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Fables Vol. 22: Farewell Paperback – July 28, 2015
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Praise for Fables:
"[A] wonderfully twisted concept . . . features fairy tale characters banished to the nourish world of present-day New York." -- WASHINGTON POST
"[A] spellbinding epic." -- BOOKLIST
"Clever, enjoyable . . . an excellent series in the tradition of SANDMAN, one that rewards careful attention and loyalty." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"One of the best damn series ever written." -- AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
About the Author
Bill Willingham has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years. During that time he's had work published by nearly every comics publisher in the business and he's created many critically acclaimed comic book series, including Elementals, Coventry, PROPOSITION PLAYER and FABLES. Along with FABLES and JACK OF FABLES, Willingham wrote the miniseries DAY OF VENGEANCE and SALVATION RUN. His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards and the International Horror Guild award. He lives somewhere near a good poker room.
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Very much like volume 21, this collection has several "the last tale of..." stories. Their quality is mixed. That's to be expected with so many characters. It's extremely hard to end a series, and the creators do a decent job here. This book clearly peaked during the epic (and all-time, comic pantheon worthy) first arc where the Fables ran from and fought Gepetto. I'm glad the series didn't end there, but the quality of the series never reached those heights again. It's ok...Fables settled into a well-above average book that occasionally hit lofty clouds.
The Lady of the Lake's story is good, and Lumi's is pretty funny. Gepetto doesn't change. Pinnochio's ending is fantastic. Brandish's end, for all of his villainy and page time these last volumes, ends with a whimper (this happens in life too...but these are Fables and I just wish it had been handled a bit better. It felt...rushed). Cinderella has a strong final chapter, and the series ends as it should...with Bigby and Snow.
There are letters in the back from Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham that discuss their time on this series and thank a number of individuals. Mr. Willingham ends with the very appropriate "thank you thank you thank you and farewell."
Thank you, Bill.
This then is the culmination of Willingham's long-game plot. Fables #150 is a whomping 163 pages long - the main story itself runs 78 pages - and packed to the brim with resolutions and call backs and all manner of epic sh--. But couple that with bittersweet partings and a dose of melancholia, a taste of the elegiac. It's a tale that honors its enduring, sprawling cast of characters, even though not all get their deserved happy endings, even though some get their just desserts. There are two deaths that I mourned, one death at which I crowed. Gratifyingly, Flycatcher has one more test of character, Cindy has a heroic send-off, except that, as it turns out... oh never mind. A smorgasbord of "The Last [insert character here] Story" vignettes awaits you, should you be in a mood to pry into the later affairs of Pinnochio and Clara and the wolf cubs and such. These vignettes dive into the fallout of the war between Rose Red and Snow White. We learn of Fabletown's lasting impression on the Mundy world. We DON'T learn what was up with Junebug and Rodney and June and the giant talking rats what scratched Junebug's back. We don't even get to see Beauty's reaction to Beast's death. I know, I know. It's a lot of characters to keep track of, lot of dangling story arcs to pinch off. What's fitting is that, as the story proper ends, the curtain descends on where it all started, with Bigby and Snow, my two most favorites in a sweeping roster of favorites. How it ends may not be to your liking. You may find it anticlimactic. But Willingham has always favored tweaking things just a bit. I, for one, am content with his swerve of ---- *****SPOILERS FOR THE REST OF THE PARAGRAPH***** ------ denying us the much anticipated epic clash.
So, now, there's all kinds of empty time for Bill Willingham. What's next for him? I hear tell there's further collaboration with Buckingham. If I had a say in it, Mr. Willingham would dust off a certain three-decades-old joint from Comico. Bill, what are the Elementals up to?
And, lest we forget, all hail Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha!
I read a lot of comics, graphic novels and whatnot. And whenever anybody ever asks me what to read next, I always say, Fables. It's long. It will make you weep in both joy and sadness, it will make you laugh, bite your nails, shout in victory, shout in frustration, and conjure up any emotional response a book can conjure, and more.
This series was epic. Homer could learn a thing or two from Bill Willingham. In a series as long as this, the most important thing is character development. These characters ran so deep, they became a part of my life. You leave knowing their characters so well they seem like friends. You can ask yourself, "what would Snow do?" And be able to com up with a real,complex answer. These characters are more complex than some people I know.
And these people drive a story more intriguing and better told than almost anything I've watched or read before, sharing a stage with monuments such as Harry Potter or The Godfather.
Their are characters that I will never forget adventuring with. Never before has a series given me so many to remember.
Thank you, Bill Willingham.