With the North Wind giving his life to contain and defeat Mr. Dark, it is time to select a new North Wind. As Bigby Wolf has always embraced his wolfWith the North Wind giving his life to contain and defeat Mr. Dark, it is time to select a new North Wind. As Bigby Wolf has always embraced his wolf far more than his wind, and his brothers are less than regal, it falls to one of the Cubs to step into their grandfather's huge shoes. When a secret prophecy concerning them from Ozma is revealed to Snow and Bigby, and the other Winds reach the North Keep, things get interesting to say the least.
Meanwhile, in what was once OZ, Bufkin is leading a scant revolution against the Nome King.
With Mr. Dark finally defeated, the leaders of the former Fabletown, Farm, and the Kingdom of Haven are ready to begin the return home. Careful to be check that no booby traps have been left in his wake, the Fables are cautious but excited to return to their homes. Rose Red, the tarnished but bold leader of The Farm, is also cautiously moving forward with what she learned will be her destiny: becoming a symbol of hope. To do so, however, she takes a small "Christmas Story"-esque journey to meet the other symbols and see where she fits.
Last but definitely not least, the widow Spratt (and almost widow Dark)is a lean, mean, revenge machine. She continues her fencing and combat training so that she can still lash back at the Fables whom she believed were once so very mean.
It wasn't AS good as some of the others in the series, but it was a good stage-setter for the battle that are clearly coming. I'm not a fan of the former Nurse Spratt, but I have to admit that I'm more than curious about what she is still so pissed about, and how she plans to show it. I hated to see the cubs be so competitive with one another about becoming the new North Wind, but I guess it was to be expected. I was also missing Beauty and Beast's little weird daughter in this issue, and I'm already bored with Bufkin (though he is getting more kickass by the minute). All in all, a good setup issue....more
Instantly hooked. For lovers of "The Fifth Element", "Aeon Flux", and other humorous but somehow realistic Sci-Fi, will love this series. After how muchInstantly hooked. For lovers of "The Fifth Element", "Aeon Flux", and other humorous but somehow realistic Sci-Fi, will love this series. After how much I loved Y:The Last Man, I should have known I would love anything Brian K. Vaughan produces. ...more
Welp, that sexpot librarian myth is on a whole other level here. LOL
As a young child, Suzie experienced a great loss. When her father is killed, and hWelp, that sexpot librarian myth is on a whole other level here. LOL
As a young child, Suzie experienced a great loss. When her father is killed, and her mother slips into alcoholism, she accidentally discovers that the one time when her mind isn't plagued by sadness and confusion is whens she masturbates. As a matter of fact, time stands still when she does. Literally.
In "The Quiet", as she calls it, Suzie finds escape and peace, and courage. Confused about sex, she starts to seek information from the school sluts, her gynecologist, and even her mother, but none give her the information she seeks until a promiscuous upper classmate takes her aside and gives her more information than she can handle. Confused, she goes where EVERYONE should go when they need help sorting information; the library.
When years later, the bank plans to foreclose on her beloved library, Suzie decides to hold a fundraiser to raise money to save it, and it's there that she meets Jon. Jon is smart, and funny, and can quote her favorite book Lolita. In the heat of the moment, she decides to throw caution to the wind and have sex with Jon, but when she does, learns that Jon shares her "skill".
Over the next few days, or their continuous date, the two share sexual histories, their discoveries of life in The Quiet. Within, they learn that there are things that can be done within The Quiet, that could serve them in the real world. Namely, that there may be a way to use that frozen time, to get the money Suzie needs to save the library.
But there are rules to The Quiet, and these two are about to find them out.
This was strange, and interesting, and hilarious. A little jumpy at points, as it took a while to figure out what was going on in some panels, but not bad. I'm curious to see where this goes. ...more
When I was in writing school, my teachers always said the best way to get past writer's block, was to write straight through it. It was never prescribWhen I was in writing school, my teachers always said the best way to get past writer's block, was to write straight through it. It was never prescribed as something for us to actually publish or give to our readers. This book, is the physical embodiment of someone writing their way through their writer's block,...and then making loyal fans read it.
I was not pleased at all with this particular entry to the Fables universe. It rambled on and on about nothing for seemingly ever, and I just couldn't make myself care. Aside from some kickass "new" characters, and some pretty funny Bigby moments, I could have passed on this one....more
This installment of Fables was pretty intense, but mainly because it was completely unexpected. We've jusLittle Boy Blue, come blow your horn. Please.
This installment of Fables was pretty intense, but mainly because it was completely unexpected. We've just finally finished the war, buried our fallen, and attempted to move forward. None more than our loveable siren, Rose Red, who has moved on in some very interesting ways.
Meanwhile, back in the homelands, the war has caused some rather "dark" events to unfold. Two treasure-hunting thieves have stumbled upon a find that will change everything for our friends in Fabletown. The proverbial Boogeyman is coming.
I really enjoyed this edition, though it was a bit light compared to the past two. The effects of the war on Boy Blue were hard to watch, but done in a really touching way. And to finally have something come up that even Frau Totenkinder had to quake a little about, was just the right bit of frightening.
A jungle book crossover, and another look at Bigby's meddlesome brothers gave a much needed bit of comic relief, also. I'm curious to see what our exiles from the 13th floor have discovered about the role of Mundy's, and also to find out just how far the Boogeyman's wrath will reach. Perhaps we're finally about to get to the bottom of how powerful the Mundy popularity health theory is....more
This installment was a bit heavy-handed in terms of merging religious "folklore" to fairy tales and fables, but in retrospect, in the tradition of thiThis installment was a bit heavy-handed in terms of merging religious "folklore" to fairy tales and fables, but in retrospect, in the tradition of this series, it made perfect sense.
This edition finds our beloved Fly, one of the sweetest and most spotless fables, finally casting aside his beloved ignorance in Fabletown to return to the Homelands and become the fly in the Empire's soup (a great bit of wordplay that finds itself in the book). Bufkin's hasty moves towards the Forsworn Knight set into motion a crapload of biblical nods that include a John the Baptist-like figure, a grand exodus, a pair of Judases, and a sweet Jesus that we never saw coming in all the books before. Meanwhile Prince Charming, continuing to prove himself a worthy winner over King Cole and brilliant strategist, begins to prepare the present-day fables under his care for the battle they now know is coming. There's also a pretty interesting look at just what it is that Frau Totenkinder has been knitting together all this time.
Fables has always done a great job of merging folklore from every realm, and I guess it was only a matter of time before they chose to weave in the bible stories that mean so much to so many. Again, for those of us familiar with them, some of the similarities were almost overpowering to the Fables world we have grown to know, but in the end, everything balanced out in a really satisfying way.