>> Friday, December 13, 2013
Fables Vol. 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham et al.
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #8 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2006
The Short Version:
Bigby Wolf returns then leaves on a secret mission that may ensure the safety of Fabletown and he’s not the only one on a secret mission.
Why I Read It:
I love this series and have since the very first volume. I've got The Hubster reading them along with me while I've got them out from the library. I’d speed through them much faster but I try to pace them out so he can read them too and we can stay at the same point in the series.
This volume 8 is a compilation of issue 48-51 of the comic series.
Spoilers for previous books in the series are inevitable so be warned if you haven’t read this far in the series.
From the publisher:
Into the Woods
The community of Fables living undercover in our midst has endured plenty of suffering at the hands of their longtime antagonist, the Adversary. Now it's time to return the favor and put the would-be conqueror on notice that the cost of subjugating this last stronghold of independent magic will be higher than even he can bear. The one Fable who can accomplish this mission, however, has hidden himself away in the wild and will take some convincing if he can even be found. Luckily for Fabletown, there's something more than a trip behind enemy lines awaiting Bigby Wolf's return.
Yay! Bigby’s back! I’ve missed him in the past few volumes because I think (at this point at least) he’s my favorite character in Fables.
In the previous volume Mowgli was sent on a mission by Prince Charming to find Bigby Wolf and bring him home. It takes some doing but Mowgli succeeds. Bigby is immediately sent on a secret mission to the Cloud Kingdoms to enlist some help in finding where the Adversary is so that he can deliver a message from the Fables in New York.
I loved this volume. There was plenty of action both with Mowgli and Bigby. Catching up with Snow White and the cubs as they are growing up was fun. That helped put a time perspective on how long Bibgy has been gone. The big payoff I’ve been waiting for finally happened and it was wonderful.
Cinderella cracks me up! She was revealed as a spy for the New York Fables in an earlier volume and she is a big part of the story in this one. The final section features her in her diplomat role (which she hates) but she manages to get the job done (as I knew she would) with skill and a lot of humor. That section was drawn by Shawn McManus and while his artwork is clearly different from that of Mark Buckingham who drew the rest of this volume it manages to still have the same feel so there’s really not a break in continuity.
Several storylines came to either conclusions or points where they can comfortably hold. This sets this volume up as a major break in the story. Next up is a standalone volume and then a spin-off series with the exiled Jack picks up. Eventually that joins back up with the main Fables books so I’ll be switching back and forth between Fables and the Jack series for a bit.
A special add on to this volume was something I found quite interesting. It’s Bill Willingham’s script for the main story and it was fascinating to read through. It includes the dialog, and directions to the artists of what he has in mind so it’s a peek into the middle of the creative process between the writer and the artists. I loved reading it.
If you’re reading Fables, you’ll love this one, If you haven’t started Fables pick up Volume 1: Legends in Exile. Trust me on this.