Thursday, November 20, 2008
Fables Vol 11: War and Pieces (2008) Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Niko Hearichon, Andrew Peopy
It’s very very good.
As a matter of fact, I started to panic while I read it, fearing that this was going to be the end of the series.
It isn’t. Whew.
The war for the Homelands is here! Years of planning are coming to fruition and the attack is on. Needless to say, I had a hard time putting War and Pieces down to go eat dinner.
There are basically three story arcs. In the first we see Fabletown and the Farm preparing for war, and Boy Blue deciding what to do. I didn’t much care for this story. There was just something wrong with the way Boy Blue appeared and acted.
In the second story arc, we see Cinderella sent out on a mission.
I have to say, there’s something deeply satisfying about seeing Cinderella kick butt.
The third and final story arc is the battle for the Homelands. The story arc is told by Boy Blue, who remains one of my favorite characters. Besides Boy Blue, it focuses on Bigby and Prince Charming, everyone involved in the plans to recover the Homeland.
Did I mention we get to spend lots of time with Boy Blue? Who I adore?
The only thing that was strange was that Fabletown spent so much time preparing for the war against he Adversary it hardly seemed right that the actual war could be concluded in a single volume.
As far as the artists, I didn’t much care for the way the first story was drawn. The remainder of the book was drawn by the same artists as the previous umpty-ump books. And as usual I’d catch myself reading quickly, and then have to go back and check the art in the edge panels.
If you have not been reading Fables, do NOT start here. But you definitely want to go back to the beginning, start reading there, and work your way up to here. You won’t regret it.
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