I take my hat off to the creative team of Plague. The concept alone is ingenious. The brilliant minds behind this series have taken the setting of Europe, mired in the days during the ravages of the Black Plague, and mixed it with the unlikeliest of tales- Fairies. Yep, you read that right. Someone has actually found a way to tell a thrilling and thought-provoking story featuring a fairy that is not named Tinkerbell.
Danann is a beautiful woodland fairy who is curious about the world of man who lies outside the protected confines of the forest. She secretly travels to the roads nearby to watch over weary travellers. But as the Plague has swept through Europe, it’s now too dangerous for Danann to continue her childish adventures away from home. But even the peace of her quiet sanctuary cannot last as a WarBishop from the church has discovered the fairy village and the residents are killed.
Danann barely escapes with her life and goes on the run. She falls unconscious at the feet of a kind friar, who is the sole survivor of a church that has been overrun with the effects of the plague. The issue ends in a cliffhanger when the Warbishop arrives at the gates of the church searching for Danann.
The tale that Fallon and Palmatier weave is layered and far more complex than you would expect from what appears to be a simple fantasy story. The backdrop of Europe in the midst of dealing with the Black Death gives the story a sense of gloom. The fact that the story states at the very beginning that the plague has not only taken a toll on the human race, but the magical realm as well is compelling.
The art by Brunner suits the tone of the story. It’s not mind-blowing, but it does fit the narrative well, as the visuals fall somewhere between storybook and Indy comics. There are a couple of pages throughout that have a crammed layout, but the pacing and style of the art is serviceable and doesn’t take away from the overall reading experience.
This is a solid outing from a publisher that I am not familiar with. Given that pop culture has run its course with vampires, zombies, and werewolves; maybe this is the precursor to the next wave. Fairies and magic. A solid book worth a read.
Final Score: 3 ½ Stars out of 5
Story: Dennis Magee Fallon and Jason Palmatier
Art: Zach Brunner
Letters: Dave Sharpe