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5.0 out of 5 stars Never lets up!, 11 July 2007
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T. Noever "Author of the TETHYS series" (Brisbane, Australia) - See all my reviews
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At the heart of this collection: evil machinations, plans and schemes in the Adversary's Empire; a long-lasting conflict between a father and a son coming to a resolution of sorts. Add to this a very grim twist on the aftermath of the Hansel and Gretel story that makes Frau Totenkinder look almost benign; a hint that the humblest and maybe most tragic of all the residents of Fabletown may turn out to be their savior; little snippets of background material and vignettes on Fables plus one potentially significant non-Fable.

One of the things I like most about the characters is that even the most evil ones do have a story behind them, which reveals the choices and paths that made them become whom we meet here. And the good ones are never quite as clean as we might like to think of them either. Everything has more than one side and Fables makes a point of virtually never letting us forget that.

As always, or maybe even more so, simply brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 Oct 2013
From the thickness and the crowded "who's who" at the front you know this is going to be a long read. It is also a good read with a wide variety of narratives.

There are two long stories concerning the conflict with the Homelands and Bigby's relationship with his father. There are also little interludes too providing a palette cleansing break and some Christmas related merriment. Some reader questions have been expanded into mini-stories as well. Several of these will have you laughing out loud. Willingham is at the top of his game working in multiple genres to evoke fear, joy, sorrow and mirth from his reader with a light and practiced touch.

The art gets a real jolt in this volume. Buckingham draws the main story and throws in some unconventional framing to spice things up. There are some fantastic colour choices too. Michael Allred does a pair of stories, one of two issues and one of two pages. Both are astonishingly different in style than we are used to and look superb. Very creative, really eye-catching and in an entirely different medium than we are used to, but wholly appropriate.

There are more than a dozen guest artists tackling the reader questions and interlude pieces. Joshua Middleton makes an astonishing three page spectacle that looks like a vintage Disney watercolour with some technical focus effects that work very well. The covers also need a mention as they have some very distinct styles and dark imagery.

This is a superb volume with excellent imagination, writing and wonderfully bold art direction. The memorable art and hilarious reader questions just tip this into the Double Thumbs Up!
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