IN THIS ISSUE:
We are whisked away to a Victorian fantasy world of misery where young women are married off to the highest bidder. Or at least they are in this family. Artemisia is adopted, taken into a white family in the 1800s. She doesn’t belong. But when her older sister dies, she’s forced into taking her place in the arranged marriage to pay off her father’s debts. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) for Arte, she’s unwittingly whisked away, kidnapped by the Unseelie Queen and abandoned in in Faerie. With an unlikely ally, a wolpertinger named Crispin, Arte is left to kill her way out of Faerie and get back home to stop the evil Unseelie Queen.
Oh man, I have been waiting for this book for months. I’m a fan of Delilah S. Dawson’s novels (Servants of the Storm is my current favourite.) and when I heard that she was writing comics, I couldn’t wait. Pitched as “Victorian Teen Faerie Fight Club” on twitter, I knew I had to get my hands on this book ASAP. And now it’s release day and now we’re here. The story pulls no punches, and we’re whisked away into the world immediately. The writing is immersive, and the art fits the tone in ways I hadn’t expected. Crispin is totally adorable, although he’s evil and conniving, but I’m excited to see where his not-so-gentle advice takes Arte, and what his ulterior motives for helping her are. This first issue broke my heart a little, and the violence wasn’t too over the top. I’m already looking forward to the next issue.