Fairest (comics)

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Cover for Fairest #1 (May 2012). Art by Adam Hughes.
Publication information
FormatOngoing series
GenreContemporary fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy
Publication dateMarch 2012 – January 2015
No. of issues33
Main character(s)Briar Rose, The Snow Queen, Ali Baba, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Princess Alder, Reynard the Fox, Nalayani, Prince Charming, Goldilocks, Cinderella
Creative team
Created byBill Willingham
Written byBill Willingham, Lilah Sturges (credited as Matthew Sturges), Lauren Beukes, Sean E. Williams, Marc Andreyko
Penciller(s)Phil Jimenez, Shawn McManus, Inaki Miranda, Barry Kitson, Stephen Sadowski, Phil Jimenez, Meghan Hetrick-Murante
Inker(s)Andy Lanning, Shawn McManus
Letterer(s)Todd Klein

Fairest is an American monthly comic series created by Bill Willingham, published by DC's Vertigo. A spin-off of Fables, Fairest detailed the adventures and stories of Fabletown's female citizens and heroines. Fairest was described by Willingham as a series of miniseries, with each arc telling self-contained stories.[1][2][3]

The series ended in January 2015.[4]

Story arcs[edit]

Wide Awake (issues 1 to 6): Follows the misadventures of Briar Rose and the Snow Queen after the events of Fables #107, in which Briar was stolen away by the goblin army.

Lamia (issue 7): Beauty and Beast star in their own mid-century modern detective story set in the smoky clubs and dive bars of 1940s Los Angeles.

The Hidden Kingdom (issues 8 to 13 ): A prequel to the Fables story arc Legends in Exile. Rapunzel must travel from Fabletown to Tokyo and resolve a mystery from her troubled past.

Aldered States (issue 14): Princess Alder tells her tales of woe to Reynard the Fox.

The Return of the Maharaja (issue 15 to 20): When Nalayani's village is attacked, she is sent on a quest that will transform all of Fables forever.

Fairest in All the Land (graphic novel): Someone is killing the women of Fabletown, and Cinderella has only seven days to discover the identity of the murderer.

Of Men and Mice (issue 21 to 26): After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cinderella is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball.

Clamour for Glamour (issue 27 to 32): Refugees from Fabletown have returned to New York's Castle Dark, and Reynard, now able to shapeshift from fox to man, travels the mundane world to regale the animals with tales of his exploits.

(issue 33): final issue

Collected editions[edit]

# Title ISBN Release date Collected material
1 Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake ISBN 1-4012-3550-6 November 27, 2012 Fairest #1–7
2 Fairest Vol. 2: Hidden Kingdom ISBN 1-4012-4021-6 July 30, 2013 Fairest #8-14
3 Fairest Vol. 3: The Return of the Maharaja ISBN 1-4012-4593-5 June 3, 2014 Fairest #15-20
4 Fairest Vol. 4: Of Men and Mice ISBN 1-4012-5005-X October 7, 2014 Fairest #21-26
5 Fairest Vol. 5: The Clamour for Glamour ISBN 1-4012-5426-8 August 25, 2015 Fairest #27-33
Fairest In All the Land ISBN 1-4012-3900-5 November 26, 2013[5] Original Graphic Novel