Fairest 7 Review Short Version: Jack of Fables scribe Matt Sturges takes over Fairest writing duties and brings us a stand-alone tale of Beast in the late 1940s. It’s got some crime noir-style action in it, and some really awesome art from Shawn McManus but, most of all, by the end I found Beast’s story to be both resonant and interesting. Even if you’re not reading Fairest otherwise, this is a good issue to pick up.
Fairest 7 Writer: Matt Sturges
Fairest 7 Artist: Shawn McManus
Fairest 7 takes the Fables out of the modern day and into the late 1940’s, filled with cigarettes, clubs, and dubious morals. Beast, our hero for this standalone issue of Fairest is on the trail of a monster, as is St. George, the dragon slayer. Beast is bent on getting to the creature first, but why is the kicker of the issue.
Fairest 7 is a really nicely done stand-alone issue of the Fables spin-off. The story moves at a good pace, it has some nice emotional resonance for Beast, whose hunt is personal in nature, and the sepia-toned art matches the chosen time period perfectly. I would say everything is tied up by the end of Fairest 7, but I’m not sure that is quite true – leaving a thread opened that can be re-explored at a later time, perhaps even in Fables itself. In any case, if you are a fan of the Fables, even if you haven’t been reading Fairest, this is a good issue to pick up. Starting next month, we’ll get to the next full arc of Fairest but, for now, Struges and McManus have put out a story well worth reading.
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