From Publishers Weekly
The appeal of Fables
has always been the reimagining of fairy tale characters as if they were as messy and screwed up as real people; the characters are divorcées, drunks, womanizers, and overall flawed beings. In this crossover of all the Fables characters from various spinoff books, Kevin Thorn, the creator of the world and its stories, is angry such liberties were taken with his characters and is determined to destroy the Fablesverse and start over. The regular Fables cast, Snow White, Bigby Wolf, and Jack (the one with the beanstalk)—with a few additions such as gun-toting embodiments of the library sciences and Thorn's son, Mister Revise—try to stop Thorn before he writes them and the rest of the world out of existence. Unfortunately, most of what could be good ideas becomes burdensome, with zigzagging plot twists that bog down the pace. There are a lot of meanwhiles, and interesting side points and characters, but the overall plot is lacking. (Feb.)
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Taking a breather from Fables’ main action, Willingham teams with fellow scripter Matthew Sturges for this story that occupied three monthly installments each of Fables, Jack of Fables, and The Literals, which was created for the occasion. It’s a frayed, comics-medium in-jokey yarn centered on a comics author (one of the Literals) determined to rewrite the Fables’ history, deleting characters he dislikes with a pen that makes what he writes real (at least in the world of comics). His straitjacketed twin, Writer’s Block, prevents him from whole-hog renovation but not from thwarting the posse after him by recasting its leader, Bigby Wolf, as a chimp, a pink elephant, a donkey, and a little girl. Fortunately, Wolf’s personality remains constant and, with the help of the kick-ass librarian Page sisters (from Jack of Fables), prevails. Meanwhile, when Jack drops in on the Fables’ Adirondacks farm, he’s hailed as the messianic second coming of the martyred Boy Blue; as Daffy Duck, whose Duck Amuck is surely one inspiration for this arc, might say—what a revoltin’ development! --Ray Olson