Rapunzel rocks it feudal Japan style, recounting her tale of murder, political intrigue, bloody revenge and hairballs. Lots of hairballs. Also, Mayumi asks the question, “Why so serious?” Major Spoilers attempts to answer after the jump.
Despite common, non-comic reader misconception, comics are more than just underwear perverts boxing with villains. Exhibit A is this title: Fables, which is near the top of my list of comics to recommend to comic book newbs. But after 122 issues (has it really been ten years?) is there a bottom to the public domain well from which Bill Willingham is drawing? Or can he re-contextualize the classic tales ad infinitum? Broaden your mind, after the jump.
Or – “Realistic Portrayals Of Kids Are Difficult, But Awesome…”
The children of Bigby Wolf and Snow White have been through a lot since their grandfather (The North Wind) gave his life to defeat the evil creature known as Mr. Dark. Sadly, it seems that things aren’t gonna be getting any easier. Can’t a family of wolf/human/wind creatures just siddown and watch Community like normal folk?
Vertigo has released a sneak peek of Fables #110 that arrives in stores this week (October 19, 2011).
This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the gang takes a gander at Bill Willingham’s Fables: Legends in Exile.
Fables Volume 01: Legends in Exile
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artist: Lan Medina
When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.
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Fables writer/creator Bill Willingham announced last night that another Fables spin-off series is in the works called “Fairest.” The ongoing series will feature a rotating troupe of creators telling tales of the ladies of the world of Fables.
Telltale Games, a leading digital publisher, today announced an exclusive multi-platform worldwide publishing agreement with DC Entertainment to create games based on writer and creator Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series FABLES. All upcoming games are licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Vertigo has released a sneak peek of Cinderella: Fables are Forever #1 that arrives in stores this week. If you liked Cindy’s last outing as a secret agent for the Fables, then take the jump for some stunning art by Shawn McManus.
Or – “The Strange Case Of Jack And Friends…”
I sometimes talk about the madness that is my pull list (down to 2 1/2 pages now, thanks for asking) and managing the titles therein. Some books make it only to disappear, others show up month after month, even though I haven’t read them in forever. Jack of Fables and its sister title, Fables, hold the distinction of being the best book I read that isn’t actually on my pull list. The simple reason for this is that I came in late to the Fables bandwagon (after the third trade, I recall) and by the time I started reading regularly, there were seldom enough copies to cover demand. Thus, I have fallen into a cycle of reading the last copy on the wall then returning it in time for somebody else to buy the actual copy. I pick up the trades later, of course, for re-readability, but with a story like Jack’s, I can’t bring myself to wait several months between fixes… There’s trouble afoot for everyone’s favorite dragon and his pal Gary, and a lot of birds are getting ready to come home and roost. When you have as many past sins as Jack does, karma can be a global-extinction level event.
My introduction to Fables came pretty late in the game, as I recall going to the local library and finding the first three trades all at once. Once I started reading, I was hooked, but I can never bring myself to read it as a monthly, since Bill Willingham’s cliffhangers are cruel and unusual punishment for the casual reader. With many sub-imprints going under of late, it’s good to see that at least some of Vertigo’s mid-90s greatness is still in evidence somewhere other than Hellblazer. This issue is a major anniversary for the little comic that could, and it also serves as the climactic battle between mages of immense power. This oughta be fun…
Here’s the commercial that DC/Vertigo ran over the weekend during the Doctor Who/Star Trek marathon.
Of course it is great that the company decided to run a commercial, but now we need to show it is effective by getting out there and buying a couple of trades of the series.