Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Three

By Bill Willingham

Rating: 4 stars

This third volume starts with a short story, Cinderella Libertine, which shows us what Prince Charming’s third wife gets up to when she’s not running a shoe shop. This story had guest a artist, rather than the more usual Mark Buckingham and it’s a nice little story involving the usual trifecta of sex, money and power.

After this, Buckingham returns and we get on to the main body of the volume: a seven-issue story called March of the Wooden Soldiers, in which a fable thought long lost comes as a refugee to Fabletown, but maybe not everything is as it appears. This is a strong story, giving us a little more knowledge of the Adversary and his methods. The Pinocchio soldiers that represent him are great fun as well, with their attempts to pass for human and their disdain of food. Despite this, they’re still very creepy and the fact that they’re practically unstoppable makes them terrifying foes in their own right.

I’m starting to very much appreciate and enjoy Buckingham’s art – you know ‘proper’ Fables is back when it’s his art again, and Willingham’s story continues to enthral. I look forward to reading more of this in future.

Book details

ISBN: 9781401230975
Publisher: Vertigo
Year of publication: 2011

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