Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fables Vol. 20 Camelot by Bill Willingham - Book Review

From the publisher: Rose Red finally and formally takes on the mantle of Paladin of Hope to heroically rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of "Snow White." A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown.

Collects issues #130-140 of this 14-time Eisner-Award-winning series.

With Fables Vol. 20: Camelot, Bill Willingham continues the excellence that is the Fables story.  Characters and events continue to intertwine as decisions and actions from previous storylines echo throughout this volume.

The main story in Camelot involves Rose Red's acceptance of her role of Paladin of Hope and her idea to form a new Camelot and Knights of the Round Table, focusing on second chances.  This seems to be a lot of set-up for the final Fables story, and Rose makes an interesting decision regarding Prince Brandish.

Running concurrent with Rose's quest, the witches and wizards of Fabletown attempt to reassemble the glass form that was once Bigby Wolf.  They are hopeful that doing so will allow them to retrieve Bigby's soul and he will return to life.  While this is happening, Snow White and her surviving cubs (kids) are circling the wagons, preparing for a conflict with Rose Red and her crew.  Again, there is a lot of set-up here, but Snow and the kids have long been some of my favorite characters.

There are four additional tales in this collection.  My favorite, and the best part of this book, centers on Bigby Wolf and Boy Blue.  It is a touching look at the afterlife, and two warriors who gave their all for Fabletown.  This is a moving story, and the art is very spare and complementary. Mark Buckingham's art is  the perfect touch, once again.  Gepetto and Junebug also get single issues stories, with hints towards future happenings.  The fourth tale involves the Blue Boy Band and an adventure they go on in the Homelands.  The crux of this tale is a question that (I've read) will drive the final story arc of Fables.

Fables continues to be a remarkable book and an excellent piece of storytelling.  Camelot is no exception, and the pieces are all being moved into position for one final arc (the series is ending with issue 150).  Don't miss out on this penultimate piece of a wonderful story.  I highly recommend it.

I received a preview copy of this book from Netgalley and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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