John Kirk's Reviews > Fables, Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons

Fables, Vol. 5 by Bill Willingham
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Jan 27, 2012

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Read on January 27, 2012 — I own a copy

A bit of a mixed bag. I'm quite happy to get a mixture of short and long stories, but the WW2 flashback didn't quite work. Reading the letters page (in the original monthly issues), the writer said that he had to change the plot halfway through because he realised that someone else had already used his original idea. However, I assume that the artwork had already been drawn, and he just rewrote the dialogue. Bearing that in mind, there are some odd clashes, e.g. the shelf of (living) heads in jars that look as if they came out of Futurama.

On a more positive note, I did like the emotion that Bigby and Snow displayed: Bigby during the childbirth, and Snow at the end of the book. I think this is where the story benefits from being illustrated, i.e. being a comic rather than a prose novel.

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