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old fables and nursery rhymes you heard as a child, unless of course you were born after 1995
on 13 November 2012
The Good Prince is the 10th volume in Bill Willingham's Fable comics series, a new look into the old fables and nursery rhymes you heard as a child, unless of course you were born after 1995, and then you only know Pixar and Dora the Explorer, which is a sorry excuse for children's television. I remember when kids shows were good, the 1991 cartoon series of X-Men and Spiderman, or the Incredible Hulk with the voice of Lou Ferrigno, or Mr Ben, now those were shows. Anyway for the "youth" of today, these Fable's were all old stories like the Big Bad Wolf (he blew down houses, and ate a Grandmother) Snow White (Not that terrible film with Thor and the chick from Twilight), Prince Charming (as seen in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow While, but not the one with Thor and that annoying terrible actress who cheated on Robert Patterson) Beauty and the Beast (like the Disney film) Red Riding Hood (and not that awful film that I walked out of because it was so annoying, my girlfriend isn't allowed to pick the next three films). To be honest there are so many Fables in this comic (hence the name) and some are so obscure that you always see a new face every time you read it.
Volume 10 follows the sorry of Fly Catcher, answering the questions as why he turned into a frog after kissing Red, and his journey to rediscover himself. This volume also follows Frau Totenkinder (the wicth in the gingerbread house, and if you still haven't hear the tale don't worry, they're doing a film about it with Hawkeye) as she begins to reveal a little bit more about herself, making you question how loyal she actually is. There is also the preparation for the assault on the Emperor, as the Empire plans their own attack on Fabletown, but this is only a side line, as it has been these past several volumes.
This isn't a bad volume, a lot happens, but I cannot help but think that there is something missing in this book. Flycatcher is a nice character, always one of the more light hearted, but now that he has turned serious I feel that they have lost something with him. The idea of a Switzerland in the Fable worlds is a bit off as well, but the problem is is that it isn't a bad book, I just struggle to put my finger on why it annoyed me. I think when I looked back to the last few books we have been awaiting the attack, but yet again it is put back, which is annoying, and this is just another volume to set the scene. The problem with that is that it has been setting the scene since Boy Blue headed off to the Homelands alone, and by now you can't help but feel that they could have started the attack while having this as a side story.
Yet once again the volume continues to add characters that we remember from the story books, the most prominent in this Volume being Lancelot along with the return of many characters good and bad. I couldn't justify giving this 4* as I class 4* and above something I enjoy reading the second time, where this book I felt dragged when I picked it up again. It isn't to say it is rubbish, and if you enjoy the series then this is yet again another strong volume in the series.