Overall it was OK, but mostly because I used the internet to fill in the gaps that the book didn't explain. It was much less silly than the first two...moreOverall it was OK, but mostly because I used the internet to fill in the gaps that the book didn't explain. It was much less silly than the first two books in this offshoot of the Fables series. I liked the use of Nalayani's mythology, but only after I finally looked her up and found out who she was and what her story was. Then I saw that some of the elements in the story follows her myth, like being in love with the older man, and the thing about the finger in the food. Without knowing her story she doesn't even seem like someone out of a myth. I liked that she was so down to Earth and not a typical princess, but then story became much more about Charming than about her and she became a supporting character in her own book, and the series is Fairest, about the women of Fables in a series of the own, it says so on the cover of the volume. Nalayani was tough, capable and just a bit vulnerable, the kind of hero it's easy to cheer for. And I liked the end, I'm not a fan of insta-love. I just wish that Charming was the supporting character in her story and not the other way around.
And the first book was mostly a waste of space, even though it was just about her. Was I supposed to understand what the madness that took Tabaqui was? They journeyed together then he was gone in two panels. It was total letdown, there was no point to his part of the story at all. I didn't know until I looked him up afterward that he was from The Jungle Book. What happened to him didn't seem to have anything to do with his mythology, I just don't get any of it. And I'm wasn't even sure I got his name right until I looked him up. I like the idea of using different fonts to indicated that they're speaking a non-English language, it's been a consistent part of the Fables series, but I had a really difficult time reading this one as the font for the entire story. I wish they could have used one that implied India but was a bit easier to read.
And this is a small thing, but it really bugged me that her bindi mark was up way to high in her first meeting with Charming, it's almost in the middle of her forehead. It looks ridiculous, like she has a huge zit or something. They go between the eyebrows, it's a chakra point or represents the third eye or is just a beauty mark for some people, but it needs to go down a bunch. Other than that the art was beautiful, rich and detailed and really lovely. Though I did get tired of looking at her cleavage. But that's comics for you. But I thought about marking the book down to two stars because of some of my reservations about the story, but I couldn't with the gorgeous art. I even liked the covers, and I probably whined about them too much on the last two volumes because they didn't match the interiors and represent what was inside, which always seems like a vest odd business to me. But these were lovely and more consistent.
So, it was a weak story about an interesting woman who I'd like to have learned more about, and like to have done it in this book and not on the internet. It had its moments, it wasn't the worst story ever, but there was a lot of wasted potential. But I'm glad Nalayani is joining Fabletown, maybe we'll see more of her in the main series before that ends.(less)
Still fun. It's definitely more like reading a short section of a novel than most comics. If I was reading an episode at a time instead of the collect...moreStill fun. It's definitely more like reading a short section of a novel than most comics. If I was reading an episode at a time instead of the collected volume I'd be pretty frustrated. I think the author knows the fans are in it for the long haul and is planning the story arc accordingly. There isn't the sense of urgency of needing to have a big payoff to make sure he gets the sales to justify getting the next print run, you know? So it has that sense of being a middle chapter of a book, which is OK, I'm eager for the next chapter.(less)
I'm sure I'd have gotten more into it if I could see it. The print is just too small, I've been avoiding it off and on again for weeks. Not fun. Maybe...moreI'm sure I'd have gotten more into it if I could see it. The print is just too small, I've been avoiding it off and on again for weeks. Not fun. Maybe I'll be able to find a different format. (less)
Just reading this series out of habit at this point. I wouldn't have felt like I missed anything if I hadn't read it, as stubborn as I am about contin...moreJust reading this series out of habit at this point. I wouldn't have felt like I missed anything if I hadn't read it, as stubborn as I am about continuing series. Though I am very happy that one character that I thought was dead wasn't. I didn't like the art in the first half that much, the faces of the non-human characters were off-putting instead of charming. (less)
This story definitely wasn't as good as most of Butcher's short stories, but I really liked Joseph Cooper's art so much more than the art from the pre...moreThis story definitely wasn't as good as most of Butcher's short stories, but I really liked Joseph Cooper's art so much more than the art from the previous Dresden graphic novels, so I had to bump the rating up a star. I can't remember if the other graphic novels said that they were co-written by another author, but this says that it is written by Butcher and Mark Powers, maybe that's why it's a little bit less, I don't know, something, than most of his stories. Less wry, less edgy. I just wonder if Butcher wrote the summary that was included at the end, then the other author filled in the pieces. The people in the town were all pretty darn one dimensional, especially the cop and the oldest daughter in the family that Harry is trying to help. She bugged me the most, she was just dumb. She trusted Harry, threw her arms around him, oooh Harry you big strong wizard, I know you'll save us, Harry. It was kind of sickening. She didn't know him, she didn't have any reason to trust him, and several members of her family had just died, she should have been depressed and angry. I just didn't get the cute, open, vulnerable schoolgirl character at all. Except that she looked cute in tight sweaters, of course. And the older woman puzzled me too, the coincidence of the curse being initiated in Egypt and her having traveled to Egypt was a bit hard to believe. And it didn't even seem necessary, the power that was used at the end didn't seem to necessitate an Egyptian source.
On the other hand, the art was really very good. I never really liked the way that Harry was drawn in the previous graphic novels, he was a typical big chinned, handsome guy who was interchangeable with dozens of guys from dozens of books. This Harry looks much more like I imagined him. He's good looking but not gorgeous, his hair is messy, his face is long and expressive, he even has a big Adam's apple. And I loved the little glimpse that we got of Murphy, I really hope that there's another book with her in it so that we can see his version of her. I never liked the other artist's version of her at all.
I wouldn't say that this is a must-see for fans of the series. It takes place out of Chicago so that it can slot in between existing books in the series. It very much stands independently from the series and if you did miss it you wouldn't miss anything about the development of the series. But it's a fun story, if not one of Butcher's best. And the art really is quite good, you wouldn't regret getting these images of the characters stuck in your mind.(less)
It was really more of a 3.5 probably, but it deserved to be rounded up for intriguing me. I'm glad I read the first collected volume and not each indi...moreIt was really more of a 3.5 probably, but it deserved to be rounded up for intriguing me. I'm glad I read the first collected volume and not each individual issue, it helps to start to see, well, not where the story is going yet, but that there is a direction at least and that it does indeed look intriguing. These guys did pretty well. It has a kind of a classic feeling, a Tony Stark vs. his dad thing with now Adam trying to find out what happened to his dad, but a forward looking story in a gritty urban world with high tech scary toys around every corner. A good start for a series. The are supported the series well but didn't do anything special for me.(less)
A great finale to a terrific series. It had all of the adventure and emotion that I'd come to expect from both Hill and Rodriguez, they're a perfect t...moreA great finale to a terrific series. It had all of the adventure and emotion that I'd come to expect from both Hill and Rodriguez, they're a perfect team.(less)
I love this series, there are always surprises in every volume, and it always makes me think. It's smart without being in-your-face annoying about it,...moreI love this series, there are always surprises in every volume, and it always makes me think. It's smart without being in-your-face annoying about it, clever and fun. This one had Australian mythology, a unicorn who spouts prophecy, killer zombies, a rabbit king of the dead and much fun stuff, plus many twists and turns in the story arc. As usual, I can't wait to see where Carey's going with this story.
Except that I'm not excited about the next book and the cross-over with the Fables series. I has potential, and it makes sense given the themes, but Fables has never lived up to it's potential in my opinion, it's never been as edgy or interesting as the early books or the concept made me hope for. Every once in a while one of the volumes would give me hope that it was getting better, then it would go right into a slump again. But this series can lose it's way a bit too, so I hope that the collaboration brings out the best in both series.(less)
The story was good and the art by Inaki Miranda was great. Miranda got the familiar characters like Frau Tottenkinder exactly right, something no othe...moreThe story was good and the art by Inaki Miranda was great. Miranda got the familiar characters like Frau Tottenkinder exactly right, something no other guest artist has done. And the other art is fantastic, it's a real pleasure to see all of the detailed and gorgeous panels. The little story at the end was fine, it wouldn't have mattered to me if it wasn't there, but it was kind of cute with a dark twist at the end. I'm seriously not into the covers though. I am not now or will ever be a fan of marketing these books as though they're soft p/rn. The front cover had absolutely nothing to do with the book. If it had been a violent picture with her hair writhing all over the place, that would have represented the story. It didn't happen in the book and it makes no sense representing the book. And though the back cover at least has a place in the story, it's such a small part of the story, why pick out the one small sexy scene and put that on the cover? This must be what men are paying for, they must know their markets. I'm just sick of having covers that I can't leave out in the open because my father might see when he's visiting. It's a dark action story, I would have liked covers that reflected that.(less)
This is definitely just for super fans of the series to purchase, and fans to peruse. (I'm the second, I read it thanks to my library, as usual.) But...moreThis is definitely just for super fans of the series to purchase, and fans to peruse. (I'm the second, I read it thanks to my library, as usual.) But it was better than I expected. In a novel with references to folklore or mythology it's easy to look up the five to ten references that are typically in a book. But this series is so top-heavy with characters both from traditional sources and just as many from Willingham's fertile imagination, I soon stopped bothering to look them up. So it was interesting to see how many of the characters that Willingham had used from mythology, history and literature that I had recognized and how many I had missed. It was also kind of interesting to read the few the little tidbits of inspiration or inside information that he or artist Mark Buckingham provided. It definitely isn't exciting, there isn't any great insight into the stories or anything, but it wasn't as bad as some of the similar books I've seen for other series. Readers beware, there are spoilers for later books in the series if you haven't read all of the books that have been published up until this one.(less)
The relationships between Alana and Marco and Marco's parents were great, there were a lot of fun moments there. But not a lot happened. It felt like...moreThe relationships between Alana and Marco and Marco's parents were great, there were a lot of fun moments there. But not a lot happened. It felt like a chapter or two of a great novel or a TV episode more than six separate stand-alone comics to me, so I'm glad that I waited for the collected volume. There's just a lot of story here and it's slow to build and layer. Which isn't a bad thing, I'm looking forward to the long story arc. It's just a different pace than most graphic novels.(less)
I thought this might be a good way to finally get my feet wet in the comic book/superhero arena without having to figure out where to start in the sup...moreI thought this might be a good way to finally get my feet wet in the comic book/superhero arena without having to figure out where to start in the super confusing and overwhelming history of any character or universe. But it actually just convinced me that it was still just too confusing for me to deal with. Multiple universes and alternate worlds and constantly changing and revised histories, and that's all just for this one character, not even dealing with the ones he interacts with. But it was really cool to see the full scope of the history of comics and graphic novels, and to see how much the art and storytelling has changed over the years. Just flipping through the book from beginning to end is a lesson in and of itself. And reading the early stories was fun. I'm sure that real comic book fans will love the book. It would be a great gift as well.(less)
It was cute and odd and it would have gotten a higher rating despite some flaws if it was the first book in a series, but as a stand alone book it doe...moreIt was cute and odd and it would have gotten a higher rating despite some flaws if it was the first book in a series, but as a stand alone book it doesn't work, too many plot points are opened up and just left hanging.(less)