Series: Fables

Graphic Novel Review – Fables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham

July 30, 2015 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Read in 2015 0 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Graphic Novel Review – Fables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill WillinghamFables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham
Illustrator: Mark Buckingham
Published by Vertigo on July 28th 2015
Pages: 160
Genres: Comics-Graphic-Novels, Fairy-Tales/Retellings, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars

The New York Times Best-selling Series and Winner of 14 Eisner Awards!

Completing more than thirteen years of critically-acclaimed storytelling, FABLES #150 is here!

Doubling as the final volume of the series, creator Bill Willingham, artist Mark Buckingham and a host of the industry’s finest artists deliver the end to this legendary Vertigo series that sees the final fates of beloved characters Bigby Wolf, Snow White, Rose Red, Boy Blue, Pinocchio and countless others. Ready or not, ever after is here.

‘In which many things are resolved to an extent that the gentlewomen and gentle men who’ve been privileged to bring you these tales in years past, and who proudly present this one today, can take the opportunity to wish you a fond, if somewhat troubling, farewell.’

Fables brought to life the fairy tale characters we all know and love, placing them in a modern setting and forcing them to tackle life in Fabletown. While it has been for the most part one large story about the ongoing conflict between Snow White and Rose Red, there have been plenty of forks in the road of that story to keep it exciting. Farewell retraces its steps back to the beginning, concluding the completely fruitless conflict between the two sisters, but touches base with most of the characters whose stories were left hanging issues back. With as many concluding snippets that had to be addressed, Farewell lacks the excitement of the previous installments and instead simply feels like nothing more than a clean-up effort. Ever since the defeat of Mr. Dark, Fables has felt lacking in direction and despite this being the ‘conclusion’, as sad as it is, it still managed to feel overdue.

There were certain storylines that ended surprisingly which helped raise my overall opinion of this finale. The surprising magical clash between Frau Totenkinder and Cinderella, the battle between Flycatcher and Prince Brandish, but what I loved the most was how the ‘Summer Prophecy’ of Snow White’s cubs is readdressed, showing exactly how the Prophecy became fact.

The Fables comic series has been in production since 2002 with a total of 150 issues and it’s finally time to say goodbye. With as many long-running storylines as this series has, it would be difficult for even the most accomplished writer to give proper credit to all of them. While I can’t say with sincerity that this is a perfect end (but then again what end ever is?) however this will still satisfy and leave fans with sufficient closure.


Photo Credit: DC Comics / Vertigo

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Waiting on Wednesday – Fables, Vol. 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham

July 9, 2014 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Fables, Vol. 20: Camelot by Bill WillinghamCamelot by Bill Willingham
Series: Fables #20
Published by Vertigo on September 2, 2014
Pages: 256
Genres: Comics-Graphic-Novels, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Fables Vol. 22: Farewell

 

 

Rose Red finally and formally takes on the mantle of Paladin of Hope to heroically rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of "Snow White." A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown.



Collects issues #130-140 of this 14-time Eisner-Award-winning series.

 

 

About Bill Willingham

In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many years. He contributed stories to Green Lantern and started his own independent, black-and-white comics series Coventry which lasted only 3 issues. He also produced the pornographic series Ironwood for Eros Comix.

In the late 1990s Willingham reestablished himself as a prolific writer. He produced the 13-issue Pantheon for Lone Star Press and wrote a pair of short novels about the modern adventures of the hero Beowulf, published by the writer's collective, Clockwork Storybook, of which Willingham was a founding member. In the early 2000s he began writing extensively for DC Comics, including the limited series Proposition Player, a pair of limited series about the Greek witch Thessaly from The Sandman, and most notably the popular series Fables.

This is truly one of the best graphic novel series out there. Already up to installment #20 yet it’s still just as good as the very first one.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

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Graphic Novel Review – Fables Encyclopedia by Jess Nevins

January 28, 2014 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Read in 2013 7 Comments

I received this book free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Graphic Novel Review – Fables Encyclopedia by Jess NevinsFables Encyclopedia by Jess Nevins
Series: Fables
Published by Vertigo on October 29th 2013
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars

The histories behind the fairy tale characters in New York Times best-selling author Bill Willingham's series FABLES are uncovered here in the FABLES ENCYCLOPEDIA. Exhaustively researched by author Jess Nevins, these annotations fill in details hailing down from ancient myth and forgotten civilizations of the timeless figures that compose the world of Fabletown, including Snow White, Bigby Wolf, Boy Blue and many more. This new compendium is a must-have addition to any FABLES afficianado's library as well as any fan of modern folk lore and fairy tales.

With the abundant amount of characters introduced throughout the Fables series it can be difficult keeping track of each and every one. The Fables Encyclopedia is a fantastic companion guide to remembering each character and the roles they played in the story. In addition to their Fables role, we’re given a detailed and fascinating history on the characters that existed outside of the Fables universe. Snippets of comics were re-printed from past issues to detail certain characters as well.

I enjoyed reading about several lesser known characters that were only given brief appearances in the comics and finding out more of their backstory but was disappointed by how it wasn’t as up to date as I’d hope. Many of the stories of characters from the spin-off series weren’t elaborated on in particular a character from Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland. Considering that issue was published in November 2012 and this Encyclopedia was published October 2013 I would have expected those updates to be covered. The comic snippets were nice to read again but seemed repetitive and unessential since it wasn’t adding anything new to what the text already disclosed. Clearly not an all encompassing guide, Fables Encylopedia is fairly informative but mostly interesting in regards to the characters lives outside of the Fables universe.

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