on 15 November 2013
OK, so now this is officially the new biggest ever volume of Fables. It's got everything. An origin story; an epic battle; births, deaths and marriages; standalone tales; humorous interludes; literally everything. There is even a sketch book, a prose story, a board game and a cut out puppet theatre (not that you would cut it out). There is even the milestone issue 100 too. Plus reader questions from celebrities - albeit minor ones.
With all this content there are lots of artists at work. As usual Buckingham tackles the main story leaving the little tales to the guests to show off their wonderful and distinctly individual styles. It is great seeing the mix of medium and technique and you are bound to find some new people whose work you want to check out.
This is truly great and deserves the highest possible Thumbs Up!
on 9 May 2011
After the appalling Great Fables crossover and disappointing Witches, this volume begins to pick up a little bit. Rose Red finally gets her story told (which wasn't really all that interesting, tbh), and realises she needs to move on after the death of Boy Blue. We are given a hint that one supernatural element is not what it appears to be. Most of this segment deals with Rose Red reclaiming authority over the Farm. The other main subject is Totenkinder preparing to do battle with The Dark.
I am not sure what to do now regarding this series. This volume is better than the last two but is still not as great as 1-12. So now I am not sure whether to keep purchasing Fables or give up here. Mr Dark is not as imaginative a villain as The Adversary, who himself is still stirring things up in the wreck of Fabletown. And the subplot about Beauty and Beast's child is too similar to that of Snow white and Wolf's 7th child. I think Willingham is running out of steam. He'd probably do better to take a year's break and come back with fresh ideas but unfortunately that will not happen.