Joe Eisma cover
AfterShock Comics has announced “Tales of Mother F. Goose”, a prestige one-shot format from writer Frank Tieri, artist Joe Eisma, colorist Matt Herms and scholar Carlos M. Mangual. Released in December, the comic features classic crime-themed fairy tales and focuses on Don Francesco Orca, aka Mother F. Goose. (âOrca means Goose in Italian. And yes, his name is Francesco. What do you think the F meant?â Tieri said in the press release.)
The book presents the Three Little Pigs as “gluttonous casino owners”, Little Miss Muffet as “a hard nosed cop with arachnophobia”, the Three Blind Mice as “visually impaired assassins” and Puss in Boots as “a bastard. with a feline face. . The ‘MFG versions’ of the Puss in Boots, Three Little Pigs and Three Blind Mice stories will unfold as Miss Muffet and her partner Jack Horner interview suspects in the murder of Georgie Penny, a pimp who was apparently going to scream at Orca.
The comic is a continuation of Tieri and Eisma’s story “Little Red Hood”, from the AfterShock anthology “Shock”, which portrayed Red Riding Hood as a drug courier and featured Orca as a powerful background actor. Another story from the creative team, âAlong Came A Spider,â will feature Detective Muffet before he appears here, in the October horror one-shot âAfterDarkâ. Despite the coverage, Tieri reminded readers that âeverything is at street level. There is no magic, nothing supernaturalâ¦ and yes, especially no talking animals. The characters can carry characteristics of said animal, but every character in these stories is human. Human bastards in many cases, but human nonetheless.
“Tales of Mother F. Goose” will be 48 pages long and cost $ 6.99. It will be released on December 8, with a Scarface– Joe Eisma inspired blanket with Mike Herms, and an incentive tribute blanket pulp Fiction by Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts. Check out the covers, an inside look, and the full Tieri interview below.
FRANK TIERI ON THE BOOK PROBLEM – AND THE PRELUDE IN THE AFTER-NOIRE RELATED TO IT – AND WHY IT’S HAPPY THEY COME OUT:
âBasically these two projects span the world that we put together in LITTLE RED HOOD – and they do it through the Mafia boss who is basically the glue that holds all this shit together, Don Francesco Orca,â our mother F. Goose. (Orca means Goose in Italian. And yes, his name is Francesco. What did you think the F meant?;))
Orca was introduced in LITTLE RED HOOD where we saw that he was the major player in this world and had his fingers in everything. This plays out in TALES OF MOTHER F. GOOSE where there is a murder – local pimp Georgie Porgie – who was apparently going to pay Orca a dime. Detective Jack Horner and his partner, a certain Miss Muffet, have caught a number of suspects, and through their interrogation we get our MFG versions of the tales from Puss-in-Boots, The Three Little Pigs, and Three Blind Mice. It’s actually a bit of a murder mystery as we find out that all of these suspects have some connection to Orca and it comes down to who actually has the deepest connections of all of them and committed the act.
The story ALONG CAME A SPIDER in AFTERDARK, which hits newsstands in October, will be a near-prelude to TALES OF MOTHER F. GOOSE. Here we find the aforementioned Muffet as she tracks down a serial killer known as the Spider. This is basically Muffet’s origin story and we’ll see how and why she gets the tattoo she’ll sport later in MFG. It’s also a horror story and quite disturbing, especially if you’re a little annoyed by spiders (and who isn’t?).
FRANK TIERI ON SOME OF HIS INSPIRATIONS (TV / MOVIE) BEHIND THE CREATION OF THE BOOK:
âHere’s the problem – we weren’t planning on doing all of this. Believe me, it’s not like I woke up one day and said I was going to make goddamn versions of children’s fairy tales and ruin some childhoods, you know? MDR
So it all started when I was asked to do a short story for the AfterShock anthology SHOCK. I decided to do a version of Little Red Riding Hood called LITTLE RED HOOD, sort of treating it like a guy like Quentin Tarantino or a Martin Scorsese or a Brian De Palma was telling the story. So with that in mind, in this version, Red is a drug smuggler, Granny is a drug dealer, and Wolf was a rival drug dealer. It is worth noting that you will notice that Wolf is not a real wolf. This is one of the main rules I set with these stories – everything is at street level. There is no magic, nothing supernaturalâ¦ and yes, especially no talking animals. The characters can carry characteristics of said animal, but every character in these stories is human. Human bastards in many cases, but human nonetheless.
Either way, our human bastard story turned out to be one of the most popular in the anthology and Aftershock came to me and said, why not do more? Why not do more stories based on this universe that we have created here? And soâ¦ TALES OF MOTHER F. GOOSE was born.
FRANK TIERI ON HIS FAVORITE FAIRY TALE OF ALL TIME:
âI won my school’s storytelling contest in third grade with Puss-in-Boots, so I guess I always had a fondness for this story because of it. In fact, it might have something to do with why I included it, although our version – like all of our stories – is much more screwed up than the original.