Fables Vol. 22

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2015

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 160

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: I Love Libraries; Graphic Novel

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.

A fitting end to the Fables series. I was so excited to open this volume and see how some of the storylines were wrapped up. I loved how they answered some of the big lingering questions. I loved following Snow and Bigby’s children’s throughout the volume. I got a little choked up with the last Boy Blue story. Sad to see my favorite comics series end, but such a great end it was.

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Fairest: The Clamour for Glamour

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2015

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 168

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel Challenge; Fairytale Retellings; 52 Books in 52 Weeks — W1

A nice ending to the Fairest series. We get conclusions for a few characters. We get more of what was going on at the farm during the events of Fables Vol. 21. We meet a few new characters that contribute to the story. I’m sad that the Fables world is ending, but have really enjoyed the main series and all of it’s spinoffs.


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Fables: Happily Ever After

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2015

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 197

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: 52 Books – W52

Holy cow! I am floored by this volume. I know there’s only one last volume in this series, but wow! There were so many ends and revelations in this volume, I have no idea how this one ends. But I can’t wait to read it! Now to see if the local library has it on the shelves…

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Fables: Camelot

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2014

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 256

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Fairy Tales

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.

While I really enjoyed this volume, it definitely felt like a set-up for storylines to come. We get to see Rose Red assembling her knights. We learn that there’s secret about Rose and Snow’s lineage. We get a brewing conflict between Rose and Snow. And we have a missing wolf. I was very interested to see how they were going to reconcile all the shit that hit the fan in the last volume. This one really pulled some of those storylines together. I can’t wait to read the next volume…

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Fables: Wolves of the Heartland

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2012

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 152

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Fairy Tales

Bigby Wolf embarks on a quest through the American Heartland to find a new location for Fabletown, a secret society of exiled fairy tale characters living among the “mundys.” In his wanderings, Bigby stumbles across Story City, a small town that seems to be occupied solely by werewolves. Oddly enough, they seem to already know and revere Bigby, but at the same time they’ve captured and caged him.

Been meaning to pick up this volume for awhile now and thankfully I did this week. I loved the side story of Bigby and his former comrade in arms. Bigby has been one of my favorite characters from the main Fables series since the beginning. It was nice to once again learn more about his past while tying everything back to the main storyline. The fabled Story City is a fantastic setting for this story of the perfect little town gone bad. A treat for fans of the Fables series.

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Fairest: Of Mice and Men

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2014

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 144

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Fairy Tales

Cinderella returns in an all-new epic! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cind is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can Cind uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown? By critically acclaimed writer Marc Andreyko (MANHUNTER, Torso, The Lost) and legendary artist Shawn McManus (CINDERELLA, SWAMP THING), FAIREST VOL. 4: CINDERELLA – OF MEN AND MICE ties directly into FABLES!

Okay… so the absolute best of the Fairest series so far. But I do love Cinderella and her spy antics. Plus it was nice to see Snow White and Beast. I also liked how they tied in the Fables version of Cinderella to the traditional story with stepsisters and a fairy godmother.

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Fairest: The Return of the Maharaja

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2014

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 144

Rating:  5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; 52 Books – W38; Read Your Freebies; Seriously Series

When Nalayani seeks the help of the Maharaja to save her village from the Dhole, she uncovers a secret that could change the Fables Universe forever: the still alive and long-thought dead Prince Charming!

Oh yes!  I love this series almost as much as I love the original series: Fables.  We get some of the characters from the original series (hello Prince Charming!), but expanded storylines.  We also get to explore some of the other worlds alluded to in Fables.  In this volume, we get to travel to Indu where Mowgli was from.  I loved Nalayani’s character.  She’s a strong, nonsense woman.  The perfect foil to Prince Charming.  And the ending was fantastic.  I hope we get to see these two again in the series.

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Fairest: In All the Land

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2013

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 160

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Seriously Series

FAIREST has explored the secret histories of the most stunning beauties in Fabletown: Cinderella, Snow White, Briar Rose, Rapunzel, and the list goes on and on. In FAIREST IN ALL THE LAND, the best names in comics take their turns fleshing out the pasts of the loveliest Fables in existence. For all those wanting to dive into FAIREST or FABLES, this original graphic novel is a fantastic entry point, as well as a great new chapter for those that have been following Bill Willingham’s fairy tale epic for years.

Oh I liked this one a lot.  Cinderella gets a starring role in a murder mystery starring all our Fairest ladies.  We even get to see what’s been going on in the Business Office since it was cut off from Fabletown.  A very interesting little tale.  Even I didn’t foresee the entirety of the ending.  Nicely constructed storyline giving the readers just enough clues to figure it out with Cindy.  

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Fairest: Hidden Kingdom

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2013

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 160

Rating:  5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Seriously Series; 52 Books – W29

And then, in a 6-part epic, Rapunzel lives one of the most regimented lives in Fabletown, forced to maintain her rapidly growing hair lest her storybook origins be revealed. But when word of her long-lost children surface, she races across the sea to find them–and a former lover.

Oh! I really really enjoyed this volume.  Rapunzel was always a small side character in the original series; it was nice for her to get her own story.  And what a story it is!  This volume got dark and then just when you thought it couldn’t, it got even darker.  A very interesting storyline about Rapunzel’s past colliding with her present featuring some well-known characters (Bigby, Tottenkinder) and some new ones (Tomoko, Mayumi {so creepy!}).  A great addition to the Fables universe!

Fairest:

  • #1 Wide Awake
  • #2 Hidden Kingdom
  • In All the Land
  • #3 The Return of the Maharaja
  • #4 Cinderella – Of Mice and Men

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Fairest: Wide Awake

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Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2012

Genre: Fantasy Comics

Pages: 160

Rating:  5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Seriously Series

New York Times bestselling, award-winning creator Bill Willingham presents a new series starring the female Fables. Balancing horror, humor and adventure in the Fables tradition, Fairest explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others.

The first 6-issue tale follows the misadventures of Briar Rose immediately after the events of Fables #107 (collected in Fables Volume 16: Super Team), in which she was stolen away by the goblin army. Following this first collection, Willingham will serve as a consultant on all story arcs and introduce new writers from other mediums to the Fables mythos.

A very delightful spinoff series from the Fables series.  I loved hearing more about Briar Rose after she fell asleep to defeat the emperor.  And we get Lumi and Ali Baba as great side characters.  I had to remind myself of what happened in Fables 16, but once I jogged my memory, it was a great ride.  And we even get a bonus story starring a film noir Beast.  This volume really peaked my desire to read the rest of this series.  Off I go!

Fairest:

  • #1 Wide Awake
  • #2 Hidden Kingdom
  • In All the Land
  • #3 The Return of the Maharaja
  • #4 Cinderella – Of Mice and Men

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