New Comic Wednesday: March 7, 2012
Who is the Fairest of them all? Vertigo Comic's Fairest #1 written by Bill Willingham, art by Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning
March 6th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: March 7, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s pick is all about the politics of being pretty in a fairytale world.

“Fairest #1”, written by Bill Willingham on the Vertigo imprint is a lot of fun to read. It's a humorous extension of the universe Willingham helped create in the long-running comic book “Fables," another Vertigo title. (Vertigo is owned by DC Comics, which, like CNN, is part of parent company Time Warner.)

What is “Fables?”

There are five answers to that. It's a comic book about characters of fairy tales and nursery rhymes coming together under a truce to survive in modern-day New York City. It's a story about a war - both ground war and a war of attrition - between these inhabitants of Fabletown and the overwhelming forces that oppose them. It's a lovingly crafted melodrama (which is not a bad thing) detailing the passions, losses, betrayals and revenges of dozens of characters. It's a story of political intrigue and secrets. And it’s a high-adventure romp across an endless array of vibrant backdrops and colorful enemies.

In addition to being an excellent entry point into that world, "Fairest #1" sets itself up as something of a character anthology, featuring a rotating cast of awesome female characters from "Fables."

When Vertigo launched “Fables” in 2002, it was not a comic on my pull list. But after more than a hundred issues, a novel, “Peter and Max: A Fables Novel,” three spinoff series (“Jack of Fables,” “1001 Nights of Snowfall” and “Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love,”) and a couple of stand-alone volumes, I can't be skeptical.

In fact, I've been in the bag for “Fables” since the end of volume 2 of the paperback collections.

Last year, in the wake of news about an unrealized "Fables" TV pilot, two other shows, “Grimm” and “Once Upon A Time” debuted.

“Fables” fans were quick to call foul until Willingham himself stepped in to dissuade them. Willingham said shows like “Grim” and “Once upon a Time,” “will only help ‘Fable’ and ‘Fairest’ and there is not one episode of those shows that will cause people to rip up your copy of those books.”

If your interest was piqued during that controversy, or if you're a fan of either television series, I heartily recommend you check out “Fables” universe, starting with the “Fairest #1.”

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people. And the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on March 7, 2012. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

Vertigo

FAIREST #1 (MR) $2.99
IZOMBIE #23 (MR) $2.99
SWEET TOOTH #31 (MR) $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Fairest #1
i, Zombie #23
Sweet Tooth #31

DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #7 $3.99
ACTION COMICS #7 COMBO PACK $4.99
ANIMAL MAN #7 $2.99
BATMAN #5 2ND PTG $2.99
BATMAN BIRTH OF THE DEMON TP $29.99
BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE MIKE MIGNOLA VARIANT (RES) $95.00
BATWING #7 $2.99
BEYOND THE FRINGE #1 $3.99
DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #25 $2.99
DETECTIVE COMICS #7 $2.99
FLASHPOINT TP $14.99
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP VOL 04 DIVISION $14.99
GREEN ARROW #7 $2.99
HAWK AND DOVE #7 $2.99
HUNTRESS #6 (OF 6) $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #7 $2.99
MEN OF WAR #7 $3.99
NIGHT FORCE #1 (OF 6) $2.99
OMAC #7 $2.99
RED LANTERNS #7 $2.99
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #19 $2.99
STATIC SHOCK #7 $2.99
STORMWATCH #7 $2.99
SUPERMAN LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON TP VOL 02 $14.99
SUPERNATURAL #6 (OF 6) $2.99
SWAMP THING #7 $2.99
WONDER WOMAN ODYSSEY HC VOL 02 $22.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Action Comics #7
Animal Man #7
Batwing #7
DC Universe Online Legends #25
Detective Comics #7
Green Arrow #7
Hawk and Dove #7
Huntress #6
Justice League Beyond #3
Justice League International #7
Men of War #7
Night Force #1
OMAC #7
Red Lanterns #7
Static Shock #7
Stormwatch #7
Supernatural #6
Swamp Thing #7

MARVEL COMICS

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 $2.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #681 $3.99
ASTONISHING THOR TP $16.99
AVENGERS 1959 TP $16.99
AVENGERS ACADEMY #27 $2.99
AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #9 (OF 9) $3.99
AVENGERS EARTHS MIGHTIEST HEROES ULT COLL TP $34.99
AVENGERS KORVAC SAGA TP NEW PTG $24.99
DEFENDERS #4 $3.99
FEAR ITSELF AVENGERS ACADEMY PREM HC $24.99
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #10 (OF 12) $2.99
FEAR ITSELF INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC $19.99
HULK #49 $2.99
MARVELS AVENGERS PRELUDE FURYS BIG WEEK #1 (OF 4) $2.99
THOR DEVIANTS SAGA #5 (OF 5) $3.99
TOY STORY #1 (OF 4) $2.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #8 WITH DIG CDE $3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #8 $3.99
VENOM #14 $2.99
VILLAINS FOR HIRE #4 (OF 4) $2.99
WINTER SOLDIER #3 $2.99
WOLVERINE #302 $3.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #3 (OF 5) $3.99
X-CLUB #4 (OF 5) $2.99
X-MEN #26 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Amazing Spider-Man #681
Defenders #4
Fear Itself: The Fearless #10
Moon Knight #11
Thor: The Deviants Saga #5
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #8
Uncanny X-Men #8
Venom #14
Villains For Hire #4
Winter Soldier #3
Wolverine #302
Wolverine The X-Men: Alpha And Omega #3
X-Club #4
X-Men #26

IDW PUBLISHING

30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING #5 $3.99
DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS SERIES IV #2 (OF 6) $3.99
DOCTOR WHO ONGOING 2 TP VOL 03 CAME OUTER SPACE $19.99
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #176 $3.99
GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #11 $3.99
INFESTATION 2 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 (OF 2) $3.99
LOCKE & KEY CLOCKWORKS #1 & #2 REPRISE ED (PP #1003) $4.99
NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #41 $3.99
TMNT MICRO SERIES #2 MICHELANGELO GLOBAL CONQUEST ED $3.99
TRUE BLOOD FRENCH QUARTER #6 (OF 6) $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

30 Days of Night: Ongoing #5
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #176
GI Joe: Vol. 2 Ongoing #11
True Blood: French Quarter #6

IMAGE COMICS

68 TP VOL 01 BETTER RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE (MR) $19.99
AVENGELYNE #7 CVR A LIEFELD $2.99
EMITOWN TP VOL 02 $24.99
FATALE #3 (MR) $3.50
HELL YEAH #1 $2.99
KING CITY TP (MR) $19.99
MAGDALENA #11 $3.99
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #1 $3.50
MICE TEMPLAR VOL 3 #8 MICHAEL AVON OEMING CVR $3.99
MICE TEMPLAR VOL 3 #8 SANTOS & GANDINI CVR $3.99
RED SPIKE TP VOL 01 $14.99
SPAWN #217 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

’68 Vol 01 Better Run Through The Jungle TP
Avengelyne #7
Emitown Vol. 02 TP
Fatale #3
Hell Yeah #1
King City TP
Manhattan Projects #1
Magdalena #11
Mice Templar Vol. 3 #8
Red Spike Vol. 01 TP
The Vault Vol. 1

DARK HORSE COMICS

COMPLEAT TERMINAL CITY TP $24.99
HELLBOY TP VOL 12 THE STORM AND THE FURY $19.99
MIGHTY SAMSON JUDGMENT TP $15.99
OCCULT FILES DOCTOR SPEKTOR ARCHIVES HC VOL 04 $49.99
STAR WARS CLONE WARS YR TP VOL 07 ENEMY WITHIN $7.99
STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE III EMPIRE LOST #5 (OF 6) $3.50

Dynamite Entertainment

BOYS #64 (MR) $3.99
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #10 (MR) $3.99
KIRBY GENESIS CAPTAIN VICTORY #4 $3.99
ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #22 $3.99
THE LONE RANGER #3 $3.99
VAMPIRELLA VS DRACULA #2 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Boys #64
Gary Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #10
Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #4
Vampirella Vs Dracula #2
Wheel Of Time #22

BOOM! Studios

HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #9 (MR) $3.99
IRREDEEMABLE #35 $3.99
SUPURBIA #1 (OF 4) $3.99
VALEN OUTCAST #4 MAIN CVRS $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Adventure Time #2
Irredeemable #35
Supurbia #1

Archie Comics

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #199 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Jinx #4
Sonic Universe Vol. 2: 30 Years Later GN

Comic List is via Previews World
Digital List is via ComiXology

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