>> Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Fables Vol. 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham et al
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #6 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2005
The Short Version:
Jack acts like a jerk, Boy Blue makes a clandestine trip to the Homelands and back in New York, a trusted member of the Fables family is revealed as a spy.
Why I Read It:
I have been addicted to this series from the very first book and the only reason I’m not reading them faster is that I want The Hubster to read them along with me.
This volume 6 is a compilation of issue 34-41 of the comic series.
Spoilers for previous books in the series are inevitable but I won’t give away things about this particular volume beyond what is on the cover.
From the back of the book:
Having beaten back the Adversary's first advance into their world, the residents of Fabletown must now prepare themselves for the full-scale war that is sure to follow. For one particular Fable, this means skipping town to launch a new career as a venal Hollywood mogul--a path he hopes will be paves with gold and immortality. For another Fable, though, it means a journey down a much more dangerous road--one that winds through the Fables' old Homelands into the very heart of enemy territory, where the mystery of the Adversary's identity will finally be revealed.
It’s no secret that I enjoy the heck out of this series. The concept of favorite fairy tale characters living incognito in New York with the non-human characters at an isolated farm upstate is brilliant. Add in the touch that Prince Charming has three ex-wives (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella) and it’s just a lot of fun. Then throw in the idea that an evil adversary who ran them out of their homeland and is still trying to destroy them and you’ve got a great adventure and thrills to add to the fun.
This time around there are three major stories. Jack (of the Beanstalk, Nimble and other stories) has left town with stolen treasure and is making a new life for himself in Hollywood but is he revealing too much about the Fables? Will he be allowed to continue? This was fun and since I know that Jack gets a spin-off series soon it sets up why he’s not in New York any longer.
The second and primary story in this volume is Boy Blue’s secret trip back to the Homelands. He’s determined to destroy the Adversary and rescue his lost love Red Riding Hood. This story took some really interesting turns and introduced some interesting new characters who I’m presuming will be around and causing trouble in future volumes.
Lastly is an interlude to catch up on what’s been happening in New York in the meantime. Mowgli (of Jungle Book fame) makes an appearance. He’s not happy to see his panther friend Bagheera locked up because of participating in a failed revolt at the Fables farm a couple of years ago. He wants Bagheera freed but he has to strike a deal which frankly has me anxious to pick up the next volume in the series.
The artwork in this volume is the work of multiple artists but Mark Buckingham simply excels with the work in the sections about Boy Blue's adventures in the Homelands. Multiple new environments and many new characters are so well done and interesting that I kept going back to just revisit the artwork after reading the story.
If you haven’t tried graphic novels yet, pick up the first one in this series. It’s called Legends in Exile and I’ll be truly surprised if you don’t want to continue with the series after reading it.