Pullbox Reviews: Fiction Squad #1 – Nothing But Fun!

boom_fiction_squad_001_aFiction Squad #1 (Boom! – Jenkins / Bachs)

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.

Welcome to Fablewood, home of the all of the stories that have ever been told (if you go too far, you could wind up in the Unknown, home to the stories yet to be told). At the heart of the wood, you’ll find the city of Rime, the largest of the realms and home to the children’s stories known and loved by all.

Or are they?

In this wonderful, golden city of whimsy, we are reminded of a very basic fact: “Every nursery rhyme is a crime scene.”

Open on one Humpty Dumpty, Rime’s most recent victim, found face down in the street after having taken a very nasty fall. Enter the investigating detectives, hard-nosed Frankie and his partner (simple?) Simon. Y’see, Dumpty knew every wall in the city, and there’s no way he just accidentally fell from one without a little extra help.

(Cue Law and Order theme here…)

Witnesses? We’ve got ten lords a-leaping and eleven pipers playing, but none of them wants to come forward.

Suspects? It’s a well-known fact that Dumpty’s been dealing black market eggs for the Queen of Hearts, and her rivals, known as the Madonnas, are witches known for playing dirty… and using flying monkeys to do their dirty work.

All in all, this story is shaping up to be a great tongue in cheek page turner, with a slew of guest appearances from your favorite characters. Just expect a little twist on what you think you know (you think the Jack and Jill incident was an accident? Pffft).

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