For those Fables fans who wondered what Bigby was up to when he was sent out on his mission to find a new place to settle Fabletown: Bill Willingham delivers with this story.
However, the art is something else entirely. Detail inconsistencies between pages (or lack there-of) and colors between panels. (Trying to avoid spoilers, so I will stay as unspecific as possible.) At one point, I felt they had just blown two smaller panels up, to be full two-page panels, in order to increase the page count. Although the story itself was great, it was hard to follow at times because of the quality of the art and layout.
I hold Fables up to a higher standard than I would other comics. It is, without a doubt, my favorite comic book series. Fables has won 14 Eisner Awards, and honestly, I expect a better drawn book. (Something at least in line with the rest of the series.) However, I still feel let down after waiting over a year to read Werewolves of the Heartland. The drawings felt rushed. This is the first time I have rated a Fables anywhere below 5 stars.
I would not recommend this story for those new to Fables. Start with TPB #1, and move yourself forward to this point in the story. Graphic violence and a lot of nudity as well, so keep away from younger audiences. Again, great story, and less to be desired art (from something within the Fables universe.)However, still worth a read, so dive in.