Fables 3: Storybook Love

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Solid storytelling and art

More standalone issues have pluses and minuses

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Fables

Publisher:  DC Comics/Vertigo

Writer:  Bill Willingham

Artist:  Mark Buckingham/Lan Medina/Bryan Talbot/Linda Medley

# of Issues:  8

Release Date:  2004


Fables #11

Reprints Fables #11-18 (May 2003-December 2003).  Jack Horner remembers his time during the Civil War.  The Fables face danger of a man threatening to expose their existence…as vampires!  Goldilocks is back with a new ally in Fabletown and when Snow and Bigby threaten to get to close to her, they might have to be eliminated!

Written by Bill Willingham, Fables Volume 5:  Storybook Love features art by Mark Buckingham, Lan Medina, Bryan Talbot, and Linda Medley.  The volume follows Fables 2:  Animal Farm.  The collection features the four part storyline “Storybook Love” which runs from Fables #14-17.

Fables (when it was released) was pretty revolutionary.  The comic featured literary characters in “the real world”.  This had been done in books like Wicked, but Willingham was doing it on a bigger scale.  Today, that idea is really played out.  There are shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm that have the same idea…it is too bad because it limits the chances of Fables of ever being turned into a series (which had been considered).


Fables #14

This volume features more stand-alone issues than the previous two storylines.  You get Jack’s adventure during the Civil War and you have the Barleycorn women.  The two issue covert operation issue was also fun and plays up Bluebeard who is featured heavily in “Storybook Love”.

The “Storybook Love” issues feature a big turning point in Fables by officially establishing Snow and Bigby as a couple (be it forced by magic).  It also features the return of the evil Goldilocks and the final showdown with Bluebeard.  It is a story that promises a lot of payout and provides…plus it sets up Snow’s pregnancy and Charming’s run for office.

Fables 3:  Storybook Love continues a great run on a series that gets better as you understand the characters better as they get fleshed out. The series is good and this is solid and fun and this is a good entry.  Fables 3:  Storybook Love was followed by Fables 4:  March of the Wooden Soldiers.

Preceded By:

Fables 2:  Animal Farm

Followed By:

Fables 4:  March of the Wooden Soldiers

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