Manga Monday: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest Vol. 1

Series: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest
Writer/Artist: Taeo Tono
Creator: Fuse
Character Design: Mitz Vah
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: November 3, 2021
Received: NetGalley

Do you love the series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and want to see more of the many characters revolving around the main one? Or are you like me, where you want to give the series a try but are looking for a low-key entry point? Either way, be sure to check out That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest Vol. 1.

Rimuru the slime has created a fantastic country for all beings. Visiting this country, we’ll find three guests: Phos the fox girl (on a mission, naturally), Stella the dragon girl (a Millim fan to her core), and Nemu the winged girl (a very sleepy harpy).

Trinity in Tempest Vol. 1 is essentially a series of side quests set in the same world (and city) of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. It’s cute and fun, and I imagine the perfect stopgap for those stuck waiting between seasons (or volume, what have you).

Honestly, it made me really want to give the main series (both manga and anime) a try – which is exactly what I was hoping for! So you better believe that it is getting added to the list, and as soon as I have time, I’ll be delving in.

I really enjoyed these short stories from Phos, Stella, and Nemu. We got to know Phos the best, and in many ways, she felt like the main protagonist to this side quest. Even when Stell and Nemu get introduced, we essentially see them through her perspective. This made for a grounding element within the volume instead of having two jarring transitions as we swapped to different characters.

The artwork within That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Trinity in Tempest Vol. 1 is bold, bright, and a ton of fun. Much like the samples I’ve seen from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. I love the way Rimuru made an appearance here and there, as it became a big deal both in story and art.

Thanks to Kodansha Comics and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review – Captain Marvel #17 (Marvel Comics)

Introducing The Nexus In Captain Marvel #17

After the dramatic conclusion of ‘The Last Avenger,’ it’s time for something completely different! Captain Marvel #17 brings with it several friends – old and new – as well as a new adventure for them all to take on.

After all, every hero needs to attempt to have downtime, right? Granted, it usually never works out with these guys, at least not for an entire issue. Hence the introduction of a new villain and the challenges he brings with him.

After everything that happened in the last plot arc, this almost feels like a palette cleanser—seeing Carol running around with some of her best friends and just trying to take it easy (for once in her life). It’s refreshing and playful (well, mostly).

Writing

Kelly Thompson is still at the helm of this series, which is great. Thompson understands the need for humor to balance out the raw energy of events, and thus we have Captain Marvel #17. It’s a thrilling issue, with lots of excuses to have a bit of fun.

Sure, there’s a new villain introduced, and his brilliance makes him pretty terrifying, but the real highlight of the issue is the team on display. Some of Marvel’s favorites are all in one issue, bringing with them their unique personalities.

It makes for a lot of sass and even more fun. This is exactly what fans needed after everything else that Carol has been through recently. Likely it’s going to prove to be the calm before the storm or something like that, but I, for one, know I’m going to enjoy the reprieve.

This is just one of those issues that will make you smile. Okay, not the more intense scenes; those will make you concerned. But everything else? Yeah, you’re going to smile. How can you not, given who’s tagging along for the ride?

Art

The artwork within Captain Marvel #17 is as vibrant as the plot. This is an issue packed full of characters with personalities, and it was perfect. Each character immediately rang true as to who they were, even outside of their costumes (with one major exception – who continued to wear her costume).

Francesco Manna was the lead artist, taking over for this plot to portray all of the chaos and humor that comes with six heroes trying to take a break. The variations in their expressions really sell the whole thing, as does the portrayal of their powers during climatic scenes.

Carlos Lopez took charge of the coloring, and you can tell that they probably had a little bit of fun here. The colors are so vibrant, yet they felt perfect for everything that was going on. The characters are bright and their powers even brighter.

VC’s Clayton Cowles is the mind behind the lettering for this issue, and unsurprisingly they did a fantastic job as well. There was a lot going on in this issue, and thus a lot for the lettering to keep up with.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #17 was the perfect issue to follow the last plot arc in the series. It still threw a serious villain at Captain Marvel (and her friends) while also feeling a bit freer to have some fun. This is likely something that happens to Carol all the time, so it’s a delight to see portrayed here.

Taking a peek at the cover for Captain Marvel #18 hints at something major about to occur. Then again, with Empyre pulling in leading characters like Carol, that’s probably not as big of a surprise as it should be. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – Exorsisters #6 (Image Comics)

A Trial of Heaven And Hell in Exorsisters #6

Cate and Kate are not precisely normal twins, but they’re making it work in Exorsisters #6. More accurately, their loyalty to one another has no bounds. Not even when they’re handed everything they could have ever desired.

Something tremendous and terrifying is looming on the horizon. Something so powerful as to bend the wills of even angels. Naturally, that means our two Exorsisters are about to throw themselves directly in that path. It’s sort of what they do.

For those that are a bit newer to this series, Kate and Cate aren’t twins. They’re two halves of the same whole. Literally, one is the soul of the other, but through a twisted series of events, they’ve become separated, and they prefer to see themselves as twins now.

Writing

Written by Ian Boothby, Exorsisters #6 is as fun and chaotic as the rest of the series. If not more so. This is a series unafraid to make rough jokes and references, all in the name of having fun. After all, the series is based on two sisters who hunt demons for a living. Things are going to get a little bit crazy from time to time.

This issue is also mildly heartbreaking in its way. Once again, we’re reminded of the hell that Cate and Kate have gone through (in one of their cases, we mean that literally). It’s an essential part of their backstory, so a reminder is needed. But the way it was done…just ouch. Poor Cate.

Meanwhile, Kate’s side of the story is refreshingly fun and witty. Okay, it’s a little dark too, but so is the character, so who’s surprised by that revelation? It doesn’t stop her from having any fun, and we should enjoy the laughs as well.

This issue made great use of split perspectives to tell a larger story. The scene is being set, and whatever is coming is going to be massive. This new arc has been interesting from the first moment, but the buildup makes it even more intriguing.

Art

Exorsisters #6 is full of creative storytelling through the use of artwork. To say that it makes for a thrilling comic series would be an understatement. There are many striking scenes to be found within these pages, thanks mainly to the creative color palettes and character designs.

Gisele Lagace was the lead artist for this issue, and they did an excellent job of portraying all of the insanity that makes this series work. Cate and Kate are unique characters, and that fact is as clear as day, thanks to Lagace.

Meanwhile, Pete Pantazis was in charge of coloring, which is one of the most distinctive features of this issue (and series as a whole). Vibrant colors pop out against intentionally dull backdrops, the result being something eye-catching and evocative.

Finally, there’s Taylor Esposito, who was in charge of the lettering. There are a lot of one-liners in this issue, and that means they had to be placed with perfection to carry the same punch. That is a challenge that Esposito was more than willing to meet, and you can tell they had a bit of fun in the process.

Conclusion

It is shockingly good to have Exorsisters back and updating once again. This series has been fun from the start, but with the new arc that Exorsisters #6 brought with it, things are sure to get more intense from here. I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next. All while seeing how these strange sisters deal with it all.

Manga Monday: Shangri-La Frontier Vol. 1

Series: Shangri-La Frontier
Author: Katarina
Artist: Fuji Ryosuke
Translator: Kevin Gifford
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: December 8, 2021
Revived: NetGalley

Shangri-La Frontier Vol. 1 is the start to an all-new adventure, one that absolutely captivates high school student Rakuro Hizutome. I can’t say I blame him – who hasn’t gotten a little bit too into a video game before? It happens.

Rakuro Hizutome has earned a bit of a reputation in the gaming community. You see, he prefers to the games known as being the shittiest out there. It’s his passion – finding a hidden treasure (read: piece of garbage) and completing what so few people have done before.

However, upon the recommendation of another game, Rakuro Hizutome caves and decides to try one of the most popular VR games available: Shangri-La Frontier. In other words, he’s going to jump from one of the worst games possible to one of the best.

There is something innately charming about bad video games, isn’t there? There’s also something quite frustrating about them, so I respect any player that can actually make their way through an entire gauntlet of them.

This concept makes for an interesting basis, a kid going from horrible games to one fantastic game. It’s fun watching Rakuro’s reactions to a game that is carefully thought out. Though I think it’s safe to say that he’s already getting into more trouble in Shangri-La Frontier Vol. 1 than most would have anticipated.

Shangri-La Frontier Vol. 1 is a bit of a goofy read, but it has a lot of charm. That is what I enjoyed the most about this series, and it will probably be enough to tempt me into picking another volume when I have a moment to spare.

Thanks to Kodansha Comics and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review – Captain Marvel #16 (Marvel Comics)

When Heroes Come Together in Captain Marvel #16

Captain Marvel #16 brings with it the dramatic finale to ‘The Last Avenger’ plot arc. It’s one that many a fan has been eagerly waiting for – and it was worth the wait. This is a plot arc that has been dramatic from the start.

It’s also a plot getting a lot of ink, but the odds are good that you already know that (since you’re reading this review). To be fair, the whole plot brought us a handful of fights that fans have been hoping for, so you can’t blame us for chatting about it.

But this issue is about to bring all of that to an end as the plot wraps up. The real question is, how will Carol get out of the predicament she’s in? There’s no doubt that it’s quite the mess, albeit an entertaining one.

Writing

Captain Marvel #16 had big shoes to fill, thanks to the dramatic nature of previous issues in this plot. But don’t worry, it lived up to all of those expectations. Every moment of tension and buildup was spent here, providing a dramatic culmination of events.

Kelly Thompson delivered us a conclusion worth the wait. Carol’s fight is one that we knew was coming, but that just made it better. And frankly, there was no way we could predict how exactly the fight would go down—one more reason to be both concerned and eager for this issue.

Often, you’ll see a conclusion pick one dominant emotion, and run with it. That wasn’t the case here. It had extreme highs, full of hope and excitement. It also allowed for a few humorous moments, a fact that I very much appreciated (they have to let the tension out somehow, right?). It also wasn’t afraid to get dark or gross, which nicely balanced out everything else happening within this plot.

Looking back on it, you can see that there was a lot to love about this issue. Carol got her moment to shine, naturally. But it was more than that as well. Many other characters were pulled into this plot, and it felt like they were all respectfully handled (many even got a ‘moment’ which is always a nice touch). Though I might be biased, being that I’m thrilled to once again see Singularity (more of her, please!).

Art

The artwork inside Captain Marvel #16 was powerful and impressive. It perfectly supported the epic plot while throwing in a few fun twists along the way. This was every bit the dramatic finale I had been hoping for, grand fight included.

Lee Garbett was the lead artist for this issue, and they provided us with so many fantastic and memorable scenes. Carol Danvers was portrayed in her element here, both the good and the bad (or at least, the messy). It made her feel more real, and along with her, the struggle she was facing.

Tamra Bonvillain took up the coloring for Captain Marvel #16, and it was fantastic. I especially loved the muted tones for the flashbacks, as well as the color palettes for powers and movement. It really brought the whole look together.

Finally, VC’s Clayton Cowles provided the lettering, and it was the finishing touch this issue needed. Their carefully placed effects and conversations carried us throughout the panels in a smooth and even flow.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #16 was the dramatic and epic finale to this plot arc fans deserved. It was worth the buildup, and probably then some. Many fans have fallen in love with this version of Carol Danvers. Taking this into account her stubbornness and determination to save as many lives as possible.

Now we’re left wondering: what’s next? There’s no doubt that Carol is going to continue forward. We just don’t know what she’ll be facing next. Until then!

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – Fairlady #5 (Image Comics)

Time To Say Goodbye in Fairlady #5

Writer Brian Schirmer recently confirmed that Fairlady #5 was to be the last issue in the series. This is a shame for all the fans of the only fairlady. There’s hope that the series may be revived in time, especially given all of the attention it has managed to grab.

Knowing it was the last one (for a while), going into this issue was rough. That being said, it is worth reading, a potent reminder of why Jenner Faulds’ story is one worth following. Fairlady #5 may be the most dramatic issue to date, which makes the series ending all the more devastating.

Fairlady #5 did something different from the rest of the series. Unlike the first four issues, the plot introduced was not one that could have been resolved in just a single issue. One more reason to lament this being the last issue.

Writing

Brian Schirmer seriously upped the ante in Fairlady #5. Jenner’s quests have always been on the more dangerous side, but this was something entirely new. Even though they hadn’t planned on the series ending at this point, the issue ended on a shockingly emotional note.

Previously, each of the four issues could have been considered standalone. Of course, they involved the same main characters, but the plots were always wrapped up in a neat little bow. That changed for this issue.

Fairlady #5 pulled in elements from a previous plot to spin a new tale. That combined with the storytelling style used in this issue made it totally different from the others – and many other series out there.

The disjointed method of storytelling in this issue will keep readers in suspense all the way to the conclusion of the issue. And of course, it’ll leave many eager for more as well. Which, as I’ve stated above, is a complete shame.

Art

Fairlady has always had a unique handle on the artwork in the series, and Fairlady #5 is no exception here. The artwork perfectly supports the interesting storytelling methods used, fragmenting the panels in a way that matches the story itself.

Claudia Balboni was the lead artist in this issue, with Marissa Louise and Lesley Atlansky providing the colors. Together, they did a fantastic job bringing the final quest for the series to life.

There are many noteworthy elements in the art for this issue. The movement portrayed one of those elements. They were able to display a lot of action in a very clever way. It resulted in the pages looking busier at times, but that enhanced the pages more than anything.

The color palette was stunning, of course. Here, the artists gave us a night scene that genuinely felt dark and foreboding while still having the page be clear to the readers. This is a balance that isn’t easy to maintain.

Finally, David Bowman was the letterer for this issue, and he did a fantastic job. The lettering has always been an essential element to this series, mainly based on the way the story is told. And Fairlady #5 went above and beyond in that regard.

Conclusion

Fairlady #5 was perhaps the most decisive issue of the series, weaving old plots into the new and creating something so much larger than readers have ever expected. Jenner’s perspective was retrospective in a way that made it oddly perfect for the last issue.

This issue being so brilliant, did make the loss of the series hit home. Many fans are going to be sad to see this one go. Hopefully, there’ll be a second chance later down the line. Until then, appreciate what we’ve been given, right?

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review: ExtraOrdinary

Series: Villians #1.5
Author: V.E. Schwab
Artist: Enid Balam
Colorist: Jordi Escuin Llorach
Letterer: Rob Steen
Publisher: Titan Comics
Released: November 16, 2021
Received: Own

Okay, so I know that V.E. (Victoria) Schwab writing graphic novels is not new (she wrote a tie-in series for her Shades of Magic world), but this is the first time I got to read the issues/volumes as they came out, and I am so very excited about that!

ExtraOrdinary is set in the world of Villains, fitting snugly between Vicious and Vengeful. As a fan of Schwab’s that hasn’t had a chance to read those novels (yet! It’s on the list), I sincerely had no trouble diving headfirst into this world.

Sometimes when a person has a near-death experience, they come back different. In the world of ExtraOrdinary, they come back with powers. These people are known as “E.O.s.” Their powers run the gambit.

Unfortunately, not everyone in this world is willing to live and let live. Some believe that E.O.s need to be exterminated, even those without dangerous abilities. Including a certain E.O. who believes it is his duty to hunt (and kill) the rest. Imagine waking up in that world, with the ability to know exactly how you will die…and seeing his face.

Writing

So, I’ll admit that it was probably a bit of a mistake for me to jump right into ExtraOrdinary without reading Vicious (at the very least). However, I was too excited (read: impatient) to do anything else. Still, I enjoyed this world and am happy that I have two novels (at the moment – more will be coming) to enjoy in my near future.

Thus far, I’ve enjoyed everything Victoria Schwab has written, so I went into ExtraOrdinay with high hopes. Hopes that were not disappointed. This is such a fascinating world with SO much potential.

I’m sure that the other novels delve further into abilities, different characters, and the consequences of it all. So I’m not going to focus too heavily on the millions of questions I am left with.

Charlotte Tills is a character that immediately grabbed my heartstrings. She survived something terrible, only to have the horror keep on rolling. It’s easy to see the drawback with her ability, as it is both passive and inescapable.

I wouldn’t have minded a slower pace surrounding the secondary characters and the break-in, but I imagine that more of that might happen in the novels, as I mentioned earlier? I certainly hope so. Finally, there’s the antagonist. Everything about this guy reads as somebody you love to hate – and boy did I relish that opportunity!

Art

If I’m being completely honest here (and I always strive to do so), what I loved the most about ExtraOrdinary is the artwork. It was so vibrant, especially when it came to portraying different abilities. I could picture myself happily looking at a hundred more pages of this artwork or buying a print (or ten). And don’t even get me started on those variant covers!

Enid Balam’s artwork is so bold and evocative. It’s partially because of how Charlotte is portrayed that I felt so strongly for her. The way her ability reflects on every surface – it’s harrowing. And the artist does not let the readers forget this.

I also really enjoyed how the rest of the world moved around these characters. I won’t go so far as to say it was muted…but you can feel the difference between the E.O.s and the ones hunting them…and the ones that are oblivious.

What threw me head over heels would be the coloring provided by Jordi Escuin Llorach. That vibrant red on each title page slays me – it’s so perfect. Meanwhile, the characters pop from the pages, thanks to a clever balance of bright accent details (hair, clothing, etc.) against duller backdrops.

Finally, there’s the lettering. Rob Steen did a brilliant job here; you can feel the tension as things turn more hectic. Likewise, the lettering works hard not to overtake everything else on the pages (which is quite a lot, come to think of it). It’s a careful balance, but one that was struck nonetheless.

Conclusion

ExtraOrdinary was an enchanting and shocking introduction into the world of Villains. I know that it was not intended to be an introduction, but that’s how it ended up for me. It was more than enough to leave me eager for the next two books in the series, not to mention anything else that may come my way.

Manga Monday: I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss, Vol. 1

Series: I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss
Author: Sarasa Nagase
Artist: Mai Murasaki
Publisher: Yen On
Released: October 12, 2021
Received: NetGalley

I have been seeing so many reincarnation variations like this one. You’d think by now I would be able to resist one when it came across my plate. You’d be wrong. I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss, Vol. 1 is the start of a new series by Sarasa Nagase and Mai Murasaki.

For a moment there, it looked like Aileen’s life was falling apart. Then the memories from her past life started flowing into her. Now, she understands that her new life is part of a video game plot, and she knows how to take advantage of the situation.

Rather than relegating her life to that of a villainess, as the game would have her do, Aileen is going to do something different. She’s going to take the story by its horns and tame the final boss herself. Who’s going to stop her?

It seems like I’ve been reading a lot of reincarnated villainess tales lately (there are a veritable ton of them on Tapas, for those wondering). But I’m not going to complain about that. I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss, Vol. 1 was a quick and fun read that once again created a unique spin within the genre.

Personally, I really loved the core concept of this one. I like the idea of a character like Aileen taking ownership of her life – it is such a liberating thought, don’t you think? Anyway, it made for a solid foundation here, and I’m clearly going to have to make a point of following this series because I’m too curious to give up now.

Thanks to Yen On and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Review – Captain Marvel #15 (Marvel Comics)

The Battle of the Avengers in Captain Marvel #15

Captain Marvel #15 is an issue that many Carol Danvers fans have been eagerly awaiting. This issue is part of ‘The Last Avenger’ plot arc, and it has been a scenic ride from the very first moment. Due to a strange series of circumstances (which I will not spoil here), Carol has been tasked with fighting the Avengers.

Yes, you read that right. This entire plot arc has been a series of fights that we’ve dreamed of seeing. Best of all, there’s actual reason and justification behind it. It’s made for some intense reading, but it has also been highly entertaining.

This is a plot arc that has been getting a lot of ink. And honestly? With good reason. Thus far, we’ve seen Carol take on some of the most famous Avengers – all while showing her unique spin. These fights show off Carol at her best and her worst. And that makes it perfect for her fans.

Writing

Captain Marvel #15 was a fantastic read. It’s an issue that I’m sure many fans have been looking forward to. Especially after the way Captain Marvel #14 left off. Trust me when I say that it not only lived up to those expectations but surpassed them.

Kelly Thompson really put out all the stops for this issue. This was a dramatic read, with Carol fighting to do what was right while stuck in an impossible position. More than that, this issue really tried to do justice to the other Avengers shown. That is a task easier said than done, given the circumstances. But it was done well here.

As with the last few fights in this series, the fighting in this issue was so carefully planned out. You can tell that a lot of thought was put into how each and every one of these fights should go down. That they were also respectful to the other heroes involved speaks volumes.

This issue wasn’t just all fighting. There’s so much more building up, both behind the scenes and right in front of our eyes. We’re not at a point where we can guess what will happen next, and that’s a good thing. Only time will tell how ‘The Last Avenger’ concludes.

Art

The artwork behind Captain Marvel #15 is awe-inspiring. There are several fight scenes portrayed, all of varying power levels with different settings. That’s a lot for any single artist. Throw in the fact that we’ve got a dozen recognizable characters, and you’ve officially got a lot going on.

Lee Garbett, the lead artist for this project, certainly didn’t shy away from that fact. They created some unforgettable scenes. While all of the battles were impressive, it’s the scene on page fifteen that is breathtaking. It’s so dramatic and intense, all while being a moment that we’ve been waiting for. It was worth the wait.

Tamra Bonvillain was the colorist for this issue, and they did an excellent job, as always. The snowy color palette is probably one of the highlights for this issue, alongside the choices made for portraying powers.

Finally, VC’s Clayton Cowles was responsible for the lettering. It’ll probably come as no surprise to hear that their work was ideal for this plot arc. Their words carried us from one corner of a panel to the next, ensuring that we didn’t miss a moment of it.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #15 is one of the most dramatic additions to the latest plot arc. A fact that is really saying something, given how enthralling this entire arc has been. I know that I personally can’t wait to see what will happen next.

This issue will also hold a special place in my heart forever. I adore how the rest of the Avengers were portrayed. They were more than enemies, more than background characters. They were dynamic and essential parts and will surely be vital in the upcoming issues as well.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

Review – Fairlady #4 (Image Comics)

Fairlady #4 is the Embodiment of the Quest for Answers

Fairlady #4 continues Jenner Faulds’ journey. Though if you recall, one thing that makes the Fairlady series so unique is that every issue has its freestanding plot. So you can read these in any order you like. That being said, I think this might be my favorite issue of the series. Though maybe that is because of the book theme, can you blame me there?

Once again, Jenner has taken up a new job as a Fairlady. However, this time around, it may have been slightly less optional for her. But that probably happens to everyone, from time to time. But if you’ve ever wanted to see a bounty hunter go on what has to be the most peculiar quest yet, then check out this issue.

Writing

Brian Schirmer has done a fantastic job of making this series as unique as it is interesting. Better yet – it’s lived up to the promise of having each issue standalone. Fairlady #4 is the perfect example of a freestanding plot. Once you know the world and have a general idea of Jenner’s character, you’re good to go.

This issue started with a bit of a surprise, but it did an excellent job backtracking to explain the situation. I love stories that begin in the middle of the action – it gets your attention right away. As long as they describe it later, that is.

Fairlady #4 had a bit of a comical edge to it. And it worked oddly well with the series. Jenner’s latest bounty is…unusual. But it’s also something that many of us could sympathize with, in a way. And it certainly opened the door for lots of commentary and jokes.

The fourth issue in the series took advantage of different storytelling techniques to walk us through what happened. It was clever, and it kept things light and interesting. It also added some extra intrigue to an issue that was otherwise somewhat relaxing.

Art

Fairlady #4 showed us more of Jenner’s world and some of the beings that inhabit it. These characters were interesting to see, mainly because of the way they were designed. It can’t be easy to come up with creatures that look different while still fitting into the surroundings.

Claudia Balboni was the artist for this issue, while Marissa Louise provided the colors. Together they brought this world to life. Not every panel was one to catch the eye – but they didn’t all need to be. The panels that were, though? They’re worth talking about. Some were striking – bold backdrops combined with text and brilliant pieces of art. Or amusing expressions – those were another highlight of mine. They coupled well with the story being told.

Conclusion

Fairlady #4 was a fun and enjoyable read. The added humor to the plot was much appreciated. The specific tone used fits well with Jenner and her strange world. The ending was oddly perfect, not that we can explain why without spoiling it all.

All in all, this issue was wonderful. The bounty was not something I expected to see – and yet it was something I feel that any reader can sympathize with and support. That certainly made the whole ordeal a lot more entertaining.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

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