- Taschenbuch: 168 Seiten
- Verlag: Vertigo; Auflage: 01 (24. Dezember 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401242480
- ISBN-13: 978-1401242480
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,8 x 1 x 25,7 cm
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Fables Vol. 19: Snow White (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Dezember 2013
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Bill Willingham has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years. During that time he's had work published by nearly every comics publisher in the business and he's created many critically acclaimed comic book series, including Elementals, Coventry, PROPOSITION PLAYER and FABLES. Along with FABLES and JACK OF FABLES, Willingham wrote the miniseries DAY OF VENGEANCE and currently writes SALVATION RUN. His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards and the International Horror Guild award. He lives somewhere near a good poker room.
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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.
Added to the main storyline is the story of Bufkin the Flying Monkey (who can't fly anymore) and his (girl)friend Lily. This is a fun story, and it wraps up the story of a couple of minor characters from throughout the run of Fables.
As usual, the art by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialohais gorgeous as always, and really adds to the fairy tale aspect of the story.
There is really no way to review the contents of the story without revealing many spoilers, some small and at least one major one. So I won't do that. But I will recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great writing, no matter the medium. I will also suggest that there are several storylines that pay-off for long-time readers. It's not a great jumping on point for new fans, but with 129+ issues, those places are few and far between. But pick it up anyway and give it a shot. Also, for some of the events that happen immediately following Fables Vol. 19, pick up Fairest In All The Land (the fallout for some characters is addressed in that story).
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review
I can see why they waited to add the Bufkin stories in Oz for this one. It wouldn't have worked with the tone for Cubs in Toyland. I wasn't too crazy for the art with Bufkin, but I did appreciate the Oz stuff. After reading several Oz books, I got some of the humor, like using the Golden Cap and Powder of Life. I'll be honest I was a little teary-eyed with the ending though.
The second half of the volume s I sad was confusing as to where to place it in the timeline, but at the end, I finally realized what was happening. This one we really get a sense for Snow and how she’s handling all these events in her life. You feel bad for her in this one, but she picks up a good fight at the end. Again this is a shocker ending. So I can't say anything.
For more than a decade, Willingham and Buckingham have shown us the ups and downs of the Fable community as it has been torn asunder by internal strife, outside danger and just about everything in between. Over the course of these many issues, we've watched Snow White grow to love and eventually marry and have children by Bigby Wolfe, the formerly Big, Bad Wolf. They have become, to me, almost like real people.
It's been a while since Snow White has taken center stage for an entire arc, but she stands ready. The action here kicks off when Prince Brandish, a prince to whom Snow White was promised long long ago, resurfaces and decides that the promise means he and Snow are to be married. So she will have to cut loose her children and never see them or Bigby again.
Snow White, as you might expect from any previous exposure to her, does not take this well. The problem is that Brandish has become enchanted so that any injury done to him is reflected onto the attacker. Stab him in the heart and it's you who will drop dead with a hole in yours.
There is so, so much more happening in this compilation, but I feel like I can't really get into it much more without spoiling some of the genuine pathos and involvement Willingham and Buckingham engender. It's really quite amazing how good these two have become. Even if you've never read a FABLES book before, I still urge you to buy this one. Then, before you read it, go out and get FABLES 1-18. You'll be hooked and once you reach the end of that purchase, you'll have this one that you've already purchased to look forward to reading.
This edition of Fables starts with the side story of Bufkin and his life as a revolutionary and freedom fighter. Though lacking in the complexity of storyline and character development of earlier volumes of Fables it's pleasant enough, as always very well drawn, and reasonably satisfying. Two to three stars.
The next story presents us with an obnoxious new character who shows up and berates the characters and the reader with uninteresting arrogance and obnoxious sexism I wouldn't expect to see in a comic produced after 1990. This character is practically invincible for reasons poorly explained and his abusive and insulting behavior goes mostly unchecked. I read through this mess, hoping for some twist of the plot or reveal of greater depth in a character to provide some interest or satisfaction but found very little. There had been hints of this sort of thing earlier in the series, but they were subsumed in exceptional storytelling, interesting character development, and masterful reanalysis of the old tales. In this volume instead I experienced beloved characters reduced to a foul smelling vapor of their former selves and embroiled in an overly simple and unsatisfying plot. The device of having one of Snow White and Bigby Wolf's children partially narrate the tale was done weakly and ineffectually. It did nothing to enhance the story or its telling. I put down the book wondering why I had wasted my time to just be annoyed. Minus 5 stars.
If the next volume is anything like this I will sadly have to give up on a series I had enjoyed for a few years. The art is excellent and the volumes that came before were very satisfying and engaging but this one was such total trash that I am tempted to use words I should not use in an Amazon review.