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Fables - Super Group (Vol. 16) [Paperback]

Bill Willingham , Mark Buckingham , Steve Leialoha
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30 Dec 2011
Now why oh why in this mixed-up world would we saddle an important series that has never had anything to do with Super Heroes with a title like Super Team? And why has that snotty little Pinocchio suddenly got it into his head that he needs to design tight-fitting costumes for a carefully selected team of Fables?

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (30 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857688952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857688958
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up! 15 Nov 2013
After fifteen wonderful volumes juxtaposing antique stories with the modern world Willingham cements his genius by turning to modern heroic stories. Namely comics. There is a wonderful examination/ parody of comic conventions and storytelling. The "assembling" of a super team of Fables, with a clawed wolf-man, a bestial creature, a man in a metal suit, etc. is just brilliant. "The F-Men" indeed.

There is a standalone story that shows us what has been happening in the fallen Empire's capital city and no doubt sets up the next storyline. There is also one concerning Bufkin and the goings on in the Business Office too which launches another new plotline.

The art is great with Buckingham taking care of the main story and providing a sketchbook at the end. He does a Silver Age style very well. The star is the Bufkin story that not only has astonishing levels of detail in every panel but such astounding colouring that it almost turns the very environment into a character. Most of it is virtually monotone but decidedly richer than you have seen before. Then it switches to oversaturated glorious Technicolor (think of the film reference) at the key moment.

For this masterful colouring a great volume turns into a Double Thumbs Up!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sagging a Little 20 Dec 2012
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Although I have yet to read them, I hear that the Cubs in Toyland story arc is quite good. However in the interim between Toyland the the Empire arc there've been quite a few duds. Super Team is one of them in my opinion. The humour, the characters and their relationships all fall a little short. The conclusion to Mister Dark just does not carry the high emotional stakes it ought to (partially because the Super Hero thing seems a rather thin tangent) and the writing seems to have been ushered along as fast as possible to a conclusion. Anyway, I hope that fables does pick up in Toyland, because since the war finished it's been a little devastating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What the what? Fables dashing into phone booths? 26 Dec 2011
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This volume, FABLES Vol. 16: SUPER TEAM, collects issues #101-107 and is bookended by two self-contained stories. "The Ascent" kicks things off and offers a catch-up peek into doings in the Fables' lost business office. In this one-off, the blue winged monkey, Bufkin, hero of the realm of the lost business office, scales an ancient giant tree and somehow ends up back in his homeworld of Oz. Thereabouts he begins to foment a revolution, of which we can be sure to hear more in due time. Just not now. "Waking Beauty" closes out the volume and catches us up with - as Bill Willingham puts it - "the life and restful times of one of our long overlooked friends, as she continues sleeping on the job." Just goes to show, nature abhors a vacuum. In the Homelands, in the ashes of the Old Empire, assorted warlords vie to become the new head cheese. One such has figured out that one way to power is to lift the enchantment from the sleeping Briar Rose. But he's not the only one to have worked this out.

Getting to the meat of the matter: As things stand, Mr. Dark had sown waste to Fabletown and had driven the Fables out of Manhattan. Recently, Frau Totenkinder had failed to properly contain Mr. Dark, who escaped his confines, forcing the Fables to flee the Farm in upstate New York and seek refuge in the kingdom of Haven. There's nowhere else to go after this, should Haven fall. And here's Mr. Dark now, very close to ripping thru the mystic barrier that keeps him from stepping over into Haven. Day by day Flycatcher's magic is failing him.

With Frau Totenkinder officially retired (fully deserving of her happy ending), Ozma has assumed leadership of the spooky witches what used to dwell on the 13th floor of Fabletown's Woodlands Hotel. Ozma means to assemble a strike force - composed of the fiercest and most fearless in the Fables community - to take on the malevolent Mr. Dark, except that Pinnochio suggests a loopy embellishment: Why not form a superhero team?

Pinnochio, an avid comic book fan, persuades Ozma that - in the interest of "every little bit helps" - it may be worth harnessing the faith and belief generated by a population of Mundy comic book fans. And as you know, belief is what sustains the Fables, the Mundy's belief in fairy tales and folk stories and nursery rhymes and such. Pinnochio himself has fully committed to his cape & cowl persona, having parked his butt in a wheelchair, noting that a lot of super team chiefs seem to be handicapped so. I was halfway expecting him to cry, "To me, my Fables." It's an indication of how desperate Ozma must've truly felt, that she'd go along with this whiff of silly.

Willingham also introduces a side plot with truly disastrous potential. Bigby Wolf learns that his implacable elemental father, the North Wind, means to kill Ghost, Bigby's invisible zephyr cub and the North Wind's grandson. This all has to do with a proclamation the North Wind had issued ages ago, about not suffering freak monstrosities to live.

After the debacle called The Great Fables Crossover, here's Bill Willingham again experimenting with meta-storytelling, except that, this time, he's doing it proper. It's a lot of fun watching Pinnochio do his damndest to ensure that the Fables conform to all manner of superhero tropes, working feverishly to get the costumes and the code names just right. I grinned big when I saw the superhero roll call which opens issue #104. There's something pretty priceless in seeing the likes of Bigby (a.k.a. "The Werewolf Man"), Ozma ("Super Witch"), and Thumbelina ("Tiny Titan") outfitted in garish crimefighting threads. And don't tell me that Brock Blueheart isn't playing the Green Lantern analog. The F-Men, indeed. F-Men assemble!! Heh.

Since this is FABLES, the story arc doesn't take you where you anticipate. Bill Willingham has something else in mind. Frankly, how he goes about resolving the problem of Mr. Dark is more satisfying to me, although I can see how other readers may disagree, seeing as how Willingham had seemingly set the stage so carefully for a dramatic and epic conflict, but then - bam! - here, eat some anticlimactic pie. But I like the unpredictability of this series, and I'm glad things didn't degenerate into a big stale superhero fighty fight, even if it does leave the "F-Men" sort of just milling around and Brock Blueheart entertaining some pretty lame aftermath conclusions regarding his deity Boy Blue. As an added treat, we finally get a glimpse of the person who had roused Rose Red from her horrid apathy at the Farm. Except that geting a glimpse doesn't translate to knowing just who in heck this person is. Willingham also introduces some food for thought, future plot points concerning a prophecy for Rose Red and the identity of the North Wind's successor.

As ever, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha's now iconic artwork is invaluable. These guys are the perfect artists for FABLES. They draw Bigby Wolf, my favorite character here, the only way he should be drawn. I'm glad he didn't get stuck in "superhero" mode for too long. Wolverine and Timber Wolf don't need that kind of competition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, yet somewhat anticlimactic read 25 Dec 2011
By Lena Jia - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, it seems like every loyal Fables reader on the internet has been bashing the anticlimactic ending to the Dark Man arc, but I must admit that it was befitting. Not every single war ends with a great, showy battle. The noble sacrifice of one man is sometimes enough to warrant an end to even the greatest of conflicts, and this is certainly the case in the Dark Man arc's ending. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, this book provides a respite from the seriousness of the last book by providing Pinocchio's vision of a 'super team' to defeat Mr. Dark and also a chapter on the misadventures of Bufkin, who journeys 'home' after many days of climbing a very tall tree. I would recommend this book, but I am such a huge fan of the series that my love for the art and the characters may diminish the faults of this book, which it undoubtedly has. For someone looking for an exciting end to the Dark Man arc, I suggest you borrow this book to read instead of buying it. However, for someone whose love of the series is already enough to warrant a purchase of the book, you will not be disappointed. The art is as good as ever, and Bill Willingham does not disappoint in his clever witticisms that populate every single Fables issue. Overall, a worthwhile read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story 31 July 2013
By P.M. - Published on Amazon.com
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This wasn't my favorite story from the Fables collection, but it was pretty good. I don't know if it's the villain that turned me off, or some of the side stories. Still a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series 28 April 2013
By Greg M - Published on Amazon.com
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Fables is a great series! Bill Willingham has created an amazing story with great characters! Always eagerly awaiting the next Volume to see how the plot unfolds, revealing new twists and turns.
There's a lot of action in this volume. Watch the Fables create a team of super heroes and watch as Mister Dark's story comes to a close.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bought this as a gift 3 April 2013
By M. Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
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providing my daughter with another in the line of Fables
this author never seems to run out of crazy imaginative ideas
new take on all the stories with which we grew up
these graphic novels are a must have
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