Ryan Thomason

From the Comic Hold: DC Spins me Some Fables

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We all know the Fairy Tales; Big Bad Wolf, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Arabian Nights, Prince Charming, etc. I had no idea what I was getting into when DC sent me copies of the latest releases with Bill Willingham’s spin on them.


Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland, Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake
Writer: Bill Willingham
Artist: Various Artists
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $14.50 (Werewolves), $10 (Fairest)

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland

So, what happens when The Big Bad Wold accidentally created a boy and girl werewolf? A whole secret town of them pops up some 60 years later.

Ok, it wasn’t that simple, basically, this comic was all about the essentially immortal man who can turn into a giant wolf (from the stories we know about piggies and such) finding a long lost comrade from the 2nd world war. See, Wolfie here didn’t much like the Nazi’s being around his home turf, and with the help of an American soldier, they kill off a bunch of Nazi’s. When they meet up against FRANKENSTEIN, (yes, it happened) they had a giant battle, the castle exploded, wolf makes it out, but his American friend and an evil German lady scientist got splashed with his blood, survived, and well, made some pubs eventually.

This being my first introduction to Fables, I liked it, the story wasn’t bad, it was a weird reading about a character I’ve always known about in a different way. I actually rooted for the wolf, I wanted him to just be more kick-ass. Eventually though, like highlander, there can only be one Alpha male, and well, you’ll just have to see how that unfolds in a whole giant town of werewolves who just met their god in the flesh.


Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake

Sleeping Beauty, the Ice Queen, and The Prince of Theives. Put them together and you get, well, an interesting story. The story starts out with Alibaba sifting through some ruins and finding a bottle, rubbing it and finding…a bottle imp that talks in modern american lingo. This bottle imp doesn’t grant wishes, but is a treasure trove of information, as it, he knows everything.

The crux of this story is the Ice Queen, her attempt at just harassing Alibaba and Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and then standing off in a an epic battle against a very powerful fairy of death.

I don’t want to give anything away but I liked this one the most of the two Fables books that I got.

If you’re looking for an interesting take on some classic characters that we all know from their stories and then have those characters shaken up and tossed into modern situations. You get Fables. The artwork is superb, you can’t fault it there, and Bill Willingham has done a great job at giving you something that clicks in your head because you instantly know who it is, but then the gears start turning as they start doing something so outside of their original fairy tale, you have to keep reading for more.

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