Comic book reviews for Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective #1 and Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective #2 by Jen Vaughn
Average rating: 3.5/5 stars
Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective #1 by Jen Vaughn
Avery, the king of renaissance fair, is just a delightful. I feel like it somehow is one of those books where it’s written for me. You see, fair reader, when I am not reviewing comic books or talking about intersectional feminism to you on the internet, I run events. So I know Avery’s every dilemma and responsibility.
Though I do have one question — is this a never-ending renfair?
Gwen, her clearly queer friend, is amazing. Her and Avery’s friendship reminds me a lot of my own friendship with my best friend Julia. The part about the axes, where Gwen whipped Benn and then Avery nailed it, was perfect.
Though, Avery, you should never try to go on dates when running your own convention. It just doesn’t work. Even if Benn is very tolerant. Which he better be. The adult songs were hilarious, as was Benn almost really fucking up.
I had no idea about the animal tail thing, which I did some follow up research on. Apparently, it is kind of not really a thing. But I’m okay with it being a thing about sex in this book. Especially since it was a historical way to catch fleas.
I’m kind of sad this is only two issues.
Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective #2 by Jen Vaughn
This is still adorable. But I’m still completely confused by how this renaissance fair operates. Is it all summer? Year long? Like the Oregon Country Fair where someone privately owns the land and just for a week the fair runs? How is Avery in charge? So many questions.
We still never got to the bottom of the mystery about who poisoned the elephant with peanut butter. (It was allergic.) And now we never will as this is only the two issues.
Also, the hole in the fence. While it is creative to pee to keep animals away from the broken fence, the pee wouldn’t deter a human being who was using the hole to give bad food to the elephant or leave angry notes on Avery’s trailer.
The continued friendship of Gwen and Avery is pretty great. I love how they have patterns from their childhood, but they also both take on the responsibilities of running the fair.
Overall, super cute. I just wish there was more.