REVIEW: Fairy Quest #2

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Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf have successfully come to Neverland, meeting up with Peter Pan and his ilk. But, when they are betrayed, both Red and Woof have to make a daring escape into the dark forest in order to flee the evils of Grim and his gang. What will become of the duo? Your major spoilers review waits!

FairyQuest2CoverFairy Quest #2
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Letterer: Leonardo Olea
Colorist: Leonardo Olea
Editor: Leonardo Olea
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99

Previously in Fairy Quest: Red Riding Hood and her friend Woof were on the run from the Think Police, a militant group in charge of ensuring fairy tales keep to their stories and don’t deviate. After escaping to Neverland, Red Riding Hood meets up with an old friend.

I COULD READ THIS TO MY SISTERS…

Red Riding Hood and Woof entreat the help of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys to help them find Real-world. Pan, who seems to have affection for Red, sends them out with Tinker Bell to help in finding their way to the Dark Forest. However, after seeing a brainwashed Cindy, they realize they have been duped by Tink, who has sold them out to Grim and his cronies. A daring escape and some destruction of public property later, Red and Woof come to the entrance of the dark forest.

Something very interesting is going on here, especially in this line of comics. Not many titles out there challenge the resilience and intellect of younger audiences, especially children, but I think this could be one of those titles that can be read to kids, or even have them read it themselves. This title isn’t as graphic or adult as some of the titles out there, but it also doesn’t treat younger readers like idiots. It may not be specifically targeted for younger audiences, but it could be for the more daring out there to read to the youngsters.

Thing is, it’s not just for younger readers, but it’s also immensely enjoyable for adults too. It’s a fun read that is smart enough to engage one’s intellect, but relaxed enough to pick it up on a whim and read it in good fun. It’s also an enjoyable concept and goes along great with the current fairy tale trend that is going around nowadays.

FAIRY TALES WITH A DASH OF STEAMPUNK

The art of this book, and the series so far, is super playful. Humberto Ramos brings a certain amount of frisky animation, with all of the panels feeling very alive and action packed even when very little action is going on. I like the new takes on characters like Peter Pan or Tinker Bell, as well as the Steampunk vibe this series sports. If there’s any title that fits well in a Steampunk world, it’s this one.

Going along with the previous assessment that this title could be read to younger audience, the art also plays well into that. There’s a cartoon feel, but its not all out juvenile. When we approach the character of Captain Hook, he’s chained, dark and fearsome, but it’s nothing worse than some of what’s found on TV. It’s possibly much tamer than that. It doesn’t treat the audience like scared lambs, but it also doesn’t go into the realm of all out violence.

BOTTOM LINE: FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

This title is a really fun read and I’m very happy that it’s going to have a next issue instead of the allotted two. I’m serious about feeling okay to read this series to my younger sisters, giving us something to bond over that keeps both myself and them entertained without insulting one or the other’s intelligence. The art keeps things exciting and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next for this series. Overall, this title earns four stars out of five.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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