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Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland Hardcover – Nov 20 2012
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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 written many critically-acclaimed comic book series, including Elementals, FABLES, JACK OF FABLES, FAIREST, ROBIN, SHADOWPACT and SALVATION RUN. A multiple winner of the Eisner Award, Willingham has also been nominated for the International Horror Guild award. Bill lives somewhere near a good poker room.
"Clever, enjoyable.... Willingham clearly has an immense amount of fun playing with these characters and their histories, and the art is a perfect match: clear, fanciful and finely drawn. Fables is an excellent series in the tradition of Sandman, one that rewards careful attention and loyalty."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on 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
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The main story being told in this issue is the titular story in which an heir to the North Wind must be found. This becomes the beginning of a new story arc that will carry over now in which the cubs will feature more as main characters. Throughout this story there are also various sideline stories as well: one of major note follows Bufkin in the new land of Oz carrying over from last volume and is proving interesting. Also of smaller note both Rose Red and Miss Sprat have their own storyline as well. This arc leads us to many new beginnings (since much was wrapped up last volume). Not a lot really happens though, not much excitement or reveals but storywise things are being set up for the new story arcs. After this main portion of the book we are treated to two smaller stories. The first is a Christmas issue which takes Rose Red out in search of finding Hope in a cross of Dickens' A Christmas Carol and The Cricket on the Hearth. Finally, the end section is a series of small vignettes which tell tales from "In those days" back to the times before or during the rule of the Adversary. Most of these have nothing to do with the overall story arc, but they do tell interesting little tidbits of background information and there are a couple which hint at what is in store for a couple of characters further down the line. Overall a passable issue, but nothing really happens, except for finding the heir to North Wind, as this is otherwise a set-up issue for the new paths the story will be taking.
This was a strange volume that felt like a cheesy outtake. It settles the main story arc but in a rather tongue in cheek manner which didn't really seem to take the Dark Man story line seriously in the end. First we start with a short episode involving Bufkin, Mirror and Frankie who are trapped inside the ruins of the office. I enjoyed this short episode which is totally unrelated to the rest of the book but does either set up a new story arc or finish off one character. We'll have to wait and see. I found it quite ticklish to see that Eric Shanower had guested as the artist for this volume which ends up in Oz. Then the main section of the book centres on the Super Team storyline which deals with several characters storylines and the overarching Dark Man story is concluded. I just wasn't impressed with this turn of events and found everyone involved in it especially Pinocchio and Ozma incredibly irritating, I usually enjoy Pinocchio. And the superhero theme incredibly fluffy and not very funny. Finally, the volume ends with another non-related one story arc which brings a new character (or one who hasn't been seen for a long time, I can't remember) into play. The volume leaves off with several new story arcs to follow and the title of the next volume, due out this summer, gives us a clue as to where the story will be going.
The story is basically your average whodunnit with the twist coming from the fact that it takes place in a community of exiled characters from assorted fairy tales and works of fiction. Snow White's wild child sister has gone missing, her apartment awash with blood and painted with the ominous warning of 'no more happily ever after', and it's up to Detective Wolf to solve the crime before the annual Remembrance day. Why the deadline? I have no idea. And that it is only one of the many perplexing holes in the story.
The overlying problem is the length; this would have made a taut four-issue miniseries but it's been inexplicably stretched into five. Because of this, there are pages of lackluster filler featuring cameos of other literary characters for no point other then to try and be clever and edgy but succeeding only in its abilty to be crude and childish. Instead of getting a good chuckle out of seeing a modern Cinderella or Pinocchio you're struck more by the fact that Willingham writes them with exactly the same voice. Yes, it's funny seeing people who've been Disneyfied cursing, but only the first time around.
Snow White has a chip on her shoulder the size of an ogre and when she isn't tearing into someone she's crying about what might have happened to her sibling. That's it. That's her character for the whole affair. Everybody else is written with about the same voice, always more than slightly bitter and always ready with a witty remark.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
OMFG!!!!!! I have wanted to try Fables for soooo long and i finally got me hands on it, and i was not disappointed. IT IS SOOOOOO FREAKING GOOD!!!!!! I am now DYING for the rest!!!Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Grosse
was a long time comic book reader many years ago
Marvel titles mostly
Stopped because stories and characters become dull, repetitive, ridicules, childish and hard to... Read more
Since i was dissipointed with the last volume this waaas a nice surprise and what the fable comic are now it's back to all the best of it Recomend greatlyPublished 23 months ago by Aidan
Received product the next day with the second volume. Really digging the story.Published on July 12 2014 by Thiswaterkills.
I picked this up because I finished episode one of 'The Wolf Among Us' and loved the atmosphere of the game, and that is why I am giving this a four instead of a 5. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2013 by Kris
It's a basic story that adds reasonably well to the Fables legacy. Unfortunately, it's not a shining example of what Willingham is capable of. Read morePublished on March 17 2013 by Michael MacDonald