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.Fables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham
Illustrator: Mark Buckingham
Published by Vertigo on July 28th 2015
Genres: Comics-Graphic-Novels, Fairy-Tales/Retellings, Fantasy
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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.