Sunday, December 24, 2006

Book-A-Day #161 (12/24): Fables, Vol. 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham and various artists

I read Vol. 7 a few months ago, and didn't have much to say then. I've now read Vol. 8 today, and I still don't have much to say. This collects three shorter stories (one single-issue, a two-issue story, and the 50th issue extravaganza), along with writer Bill Willingham's script for that 50th issue.

It's a great series; Willingham has been an interesting writer for twenty years now, but never found anything as successful as his original series, Elementals. Fables finally moved him beyond that, and had the added bonus of being a good idea done well (sometimes it seems to be rare when the successful series are also the good ones, but it does happen).

If you haven't read Fables yet, don't start here -- either get Vol. 1 or the recent 1001 Nights of Snowfall hardcover. But if you have been reading the series, this is just as good as it's been, and it shows that Willingham is willing to both add things to the ongoing story (the Cloud Kingdoms) and let sub-plots end (Bigby and Snow White).

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