Rebecca’s #CBR4 Review #35 Fables vol 3-4 by Bill Winningham et al.
The first two volumes of Fables, the story of fairytale and fable characters living in the world at large – exiled from the magical lands they came from, running from an unknown, powerful adversary, retaining their magical powers – are engaging and delightful, as the concept is clever, and the authors pick interesting ways to either reinforce or subvert the common conception of many of the fables.
The trick with making it an interesting series in the long term is to not only draw the reader into the larger story – the fight with the adversary – but to have the reader attached to these new versions of the fables. Four volumes in, the strongest relationship is that between Bigby (the big bad wolf) and Snow White. He is intensely in love with her, and she seems to have some feelings for him, but denies it. In volume 3, Storybook Love, the two are put under an enchantment by Goldilocks, who is on the run, and during the days they can’t remember, Snow becomes pregnant. This rips apart the chemistry that was growing between them, as she feels that that it is Bigby’s fault (despite the enchantment). Also, Bigby’s father was the North wind, so he can use the wind in a fight.
In volume 4, March of the Wooden Soldiers, the focus shifts from relationships to the ongoing fight with the adversary, who has brought the fight to the exiles’ doorstep, through wooden soldiers carved by Gepetto. This also brings in Prince Charming’s campaign for mayor. Prince Charming is another great character, a shallow charmer only out for himself; he is reliably funny in his obliviousness.
Fables has an almost endless world to play with, and it will be a treat to see how the authors treat the other fables, and which unexpected characters come to center stage.