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Fables Vol. 16: Super Group

Fables Vol. 16: Super Group

Book rating: 04 Paperback Fables (Paperback)

By (author) Bill Willingham, Illustrated by Joao Ruas

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  • Publisher: VERTIGO
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 257mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 20 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1401233066
  • ISBN 13: 9781401233068
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 10,526

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Now why oh why in this mixed-up world would we saddle an important series that has never had anything to do with Super Heroes with a title like ?Super Team?? And why has that snotty little Pinocchio suddenly got it into his head that he needs to design tight-fitting costumes for a carefully selected team of Fables? In fact, why was the little brat caught looking over his own comic-book collection, mumbling things like, ?We can call him Werewolf Man, and he can be The Golden Knight, and she can be called The Green Witch?? This volume also includes a special story illustrated by Terry Moore (Echo, Strangers in Paradise)!

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Bill Willingham is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling writer and creator of FABLES. He has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years on titles including Elementals, Coventry, PROPOSITION PLAYER and FABLES. With Matthew Sturges, Bill co-writes the FABLES spinoff JACK OF FABLES, as well as HOUSE OF MYSTERY and JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA. His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards, plus the International Horror Guild award.

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By 365 Graphic Novels 15 Nov 2013 5

After fifteen wonderful volumes juxtaposing antique stories with the modern world Willingham cements his genius by turning to modern heroic stories. Namely comics. There is a wonderful examination/ parody of comic conventions and storytelling. The “assembling” of a super team of Fables, with a clawed wolf-man, a ******* creature, a man in a metal suit, etc. is just brilliant. “The F-Men” indeed.

There is a standalone story that shows us what has been happening in the fallen Empire’s capital city and no doubt sets up the next storyline. There is also one concerning Bufkin and the goings on in the Business Office too which launches another new plotline.

The art is great with Buckingham taking care of the main story and providing a sketchbook at the end. He does a Silver Age style very well. The star is the Bufkin story that not only has astonishing levels of detail in every panel but such astounding colouring that it almost turns the very environment into a character. Most of it is virtually monotone but decidedly richer than you have seen before. Then it switches to oversaturated glorious Technicolor (think of the film reference) at the key moment.

For this masterful colouring a great volume turns into a Double Thumbs Up!

By Nicola Mansfield 26 Jun 2012 3

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This was a strange volume that felt like a cheesy outtake. It settles the main story arc but in a rather tongue in cheek manner which didn't really seem to take the Dark Man story line seriously in the end. First we start with a short episode involving Bufkin, Mirror and Frankie who are trapped inside the ruins of the office. I enjoyed this short episode which is totally unrelated to the rest of the book but does either set up a new story arc or finish off one character. We'll have to wait and see. I found it quite ticklish to see that Eric Shanower had guested as the artist for this volume which ends up in Oz. Then the main section of the book centres on the Super Team storyline which deals with several characters storylines and the overarching Dark Man story is concluded. I just wasn't impressed with this turn of events and found everyone involved in it especially Pinocchio and Ozma incredibly irritating, I usually enjoy Pinocchio. And the superhero theme incredibly fluffy and not very funny. Finally, the volume ends with another non-related one story arc which brings a new character (or one who hasn't been seen for a long time, I can't remember) into play. The volume leaves off with several new story arcs to follow and the title of the next volume, due out this summer, gives us a clue as to where the story will be going.