Title: Fables Vol. 12: The Dark Ages
Author: Bill Willingham
Publisher: Vertigo 2009
Genre: Graphic Novel; Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Fables Series
Tourists of the world unite! If you've ever craved a guided tour of Fabletown's secret Manhattan location, prepare to be voraciously satiated. Pinnochio has a field day taking a certain VIP around the city. And exactly which Fabletown denizens are no longer active (dead, alive or otherwise) just might shock you into a comic book coma. Also in this volume, you'll find the 4-part story featuring Freddy and Mouse, two local rogues who just want to get along and perhaps turn a bit of profit in the post-war, topsy-turvy world. Meanwhile, in Fabletown, a new political group forms called the Society of Seconds, and what they want doesn't seem very reasonable at all.
First of all, look at that cover! It is gorgeous! I was mesmerized by the cover for at least 10 minutes without even starting the volume. But don't worry, once I got into the volume I most heartily enjoyed that as well. Such twists and turns. I've come to expect surprises with every Fables volume, but this one really got me. I admit it, I teared up with Boy Blue's story. I wanted to smack Rose Red. I championed Bigby and Frau's attempts to save Fabletown. And I tried to hide myself away from Mr. Dark. The art continues to be more and more intricate and beautiful. I can't wait until tomorrow when I can start the next volume!