In the Fables' world, there isn't a lot of happily-ever-after
to go around. As refugees from the lands of make-believe,
the Fables have been driven from their storybook realms and
forced to blend in with our gritty, mundane reality. But that
doesn't mean they don't have any room for romance - or the
pain, betrayal and jealous rage that goes along with it. In
fact, love may be blooming between two of the most hard-bitten,
no-nonsense Fables around. But are they destined for happiness
- or a quick and untimely death?...
Love is the latest Fables collection to be released
(following on from Legends
This volume sees a slight softening of the narrative - especially
when compared with the freakish events of Animal Farm.
not to say that this is in any way a let down, just more mellow
- well what do you expect from a love themed collection?.
the main story (Storybook Love), Big Bad Wolfie and
Snow White's relationship takes an unexpected turn thanks
to the intervention of Bluebeard and Goldilocks - who have
underhand plans of their own.
two minor stories in this collection (Bag O' Bones
and Barleycorn Brides) sees, respectively, Death tricked
in order to prevent a loved one dying (bit of a clichéd
tale, but still a lot of fun), and the tale of an old Fable
fable (if you get my drift) surrounding a group of exploring
Lilliputian men, who are cut off from their homeland. Their
kind is in danger of dying out, as there are no women amongst
their numbers, and so they send one of their number on a quest
to secure a magic barleycorn. What's magic about it? Well,
when it grows and ripens, a Lilliputian-sized woman emerges
from it's flower.
addition, the two-parter (A Sharp Operation/Dirty
Business) sets up the backstory for Storybook Love.
This sees a journalist confront the Fables with proof that
he knows what they really are... vampires.
great collection that, while not as sharp and in your face
as previous Fables graphic novels, is still a worthwhile
addition to the stable.
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