After reading the first issue of Fiyah, I knew I was going to have to buy the second as soon as it became available—and luckily for me, I only had to wait about a week. For once, my slacking ways have paid off! Now, though, I get to wait along with everyone else for the next one. I clearly need to rethink my strategy here. Or invent a time machine.
I liked the second issue a lot (theme: Spilling Tea), but I don’t think it was as strong as issue one; however, issue one set a very high bar and it’s to be expected that not every story will hit its mark.
The stories that really stood out for me were Maurice Broaddus’s “Vade Retro Satana”, Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali’s “Talking to Cancer”, Christopher Caldwell’s “The Beekeeper’s Garden”, and Eden Royce’s “Graverobbing Negress Seeks Employment”. I didn’t find the stories from Russell Nichols and Wole Talabi especially compelling and while there are things to like about them both, but I felt that neither was as fleshed out as it could have been—Nicholls’s story in particular.
But much like the first issue, the second issue of Fiyah is very much worth your money and time.
Note: spoilers live here.