In the first Magic of Myths collection, we were introduced to the rich universe Brotherson and Calvet have created that is well situated in the Fantasy Adventure genre. Eve is slipping between realities, one as the chosen champion of a magical dream-world and the other as a teacher for Year 10 English, struggling with personal crises and disability. Faerie expands upon this universe, showing another corner as war begins to erupt between the fairy king Oberon and his queen Titania.
Faerie features “Puck,” the fairy trickster that many of us will remember as Robin Goodfellow in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Unfortunately for Robin, the Bard had taken a little creative license with the project since she isn’t a “fellow” at all. She has gotten a copy of Shakespeare’s play and is none too pleased about it. Her plans for prankerous vengeance are interrupted as calamity begins to descend upon the fairy world.
As with the first season of Magic of Myths, Faerie mixes worlds to create something fascinating and thought-provoking. Robin is good friends with two other mythological tricksters, Hermes and Mercury. Upon seeing them, a reader might respond with a disdainful thought that Brotherson is just reusing characters, but Hermes notes, “Mercury and I still battle the mortals’ erroneous perception that we are one and the same.” Instead, they are something of twins, a brother from another pantheon, although their worlds, too, are beginning to go to war.
Also featured in the story is the druidic Green Man, the embodied spirit of nature, whom Robin has delightfully nicknamed “Greenie.” The Green Man serves as something of a wise elder to Robin, giving her advice when Oberon only fights and warns her to stay away while Titania lectures her on the importance of appearance while creating a horrible goblin.
Faerie also comes with a short sample of the first season of Magic of Myths, showing one of Eve’s early adventures collecting items to prove her training and learning a valuable lesson from her foes. In addition, Brotherson has included the original comic script. Those studying the writing of comics will enjoy comparing panel-by-panel, page-by-page the subtle differences between the completed writing and the art of the final product.
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