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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fables: Inherit the Wind




Title:
Fables: Inherit the Wind




ISBN: 9781401235161

Price: $14.99

Publisher/Year: Vertigo, 2012

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

Writer: Bill Willingham

Collects: Fables #108 - 113




Rating: 4/5





The
premise of Fables lets its creators use any mythos, any tradition, any
narrative, and mix and match as necessary, and Willingham and his illustrators
continue to show that these possibilities are indeed endless. While the long
arc of the story continues in this book -- movingly along very snappily and
satisfyingly -- the real delight is that what that Oz, Dickens, and highbrow
narrative theory all climb around on top of each other in a squirming
puppy-pile of greatness.





If
you've been following the story for all these volumes, then you can rest
assured that the Fables are really cracking along -- but you can also be
assured that you'll find all the characteristic funny asides, meandering mini-tales
that are there for the sheer exuberance of the thing, and sly asides are not
set aside for mere plot.





I'm
told that this story definitely has an end, but it's hard to imagine. As Fables
subsumes literally every other story ever told, and as Willingham shows no sign
of boring with his creations, I can easily imagine reading this until
Willingham breathes his last (and may that day come a very, very long time in
the future). If he keeps writing them, I'll keep buying 'em.

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