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Fables Vol. 16: Super Team Paperback – December 20, 2011
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Getting to the meat of the matter: As things stand, Mr. Dark had sown waste to Fabletown and had driven the Fables out of Manhattan. Recently, Frau Totenkinder had failed to properly contain Mr. Dark, who escaped his confines, forcing the Fables to flee the Farm in upstate New York and seek refuge in the kingdom of Haven. There's nowhere else to go after this, should Haven fall. And here's Mr. Dark now, very close to ripping thru the mystic barrier that keeps him from stepping over into Haven. Day by day Flycatcher's magic is failing him.
With Frau Totenkinder officially retired (fully deserving of her happy ending), Ozma has assumed leadership of the spooky witches what used to dwell on the 13th floor of Fabletown's Woodlands Hotel.Read more ›
In this issue Ozma creates a Super Team to take on Mister Dark, but the North Wind gets to him first. The book also includes a little story about Bufkin the Monkey and a story about Sleeping Beauty.
Bufkin is returned to his homeland in this story and another storyline is started with Sleeping Beauty, but the main point of this installment is to take care of the Mister Dark storyline.
Ozma and Pinocchio decide to put together a Super Team to go and fight Mister Dark. They hold auditions and make silly looking skin-tight costumes for the group. All in all it is a little silly but also a bit ironic...you know...having fables in super hero suits.
Ozma and Pinnochio's plot is set astray when the North Wind gets ideas of his own.
The illustrations are in keeping with previous issues and I enjoyed them, they fit the tone of the story well. It was also nice to have the whole Mister Dark storyline finally tied up.
Overall a decent addition to the series. I enjoyed the way the Mister Dark story was tied up, but thought the whole Fables as super heroes thing was a bit goofy. I am intrigued to see where the Sleeping Beauty bit ends up going. Highly recommended to fans of fairy tale retellings and urban fantasy.
Some reviewers have complained of the rather sudden end to the Dark Man storyline, and I'll agree that it happened quickly and took me by surprise. At the same time, I was happy to see the end of the villain, and thought the way it was accomplished (both in the story, and by the writers) was great. Unexpected and imaginative, which is exactly what we should expect in Fables. While that thread is hopefully concluded, there is still a lot going on in the Fables universe, and I greatly anticipate the continued adventures. The next volume, Inherit the Wind, appears to focus on who will take on the mantle of the North Wind. That should be a nice change of pace for the story, hopefully getting back to more of a personal drama about our favorite fables.
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This volume brought back what I liked about the series so much at the beginning. Awesome reading.Published 9 months ago by Juan Rodriguez Fernandez
Honestly, I expected the Dark Man's story to end with more of a bang, but perhaps Bill felt like it was drawing on too long? Either way, I believe it was still a good read.Published 10 months ago by Rozzie
How will our fables survive?? Super fables? Or maybe a great sacrifice. No spoilers here. Great read though.Published 13 months ago by Ronald J. Smith
** spoiler alert ** The title of this volume scared me just a little because Fables has done such a good job of not going down the superhero route. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Matt Anderson
This wasn't my favorite story from the Fables collection, but it was pretty good. I don't know if it's the villain that turned me off, or some of the side stories. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by P.M.
Fables is a great series! Bill Willingham has created an amazing story with great characters! Always eagerly awaiting the next Volume to see how the plot unfolds, revealing new... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Greg M