Having read Fables Volume 21, I figured there would be no point of doing a review for the second to last volume of the just finished ongoing series, so instead I’ll be doing a why you should read it instead. Fables, for those of you who aren’t aware of it is about real life fairy tale figures, Snow White, The Big Bad Wolf etc all living in a contemporary New York. It’s was created by Bill Willingham and Lan Medina, on writing and art respectively.
The thing about Fables is it’s an already genius idea. The Fairy tale characters are on the run from a mysterious big bad guy who has managed to take over all of their home worlds, managed to craft characters that are both magical and human, and subvert the standard tropes. Prince Charming for example, his actually name by the way, is a leech, only in relationships because he can use people. Bigby Wolf, aka the Big Bad Wolf is the sheriff of the Fables, but also the son of the North Wind.
Over the course of 22 volumes, the last being released in July, the stories contained are some of the best. There is a warmth and richness in the writing. Often times it’s just as funny as it heart breaking. They feel like real people, with their own hopes and dreams. Bill Wingham had created a world with rules and stuck to it. Some of the story arcs are little dry, I could’ve done without the “great Fables Cross Over” for example. But that’s only if you find Jack of Fables annoying, and I do.
Fables, at its heart is long form story telling at it’s finest. After 150 issues, the stories contained are great, and with only a few missteps here and there. It’s not for everyone, especially if you consider comic books only for capes and tights. But if you’re looking for some thing else not related to heroics then you could a heck of a lot worse than Fables. It’s a funny, rich textbook example of a great comic