on 14 July 2009
This was the first Fables book I read, borrowing it from the library. I was hooked after the first ten pages, even though I didn't know the whole plot line. The whole idea of 'fables' living in the community, being hunted down by the Adversary is just so brilliant and this volume sums it up. Having read this I went out and purchased every Fables book going. They are so well written and invoke our childhood memory of all those fairy tale characters (Disney, they are not!)that it is easy to be immersed in their/ our world to the extent of wondering if it really could happen/ is happening. The graphics in all the books are almost always brilliant as is the text and the tension. One can care far more for these characters than say, Batman or Judge Dredd, as these are drawn from inside of us because we grew up with them. Brilliant book/ series, read it and weep.
on 18 October 2013
There is a single issue prologue and a long main story as The Adversary comes knocking.
This is an excellent tale packed with drama, action and life or death moments. Willingham knows his characters and readers well and can manipulate both with ease. Previous and future threads are woven into an exciting storyline that really makes you fear for Fabletown and its residents.
The art is good and the borders are given a great deal of attention making them stand out. Even the page numbers have added flourish, most fitting for Olde-Worlde characters and their stories. The prologue has a different artist, and that fits perfectly, as it is a reminiscence of events in the Homelands.
Excellent work and a hearty Thumbs Up!