Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love Paperback – 28 Jul 2006
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Still, overall this does not detract from the excellence of the series so far.
Hopefully the next volume will se a return to form.
The world building continues about what happened in the homelands, as well as how the community in New York and the farm functions.
I find myself totally captivated by the storytelling and rush through each book before running off to buy the next, an unbroken run of form so far.
The stories all have different artists but each suits the themes they are illustrating very well. The colouring of each is also excellent with a lot of carefully chosen palettes. Having a lot of artists on the job means they can take their time with the pages, producing a richer result. The rigid square panels also disappear in the main story too. Characters and speech cross into other frames, there are curved and even circular panels, the art goes full bleed, there are parallel scenes on a page, and exotic floral borders. It really goes all out.
The writing is also excellent. The last story is filler but is so charming you don't mind. The first evokes a wonderful period atmosphere and has a real morality play quality to it. The other two are well plotted and dramatic. There is sex and death aplenty in this book and it has a dark tinge to it just as proper folk tales do.
As it is hard to think how this could be improved I give it the Double Thumbs Up!
And that's just for starters. The consequences of some of the things that happen here will, as they always do in these tales, through what follows later. It also deals with the further interaction between the crazed revolutionary Goldilocks and Snow Whit, who, as we may remember from ANIMAL FARM, has a bone to pick with Goldie.
The pace continues unabated, with the story-lines mostly interleaved and hanging together; though Boy Blue's adventures are 'historical' (but need to be told, so we understand what happens in the next volume: FABLES: MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS), and the Barelycorn Brides snippet appears to bear only a slight connection to anything going on in the main-line story thread. There's some serious violence and blood, plus some sex; people die; journalists get their due desserts, as does a fable, long overdue for the dispensing of justice; Bigby and Snow do some serious bonding in the wilderness.
Nice pace, engaging tales and, though happy endings are far off or maybe will never come, there is a good deal of overt and suppressed romance.
Full marks, as always.
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