Bill Willingham is a genius. Fables is truly one of the best serials to ever be published.
My only issue is that I had the Kindle version, and I'm not completely enamored of reading graphic novels on my Kindle Fire, and I even have the 8.9" version. It takes some getting used to, and ultimately, I don't think it does the medium justice. Maybe comics/graphic novels pop better on a 10" tablet, but it doesn't thrive at this form factor.
But, that's my own issue, and there's nothing less than 5 stars worth of story, art and action in any Fables tale.
The story brings back Red Rose who for the past couple of books just sat around moping about something that I never understood. Apparently hearing her history with her sister (Snow White) from her pseudo-mom gives her the ability to see solutions to problems that have been plaguing the farm for several issues and the stories are less Willingham's ego and more a story. I liked it and will probably continue reading the series now that it's gotten back on track.
Fables has reached a new peak with ROSE RED, as major happenings occur in the Fable-verse. In this huge volume, we get lots of treats in a great variety of styles. Political maneuverings within the Fable community, where Geppetto has established a concerning foothold, take center stage for the beginning of the book (transitioning smoothly from Witches). Then we get a nice little back-story from Rose Red and Snow White's childhood, where we learn a great deal about the events that set these two very different sisters down their respective paths. We also learn about the disgusting seven dwarfs from fairy-tale fame. Major events are related in short excerpts throughout this volume, including the birth of Beauty and the Beast's child, the learning of an invisible grandchild by the North Wind, and we get a disturbing glimpse at the true nature of Nurse Spratt. The real meat of the book, however, details an exciting battle between the Dark Man and Frau Totenkinder. Two powerful witches battling for the future of Fable-kind and possibly the future of the Mundy world. Events are moving quickly in the story now, and the book ends with plans in limbo, including a potential evacuation of all Fables to Flycatcher's Haven.
Some great bonus material is also included in this volume, including some short, illustrated answers to some questions from famous Fables fans. There is also a Fables Puppet Theatre included, with cut-outs of many characters and backdrops, a Fables board game with play instructions, and some nice sketch work of Castle Dark.
ROSE RED continues and surpasses the quality of writing and art that the series has become so well recognized for, and may even represent a new pinnacle of greatness for the series. That's an impressive feat for a 15th volume of a long-running story. Very highly recommended!