This great series keeps getting more intriguing as it goes on. This volume treats of the growing sense of doom as the Adversary (who is really Pinocchio's "father" Geppetto) prepares for war on the Homelands. Yet in Fabletown, there's a calm peace as Flycatcher the Frog Prince becomes a frog again and in Wolf Valley, Bigby, Snow White, and their entertainly bratty pack of cubs go for a holiday visit to Bigby's dad, the North Wind. There's even a very special Christmas story dealing with the most magical fable of all, Santa. The characterization is so rich; the plots charm and enthrall; and the creative uses of tons of traditional lore is phenomenal; as I've said before, this is what "comic books" were meant to be. The art of course is great too; I especially loved the handful of pages by SCARY GODMOTHER's Jill Thompson in this collection. If you enjoy great fantasy, mythology, or just whompin' good storytelling, there's a lot to love here. Specifically, if you've enjoyed the books of Neil Gaiman, Robert Aspirin, or the adult fairy tales and collections by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow, or Linda Medley's CASTLE WAITING or Rachel Hartman's AMY UNBOUNDED or Jill Thompson's SCARY GODMOTHER, you'll likely adore FABLES. The entire FABLES series belongs in any collection of graphic literature.