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Winner of Fourteen Eisner Awards Written on the wind. With the Battle of Fabletown won, and the surrounding city of New York none the wiser, the Fables have gained a little time for rebuilding and reflection - in between interrogation of the Adversary's agent and the anticipation of Snow White's impending motherhood. For Bigby Wolf, the father of her soon-to-be newborns, tha Winner of Fourteen Eisner Awards Written on the wind. With the Battle of Fabletown won, and the surrounding city of New York none the wiser, the Fables have gained a little time for rebuilding and reflection - in between interrogation of the Adversary's agent and the anticipation of Snow White's impending motherhood. For Bigby Wolf, the father of her soon-to-be newborns, that means a visit with an old friend - and a reminiscence of another, even deadlier war. For the Mayor of Fabletown, it means a rude awakening to the harsh realities of civis administration - and its conflicting demands. And for Snow herself, it means a long, painful labor - and a series of joyous, heartwrenching surprises. Collecting: Fables 22, 28-33


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Winner of Fourteen Eisner Awards Written on the wind. With the Battle of Fabletown won, and the surrounding city of New York none the wiser, the Fables have gained a little time for rebuilding and reflection - in between interrogation of the Adversary's agent and the anticipation of Snow White's impending motherhood. For Bigby Wolf, the father of her soon-to-be newborns, tha Winner of Fourteen Eisner Awards Written on the wind. With the Battle of Fabletown won, and the surrounding city of New York none the wiser, the Fables have gained a little time for rebuilding and reflection - in between interrogation of the Adversary's agent and the anticipation of Snow White's impending motherhood. For Bigby Wolf, the father of her soon-to-be newborns, that means a visit with an old friend - and a reminiscence of another, even deadlier war. For the Mayor of Fabletown, it means a rude awakening to the harsh realities of civis administration - and its conflicting demands. And for Snow herself, it means a long, painful labor - and a series of joyous, heartwrenching surprises. Collecting: Fables 22, 28-33

30 review for Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons (Fables

  1. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    In which an election is fought and won; a family is created; a murderer runs amok and a Fable seeks his princess. More delicious Fables in the '21st century' storytelling by Bill Willingham and co. - nothing much else to add, bar; come and join me and get entranced by this very well thought out and created constructed reality. This volume sees very little action after the Adrenalin rush of the Battle of Fabletown, and sets the scene and landscapes for the rest of the series. It also gives the re In which an election is fought and won; a family is created; a murderer runs amok and a Fable seeks his princess. More delicious Fables in the '21st century' storytelling by Bill Willingham and co. - nothing much else to add, bar; come and join me and get entranced by this very well thought out and created constructed reality. This volume sees very little action after the Adrenalin rush of the Battle of Fabletown, and sets the scene and landscapes for the rest of the series. It also gives the reader a lot more insight into Cinderella's role! 7.5 out of 12.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    This book was a very important volume in the series in relation to the Snow/Bigby storyline. I gave it five stars because the storytelling is really awesome. I was really surprised at the direction Willingham took with their offspring. It totally makes sense. There is some angst associated with the situation because things aren't pointing towards a happy ever after so far for a couple who is starting to become one of my mega ships, especially in comic books. I just love the heck out of both Snow This book was a very important volume in the series in relation to the Snow/Bigby storyline. I gave it five stars because the storytelling is really awesome. I was really surprised at the direction Willingham took with their offspring. It totally makes sense. There is some angst associated with the situation because things aren't pointing towards a happy ever after so far for a couple who is starting to become one of my mega ships, especially in comic books. I just love the heck out of both Snow and Bigby, both separately and as a couple. We got to see Bigby's adventures during WWII and his relationship with a soldier he met during that time. I am a huge fan of the supernatural WWII spin and War Stories goes in that direction. I have to say that Bigby reminds me a lot of Wolverine at times. I don't know if that is intentional or not or just a coincidence. All I know is the more I see of Bigby, the more I appreciate his character. Outside of their storyline, there were other interesting dynamics in this novel. We see Cinderella's secret life and how important a role she plays to Fabletown. There's definitely more than meets the eye with her. I wish I had felt like writing my review sooner, because I know I didn't do this book justice. However, I can definitely say that don't let my short review convince any readers that I don't have good reasons for loving this book. To me, Willingham has continued his streak of excellent storytelling with this book. He brings on more of the pain as we see hard choices made in this story and personal sacrifices that have to hurt like heck. Although I had some bittersweet moments, this book experience is of the kind that brings to mind an excellent dessert that lingers on your taste buds long after you finish eating it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Remember that time when Bigby got a weird WWII flashback story and Snow got put out to pasture to raise a litter of cubs? Yeah, that kinda sucked.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Celise

    I can't believe I used to dismiss graphic novels/comics as something I could never be remotely interested in. I would have missed out on this amazing world with these amazing characters if I'd kept up like that. Ugh it's just such a cool concept. This felt like a really important installment in the series. I didn't like the last volume too much, but this one was back with the emotional punches and of course, lots of Snow and Bigby. I have a feeling a lot of things are about to happen... I can't believe I used to dismiss graphic novels/comics as something I could never be remotely interested in. I would have missed out on this amazing world with these amazing characters if I'd kept up like that. Ugh it's just such a cool concept. This felt like a really important installment in the series. I didn't like the last volume too much, but this one was back with the emotional punches and of course, lots of Snow and Bigby. I have a feeling a lot of things are about to happen...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    They really change things up in this volume. King Cole is voted out of office and the government changes. The new people really don't know what's going on so everything is changing. Snow has her litter of babies and she is out of a job. Snow's babies can fly. Bigby is the son of the North wind. How are them apples? People are unhappy with Prince charming. There is plenty of action and mystery and characters doing all kinds of things. I feel this series is doing some great work. They are taking the They really change things up in this volume. King Cole is voted out of office and the government changes. The new people really don't know what's going on so everything is changing. Snow has her litter of babies and she is out of a job. Snow's babies can fly. Bigby is the son of the North wind. How are them apples? People are unhappy with Prince charming. There is plenty of action and mystery and characters doing all kinds of things. I feel this series is doing some great work. They are taking these characters to new places and upping the stakes. Bigby is mostly missing from this one and his presence in missed. I wonder where this is going to go, if anywhere. I will go on with Vol. 6.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    The best protest signs ever: NOT SO CHARMING NOW! PC out! Someday my PRINCE will GO!!! A CHARMING LIAR IS STILL A LIAR! This volume felt like a weird mix-and-match of a few stories that didn't really connect. I loved Bigby and Snow's story so much, but the rest of the stories were just okay. Again, wonderful artwork! Read this volume simply for Bigby and Snow's floating babies because they were definitely the highlight. 3.75 The best protest signs ever: NOT SO CHARMING NOW! PC out! Someday my PRINCE will GO!!! A CHARMING LIAR IS STILL A LIAR! This volume felt like a weird mix-and-match of a few stories that didn't really connect. I loved Bigby and Snow's story so much, but the rest of the stories were just okay. Again, wonderful artwork! Read this volume simply for Bigby and Snow's floating babies because they were definitely the highlight. 3.75

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    Another excellent outing by Fables. We find out that Snow White and Bigby have had six, or is it seven?, children. The children will be powerful but five do not look human so Snow goes to the Farm, where Bigby can not go. We also get the tale of Bigby during his service in WW2 and it's a well done story. But the majority of it is about the kids and meeting their grandfather, Bigby's father, and learning their new powers. As usual Fables is an excellent departure from the usual superhero comic. T Another excellent outing by Fables. We find out that Snow White and Bigby have had six, or is it seven?, children. The children will be powerful but five do not look human so Snow goes to the Farm, where Bigby can not go. We also get the tale of Bigby during his service in WW2 and it's a well done story. But the majority of it is about the kids and meeting their grandfather, Bigby's father, and learning their new powers. As usual Fables is an excellent departure from the usual superhero comic. The twist on famous and old characters is as always superb. The story is developing and the characters are acquiring a new mythos. This is must reading for anyone who enjoys original works that differ from the norm of superheroes and what not. The art is the usual high standards and the covers are gorgeous. I am curious to see where this will go and how Prince Charming fares as the new leader of Fabletown.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Disaster in the Mayors office post election, babies and the North Wind.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This volume had some shifts in artwork which I wasn't a huge fan of. I kept getting distracted and pulled out of the story by seeing a new character drawn in such a weird way, but luckily this died down after the first few issues within this and I adjusted. I liked getting to see Snow White's storyline within this becuase a lot of her life is about to change and she is one of my favourite characters within Fabletown. We also see a war stories issue which I wasn't a huge fan of becuase I don't rea This volume had some shifts in artwork which I wasn't a huge fan of. I kept getting distracted and pulled out of the story by seeing a new character drawn in such a weird way, but luckily this died down after the first few issues within this and I adjusted. I liked getting to see Snow White's storyline within this becuase a lot of her life is about to change and she is one of my favourite characters within Fabletown. We also see a war stories issue which I wasn't a huge fan of becuase I don't really care for the World War but I did like to see Bigby's role within the war story. Overall the story is still strong even if the art isn't as good. low 3*s

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ferdy

    2.5 stars - Spoilers Didn't enjoy this one as much as the last volume. I liked the Charming, Mr North, Cinderella, and Rose parts, the rest not so much. Cinderella turned out to be quite an interesting character, with all her secret spy work. Bigby on the other hand went from being one of the best characters to one of the worst, his war hero past was so boring and cliché. And his hissy fit about Snow and the kids moving to the Farm was ridiculous. Did he really expect Snow to move to the wilderne 2.5 stars - Spoilers Didn't enjoy this one as much as the last volume. I liked the Charming, Mr North, Cinderella, and Rose parts, the rest not so much. Cinderella turned out to be quite an interesting character, with all her secret spy work. Bigby on the other hand went from being one of the best characters to one of the worst, his war hero past was so boring and cliché. And his hissy fit about Snow and the kids moving to the Farm was ridiculous. Did he really expect Snow to move to the wilderness with six newborn babies?! The Farm was the safest place and the best environment for them, at least there they would grow up in a stable, welcoming community and be loved. Bigby was stupid to think them growing up in isolation in the middle of nowhere was best. I'm guessing he won't stick around Fabletown or keep in contact with his kids, the loser will probably piss off somewhere so he can sulk. The part I hated most about this instalment was Snow going from a no-nonsense, efficient government agent and being the backbone of Fabletown and instead turning into a weepy, weak, fuddy-duddy mother of six weird looking babies she never consented to have. Talk about destroying a character. I hope Snow somehow gets back to her old government position, she's so boring as a mum.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aldo Haegemans

    It felt like this volume is setting every character up for the future. With interesting story arcs. Charming and his Staff are failling so far at their job. Snow is figuring out How to be a single mom....this is fun

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Pretty good volume!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Volume 5 picks up in the aftermath of the invasion of Fabletown. This collection ushers in a great deal of changes, but first we discover a secret agent that Bigby has working, and how ruthless the big bad mofo will be to protect everyone else. We then get a fun mini interlude, featuring Mr. Wolf during WWII as a spy, fighting the Nazis and a certain famous monster...who went to pieces. The election results usher in changes, as Snow gives birth to about 6 babies, only to discover a major obstacle Volume 5 picks up in the aftermath of the invasion of Fabletown. This collection ushers in a great deal of changes, but first we discover a secret agent that Bigby has working, and how ruthless the big bad mofo will be to protect everyone else. We then get a fun mini interlude, featuring Mr. Wolf during WWII as a spy, fighting the Nazis and a certain famous monster...who went to pieces. The election results usher in changes, as Snow gives birth to about 6 babies, only to discover a major obstacle between her and Bigby being able to raise their family together. We also have a number of main characters leave town, which shakes up the status quo... We end with a few revelations, the most major being the introduction of a certain character's father, and grandfather of others....

  14. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    After two very strong volumes we fall down a level. So this volume kind of closes a big chapter. The kids and Snow White leave fabletown to go to the farm. Then we also get into a two part backstory of Bigby. Last but not least we see the fallout of the new mayor, more on the farm, more about snonwhites kids, and then of course ends in a cliffhanger that we have to hope for the best. Good: Enjoyed the start and the end a lot. Anything with the farm, the kids, snow white, and Mr. Wolf are all gre After two very strong volumes we fall down a level. So this volume kind of closes a big chapter. The kids and Snow White leave fabletown to go to the farm. Then we also get into a two part backstory of Bigby. Last but not least we see the fallout of the new mayor, more on the farm, more about snonwhites kids, and then of course ends in a cliffhanger that we have to hope for the best. Good: Enjoyed the start and the end a lot. Anything with the farm, the kids, snow white, and Mr. Wolf are all great. Also Red is just so fun to read, I love her. Bad: Didn't care at all for the background story of Bigby, kind of boring, and the stuff with Prince Charming as Mayor is a snooze-fest. Overall just a decent volume with too much filler. I'm hoping the series picks up again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very good! So I got this recently off an online comic shop which gave me a good price for this, and like always whenever I finish one of these volumes, I always kick myself for not buying these books more frequently! So the main story for this book takes place after the last volume where Prince Charming is running for Mayor in Fable Town while Bigby and Snow are expecting their new borns! The book firsts starts us off with the first three issues being short stories. The first story is fun with C Very good! So I got this recently off an online comic shop which gave me a good price for this, and like always whenever I finish one of these volumes, I always kick myself for not buying these books more frequently! So the main story for this book takes place after the last volume where Prince Charming is running for Mayor in Fable Town while Bigby and Snow are expecting their new borns! The book firsts starts us off with the first three issues being short stories. The first story is fun with Cinderella and Bigby hunting down Ichabod Crane, after his previous crimes. The story was short and fun, I always thought the idea of Cinderella being a special agent for Bigby was a cool concept. The second story is two issues long, where Bigby goes and meets one of his old veteran buddies from World War 2. This was a fun story, as its always fun to see flashbacks of the Fables in history; and if seeing Bigby fight Nazi's, doesn't appeal to you, then you need to rethink your life! The only thing I didn't really like for both the first and second story (Same artist) was the artwork, it looked muddy and I didn't really like the character models, especially Bigby. The main story of this volume is of courses, whats happening in Fable Town. On face value, this could be considered a filler volume, but Willingham writes it so well that it's still highly entertaining to read! Some of the issues were really well written: like the issue where Snow goes into Labor, while at the same time elections are currently happening in Fable Town. I really enjoyed the contrasts Willigham has where each page compliments the next! But overall I really enjoyed this volume and it of course in this series fashion, it ended on a cliff hanger, which makes me want the next volume so badly! I started reading this series after completing Tell Tales, Wolf Among Us game, and I'm impressed how the game transitions so well into the comic book series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cosmic

    This installment of Fables reminded me that I get overly attached to literary characters and am uncomfortable with major changes to their storylines when I like them. Beauty and the Beast are my favorites but I have grown accustomed to Snow and Bigby's place in Fabletown so I wasn't as happy with the story as one might think. As fantastic as the writing is I found my inner self fighting the changes the whole time I was reading them. This is why you should never trust Prince Charming, I'll take t This installment of Fables reminded me that I get overly attached to literary characters and am uncomfortable with major changes to their storylines when I like them. Beauty and the Beast are my favorites but I have grown accustomed to Snow and Bigby's place in Fabletown so I wasn't as happy with the story as one might think. As fantastic as the writing is I found my inner self fighting the changes the whole time I was reading them. This is why you should never trust Prince Charming, I'll take the Big Bad Wolf any day. I still loved it and am hoping to find out who the Adversary is soon. (4.5/5)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bry

    This series is just consistently good. In this volume we see almost a year and several major events pass. Snow and Bigby's children are born, the mayoral election takes place, 4 murders take place, Boy Blue disappears, and basically Fabletown is going to hell in a hand basket. Definitely glad I ound out about this series! It's innovative, with layered characters and a twisting plot. Highly recommended! This series is just consistently good. In this volume we see almost a year and several major events pass. Snow and Bigby's children are born, the mayoral election takes place, 4 murders take place, Boy Blue disappears, and basically Fabletown is going to hell in a hand basket. Definitely glad I ound out about this series! It's innovative, with layered characters and a twisting plot. Highly recommended!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I don't care about Snow White's fucking puppies lmao honestly can I just have that be my entire review? Anyway I feel like I gave this series an incredibly fair chance but it's about time for Jack of Fables to start and I remember getting fairly far in that before so I think I'm just gonna hop over to that title for awhile and see if I still like it better. Consider the main series on hold until I get really really bored. I don't care about Snow White's fucking puppies lmao honestly can I just have that be my entire review? Anyway I feel like I gave this series an incredibly fair chance but it's about time for Jack of Fables to start and I remember getting fairly far in that before so I think I'm just gonna hop over to that title for awhile and see if I still like it better. Consider the main series on hold until I get really really bored.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    So happy to have re-read this! There's so much going on and I'm enjoying all the characters. If you haven't read this series I definitely recommend starting it. So happy to have re-read this! There's so much going on and I'm enjoying all the characters. If you haven't read this series I definitely recommend starting it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    The plot itself wasn’t half bad, really, but GOD. Everyone here looks outright hideous. And those babies.....Give me the creeps.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    Big fun, and great to rely on a public library to fill the gaps in Fables sequences. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sotiria

    With each new volume of Fables I read, I am getting more and more enthralled with Bill Willingham's storytelling! He is a master and each part of the story showcases that! "The mean seasons" have taken so many turns that I did not anticipate and I loved everything about it! I always appreciate any time that Bigby is in the spotlight because HE IS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING character and I can't get enough of him! Cinderella is the MVP of this volume though and I am so pleased with the way her characte With each new volume of Fables I read, I am getting more and more enthralled with Bill Willingham's storytelling! He is a master and each part of the story showcases that! "The mean seasons" have taken so many turns that I did not anticipate and I loved everything about it! I always appreciate any time that Bigby is in the spotlight because HE IS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING character and I can't get enough of him! Cinderella is the MVP of this volume though and I am so pleased with the way her character is being developed! Can't wait for her next appearance!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    K

    (This review contains plot spoilers hidden by spoilers tags.) I would have given this volume three stars, but the ending was too poignant and heartbreaking and drove me up a star. This volume felt like it began with a mishmash of stories to distract the reader from the focus of the main storyline. While different and somewhat intriguing in the sense of getting to see what other denizens of Fabletown get up to in their spare time, Cinderella's little romp in Paris was just not interesting enough fo (This review contains plot spoilers hidden by spoilers tags.) I would have given this volume three stars, but the ending was too poignant and heartbreaking and drove me up a star. This volume felt like it began with a mishmash of stories to distract the reader from the focus of the main storyline. While different and somewhat intriguing in the sense of getting to see what other denizens of Fabletown get up to in their spare time, Cinderella's little romp in Paris was just not interesting enough for me to find it worthwhile time spent away from the main story. In the same sense, I was baffled by the inclusion of Bigby's war story. I see why the details of him having fought in the wars was included—after all, what have the Fables done to keep themselves occupied throughout the centuries?—and I would have welcomed a summary of what happened there with some flashback panels, but to include the whole story was just too much. Also, WWII stories are just too common and it is hard to do them justice without becoming cliche or campy, as this one began to feel. The birth of Snow and Bigby's children, as well as the results of the election, was well done and created some anticipation in the reader. I was completely surprised by the arrival of (view spoiler)[Mr. North, Bigby's father, into the storyline. His character opens up some possibilities for character development with Bigby and Snow. Also, he is not at all as I imagined him to look. I hope he has a true form, as alluded to by his talk of shape shifting, and we get to see it soon. (hide spoiler)] Again though, I am still confused by the strength of Snow and Bigby's relationship and feelings for each other. I do not think the growth of that has been explained well to the reader. But damn. The end of this volume. I will now slip into total spoilers. (view spoiler)[When the murders started happening, I had the feeling it had to do with Snow and her children. After all, it was the only really new element introduced into Fabletown in this volume. When North is explaining the origins of the wild zephyr, the artist did a good job of rendering the shock on Snow's face when he says "birth defect" so it was pretty easy to figure out what she was thinking and put two and two together. But the ending, when her child finally finds her and it is all confirmed, just really got me. Poor Snow, having gone through the shock of an unplanned, pretty much unwanted pregnancy with a guy she is unsure about—though now surprisingly happy with—then having to go through a horribly long labor giving birth to a litter and forced to move to the Farm and separate from Bigby because of the babies, realizes that one was never even seen and became lost and had to kill to feed itself. Talk about a mother's worse, unimaginable nightmare. And then having to send that child away for fear that it will be hunted down and killed? (hide spoiler)] That just really got me. Because of that ending alone, I had to bump this volume up a star.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    Issues 22 and 28-33, Mean Seasons marks the most change in the status quo so far in the Fables series. This volume immediately follows the battle against the Adversary's wooden army, and as the mayoral election is held and Bigby and Snow become parents. We get a glance into Cinderella's back story outside of her fairy tale and also Bigby's. Cinderella's is a surprise, while Bigby's is not. It makes perfect sense. "The Mean Seasons" takes place across a year's time and each section is a season. I Issues 22 and 28-33, Mean Seasons marks the most change in the status quo so far in the Fables series. This volume immediately follows the battle against the Adversary's wooden army, and as the mayoral election is held and Bigby and Snow become parents. We get a glance into Cinderella's back story outside of her fairy tale and also Bigby's. Cinderella's is a surprise, while Bigby's is not. It makes perfect sense. "The Mean Seasons" takes place across a year's time and each section is a season. I found this infinitely clever as we need to see the birth of the litter and the way they grow, away from their father, but helped along by their grandfather, another surprise. It begins with a bittersweet moment and ends the same way. Fairy tales of wooden men and talking pigs are great, but none of the previous Fables stories reach the emotional depth of "The Mean Seasons." In this volume Willingham makes these fables real and shows us that despite magic and immortality they are very human. This is where Fables becomes it's own story for me. This is the volume where I really begin to care. I've read these before, but that doesn't mean this installment is any less impactful. New readers should not begin with this set. Any of the three before could serve as an introduction to Fable Town and the Farm, but in this installment the characters, despite staying fables, become real and sympathetic despite their other abilities. We begin to know them. The heroes of our childhood continue to surprise with unexpected personality quirks and histories, making each issue a journey of discovery. All the while, the larger story is coming into focus. Fables is quickly moving into epic territory. Having read the entire series, I know the payoff does not disappoint, but anyone reading this for the first time will become invested.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Comments: The book starts off with a single issue that features Cinderella. It feels purposeless at first but a little secret is revealed that later comes into play with a slight significance. Next is a two-issue story line featuring Bigby which flashes back to his World War II days and an ultra secret mission that he participated in. This was a great story line that introduced a new character who is living in Fabletown but I'm not sure whether he'll show u Reason for Reading: Next in the series. Comments: The book starts off with a single issue that features Cinderella. It feels purposeless at first but a little secret is revealed that later comes into play with a slight significance. Next is a two-issue story line featuring Bigby which flashes back to his World War II days and an ultra secret mission that he participated in. This was a great story line that introduced a new character who is living in Fabletown but I'm not sure whether he'll show up again. Then comes the meat of this volume with the continuation of the main storyline as the rest of the book follows "The Mean Seasons". Snow White gives birth and the election takes place. Both events cause a slew of fallout and meanwhile those in charge decide it is time to prepare to take on The Adversary. Not one of my favourite issues what with the jumping around. Cinderella is not a character I like, but I love Bigby and his feature storyline was a lot of fun. The main plot was mostly sideline stories, which I enjoyed, but I am hoping to see the main story arc move forward in the next volume. (And I've received info that it does. So I am really looking forward to Volume 6). Overall, a fun volume. I enjoyed all the storylines except the first isolated story about Cinderella.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    I continue to enjoy this series more and more with each volume I read. Fables doesn't have the artful angst found in so many other Vertigo titles and that's something of a relief (and I say that as a longtime Vertigo fan). It's charming and never overwrought. I'm still not quite sure why we got Bigby's World War II story when we did but so be it. Perhaps its import will become clear later and, if not, at least it was a solid bit of character development. The one thing that still troubles me somewh I continue to enjoy this series more and more with each volume I read. Fables doesn't have the artful angst found in so many other Vertigo titles and that's something of a relief (and I say that as a longtime Vertigo fan). It's charming and never overwrought. I'm still not quite sure why we got Bigby's World War II story when we did but so be it. Perhaps its import will become clear later and, if not, at least it was a solid bit of character development. The one thing that still troubles me somewhat is the undefined nature of Snow White's character. When we first meet her she is a tough-as-nails city manager. Who also cries at the drop of a hat. Who falls for Bigby but sort of doesn't. Who is apparently willing to leave Fabletown with no complaint at all and live out her days at the Farm. She does have her reasons, which I won't reveal here, but it still doesn't really seem to make sense given what we've been told about her. We're never really privy to her thoughts about any of this so maybe Willingham wants her to be something of a cipher for the time being. Snow's character, fuzzy as it is, is either a conscious artistic choice or perhaps the result of some indecisive writing. Either way, I'm looking forward to reading more and finding out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    Following on from the battle aftermath of the previous volume, Fables: The Mean Seasons calms everything down with a slightly different tone. Yet, this compelling fractured fairytale adventure - with all its focus on the modern and society through the use of age old 'fable' characters - takes some interesting twists in this volume which keep the overall story moving forward strongly. In Fabletown the election runs its course (view spoiler)[ and as Prince Charming becomes mayor Bigby and Snow Whi Following on from the battle aftermath of the previous volume, Fables: The Mean Seasons calms everything down with a slightly different tone. Yet, this compelling fractured fairytale adventure - with all its focus on the modern and society through the use of age old 'fable' characters - takes some interesting twists in this volume which keep the overall story moving forward strongly. In Fabletown the election runs its course (view spoiler)[ and as Prince Charming becomes mayor Bigby and Snow White stand down from their positions, allowing Beauty and Beast to step into their roles (hide spoiler)] ; Snow White's pregnancy comes to full term and she gives birth to some interesting children; and lastly there are interesting insinuations about what darkness is infiltrating the characters of Fabletown. All in all another strong addition to the series. Unfortunately, do to the very nature of this being a work as part of a whole series there is little I can say about one individual effort in this series but it is fine nonetheless. I'd recommend getting into this series if any of my previous reviews have piqued your particular interest.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    A bit of a transitional volume with a lot of bits and pieces, but they were all pretty good. I liked the one about Cindy's secret life, it made sense and added a layer to the story about her boss and how he does his job. Bigby's war stories were good comics in and of themselves, even though they didn't add much to the overall story arc that's being developed since they took place in the past and didn't have anything to do with the battle against the Adversary. The rest was really just little mom A bit of a transitional volume with a lot of bits and pieces, but they were all pretty good. I liked the one about Cindy's secret life, it made sense and added a layer to the story about her boss and how he does his job. Bigby's war stories were good comics in and of themselves, even though they didn't add much to the overall story arc that's being developed since they took place in the past and didn't have anything to do with the battle against the Adversary. The rest was really just little moments, the battle aftermath, election results, Snow giving birth, the investigation into the adversary, and more. And the bittersweet impact that every event generated in the lives of of the Fables, nothing quite turned out as anyone had hoped or planned, it was the Mean Seasons indeed. Willingham did a good job in this volume of getting a lot of little emotional beats in, despite the kind of scattered nature of this part of the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Snider

    Warning: Does contain spoilers. For some reason instead of getting straight to Snow White's labor we start with Bigby visiting an army buddy that he finds out is dying. He knows Bigby's true nature and wrote a VERY long story of their mission together. Bigby does fight a surprising foe though. Then we get to Snow Whit having her baby....umm.....babies.........6 babies... Which leads to a dilemma. Only one looks human so they will have to go to the farm making Bigby understandably pissed. I guess Warning: Does contain spoilers. For some reason instead of getting straight to Snow White's labor we start with Bigby visiting an army buddy that he finds out is dying. He knows Bigby's true nature and wrote a VERY long story of their mission together. Bigby does fight a surprising foe though. Then we get to Snow Whit having her baby....umm.....babies.........6 babies... Which leads to a dilemma. Only one looks human so they will have to go to the farm making Bigby understandably pissed. I guess glamours would have been too expensive? Anyway he goes off PROMISING he will see his kids one day again. Snow goes off to the farm and she gets a surprise visitor after a while....Bigby's Father, The North wind. Beauty replaces Snow as Deputy Mayor and Beast takes over as Sheriff, bth realizing the jobs aren't all they are cracked up to be. The story just keeps getting better and more intriguing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I read hundreds of books every year and I'm also a pretty big fan of comics and graphic novels and without hesitation Fables is my favorite. Everything is just perfect - the art, the paper it's printed on, the plot, the characters - it hits all my pleasure points and almost nothing gets me jazzed to read more than an unopened volume of Fables on my lap. This was no exception. Loved it from beginning to end and have already ordered the next volume. Really great stuff. I read hundreds of books every year and I'm also a pretty big fan of comics and graphic novels and without hesitation Fables is my favorite. Everything is just perfect - the art, the paper it's printed on, the plot, the characters - it hits all my pleasure points and almost nothing gets me jazzed to read more than an unopened volume of Fables on my lap. This was no exception. Loved it from beginning to end and have already ordered the next volume. Really great stuff.

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