Quorren’s #CBR4 Review #34 Fables: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham et al.
I took a breather from this series for a few months and I’m glad I did. I came back to one of the strongest collections in the series. Although, I was a bit hesitant at first; they used a blurb from The Onion on the front cover. I gave it the side eye for a few minutes trying to decide if it was sarcasm.
The Good Price revolves around Flycatcher, the former janitor of Fabletown. Earlier in the series, Fly would not have been my first guess for the Fable that would strike the first derisive blow against The Adversary. Fly’s innocence allows him to take up Lancelot’s old armor and descend into the Witching Well, where he reanimates all the dead fables that have been buried there. Blue Beard and Sher Khan make a small reappearance, I would’ve loved to see more of the sudden, but inevitable betrayal. They came off as more of sinister Laurel and Hardy then the forces of treachery and evil they used to be.
Fly manages to spill no blood as he faces many of The Adversary’s armies. Eventually he takes away a large source of The Adversary’s power, which, combined with the special ops and sniper training Fabletown residents are getting, means war is coming. Of course, the whole series has been a build up to war, but now it seems closer to the horizon.