War! What is it good for? Entertaining reading. This sees the beginning, middle and end of open warfare with The Adversary. But before that Blue and Red resolve their burning issue. Then Cinders gets a two part mission, which goes the way of all missions.
Willingham does an outstanding job of spreading tension and anxiety throughout the war, especially when things are going well. He imaginatively blends modern and mediaeval styles of conflict with the magical and fantastic, as well as utilising the unique gifts from many of the Fables’ individual stories. With Blue acting as a messenger between the different locations having the reader follow him and read his narration is an excellent technique to help immerse us.
The majority of the art is simple classic stuff relying on the epic sight of what it depicts rather than flashy techniques to engage you. There are a lot of full height vertical panels though, balancing scale with page count for good effect. Buckingham also uses a different style with the Cinderella story pushing himself in a new direction that fits well with the piece. The first story sees Niko Henrichon use a looser, sketchier style and a unique set of colour tints to stamp his own mark on the world very effectively.
There is an extended thank you from the author, a sketchbook and pinup gallery to boot. A fine Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: Fables (12): The Dark Ages – Bill Willingham