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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Review: FABLES: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham

Fables: Storybook Love (Fables, #3)Fables: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham

First sentence:

Now maybe this story is true and maybe it ain't, but it's about crafty old Jack of the Tales, who was a tricky fellow in the Old World and continued to be so when he followed us over to this country.

Rated: R
Pages: 192
Publisher: Vertigo (May 1, 2004)

My rating:
-Frigging Amazing! Why did it have to end?!

Synopsis from Amazon:
The third collection of Fables, the Sandman spin-off about fairy-tale characters exiled in New York, contains four stories. The longest, "Storybook Love," is the most satisfying, but the others have their fairy-tale-like (i.e., grisly) charms. Revealing that the Jack of beanstalk fame and the Jack of the eponymous tall tales are identical,

"Bag o' Bones" spins a Civil War yarn in which Jack detains the Grim Reaper, so that no one can die. In "a two-part caper" (all that's given in the way of a title), the Fables community puts Briar Rose, aka the Sleeping Beauty, back on slumberous hold to prevent exposure by a scandal-rag journalist.

In "Barleycorn Bride," Bigby Wolf relays some of the Fables' early history in America to explain why 18-year-old Lilliputian boys try to steal magic barleycorns from a jar at the Fables' Manhattan headquarters. The long story concerns a plot to seize Fables leadership by Bluebeard and Goldilocks; it includes some Fables mainstays' apparent demises and begs for future development. Deucedly cleverly written, yeomanly drawn. Ray Olson

My Thoughts
Another great one by Bill Willingham! Fables: Storybook of love is the third graphic novel in the Fables series. What I love about this book is
that unlike the past 2 books, you get 4 different tales which provided more character background to help fill you in the Fables world.

Storybook love is a tale of romance and adventure.
The first story, 'Bag O'bones' is actually a retelling of the famous folklore tale known as "Soldier Jack". I don't know why, but I find Jack
reminds me of Jason Stackhouse from the Charlaine Harris books/True Blood series. He's a carefree, woman loving guy, who's impulsive and not all that bright.
I don't want to give to much away, since it's four short stories, but I can say it's set with Jack in the American Civil War, Confederacy side. He has a faux old-south accent, (that I have to admit, I got confused with sometimes).He also plays cards with a crafty of debbil and tries to get a southern belle to marry him. I enjoyed it.

The second tale in the story, "A Sharp Operation," is a bit of a darker tale. An overly curious journalist who, believes fabletown is a type of
immortal vampire community(because they have been living in New York for ages) and threatens to uncover the fables commuinity. But he's
stupid to think he could get away with it after telling Bigby. This one features Jack, Bigby Wolf, Little Boy Blue, Bluebeard, and Briar Rose. It may be cute, but it has a grim ending.

The third tale in the book is "Storybook love", And it's the most important and serious of the book. It picks up short after from the
previous volume and closes standing issues between Snow and Goldilocks. I never thought I would look at Goldilocks as evil, but wow. I will
never look at her the same after reading this series. You'll see what I mean.. Anyway, Bluebird and Goldie plot to kill Bigby Wolf and Snow by
enchanting them to feel an inexplicable urge to go camping together, where they won't ever come back. All I'm going to say about that is, feelings are shared and a hatchet is buried in someone’s head. Yeah, I know. Crazy. I loved it though, it was the best of the book,(anything with
Snow and Bigby often are.) but I wouldn't suggest children reading this series. It's quite gruesome at times, and down right dirty!

The final tale, "Barleycorn Brides," Willinham really outlines what Fables is about. Bigby narrates to Flycatcher the origin of Smalltown's traditional rite of passage. Also, It's crazy, but the Lilliputian woman came from men, planting, growing and then plucking their perfect miniature woman of their dreams.

This series is a great mix of cute, intriguing and macabre. You don't have to be a comic book/graphic novel reader to enjoy this series. I'm only recent to graphic novels, but so far out of the 10/20 that I've read, theses are my favorite. I know I'm getting a good read when it's Bill Willingham. He's crazy and amazing, and down right brilliant!
It's not happily ever after, until Bill Willingham says it is!

Want to check out my review of Animal Farm by Bill Willingham? Click HERE.

Want to check out my review of Legends in Exile? Click HERE.

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brizmus said...

I read these when they were coming out as comics, but reading what was in this one, I think this graphic novel might have been my favorite, too! Mygod I love Fables!!

Natasha said...

I know! I love this series! Its awesome!

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