Continuing to mirror the events in Fables as both series move towards their end, Fairest #28 offers more of the animal uprising on The Farm where the non-human creatures demand the glamours promised to them. The creation of a handful of glamours chosen by lottery passifies the angry mob (at least for now).
In the comic’s other story, we witness Reynard be forcefully rejected by Snow White only to find some love, and much more trouble, on a farm not far removed from the Fables’ home.
Fairest #28 is a solid issue, but it still lacks the strong female lead that the series was built upon (unless Reynard’s new love interest turns out to be more than she seems) making it feel much more like an issue of Fables which bothers me a bit as the spin-off doesn’t look like its going to get a chance to go out on its own terms. A short interlude focused on the odd Mr. Webb is actually far more interesting than either of the main plotlines of the issue. For fans.
While those behind the scenes, including Maddy, continue to push Fabletown into a war between Rose Red and Snow White, including a spell which puts the two women in off-setting pairs of magical armor, White is far more concerned with the news that an out-of-control Bigby has been sighted in the Mundy world. In a world where symbolism matters far more than it does it ours, it is important to notice Snow White is cast in the black armor suggesting (at least in the view of the person behind the spell) that she has apparently been cast as the villain in Fabletown‘s downfall.
Despite Snow White’s statement of having no interest into going to war with her sister the comic continues to push the story forward. We are also offered more of Lancelot as Rose Red’s lover (and his role as the possible Guinevere in the new story who might betray her to… Snow White?). The shattered Bigby’s return muddies the water a bit (or is it the distraction needed to cause the final wedge between sisters?), and we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for Fabletown’s various magic users to discern the missing piece of the great wolf is being used to control him. Worth a look.
For the first time in the comic’s two-year run an issue of the Fables spin-off series centers around a non-female character. Reynard takes center stage here with his tall-tales to the fellow animals of The Farm of his exploits as a knight of Rose Red‘s new Round Table. Although almost completely fictitious (Reynard is hardly proving himself worthy of his selection in a human form that lacks any of the cunning or charm of his natural state), the fox’s near incessant bragging pushes the occupants of The Farm into action demanding that they too be given glamours to assume a human shape and be able to move freely in the outside world (as Charming promised them in the recent elections).
Fairest #27 plays very much into the winding down of the series. Although he’s an odd choice for a series which until this issue has focused solely on female protagonists, as a fan of Reynard I’m curious to see what mischief the fox can get himself into before the series comes to an end. The revolution of The Farm should play into the struggle between Snow White and Rose Red and the coming confrontation which has been teased in Fables over the last several months. Worth a look.
The final ten issue of Fables begin here as writer Bill Willingham and artist Mark Buckingham continue the storyline of the broken relationship between Snow White and Rose Red while picking up several loose threads from the series concerning Geppetto‘s tucked away army of Boxers who begin to break from their containment in favor of a more interesting host and the character of Grimble (a former troll now trapped in the body of a bluebird) who seeks out Cinderella for assistance.
Bigby‘s return is also teased and discussions of the 13th Floor over the current state of things in Fabletown lead Maddy to being the first to choose sides and support Snow White for what the cat believes is an inevitable all-out war.
It’s obvious the conflict between Rose Red and Snow White will play a huge role in the issues to come, but the idea of Geppetto’s old sorcerer weapons taking refuge inside Rose makes for an interesting twist. We’ll have to wait and see how Bigby’s return and the role of Grimble will play into the battle yet to come. Worth a look.
“Of Men and Mice” comes to a close and Cinderella and her friends fight off a mouse invasion of the Fabletown castle which Snow White is certain was planned (it was) and executed (it wasn’t) by Prince Brandish.
The final issue of the arc certainly sees plenty of action as Cindy and her group punch, stab, kick, and skewer an ungodly number of crazed mice warriors before the arrival of Cinderella’s fairy godmother whose original spell laid the work for the current chaos and shows up just in time to help end it.
I’ve enjoyed this arc and I’m sad to see it coming to an end realizing with the end of both this title and Fables it’s likely the last major Cinderella story we’re going to get. As the character who hooked me on this world, I’ll miss her most of all. Hopefully we’ll see Cindy step in to help fight off Leigh’s intended chicanery, but if not I’m happy to see the character go out kicking some serious butt in style one more time. Worth a look.
After burying what they believe is all that’s left of Puss in Boots, Briar Rose leads the rest of the group onward defeating one enemy by less than chivalrous means and to a final battle against the evil witch Baoban Sith and her demon dogs. Wrapping up the two-issue arc, one member of the group will indeed give his life for their cause, however it turns out not to be Puss who keeps finding ways to survive (and even convince unlikely allies to join their cause).
Along with both action and witty dialogue, writer Bill Willingham also reveals the unexpected cause for the end of Fabletown (and for Fables itself as the comic is now down to its final ten issues). Neither old enemy nor new it seems will be the refuge’s undoing, but the mere fact of its populace realizing it’s now same, and time, to return home as Seamus does here.
I’m happy to see Puss and Boots return, and even survive his second death scene, but there’s certainly a tinge of melancholy hear and Willingham begins revealing the end of a comic I may have come late to but have grown to love. Worth a look.
After her stepsister is quickly dispatched by the timely arrival of Rama and Veruna, Cinderella returns to Fabletown along with her friends to report her findings to Snow White setting up next month’s conclusion of “Of Men and Mice” and the fallout between sisters that threatens to shake the Fable Universe to its core.
I enjoyed the latest issue of Fairest, even if I was surprised how quickly the issue dispensed with the threat of Cindy’s evil stepsister (but Veruna was pretty damn cool). Bringing in the feud between Snow White and Rose Red from the main Fables comic continues to blend the two titles more strongly together in what is sadly their final year of publication.
The uprising of the mice which ends the issue sets up next month’s conclusion to the arc, but its the few panels involving the return of the Fairy Godmother’s memory which adds a new wild card to both the end of this arc and the stories still left to be told. Worth a look.
The beginning of the end starts here. Picking up on Bill Willingham’s announcement that Fables will end with issue #150, the first part of a two-issue arc begins to put events in motion with the arrival of Danny Boy to the Farm and his mission to convince Seamus to return home with him to save Scotland from the evil Baoban Sith. Unwilling to let their band mate go alone, Peter Piper, Joe Shepherd, Puss in Boots, and Briar Rose all decide to accompany the pair to Scotland.
Much of the issue centers on the odd crew’s travels. Their eventual arrival isn’t as warm as they might like as the group walks right into a battle between demon dogs and giants which, apparently, costs one of the Fables their lives.
With nearly all of this issue being set-up there’s an awful lot for next month’s issue to get through. I’m also disappointed that the most interesting character of the group is the one who meets his downfall so early in the adventure. Worth a look.
Cinderella‘s search into the army of rat men leads her to reconnect with two characters from her past. The first, the simple-minded mouse turned man Marcel, it seems is responsible for the birth of the rat army but not the nefarious purposes they have been put to recently. The second, however, is an old enemy who very much wants Cindy dead (I guess what they say about evil step-sisters is true).
After surviving the attack of her step-sister, Cinderella and Marcel escape on a boat bound for home, but (as the last couple of panels illustrate) getting away from an insane step-sister turned assassin is harder than it looks.
Although we don’t get much in the way of answers (which will likely be coming in next month’s issue), the latest issue of the arc delivers a pair of action sequences between Cinderella and perhaps her oldest nemesis as the story arc reaches its penultimate issue next month before concluding in Fairest #26. Worth a look.
In a break before beginning the series next arc in Scotland, Fables #138 gives us a glimpse at the evil machinations of Gepetto who has grown tired of his recent position on the Farm and regain a bit of the power now lost to him. To that end he sends a small wooden soldier into the magic grove which he is barred from entering to retrieve the villain a bit of magic which may aid in his mischief somewhere down the line.
Presented mostly from the view of the noble and faithful knight Gepetto sends on a suicide mission (whose real purpose on the tinkerer truly knows), we see the wooden solider fight off a variety of obstacles (or to his view vicious monsters) before entering the heart of the grove and leaving with a tiny bit of magic which he returns to his master.
Slow simmering, the single issue lays the groundwork for Gepetto’s possible return to power sometime down the line while, as he notes, all eyes in Fabletown and the Farm are on threats elsewhere. Worth a look.