Monday, May 16, 2005

FABLES #37

The second part of what is promising to be the best Fables arc since Bigby and Snow woke up in the woods and Goldilocks was running around with a shotgun.

I give Bill Willingham a lot of grief. A lot. And he deserves most of it -- what he's doing to the Robin title defies description. But as execrable as that book is, Fables has been consistently great, frequently venturing into the realm of wonderful.

These two issues, this month and last, are set-up issues. Considering that the story is always in motion and there's plenty of action, not much happens on a greater scale -- Blue has left Fabletown to find Little Red Riding Hood (we knew that) and hasn't found her yet, nor does he know where she is or if she's alive or where (or who) the Adversary is. Last issue was the adjustment period -- from the Mundy world to the Fables' -- and this one we got a bit of a glimpse at what Blue is up against. This has to be the first step of an acceleration; this isn't the sort of plot where Willingham can mosey toward the denouement or pull one of his "oh, you thought I was going to tell you this month? Ha!" tricks by bringing the readers up to the precipice of discovery and then going back to Fabletown for an issue.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Dave said...

What makes you think Boy Blue (and the other fables) don't know who the Adversary is? We as readers certainly don't know (although Willingham says it has been hinted enough at to know)

Wed May 18, 12:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Interesting question, Dave.

I honestly have never even considered that.

Sat May 21, 06:26:00 PM EDT  

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