Wednesday, November 2, 2016

EVERAFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES #3 by Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges - Book Review

From the publisher: The Shadow Players are on edge as Peter rushes to learn Connor’s fate, and their botched reconnaissance mission is salvaged when the newest recruit taps into his powers and enters the belly of the beast. With eyes and ears on the inside, he’s positioned to collect crucial intelligence from the unsuspecting mercenaries—that is, if he can stay on script and stay alive. Back at headquarters, Bo rebels and raises serious questions about the morality of Feathertop’s vision for protecting the Mundy world.

Everafter #3 continues The Pandora Protocol arc by Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges. At this point, Connor Wolf has run afoul of a group of mercs who are stealing Native American artifacts. Peter is trying to find out what happened to Connor, and worried he's lost another partner. Bo Peep and Feathertop try to find Jessica Yow, the young human with powerful magic. They also make a side trip to another world, where Feathertop makes a revelation that makes everything more immediate. Meanwhile, Hansel finds out that being dead doesn't end one's service to the Shadow Players.

This is an entertaining series. I'm finding myself enjoying meeting these characters, particularly Connor, Peter, and Bo. There is depth there, and Connor provides a great viewpoint as the young agent learning the ropes. The Shadow Players investigating "Everafter" events and other magical incidents feels like a natural continuation of Fables without seeming like a re-hash of previous storylines.

Everafter is a tough series to evaluate issue by issue due to its nature. There are reveals and surprises each issue that can potentially spoil the read for a new reader. While I'm enjoying reading it, I have to imagine that it will be even better as a completely collected arc.

Justus and Sturges continue to tell a fun and intriguing story with Everafter #3. I highly recommend it, and can't wait to see how things develop next.

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

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