Title: Fables: The Mean Seasons (Vol. 5)
Author: Bill Willingham
Publisher: Vertigo 2005
Genre: Graphic Novel; Fairy Tales
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Support Your Local Library; Fables Challenge
The title story here depicts the year after the attack from the Adversary. Summer sees the birth of Deputy Mayor Snow White's sextuplets (the father is Sheriff Bigby Wolf); fall, Prince Charming's election as mayor; winter, bad decisions by the new administration; and spring, plans to counterattack the Adversary. Two shorter pieces show Bigby Wolf on a secret mission during World War II and Cinderella entrapping a Fable who is collaborating with the Adversary. Tony Akins draws the shorter stories with less detail than Mark Buckingham does the big one; both uphold Fables' snappy good looks. Ray OlsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Loving this volume. We get to see Cinderella as something more than a vapid princess. And we get a little bit of Bigby's history. He is fast becoming my favorite character in the series. As much as I enjoyed the two shorter stories, I must say they don't hold a candle to the long story. The setup is perfect. We see the changing tide through the changing of the seasons. Very inventive! And we get to meet a few new characters, especially the interesting and mysterious Mr. North. I can't wait to learn more about him. We also get more mysteries as Beast and Beauty take over for Snow and Bigby and Prince Charming becomes mayor. They all find out that many things are not what they seem in Fabletown. Oh yeah, and the return of Rose Red. I thought her character had more potential than the rebel sister and she's starting to show it. Can't wait for the next volume...