Fables Volume 20: Camelot TP (Fables (Paperback)) Paperback – 11 Sep 2014
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Praise for Bill Willingham's "Fables"
"[A] wonderfully twisted concept . . . features fairy tale characters banished to the nourish world of present-day New York."--WASHINGTON POST
"Clever, enjoyable . . . an excellent series in the tradition of SANDMAN, one that rewards careful attention and loyalty."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"One of the best damn series ever written."--AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
Praise for Bill Willingham's "Fables"
"[A] wonderfully twisted concept . . . features fairy tale characters banished to the nourish world of present-day New York." WASHINGTON POST
..".spellbinding epic." BOOKLIST
"Clever, enjoyable . . . an excellent series in the tradition of SANDMAN, one that rewards careful attention and loyalty." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"One of the best damn series ever written." AIN'T IT COOL NEWS"
About the Author
Bill Willingham has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years. During that time he's had work published by nearly every comics publisher in the business and he's created many critically acclaimed comic book series, including Elementals, Coventry, PROPOSITION PLAYER and FABLES. Along with FABLES and JACK OF FABLES, Willingham wrote the miniseries DAY OF VENGEANCE and currently writes SALVATION RUN. His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards and the International Horror Guild award. He lives somewhere near a good poker room.
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The main story in Camelot involves Rose Red's acceptance of her role of Paladin of Hope and her idea to form a new Camelot and Knights of the Round Table, focusing on second chances. This seems to be a lot of set-up for the final Fables story, and Rose makes an interesting decision regarding Prince Brandish.
Running concurrent with Rose's quest, the witches and wizards of Fabletown attempt to reassemble the glass form that was once Bigby Wolf. They are hopeful that doing so will allow them to retrieve Bigby's soul and he will return to life. While this is happening, Snow White and her surviving cubs (kids) are circling the wagons, preparing for a conflict with Rose Red and her crew. Again, there is a lot of set-up here, but Snow and the kids have long been some of my favorite characters.
There are four additional tales in this collection. My favorite, and the best part of this book, centers on Bigby Wolf and Boy Blue. It is a touching look at the afterlife, and two warriors who gave their all for Fabletown. This is a moving story, and the art is very spare and complementary. Mark Buckingham's art is the perfect touch, once again. Gepetto and Junebug also get single issues stories, with hints towards future happenings. The fourth tale involves the Blue Boy Band and an adventure they go on in the Homelands. The crux of this tale is a question that (I've read) will drive the final story arc of Fables.
Fables continues to be a remarkable book and an excellent piece of storytelling. Camelot is no exception, and the pieces are all being moved into position for one final arc (the series is ending with issue 150). Don't miss out on this penultimate piece of a wonderful story. I highly recommend it.
I received a preview copy of this book from Netgalley and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.
Issue 130 is about the Daughter of Rodney and June as she explores Castle Black. Issues 131 to 133 and 135 to 137 are about Rose Red claiming her place as a Paladin of Second Chances and starting her own round table. Issue 134 has a very touching scene between Bigby and Boy Blue. Issue 138 is a brief interlude on what Gepetto's been up to. Finally issues 139 - 140 are about the members of Boy Blue's Band.
Of the above my favorites were the storyline with Rose Red and her round table. Rose Red always has such good intentions, but manages to just mess everything up. As part of her new Paladin of 2nd Chances title she releases Prince Brandish to reform him. As you can imagine this does not go over well with Snow.
Snow is torn between dealing with Rose Red and trying to put Bigby back together again. She is desperately trying to find the one last piece of Bigby.
I also really enjoyed the issue with Boy Blue and Bigby, they walk through the afterlife and have a very heartfelt discussion. It was very well done and give excellent insight into both their characters.
I didn't really understand what the June Bug story arc featuring the little girl exploring Castle Black had much to do with anything. I also was a bit confused about what the two issues following the remnants of Boy Blue had to do with anything.
I still enjoyed this book. I really loved the Rose Red storyline. However, I was happy to hear that the next TPB will be the last. I do feel like the series has been losing some steam over the last couple TPB.
Overall a good addition to the Fables universe. I recommend the whole Fables series to those who enjoy urban fantasy graphic novels. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series since there are so many characters and things going on later in the series. I am very curious to see how things wrap up in Happily Ever After.
I've personally been holding on all this time for Boy Blue's return though, and there have always been enough hints, particularly in 19, to think there was reason to hope. But now, to know definitively he is not returning, there's not a huge reason for me to continue reading. It seems like the issues have been pretty sad straight on since number 12. I respect the realistic emotions, and that sadness is a part of life, but so is happiness. It's time to turn it around a bit.
Main characters are Rose Red and Show White (and her cubs). Lots of the old favorites, time moves on as Fable Town moves into Mr Dark's castle.
Not much is wrapped up, and some interesting conflicts are shown. I'll avoid spoilers, even though there probably isn't much to spoil. Some of these future stories could be messy, I'll stay tuned...