Fables 17: Inherit the Wind

8.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Fun art, Oz storyline

Wish the second half had bigger stories

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Fables

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Bill Willingham

Artist:  Mark Buckingham/Steve Leialoha/Shaun McManus/Andrew Pepoy/Dan Green/Rick Leonardi/Ron Randall/P. Craig Russell/Zander Cannon/Jim Fern/Ramon Bachs/Adam Hughes

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2012


Fables #109

Reprints Fables #108-113 (October 2011-March 2012). North is dead and now one of the Bigby and Snow White’s cubs must take his place.  With an ominous premonition, the fate of the cubs could be in jeopardy as the next in line seeks selection.  The Fables head back to the Farm, and Rose finds herself confronting agents of Hope on Christmas Eve while facing her own future.

Written by Peter Willingham and primarily illustrated by Mark Buckingham with multiple artists providing work for Fables #113 (March 2012), Fables Volume 17:  Inherit the Wind starts a new direction for the comic after the defeat of Dark in Fables Volume 16:  Super Team.  The collection is comprised of a four issue storyline of “Inherit the Wind” in Fables #108-111 and two stand-alone issues in Fables #112 and #113.

Fables still is a fun book even after years because Willingham keeps adding twists to the plot.  I am glad to see the storyline of Dark wrapped up and was fearful for a moment that it might return with Winter’s discovery of the box.  Fortunately, Willingham has decided to explore the direction of the cubs and still has a foot in the past with Spratt search for revenge.


Fables #112

I love Oz and this volume is very Oz heavy.  With Bufkin’s escape into Oz, he now is leading a revolution which provides a side story in “Inherit the Wind” storyline.  It ends on a big cliffhanger and unfortunately in this volume, you don’t learn where it ends up going…but ensuring that I will keep reading.

Christmas issues are always fun and in this volume, the Christmas is an adaptation of A Christmas Carol with Rose playing the role of an Ebenezer Scrooge (but actually as an unassigned agent of Hope) and it does set up some future storyline involving Rose.

With the Rose stand-alone issue, I hoped for some more major storyline advancement, but Fables #13 was a collection of stories like Willingham often likes to do.  Some of the stories are fun but others do fall flat.  With such a short collection I think I would have rather had a character based stand-alone that might have added to the plot.

Fables Volume 17:  Inherit the Wind shows that despite having been around the block a few times, a series can continue to impress and evolve.  This isn’t the type of collection that really wows you with exciting new tales, but it is solid.  Fables Volume 17:  Inherit the Wind is followed by Fables Volume 18:  Cubs in Toyland.

Preceded By:

Fables Volume 16:  Super Team

Followed By:

Fables Volume 18:  Cubs in Toyland

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