ring world'", and it certainly lives up to that description. The concept of a defunct war machine being left in the wilds and becoming a thriving community is beautiful, and also wonderfully whimsical in the sense that addresses in this story read like "Bungalow Road, Left Hand East". I find myself wondering if "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" is the favorite local sport. We're getting a lot in this book"a fantastically original menage of known tropes, great writing, gorgeous art"and I'm sincerely excited to see whither this story wanders! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Apr 12, 2019

    The cumulative effect of all this is a debut issue that, on a technical level, accomplishes so much so well. In many ways it represents the platonic ideal of a modern one-and-done comic. That Schirmer, Balboni et al. achieve this while also constructing a fresh and engaging fantasy tale marks them all as premiere talents to watch. It also makes Fairlady #1 one of the most satisfying debut issues you'll read this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Apr 10, 2019

    Fairlady #1 was a strong start to this new series. It still has a long way to go with the story, but I get the impression that we're going to learn a lot more about our main characters, as well as the world at large. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Apr 15, 2019

    After reading Fairlady I am honestly surprised that more detective stories haven't been told in fantasy settings. Thankfully, so far, this one is good. The creative team behind this story has done a great job of setting up the universe. I'm excited to see what the future holds for this series and I am hopeful that the interesting backstory provided has a big payoff in later issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Apr 11, 2019

    All in all, this was a really fun issue with its premise and done in one story. The fact that the issue is 30 pages long for the same price as most other issues on the comic rack and it includes some great back matter - a whole separate written mystery was added to the first issue - makes this comic good value for your money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Apr 9, 2019

    Fairlady begins with a well thought out set up to an intriguing mystery in a fascinating post-apocalyptic, post technological, fantasy world. So far, it looks like it should be interesting and fun, with the bigger conspiracy promising a greater depth to the story which is a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Apr 11, 2019

    Solid detective work in a high fantasy world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Apr 11, 2019

    Fairlady is a promising start that establishes its exciting duo and the world they inhabit very nicely. Its fantasy procedural nature is really exciting and sure to grip a great many. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Apr 11, 2019

    "Fairlady" is an overall solid procedural and comic that lacks distracting frills as it gives you the fantasy procedural you were sold on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Jeffords Jr. Apr 9, 2019

    Going into Fairlady, I had a sense of owe and wonder, with it being a case per issue bringing up "isms" we face in real life. Everything about it seemed cool, a mix of Fantasy and Noir genre, a bad ass female lead, a feline anthropomorphic partner, and a complete story in each issue. I can say yes it had all of these but they all seem to fall flat and not grip one into this new Fantasy world. I'm hoping the the next issue improves on these negatives in this issue and shows us a great new Fantasy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Mar 24, 2019

    Overall, the similarities between Fairlady and Saga drag it down and make it this an underwhelming experience, which is a real shame. Fairlady really deserves to have its own voice and style, and theres the potential for this to be a great series but at the moment, its just coming across as a pale imitation of someone elses work for the time being. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bigpoppa393 Apr 14, 2019

    this was pretty fun. I want #2.

  • 6.0
    Brion Salazar Apr 12, 2019

    A buddy-cop movie set in a Fantasy landscape, Fairlady #1 bends some familiar tropes into a dull adventure story that is more commoner than countess.

    The War of The Harshland is over and having served her country, even though they didn’t want her because she is a woman, Jenner Fauld has returned home to become the first FairLady, a licensed investigator; A profession formerly held only by men.

    With the help of her trusty anthropomorphic partner Oanu, they take on jobs that put them in contact with all sort of dangerous and strange characters across the realm. We quickly learn that the Harshlands can be harsh to those that are not men, human or otherwise.

    Instead of solid character development that should more

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