Fables: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham

Rating: **** (4 out of 5)

Review: After a somewhat shaky beginning, the “Fables” series has become a keeper for me. Even though I didn’t love this volume as much as the previous one, it was still pretty good, and the story genuinely surprised me.

The first issue follows a secondary character, Cinderella, like with Jack in the previous volume and, like Jack, I believe she has a spin-off series. I’m not a great fan of Jack and I have to say I didn’t find Cindy all that interesting. Just your basic, run of the mill spy so far… We’ll see if it gets better. The second issue is a back story from Bigby Wolf’s life, fighting the nazis in World War II. He is one of my favourite characters and I love that there are so many layers to him.

The rest of the volume is dedicated to the main story arc. Snow White goes into labour on the election day, the results of which should come as no surprise to anyone. Going into any of the details of why I liked this so much would be spoilery, so suffice to say I’m really looking forward to the next issue right now.

**** SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD ****

Although I have to say the whole thing with Bigby’s father could have been handled better. I mean, he came from the Homelands, and no one even thinks of asking him how he managed to survive there all these years? Doesn’t anyone wonder if he works for the Adversary? Or at least be a little more cautious?

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