>> Friday, November 8, 2013
Fables Vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham et al.
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #7 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2006
The Short Version:
Sinbad and friends arrive in Fabletown and chaos ensues
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 while I have them out from the library so that we both stay close to the same point in the series.
This volume 7 is a compilation of issue 42-47 of the comic series.
From the back of the book:
With the identity of the Adversary finally revealed to the citizens of Fabletown, it's time to begin making preparations in earnest for the defense of their stronghold in the mundane world - and that means forging new alliances with whoever remains unconquered by the Adversary's legions. But the arrival in Fabletown of a delegation from the Arabian Homelands shows just how tricky this kind of coalition-building can be - especially when one side is concealing Weapons of Magical Destruction.
This is such a fun series and it just gets better and better. There is a good mix of continuing ongoing storylines and expanding the Fables world. The secondary shorter stories add background and additional stories that often become important plot elements later on.
This time the primary story is about a delegation of Arabian Fables led by Sinbad visiting the New York Fables to discuss an alliance. There is a traitor in Fabletown however and Prince Charming is proving that handling the duties of Mayor is not his strength. His mishandling causes a tense situation to escalate. But the main issue is whether the traitor can be identified and can they keep Fabletown from being destroyed.
The secondary story (The Ballad of Rodney and June) is about two of the wooden puppets who fall in love and want to be made human. It’s a fun departure from the primary characters and ends up adding a very interesting element to the goings on in New York.
The artwork in this one was fun because the introduction of a group of new characters and different setting allows for some increased variety. I have a feeling that the artists enjoy creating new characters and settings. I particularly enjoyed the way the drawings told so much of the story in The Ballad of Rodney and June as the wooden characters transformed.
As always I highly recommend this series but suggest starting at the beginning. Even 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.