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In this collection, which collects issues ##124-129 plus its normal little extras like the covers for the series, focuses on Snow White. At the beginning of the collection we get the backup stories to previous issues, which show us what happens to Bufkin and his friends in the vast land of Oz. Back in the mortal world Castle Dark is now back in the hands of the Fables, but mysteries and secrets come to life, which threaten everything that they know. First Bigsby heads off to find the two missing cubs that have been lost to who knows where. Second, a long forgotten secret threatens Snow White and her marriage. A secret that will have dire consequences for all of the Fables, no matter what happens. And when things come to a head...heroes maybe lost. And new ones maybe needed to rise up from the ashes.
Fables, in my opinion, is the most unique continuing series on the market right now. Bill Willingham has taken familiar characters, like Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf, and given them new life and new purpose. This series constantly leave me speechless, in a good way, at the twists and turns that you never see coming. And this collection is no exception. While I haven't been the biggest fan lately of following Bufkin and his crew in Oz (its gotten a bit too...whimsical for my tastes) I enjoyed seeing how they wrapped up his adventure. But the star of this volume, as always, is Snow White. Bill has created a character in Snow that makes me wish she was real, for her strength, her fortitude, her love of those around her, and the strength that imbues her neighbors with. It's one of the best things about this series.
The artwork for this series is as usual, fantastic. The characters live and breathe on the page and there is such depth to the world around them that I always have to go back through and relook at the issue just to see what I might have missed. And I always love seeing what clues and details are hidden in the borders of the pages. In this volume my favorite pieces of art are of course with Snow White and Rose Red. I love seeing the two sisters interact with each other and show that they're made of stuff sterner than anyone else in this series is. And the artwork lets you see all of that at a glance. And when Bigsby comes back...you know what he brings as soon as he appear on the page. Strength and power and love for those around him. It's a joy to see art in this series.
I highly, highly recommend this collection. Bill Willingham has created a fantastic universe and continues to surprise me with the direction he's able to take the series. I have no doubt that my many questions will be answered in future volumes and I look forward to seeing where he goes with the story. I give the book 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to see what happens next.