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Rose Red takes the mantle of Paladin of Hope to rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of “Snow White.” A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown. Collecting: Fables 130-140


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Rose Red takes the mantle of Paladin of Hope to rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of “Snow White.” A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown. Collecting: Fables 130-140

30 review for Fables Vol. 20: Camelot (Fables

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Rose Red believes that bringing Camelot back will help the Fables with all of their problems. That's the main story with a few average to above average other tales woven into the book. Artwork is its usual quality. MY GRADE: B

  2. 4 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    In case you haven't heard, FABLES is ending with issue #150. I know...it will be hard to imagine my life without new FABLES coming out, but somehow I will have to try and carry on:-/ However, I will not be able to wait as we make our way through the final 20 issues of FABLES for those issues to get released in trade paperback. So for the final run of FABLES, I will be reading it in single issue comics each month. After a devastating spell in FABLES, I found the last volume/arc "Snow White" to be a In case you haven't heard, FABLES is ending with issue #150. I know...it will be hard to imagine my life without new FABLES coming out, but somehow I will have to try and carry on:-/ However, I will not be able to wait as we make our way through the final 20 issues of FABLES for those issues to get released in trade paperback. So for the final run of FABLES, I will be reading it in single issue comics each month. After a devastating spell in FABLES, I found the last volume/arc "Snow White" to be a return to form in a way that didn't trouble my soul. "Camelot" is even more so a return to form as it feels very much like Bill Willingham is gearing up to tie many of the loose threads together in FABLES and tell a story that builds upon the years we've spent with these characters. As the title of this arc suggests, "Camelot" revolves around Rose Red as the Paladin of Hope essentially trying to recreate the Knights of the Round Table. I think that is all I will really say. This was an amazing volume that made me excited and re-assured me that Bill Willingham is going to end FABLES successfully! One issue of note is the Camelot Interlude featuring some familiar faces in a new environment. In recent interviews, Willingham said that this issue in particular presents the most clues for the final arc of FABLES which is appropriately called "Happily Ever After". I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to the end of FABLES with a heavy heart:-/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Soooooo good!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    *DUN DUN DUN* IT'S COMING TO AN END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not sure what I'll do now since Fables has been my long standing "go-to" comic. WHAT WILL I DO?! WHAT WILL I READ?! I guess I could catch up on the Grimm collection... BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME! I'm nervously biting my nails and axiously awaiting this final showdown between all the power players that have carved out lives in Fabletown and beyond. I mostly want Bigby and Snow White to have a happy ending including ROSE RED AND EVERYBODDIE ELSE *DUN DUN DUN* IT'S COMING TO AN END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not sure what I'll do now since Fables has been my long standing "go-to" comic. WHAT WILL I DO?! WHAT WILL I READ?! I guess I could catch up on the Grimm collection... BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME! I'm nervously biting my nails and axiously awaiting this final showdown between all the power players that have carved out lives in Fabletown and beyond. I mostly want Bigby and Snow White to have a happy ending including ROSE RED AND EVERYBODDIE ELSE I LOVE. I did start tearing up when I was seeing "The last tale by..." OMG. THIS IS EPIC! I have read up to issue #143 (which is three beyond this collection)...and I'm going to have a hard time breathing and letting this series go. I AM grateful that it IS going... and will be emotional throughout this whole journey! It's almost time to say farewell! Thanks for the ARC Edelweiss!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Where can this book go after the last 2 very good, but heart wrenching volumes? How about the beginning of the end of Fabletown! (not as literal or spoilery as it sounds, by the way :)). The terrible omens and sightings of her destiny lead Rose Red to create a new Camelot.. not realising that the Fates very much like the same stories repeating! As this is happening all the powers at be are looking into ways of saving Bigby. More cool Fables lore being created and a little bonus of a delightfully Where can this book go after the last 2 very good, but heart wrenching volumes? How about the beginning of the end of Fabletown! (not as literal or spoilery as it sounds, by the way :)). The terrible omens and sightings of her destiny lead Rose Red to create a new Camelot.. not realising that the Fates very much like the same stories repeating! As this is happening all the powers at be are looking into ways of saving Bigby. More cool Fables lore being created and a little bonus of a delightfully foreshadowed Geppetto one-shot. 8 out of 12.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LibraryCin

    3.75 stars As usual, there were smaller storylines going on at the same time, but the main storyline in this volume is Rose Red trying to recreate the Knights of the Round Table. She has a table built in a field, then spreads the word that she is looking for knights to populate her round table. Many Fables gather to see who she will choose. I really enjoyed this main storyline, as well as the next biggest storyline in this one, involving Snow White and her children. I so love the illustrations in 3.75 stars As usual, there were smaller storylines going on at the same time, but the main storyline in this volume is Rose Red trying to recreate the Knights of the Round Table. She has a table built in a field, then spreads the word that she is looking for knights to populate her round table. Many Fables gather to see who she will choose. I really enjoyed this main storyline, as well as the next biggest storyline in this one, involving Snow White and her children. I so love the illustrations in this, and like the others in the series, the borders are a nice “extra” that also helps you figure out which characters/storyline is happening on that page. It ended on a slow note for me, which is mostly what brought down my rating by that ¼ star. Overall, though, I quite liked this volume.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex Telander

    To say that the comic book series penned by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Mark Buckingham has reached its twentieth collected volume is quite the astonishing feat, but when one considers that it has won fourteen Eisner awards, and is working its way through its second major storyline that continues to build and become more exiting with each volume, it’s not really a surprise at all. After things continue to take a turn for the worse in the previous collected volume, Snow White, Camelot seeks To say that the comic book series penned by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Mark Buckingham has reached its twentieth collected volume is quite the astonishing feat, but when one considers that it has won fourteen Eisner awards, and is working its way through its second major storyline that continues to build and become more exiting with each volume, it’s not really a surprise at all. After things continue to take a turn for the worse in the previous collected volume, Snow White, Camelot seeks to create a new hero to try to turn things around with Snow White’s sister, Rose Red. She takes on the role that she feels destined for, the Paladin of Hope, and what better way to do this than with a new Camelot and some brave Knights of the Round Table. One might also call them the Knights of Second Chances, as Rose Red is willing to wipe the slate clean if they prove themselves. They travel from all the lands, creatures great and small, humans mighty and miniature, but only the bravest and true will succeed and be selected. Red even offers an old enemy a second chance, which sets her at odds against her sister. Snow White refuses to see her sister from now on, keeping what’s left of her family away from her also, feeling betrayal will inevitably come. Meanwhile the witches and wizards of Fabletown are trying their darnedest to reassemble the glass shards of Bigby Wolf so he can be whole and alive once more. Side stories in Camelot include that of Bigby and Boy Blue in a sort of afterlife, as well as what Gepetto and Junebug are currently up to, and finally the Boy Blue Band go on an adventure into the Homelands. For a special twentieth volume, Camelot is a nice long read, with a great main story that is ratcheting up the suspense with what is going to happen next, along with some great side stories. It shows that Willingham has so many stories to tell that the reader never knows what’s going to happen or who’s going to appear on the next page. Fables Volume 20 is a worthy addition to the collection that will be a delight to fans everywhere. Originally written on November 18, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander. For more reviews, check out the BookBanter site.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sam Wescott

    Absolutely fantastic. This was a really good installation, you guys! My goodness! The plot was advances steadily and the emotional turmoil of the last few books was maintained (and even escalated here and there). There was a particular issue in this tradeback that featured (view spoiler)[Bigby being guided through the afterlife by Boy Blue and meeting Dare (hide spoiler)] that was an AMAZING payoff for the patient reader and I cannot get over how touching it was. I'm excited to see where the nex Absolutely fantastic. This was a really good installation, you guys! My goodness! The plot was advances steadily and the emotional turmoil of the last few books was maintained (and even escalated here and there). There was a particular issue in this tradeback that featured (view spoiler)[Bigby being guided through the afterlife by Boy Blue and meeting Dare (hide spoiler)] that was an AMAZING payoff for the patient reader and I cannot get over how touching it was. I'm excited to see where the next two volumes take us. I can't believe there are only two more!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    It's fairly obvious that I like the Fables series. I've been reading it for 20 volumes now. Save a few exceptions most of the volumes have entertained and a handful are exceptional. Considering how far along the story we are and the events that have played out Bill Willingham still manages to keep it going. Camelot is what it sounds like. Rose Red is going to recreate Camelot, Round Table and All, as she attempts to be a "2nd Chance" Queen. Unfortunately (IMHO), her actions cause a rift with Sno It's fairly obvious that I like the Fables series. I've been reading it for 20 volumes now. Save a few exceptions most of the volumes have entertained and a handful are exceptional. Considering how far along the story we are and the events that have played out Bill Willingham still manages to keep it going. Camelot is what it sounds like. Rose Red is going to recreate Camelot, Round Table and All, as she attempts to be a "2nd Chance" Queen. Unfortunately (IMHO), her actions cause a rift with Snow White and the events of the actual Camelot fable begin to take root. So there is quite a bit going on. On top of this, we have the entire Bigby situation. My only question- can't the witches of the 13th floor detect the magical connection between the ring and Bixby? One would think so for such puissant witches. Oh, some of the side-side characters get their stories wrapped up. Meh. Don't care (though the Sinbad one was cool). The art? It as ever is just ok. It works well with this series though there is not much to recommend it. The cover art? magnificent! Still as a Fables fan, I truly enjoyed this volume. Lots of interesting things going on (have to be vague) and I am intrigued by the "Camelot" undercurrent becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Side note: I dig the new North Wind. She is a badass character and had I ever spawned, I'd have been honored to call her my daughter. High praise. Trust me. If you like Fables, you'll like this one. If you've not read Fables, shame on you. But a word of advice-don't start at volume 20.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume shows Rose Red attempting to reform the Knights of the Round Table with a totally new cast of knights, but foreshadowing is already making things look sinister. Also, somethings going on with Bigby Wolf that also doesn't look good. There's also a story spotlighting Gepetto as well as a tale showing the Fabletown "band" as they battle an evil witch to free a world. Overall a lot going on and a good volume, but they only have one more volume to wrap things up (well two if you count Fabl This volume shows Rose Red attempting to reform the Knights of the Round Table with a totally new cast of knights, but foreshadowing is already making things look sinister. Also, somethings going on with Bigby Wolf that also doesn't look good. There's also a story spotlighting Gepetto as well as a tale showing the Fabletown "band" as they battle an evil witch to free a world. Overall a lot going on and a good volume, but they only have one more volume to wrap things up (well two if you count Fables 150 as its own graphic novel.) Great art. Sad to see this series end, but very curious to see HOW it ends.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Will Chin

    You would think that, with just two books left in the series (Volume 20 is the second last book in the Fables saga), Willingham will get his act together to tell a cohesive story. But NO. Camelot, the 20th volume in Fables' ongoing saga, is yet another piss-poor entry in the series, a disturbing trend that has been going on for the past eight volumes or so (except for Cubs in Toyland. That one is a masterpiece). This book continues to be listless and clueless about where the hell it wants to go, You would think that, with just two books left in the series (Volume 20 is the second last book in the Fables saga), Willingham will get his act together to tell a cohesive story. But NO. Camelot, the 20th volume in Fables' ongoing saga, is yet another piss-poor entry in the series, a disturbing trend that has been going on for the past eight volumes or so (except for Cubs in Toyland. That one is a masterpiece). This book continues to be listless and clueless about where the hell it wants to go, and Willingham is simply throwing arbitrary ideas on the wall to see what sticks. Let's introduce Snow White's ex-lover! Not working? OK, how about this plot with Rose Red setting up a new Camelot? Not working either? OK, let's kill Bigby Wolf. That's gotta be a nice plot twist right? NO. BORING. Fuck, OK, how about we bring him back in this book? For good measures, we will throw in an old favourite: Boy Blue! How about that? FUCK, IT'S STILL BORING. Fables has been boring for the longest time. Willingham has long run out of stories to tell, and yet he is still wading through old waters to find something worthwhile to write about. Yet, all he's come up with are handfuls of mud, and he's painting the walls with it and calling it art. The plots in Camelot continue to be a rolling ball of mess, and the version of Willingham that started out the series in the first place would be ashamed of the way things are going right now. I have to point my barrel at Buckingham as well, an artist whose work I have admired for a very long time. Here, he has gotten absolutely lazy with his characters. His animals, location designs and human forms continue to be sharp and elegant, but his characters have NO FACIAL EXPRESSIONS. Rose Red can be giving a rousing speech, shouting at someone in the audience and feeling surprised with the SAME EXACT FACE. It is as if Buckingham got tired of drawing and decided instead to cut and paste all the faces. LAZY. LAZY. LAZY. This volume failed to surprise me in any way, and Willingham continues to churn out stories that go nowhere. He is trying too hard to regain some of the former glory of the series, but he continues to trip and fail in every way. Fables has not been great since volume 12 (again, with the exception of Cubs of Toyland). Fuck Fables, and fuck Willingham for running some of the best characters ever committed to comics to the ground.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Is there some kinda of fiction rule that if a character has been around long enuff they must become an asshole? Because suddenly thats the good doctor in scenes with former-Mrs Spratt, and Rose Red more than usual blah blah, running low on ideas but wanting a big bang for their ending anyway this world decided to stop with their own stories and instead play make pretend with Camelot & fill in already existing roles: here's a giant circle of a table, here's some knights, here's "Arthur" figure & h Is there some kinda of fiction rule that if a character has been around long enuff they must become an asshole? Because suddenly thats the good doctor in scenes with former-Mrs Spratt, and Rose Red more than usual blah blah, running low on ideas but wanting a big bang for their ending anyway this world decided to stop with their own stories and instead play make pretend with Camelot & fill in already existing roles: here's a giant circle of a table, here's some knights, here's "Arthur" figure & his "Guenevere", have "Arthur's archnemesis" over there... Mild moment of hilarious irony as a messenger bird asks Briar if she's the correct person, as all humans kinda look same to him... as the illustrations of like... 4 other women on this page do look hella same, and have trouble telling 'em apart. The ol' "haircolors" trick doesn't help anymore! Adding a star for the cute side-story of Geppetto's wooden soldier's tiny adventure in Haven. That was adorable!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    It was better than usual. Which figures, now that it's ending. This was a good volume, nice a meaty. And I can see the exit strategy, it looks like a good idea.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Finally caught up on this series, almost a year after starting it. I'd forgotten how much I love these graphic novels, and I am definitely not ready for the series to end. Vol. 20 was just perfect.

  15. 5 out of 5

    [Name Redacted]

    In which we: witness the beginning of the end; learn that some cycles are inevitable; and think maybe Willingham wants to go out with a bang rather than the loud nasal whine of the last volume.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I was going to give this two stars. Two stars for my beloved Fables. What has the world come to? Honestly I stopped giving a crap about Rose when I lost all admiration for her around Boy Blue time. She never quite redeemed herself in my eyes, and I wouldn't follow her to the corner bar much less to the ends of the earth (er...worlds?). I then reflected upon my emotional attachments. Snow and her strength and Mama Bear (excuse me - wolf) instincts. Bigby (my heart may actually be breaking to see I was going to give this two stars. Two stars for my beloved Fables. What has the world come to? Honestly I stopped giving a crap about Rose when I lost all admiration for her around Boy Blue time. She never quite redeemed herself in my eyes, and I wouldn't follow her to the corner bar much less to the ends of the earth (er...worlds?). I then reflected upon my emotional attachments. Snow and her strength and Mama Bear (excuse me - wolf) instincts. Bigby (my heart may actually be breaking to see him this way). The cubs. Fabletown and the Farm. I've invested too much in this series to throw it two stars like it's some cruddy self-published erotica. 3 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I've been reading this series for more than a decade, it feels like, and I'm ready at this point to find the last volumes and get to the end. (view spoiler)[I really only care about the scene between Bigby and Blue, and the random panels where Flycatcher is petting a horse somewhere in the background. (hide spoiler)] I've been reading this series for more than a decade, it feels like, and I'm ready at this point to find the last volumes and get to the end. (view spoiler)[I really only care about the scene between Bigby and Blue, and the random panels where Flycatcher is petting a horse somewhere in the background. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Wow, for a really long title I'm surprized this didn't have more of an solid one thread arc, but I guess as the series is coming to a close there are a lot of loose ends to tie up. Almost there!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    I got a copy of this book to review through Edelweiss. There is a lot going on in this series at this point. This graphic novel covered four main storylines as the fables settle into their new home. This trade paperback (TPB) collects issues #130 to #140. This series is supposed to end with issue #150, with will be included in TPB volume 21: Happily Ever After. Issue 130 is about the Daughter of Rodney and June as she explores Castle Black. Issues 131 to 133 and 135 to 137 are about Rose Red clai I got a copy of this book to review through Edelweiss. There is a lot going on in this series at this point. This graphic novel covered four main storylines as the fables settle into their new home. This trade paperback (TPB) collects issues #130 to #140. This series is supposed to end with issue #150, with will be included in TPB volume 21: Happily Ever After. Issue 130 is about the Daughter of Rodney and June as she explores Castle Black. Issues 131 to 133 and 135 to 137 are about Rose Red claiming her place as a Paladin of Second Chances and starting her own round table. Issue 134 has a very touching scene between Bigsy and Boy Blue. Issue 138 is a brief interlude on what Gepetto’s been up to. Finally issues 139 - 140 are about the members of Boy Blue’s Band. Of the above my favorites were the storyline with Rose Red and her round table. Rose Red always has such good intentions, but manages to just mess everything up. As part of her new Paladin of 2nd Chances title she releases Prince Brandish to reform him. As you can imagine this does not go over well with Snow. Snow is torn between dealing with Rose Red and trying to put Bigsy back together again. She is desperately trying to find the one last piece of Bigsy. I also really enjoyed the issue with Boy Blue and Bigsy, they walk through the afterlife and have a very heartfelt discussion. It was very well done and give excellent insight into both their characters. I didn’t really understand what the June Bug story arc featuring the little girl exploring Castle Black had much to do with anything. I also was a bit confused about what the two issues following the remnants of Boy Blue had to do with anything. I still enjoyed this book. I really loved the Rose Red storyline. However, I was happy to hear that the next TPB will be the last. I do feel like the series has been losing some steam over the last couple TPB. Overall a good addition to the Fables universe. I recommend the whole Fables series to those who enjoy urban fantasy graphic novels. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series since there are so many characters and things going on later in the series. I am very curious to see how things wrap up in Happily Ever After.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    The pieces are all moving into place for some awesome finish. Oh what's that feeling? That sense of dread, that all this calm is going to be crushed and destroyed by something really really bad? We are getting close to the end and all the multiple pieces are moving into place: World: Enough has been said about Buckingham's art, it's expressive and a style all his own, I love it. The world has been build for over 100 issues now, but the amazing thing about Willingham is that there are always still The pieces are all moving into place for some awesome finish. Oh what's that feeling? That sense of dread, that all this calm is going to be crushed and destroyed by something really really bad? We are getting close to the end and all the multiple pieces are moving into place: World: Enough has been said about Buckingham's art, it's expressive and a style all his own, I love it. The world has been build for over 100 issues now, but the amazing thing about Willingham is that there are always still new places to visit and new stories to tell. The are so many new little bits of world building this time around that I can't even begin to list them out. It's really good and as with all Willingham stories will pay off in the end. A sense of foreboding seeps through this entire arc. Story: There are multiple threads in this arc, as is the norm of the Fables series. I like the Camelot storyline, it's predictable enough and strange enough to see that it will be something huge, as is the story with Spratt (don't call her that anymore), Wolf manor, Haven...so many more. They are all paced well and interweave together wonderfully. Although things do happen this arc, but you get the sense that this is building towards the big finish, the next arc needed the pieces to be moved so and here we are. One highlight for me is the Blue issue, it brought a tear to my eye. I love this story. Characters: Deeo characters with each having their own motivation and stories. A lot of characters received big doses of development this arc and has moved around to shift for the grand finale. I don't want to ruin anything as characters are one of the main things that the series is known for. Just be aware that you will me smiling, screaming, and feeling a sense of dread at the end of this arc. I can't believe we are headed towards the end. I know things can't go on forever and it's good to end on a good note, so I hope all these moving pieces will give Fables the end it deserves. Onward to the next book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Junebug (130). Occasionally WIllingham writes a story that's too light and cute to have any substance, and that's the case with this short, which is fine but unmemorable [5/10]. Camelot (131-137). I was surprised how much this story was a transitional table: a denouement for the frantic events of the last two volumes and also a setup for things to come. Nonetheless, it's wonderful to see Rose Red take center stage again, and the story really begins to strengthen in the last couple of issues as it Junebug (130). Occasionally WIllingham writes a story that's too light and cute to have any substance, and that's the case with this short, which is fine but unmemorable [5/10]. Camelot (131-137). I was surprised how much this story was a transitional table: a denouement for the frantic events of the last two volumes and also a setup for things to come. Nonetheless, it's wonderful to see Rose Red take center stage again, and the story really begins to strengthen in the last couple of issues as it delves deeper into the Arthurian legends [7+/10]. However the real joy of this arc is the interlude, "Deeper into the Woods" (134), which is a beautiful and touching look at some absent friends [10/10]. Root & Branch (138). It's nice to check in with Gepetto, and this story has a good sense of forboding, but it's another short that's ultimately pretty shallow for what it conveys [5+/10]. The Boys in the Band (139-140). An interesting story about an obvious consequence of the end of the war with the Adversary that had too often been glossed over. The story has too many undeveloped characters, but otherwise is interesting [6/10]. Overall, this volume rises or falls on the strength of the core Camelot story ... and it rises (just barely!). I would have liked a bit more flesh to the story, but there's good setup for the final volume

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Meservier

    It was announced earlier this year that Fables will be finishing up with issue 150. Camelot, which contains issues 130-140, really shows signs of building up to that final arc. This volume mainly focuses on Rose Red taking up the mantel of the Paladin of Hope, an act that inspires her to recreate Camelot in hopes of bringing back the chivalry and heroism of that era. Rose's goals are admirable, but will she be able to avoid Camelot's tragic end? As mentioned before, much of Camelot is spent build It was announced earlier this year that Fables will be finishing up with issue 150. Camelot, which contains issues 130-140, really shows signs of building up to that final arc. This volume mainly focuses on Rose Red taking up the mantel of the Paladin of Hope, an act that inspires her to recreate Camelot in hopes of bringing back the chivalry and heroism of that era. Rose's goals are admirable, but will she be able to avoid Camelot's tragic end? As mentioned before, much of Camelot is spent building up to the final arc, as well as dealing with the consequences of the Snow White arc (Bigby's death and Snow's duel). As a result, this volume can feel a little transitory, but fortunately the material presented here is really interesting. Beyond the major arc, there are also a couple one shots and a two issue mini series that hints at the end of Fabletown as we know it. My favorite of these one shots was a beautiful issue which focuses on Bigby and Blue in the afterlife. I must admit, I did get a little teary at the end. If you're a fan of Fables, you will not want to miss volume 20, Camelot. It can feel like a transition novel, but there are plenty of twists and fascinating developments to keep the pages flying.

  23. 5 out of 5

    colleen the convivial curmudgeon

    An interesting installment, setting up lots of things to come. Rose's idea of giving people second chances is noble and all, but I kinda have to agree with Snow on this, even if I think she's overreacting a touch. But the idea of (view spoiler)[releasing the man who tried to put a claim on Snow and killed Bigby? This will not end well for anyone. (hide spoiler)] Very curious to see what comes of Bigby. The idea of the afterlife shown in this story was interesting - kind of Druidic. But I fear for An interesting installment, setting up lots of things to come. Rose's idea of giving people second chances is noble and all, but I kinda have to agree with Snow on this, even if I think she's overreacting a touch. But the idea of (view spoiler)[releasing the man who tried to put a claim on Snow and killed Bigby? This will not end well for anyone. (hide spoiler)] Very curious to see what comes of Bigby. The idea of the afterlife shown in this story was interesting - kind of Druidic. But I fear for what's coming down the pipeline, since (view spoiler)[Miss Spratt, or whatever her name is now, has gone and mucked things up. (hide spoiler)] Also, it was cool to see (view spoiler)[Blue (hide spoiler)] again. I'm definitely curious to see what comes of Rose's Camelot, and it was fun to see the parallels being drawn between the original and the new. Very apropos for Lake to be around. *** This book also contained two short stories: 'Root & Branch' and 'The Boys in the Band'. The first deals with the continuing scheming of Gepetto. The second is sort of a throw-away story, but bodes ill for things to come. (view spoiler)[Now that the Homelands are free, with Fabletown fall apart as everyone goes home? (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela D

    Fables is a comic book series that follows the lives of several different fairytale characters including Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf. The series takes place after the characters have taken refuge in New York City, because an evil villain named the Adversary has taken over their kingdoms in their homelands. I love this series so much. After I checked the books out from the library, I started purchasing all of the volumes and adding the new issues to my pull list at my local comic book store. I Fables is a comic book series that follows the lives of several different fairytale characters including Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf. The series takes place after the characters have taken refuge in New York City, because an evil villain named the Adversary has taken over their kingdoms in their homelands. I love this series so much. After I checked the books out from the library, I started purchasing all of the volumes and adding the new issues to my pull list at my local comic book store. I am emotionally committed to these characters. I tried watching Once Upon a Time, but I found it a bit too silly. Fables is what Once Upon a Time strives to be. The series does a good job of balancing humor with darker tales. I will admit, however, that the last few arcs have been a bit dark. There are less than ten issues left at this point, and I am worried about whether my beloved characters are going to find their happily ever afters. I have loved every volume of this series except for the Fables-Jack of Fables crossover arc. I recommend this series to everyone I meet.

  25. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    I really liked this volume. It nicely tied up a couple of things that were left over from the last few books, like what happened with Therese and Darien, or Rose Red. I liked Rose's idea for a new Camelot and giving people second chances, I was wondering what she would be the hope of, and I was not disappointed. Here it is hinted at that Snow and Rose's mother was someone pretty powerful, but we're not given a definite answer, just a teasing hint, so I'm like, aw darn! Just tell us already! I wou I really liked this volume. It nicely tied up a couple of things that were left over from the last few books, like what happened with Therese and Darien, or Rose Red. I liked Rose's idea for a new Camelot and giving people second chances, I was wondering what she would be the hope of, and I was not disappointed. Here it is hinted at that Snow and Rose's mother was someone pretty powerful, but we're not given a definite answer, just a teasing hint, so I'm like, aw darn! Just tell us already! I would also like to know who their father was as there is no hint or mention of him in this book or any of the others when Snow and Rose's past is discussed. I loved Snow's story about how she survived the treatment of the dwarves, and I would love to know what happened to her stepmother. Overall a pretty solid volume, I just hope that more things are answered definitively in the next one as there are some pretty big questions that need to be answered.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    It's been awhile since I've read any of the Fables tales, so it was good to return to that world. I personally own four different books of the Arthurian legends, and I was curious as to how it would be addressed in the Fables universe. Although the mythos was touched upon in the "Toyland" storyline, "Camelot" approaches it from another angle, with Rose Red assuming the role of Arthur. (Check out the beautiful cover painting of Rose Red in full armor.) I don't want to spoil it for those who may wa It's been awhile since I've read any of the Fables tales, so it was good to return to that world. I personally own four different books of the Arthurian legends, and I was curious as to how it would be addressed in the Fables universe. Although the mythos was touched upon in the "Toyland" storyline, "Camelot" approaches it from another angle, with Rose Red assuming the role of Arthur. (Check out the beautiful cover painting of Rose Red in full armor.) I don't want to spoil it for those who may want to read it, and this is but the beginning of the story anyway, intertwined with the other plot threads that have continued from previous volumes. Suffice to say, "Fables" remains one of the best graphic novel series ever created, and I look forward to the next volume.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Maas

    Bill Willingham and company have done it again! Every time I think Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile is going to slow down, it takes it to yet another level. Look out for Sir Wellstuffed from Discardia - he's a valiant one. Bill Willingham and company have done it again! Every time I think Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile is going to slow down, it takes it to yet another level. Look out for Sir Wellstuffed from Discardia - he's a valiant one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    Another lovely addition to the Fables saga. This collection covers the attempted recovery of Bigby wolf from glass, what has happened to 2 of his cubs and Snow White and Rose Red's biggest stand off yet. Once again, gorgeous art, interesting writing and cool ideas. It was fun to see some returning characters not seen for awhile and definitely has me hanging for the next series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Okay, that's more like it! Enjoyed this one soooooo much more than the previous volume, and am looking forward to the direction the end is taking (the only direction that makes sense to me, but I didn't totally trust Willingham to take us there after some of the weird twists earlier on in this series). Thanks for the pep talk, Andrea!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jase

    Nice to finally get a good chunk of stories here. 2 stories happening over these 10 issues and a build-up for some more mysteries to come.

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