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The author of the book: Bill Willingham
Edition: RW Lion
Date of issue: June 2013
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Well, i was not expecting THAT.
"Fairest" is a series designed to explore the lives of the various female Fables (largely princesses & queens so far) from Willingham's larger series, "Fables". It's the second such spin-off, improving (so far) on the rather tiresome antics of Jack of Fables (whose spin-off series concluded in 2011 with the title character's death and what I now suspect was a parody of all the big "world-changing" "event" comics DC & Marvel have been shoveling down the line for the last three decades).
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, fearing that it would turn out to be exploitative (like "Jack of Fables") or excessively snarky (again, like "Jack of Fables"), but the first storyline turned out to be pretty dang solid. The bulk of the volume is taken up with the story of Ali-Baba and his imp Jonah, who together free Briar Rose and Lumi the Snow Queen from the former's enchanted sleep -- Rose & Lumi were last seen being carted away by Goblins in the pages of "Fables" and I was curious as to what would happen to them, so it was a pleasant surprise to see them popping up in their very own mini-series. Briar Rose is something of an enigma, as most of the times she's appeared in "Fables" it was as an agent or a weapon, but we get a whole heaping helping of Rose here and apparently she's something of a bitter loud-mouth -- though really, with the life she's had, who can blame her? But the real gem was the reappearance of Lumi, my favorite of Fables various female characters. I love winter and I love snow, and "The Snow Queen" was one of my favorite fairy-tales when I was a boy, so it makes perfect sense that Lumi would stand out to me. And for the first 2/3 of this story, she's the real stand-out: Ali-Baba is a typical rogue, but an extremely competent and realistic one; Briar Rose is, as i've mentioned, bitter and loud-mouthed; and Jonah is self-consciously obnoxious; but Lumi...ahhhhh, Lumi.
Lumi is powerful, confident, and witty. And over the course of this story we discover that her apparent devotion to the Empire was not all that it seemed, that she's been entirely absent from her kingdom since signing on to serve the Empire, and that she's more than a little unsure of what to do with herself now that the world has changed. We also learn that her shift from merry snow-maiden to cruel tyrant was not simply the result of Jack's betrayal and abandonment. Great character development and insight! Unfortunately, Willingham then saddles her with Ali-Baba as a love interest, something which makes sense in context (she's always had a thing for bad-boys) but which disappoints me as a fan of her character.
The final portion of the book is taken up with a one-shot palate-cleanser story set in the 1940s. "Lamia" is a noir tale involving Beast tracking down a rogue Fable in Los Angeles and it's dang good. I always enjoy these flashbacks to the lives of the Fables before the start of the series, and this one begins with Beast himself musing on the ways in which mundane literature and storytelling have forced him to take on different archetypal roles since his flight to the mundane world, from knight errant to master detective to P.I. And what a closing note! What a finale! If only the rest of the volume could have been as unerringly great as this little story.
Overall, i'm pretty pleased with this volume. The first story felt a bit thin, but did what it set out to do, and the second story was a extremely strong. I didn't enjoy the art in either story (the first was clumsily realistic and the second was excessively cartoonish) but the writing was crisp and quick and it works as a good set-up for "Fariest", establishing the tone and the themes of the series. I look forward to the next volume.
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Read information about the authorIn the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many years. He contributed stories to Green Lantern and started his own independent, black-and-white comics series Coventry which lasted only 3 issues. He also produced the pornographic series Ironwood for Eros Comix.
In the late 1990s Willingham reestablished himself as a prolific writer. He produced the 13-issue Pantheon for Lone Star Press and wrote a pair of short novels about the modern adventures of the hero Beowulf, published by the writer's collective, Clockwork Storybook, of which Willingham was a founding member. In the early 2000s he began writing extensively for DC Comics, including the limited series Proposition Player, a pair of limited series about the Greek witch Thessaly from The Sandman, and most notably the popular series Fables
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