Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham - Book Review

From the publisher: The final volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning FABLES series is here!

Creator Bill Willingham delivers the end to his legendary series in FABLES VOL. 22: FAREWELL. The Eisner Award-winning series sees the conclusion of the beloved stories of Bigby Wolf, Rose Red, Boy Blue, Pinnochio and countless other timeless fables. The only question left to be answered is whether or not they will have a happy ending.

Fables Vol. 22: Farewell (actually just issue 150; it's that long!) marks the end of Bill Willingham's series. After a 13 year run, this terrific story has reached it's end. Willingham and artist Mark Buckingham provide a fitting conclusion to the book.

The majority of Farewell deals with the the conflict between Snow White and her sister, Rose Red. All the major characters (Bigby Wolf, Snow and Bigby's kids, Flycatcher, Cinderella, Totenkinder, Mayor Cole, etc) begin to move into place as this final battle arrives. Plot lines begin to resolve, with some Fables living, and some dying. There are also call-backs to various characters throughout the series, continuing to wrap up the stories that have been woven throughout the main series.

There isn't a lot I can say without spoiling the ending, so I'll finish with this: It's got to be hard wrapping up any series, particularly one as beloved and decorated as Fables. Willingham does as good a job as possible. I was thoroughly satisfied with how the story ended, and after reading each and every issue, I believe the series concludes in a very pleasing way.

This is definitely not for a Fables newbie, but for long-time readers, it is a must. If you haven't read any of the previous books, go find a copy of Fables Vol. 1 and settle in for a tremendous ride. Highly recommended.

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

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