Monday, August 18, 2008

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 240
Number in Series : #4 Fables
Reason for Reading : Graphic Novel Challenge and to continue this excellent series

Continuing straight after volume three, Storybook Love, the prologue opens with Boy Blue's story. So far he hasn't been in the series much, merely working for the Major and Snow White. Here we learn about the Fables last stand in their homelands against the Adversary and how the final survirors escaped. Turns out however, that the Fables are not safe from the Adversary in the mundane world. Despite living secretly in New York for centuries, agents from the Adversary finally appear asking them to surrender.

Meanwhile Red Riding Hood manages to escape from the Adversary for the second time and actually crosses over to the mundane world. It has been many years since anyone last crossed over and Bigby Wolf is naturally suspicious. She wants to join their community and learn about their new lives, but Bibgy and some other Fables are determined to find out if she is a spy first.

Other plot twists include Snow still being pregnant and beginning to come to terms with her real feelings, Prince Charming begins his campaign to become the new Major, Pinnochio discovers his father Gepetto may still be alive after all this time working as a slave for the Adversary and Rose Red and some of the Fables from the farm visit for the showdown with the enemy soldiers. There are some casulties like in any war, but there are also some great new additions to the ever expanding cast.

A great addition to the series, this won an Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story (Legends in Exile and Homelands also did). The artwork is up to the standards of the previous in the series and I really enjoyed how the story was advanced. I can't wait to read the next volume, The Mean Seasons.

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Ana S. said...

I also really enjoyed seeing the story advance. I need to get my hands on The Mean Seasons.

Jill said...

I'm reading the first volume in this series right now - it's so much fun! Thanks for recommending it.