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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781163758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781163757
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the best damn series ever written!" (Ain't it Cool)"

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Bill Willingham is a writer and artist whose work includes Coventry and The Sandman Presents. He is currently writer/artist of Shadowpact and Jack of Fables.

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By 365 Graphic Novels on 21 Nov 2013
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This is a brief volume with a main story concerning the choosing of the new North Wind, a Christmas one-shot about Rose Red and a series of mini stories. At first sight these mini stories seem to be the weak link but peer closer and you see they do subtly weave into the main plot.

The art is good as always but seems to have a bit more polish. Brighter colours and more detail on the faces seems to be the order of the day. The Mini stories also get to showcase new artists and styles.

Not the greatest book in the series but still an integral part and a Thumbs Up!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Elizabeth Rimmer on 7 April 2013
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I have loved every single book of Fables since the series began, this one is no different. Buy it, you won't regret it !
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shepherdess on 24 July 2012
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After getting this far in the series, it is very likely that people will buy this book anyway, so all I can say is that they won't be disappointed. This book is interesting, especially the part about Snow White and Bigby's family where the cubs have to compete against each other for an unusual prize. We also meet other fable characters like Bufkin, Red Rose and Mrs Spratt who didn't go down together with Mister Dark and we will probably see more of her in the next chapters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Great Plotlines Emerge! 25 Aug 2012
By Rockabore - Published on Amazon.com
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**This review contains spoilers**

I found the seventeenth volume of the Fables series to be a fascinating entry to the series. I loved all of the new plot lines that have come up in the trade. The cubs inheriting the North Wind's Kingship was an interesting storyline, as is the prophecy Ozma told little Ambrose. One thing that bothered me was not hearing anything about Ghost regarding the prophecy or the contest for the heir to the North Wind's title. I know he's a secret to everyone but Snow, Bigby, and his siblings but surely THEY would have mentioned him, and how does he feel about all of this? We know what all of his siblings think but not Ghost yet. I'm not naive enough to think that it won't come up later in this storyline BUT it'd be nice to hear him get acknowledged in this Cub-centric arc.

The storyline with Bufkin in Oz is also really fun, he and his crew of friends grew on me fast. I was afraid at first that I'd think of Bufkin's adventures as the B-plot but it actually managed to keep my attention just as much as the other stories.

I'm really enjoying the parts with Mrs. Spratt shedding her old image (and a lot of weight) and wanting revenge on the Fables she grew to resent is an inspired idea. I cannot say how much I love that new plotline! I always just thought of Mrs. Spratt as being a background character who was only as hateful as she was because she was just a miserable person (or the fact that she was a widow after Ghost accidentally killed her husband) but seeing what she had to go through being one of the few unattractive fable women among plenty of gorgeous ones who are more well known and regarded highly for their beauty in the stories they hail from, yeah, I see why she treated people the way she did in the past. It had to have been rough on her. I was really looking forward to reading more about what she plans to do after the last TPB, but here there was really not much of anything advanced in regards to her story, just a little bait to keep us all intrigued. It's good but I'd have liked to have learned more.

One of my favorite parts in this TPB would have to be Rose Red becoming a paladin of hope. I really loved how Willingham used the stories of The Little Match Girl, the Goose Girl (The False Bride), and Santa Claus. I'm really impressed that he picked such good characters for the agents of hope. I guess I should point out that it does bug me a little that The False Bride made it sound as if in her story that her punishment (being put in a barrel with iron nails in it and then having the barrel rolled down the cobbles, killing her) was done just as a regular punishment... but in the actual story she was asked what punishment was deserving for what she did to the true bride. She said that such a person deserved nothing less than being killed in that manner. So she set HER OWN punishment. I thought if Bill Willingham had her say that part it would have added a greater level to her being the Spirit of Hope for Revenge.

Other than that plotline, we get a bit more side stories involving the lustful Porky Pine the porcupine who is horny for human women. I'm pretty sure he showed up in some other arc but it's interesting to see how he gained the unusual fetish he has. Also an interesting side story involving a powerful sorcerer Abra Kadabara who has been the unspoken reason the Adversary's forces hadn't struck in Fabletown (until he is killed by Dorothy in a tie-in to the 2nd Cinderella miniseries). Fascinating stuff! Also there's a pretty fantastic backstory of the turtle with the cup on its shell from the background of the Rose Red trade.

Suspense seems to be the theme with this volume. As other reviewers have pointed out Bill Willingham has really been setting many new and interesting twists in the Fables universe. Like a lot of the other reviewers on here, I do also wish that he would give some stories proper resolution before doing so many, but having been a Fables fan since I was 13 (way back when the first trades came out) I can already tell that when he resolves each of these, he's going to make them amaze his readers.

The art is fantastic in this trade by the way. As always Mark Buckingham is phenomenal. He just keeps getting better and better, I adore the way he draws his characters and the expressiveness in his drawings has been even more pronounced now. The guest artists do a fantastic job as well. I always love when P. Craig Russell lens his art to a Fables story.

All together I'd highly recommend this trade. It's a great continuation of current story arcs and has a lot of crucial suspense building moments that will leave the reader begging for more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just playing for time 3 Feb 2013
By Tim Lieder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The hey day of Fables is over. Without the connective tissue of the great adversary holding the stories together, the comic has floundered and flopped around trying to find things to hold reader attention. The Great Dark worked for a time but it seems to have ended by now with not even Willingham being that interested in it. Now we get a lot of cleaning up from the last story line and some set up for the next story but there isn't really anything in this particular book to hold up on its own. Everything is either "well now what do we do without North Wind" or the Oz rebellion.

The fact that the Oz storyline ends on a cliffhanger is enough to not recommend this book.

There are still some good bits. The Rose Red story isn't that great but the story about how Abra Kadabra saved Fabletown by not letting the adversary know about it serves as a reminder of what was once great in the series.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Merely the Prelude to a Greater Story 25 July 2012
By Sammy Swartz - Published on Amazon.com
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Since its inception back in 2002, Bill Willingham's Fables has captivated readers with its sharp, imaginative writing, implausible but believable plots (if that makes any sense), and truly multifaceted, fascinating characters. The basic premise, of course, is brilliant--take the famous fairy tale and fable figures of yore and set them inside the "real" world, where they live, roam, and otherwise behave like regular human beings, unless, of course, circumstances dictate otherwise. And with outside dangers and peril always afoot, circumstances often do.

This latest volume, Inherit the Wind, continues Willingham's complicated yarn, with the focus now set on which of Snow White and Bigby's seven cubs will become the new North Wind. Bufkin's ongoing adventures in Oz also continue to unfold, as does Miss Sprat's evil plan to exact revenge on the Fable community. Unfortunately, each tale crawls at lethargic speed, and almost smacks of being filler in parts. Only a foreboding prophesy involving the cubs, and the North Wind's eventual selection, redeem the rather uneventful plot.

Surprisingly, the final two chapters fare better, despite having only a cursory connection to the other storylines. The first follows Rose Red on Christmas Eve as she learns the true meaning of hope, providing a quintessential Fables tale full of philosophical musings, tantalizing questions, and heartfelt sentimentality. The second is a collection of whimsical short stories of varying quality, but each is entertaining in its own right and one even provides a hint or two of what awaits the Fable people in the future.

As for the art, Mark Buckingham's pencil work is merely adequate here, feeling uncharacteristically rushed in parts. A notable exception is Rose Red's story in chapter five, which features the sharp, lush illustrations for which he's famous. The final chapter also features solid work by a number of guest artists, but the final piece by Adam Hughes is easily the most striking, with his depictions of Bellflower (and a voluptuous farm girl) being absolutely stunning.

Ultimately, Inherit the Wind feels more like a middling prelude to what one hopes will be a weightier story in the next installment. Readers will probably enjoy what's here, but like eating an appetizer, will still hunger for the main course. Let's hope the next one delivers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very nice, but not as strong as other volumes 1 Aug 2012
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First things first, if you haven't read the previous volumes then this one isn't a good place to start. It's not impossible to catch up with what you might have missed, but if you aren't aware of certain recent happenings then you'll be left a little lost at times.

That said, this was a decent enough volume. It just wasn't great. The artwork is the obvious strong point of the volume and is why I awarded it 4 stars instead of 3. A good many authors contributed in this volume and as such, you get a wide variety of styles, particularly in the last few chapters. The short with the porcupine had to be my favorite and I keep flipping back to it in order to view the gorgeous artwork and colors. Everything in the porcupine short was pretty much perfectly done. Artwork-wise, this is a five.

Story-wise, this was just OK. We do get a little progression with the discovery of the new North Wind and more foreshadowing of the other aspects of Ozma's prediction, but much of this is spent treading water and building up to the next big arc. Since this is Willingham the read is still a good one, but it sort of reminded me how long this series has been and that it's still far from over. The story here is solidly a three.

Collectors of the series will snap this up regardless, but if you're one of those people who sort of slowly lost interest in the series as a whole (great artwork or no) then this probably won't be the volume that brings you back.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A bit piecemeal but still entertaining 1 Jan 2013
By K. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the 17th book in the Fables series and picks up after the battle with Mister Dark. It was a decent installment in the series and I enjoyed it. We see a lot of little snippets of different stories here, so it is a bit of a transition book.

In this book we start to see a number of new storylines starting up. The Fables are trying to rebuild their lives. Buffkin is trying to start a rebellion in Oz. A new North Wind must be chosen, and the ex-nurse Spratt is honing her fighting skills to revenge Mister Dark.

A lot is going on in this book, it was an enjoyable read but a bit piecemeal. You get quick snippets from all the different stories. The storyline that gets the most attention is the choosing of the new North Wind. We get to meet the other winds and watch as Snow and Bigby's children compete to be the North Wind.

Amidst that North Wind storyline we see the Fables rebuilding and Buffkin started a rebellion in Oz. A lot of time is also devoted to Nurse Spratt as she trains to take on a new identity and revenge Mister Dark. It seems like she will be playing a large role in future installments.

There is also Christmas special in which Rose tries to decide what type of Lady of Hope she will become.

As with previous books the illustration was wonderful and in keeping with the story.

Overall a solid addition to this series. I enjoyed the North Wind storyline and am curious where the storylines featuring Buffkin and Nurse Spratt are going. Recommended to fans of urban fantasy graphic novels.
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