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Fables, Vol. 5 by Bill Willingham
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Feb 29, 2012

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bookshelves: read-2012, private-collection, comics, reread
Read from February 27 to 28, 2012 , read count: 2

After such an epic storyline as "March of the Wooden Soldiers", crashing back down to reality would be hard, and "The Mean Seasons" really does suffer from it. True, this series is not all about action, but this mix of side stories + back stories + the aftermath of the war didn't really agree with me.
Cindy's story was interesting, I had no idea who she was working for right until that last moment, but the fact that it takes place outside of the current chronology was a bit frustrating. Bigby's WWII story, on the other hand, was not only frustrating, it really had no place in this collection. As with Jack's back story in "Storybook Love", this detour into the past really didn't agree with me, and seems superfluous. Yes, Bigby had mentioned his taking part in the world wars before, but did we really need to see it? I think not.
Luckily the last story arc managed to salvage this TPB. (view spoiler)

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