Synopsis: In A Fairytale of New York, Part One. Claire Connell has become the new Adventureman, thus awakening a long-lost ally and rousing some long-gone ghosts from the Adventure Age that have unfinished business…
A Fairytale of New York opens things up in the past with a brief appearance by Claire Connell’s predecessor teaming with a cowboy to fight off gangsters. Then we find ourselves in present-day New York where Tommy is reading an Adventureman book while his mom scoffs down several breakfasts. She has just awoken from three days worth of sleep. Her day begins rather normally as she helps her family move boxes into their store. But when she goes to pick up Tommy from school. She finds herself having to quickly rescue him from some spirited ghosts.
Meanwhile, in another part of New York, an old man who has just awoken from a long sleep makes a call to his nephew.
The art team does a brilliant job with this issue as they hook us in right from the opening page. Firstly, they hit us with some romantic imagery of New York at Christmas Time as we see a Horse Drawn Carriage making its rounds. Then the relative peace of that scene is disturbed by Gangsters shooting at each other and a mysterious Cowboy riding in to help Adventureman out.
The art continues to be one of the best aspects of this book and Rachel and Terry Dodson continue to knock it out of the proverbial park with their keen eye for visual storytelling.
Having completed Claire’s first story arc in the last issue. Matt Fraction hits this second story arc at top gear and provides some really comedic moments to boot. I loved Claire’s son Tommy looking to try and re-write Dickens A Christmas Carol so that it would be a more modern take. I also loved the part where Tommy is looking in the Adventureman book to find out if Adventureman ever sleeps.
Overall. A really funny and festive opening for what I am sure will be a fun short story, which will wrap up in next month’s issue.