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Monday, February 16, 2009

Brief Mentions: (Damn It Feels Good To Be A Mundy! or It Looks Like Somebody Has A Case Of The Mundies. Part 1 of 2... this is the y point of view.)


Issue # 1 thru 81 with special guests, The Last Castle and 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Writer- Bill Willingham

Pencils – Mark Buckingham (the bulk and current)
-Lan Medina, Bryan Talbot, Linda Medley (sorry if I missed someone)

You may have or have not noticed we never talk about one of the greatest books being produced in this day in age. That book goes by the name Fables. 81 issues strong, a prestige format story called The Last Castle, and an original graphic novel called 1001 Nights of Snowfall is what consists of this epic series thus far and an added bonus collection of covers by James Jean in a hardcover. All that can be said about Fables is that it started great and is only getting better with every issue and those issues can be found on the shelf of your local comic shop. Me being me recommends that if you are not involved in this story yet do yourself a favor and pick up the trades… DO NOT JUST JUMP IN ALL WILLY NILLY LIKE! I also recommend that you hold off on 1001 Nights of Snowfall until you are pretty familiar with the cast, it takes place prior to the events in Fables but hits so much harder if you already love these people. Currently, there are 11 trades available with the 12th due out in August. Plus that 1001 Nights of Snowfall and don’t fret because The Last Castle can be found in trade # 4 (I’m pretty sure it’s # 4 but I can guarantee it is one of the trades.) It is a handsome collection indeed.
Fables is story that is made for everyone! For starters, you have known these characters since you where knee high to a grasshopper. Sure, they are shown in a whole new light taking part in all new adventures but lovable all the same, even the ones you love to hate are lovable. In my humble opinion, Willingham is sitting on a goldmine with the whole idea of this book. He could write Fables stories forever if he wanted too. He could even write two books forever about this very concept. For proof that this idea can have two books and still be great just checkout Jack of Fables. Which, is co-written by Willingham and Sturges. It is a lighter read but great all the same. Not to mention, an up coming cross-over that will run through Fables, Jack of Fables, and a brand new mini-series The Literals (Also co-written by Willingham and Sturges.) I can honestly say that Fables will be one of them timeless books that will be enjoyed for as long as people read the written word.

By now we all should be familiar with the name Willingham. We also should be familiar with the name Sturges. We know these names because time and time again they have given us amazing stories that we should be forever grateful for. And anybody out there that owns that DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore trade get to see a Green Latrine story featuring the art of Bill Willingham. Yep, crazy I know. Speaking of art, Fables has it and it is beautiful. The first arc was penciled by Lan Medina and is perfectly fitting plus a joy to look at. After Medina we are graced by the art of Mark Buckingham, which is just as beautiful and fitting for the story. As if great writing and great art is not enough, we get James Jean covers. I’d reckon that it is impossible to walk past an issue of Fables without at least picking it up and admiring the cover before putting it back down and having to go back at a later date to pick up the trades. There is no shame in not being current or even not reading Fables at the moment, because eventually if you truly love the art of storytelling you with find your way to this collection. It has been said many times that you should buy the first two Fable trades at the same time. I agree and disagree with this stament.(that I have told many people many times) Let me explain. I agree because the first arc is not a fair assessment of what Fables is really like. You see it is a straight up murder mystery detective story, which is not necessarily how the rest of these books play out. I disagree because it was an amazing fucking murder mystery detective story and I loved every second of it. It seems Vertigo is in the process of giving us yet another unforgettable tale that will last many lifetimes. *To make a long story short if you are not taking part in the Fables experience you are missing out. If you don’t want to believe me checkout part 2 of this brief mention, in which my better half tells you her thoughts on this epic journey known as Fables. I must go now, for I hear the horns a calling.

Collected material

Fables: Legends in Exile
ISBN 1-5638-9942-6
April 25, 2003
Fables #1–5 and the new prose story "A Wolf in the Fold"

Fables: Animal Farm
ISBN 1-4012-0077-X
August 2003
Fables #6–10

Fables: Storybook Love
ISBN 1-4012-0256-X
May 2004
Fables #11–18

Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers
ISBN 1-4012-0222-5
November 30, 2004
Fables #19–21, 23–27, and The Last Castle one-shot

Fables: The Mean Seasons
ISBN 1-4012-0486-4
April 30, 2005
Fables #22, 28–33

Fables: Homelands
ISBN 1-84576-124-3
January 27, 2006
Fables #34–41

Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days)
ISBN 1-84576-278-9
July 5, 2006
Fables #42–47

Fables: Wolves
ISBN 1-4012-1001-5
December 20, 2006
Fables #48–51, maps of Fabletown and the Farm, script for #50

Fables: Sons of Empire
ISBN 1-4012-1316-2
June 13, 2007 Fables #52–59

Fables: The Good Prince
ISBN 1-4012-1686-2
June 4, 2008
Fables #60–69

Fables: War and Pieces
ISBN 1-4012-1913-6
November 19, 2008
Fables #70-75, sketches by Mark Buckingham

Fables: The Dark Ages

And Let's not forget about:
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

*Warning this book will probably make you cry. If you have a heart, that is.

**From the editor’s desk: This was specifically unspecific due to the fact nobody likes great stories to be ruined for them. See, some of us ComicDorks are nice people... Dayron.

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