- Publisher: DC Comics
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 165mm x 254mm x 15mm | 318g
- Publication date: 7 December 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1401228801
- ISBN 13: 9781401228804
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 13,469
While the meek flying monkey Bufkin is trapped in Fabletown's collapsed business office with the evil witch Baba Yaga, Frau Totenkinder and the witches of the Woodland's thirteenth floor prepare to deal with Mister Dark in what's left of Fabletown. Collecting FABLES #86-93!
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By 365 Graphic Novels 15 Nov 2013
Here is another great volume from Willingham. With the crossover out of the way we can get back to doom and woe as usual. Here we learn how Mr Dark got into the box in the first place. Then in the second tale lots of exciting events unfold in Fabletown. Finally we return to Haven for a game of baseball, and a murder.
These are all great stories but the final one really tugs at your heart strings and presents you with a fierce emotional quandary. Willingham is a great writer and presents small personal tales just as well as shocking intrigue or epic drama. It is all about the deep and vibrant characters he has created.
The art is great with three artists presenting three tales. The Mr Dark origin story is a recollection from long ago. To make it stand out from current events they came up the brilliant idea of dropping the trademark borders. The art goes full bleed to the edges and it makes much more of a difference than you would expect. Another great choice.
Once again, Thumbs Up!
By Nicola Mansfield 21 Dec 2010
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
This was a fantastic volume! We are at the beginning of something new for the Fables and this volume just barely starts to put things in motion but it's main focus is to introduce us to some new main players, namely "the bad guys" out there and the Witches, the former residents of floor 13 whom so far we've heard mention but only met their leader Frau Totenkinder. We start off with a two-issue story that takes us back into the Dark Man's history, who he is, and how he was caught in the first place. So now we know just what a formidable foe the Fables are up against.
Then we are off for the five title chapters which deal with the Witches of Fable. The residents of the 13th floor, some of whom we get to meet for the very first time. Frau Totenkinder is off on a secret mission and two Witches are vying for her place as new leader after her sudden disappearance. Here we meet up again with other familiar magical creatures such as Bufkin, Baba Yaga and Geppetto all regaining major roles, whom we haven't seen for some time now. There are also new magic wielders introduced. This is an exciting set-up for the new storyline which isn't fully unveiled yet but we have an inkling of the direction and certainly know who will be taking on major roles. I'm very excited about the direction of this new major story arc. Of course, everybody's minor storylines are all briefly visited upon during this time as well, keeping the general flow going. Finally the book ends with 2-issues back in the Homelands with a visit and a crisis in the Kingdom of Haven and its King, Flycatcher. This story doesn't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the volume but it does advance both Flycatcher and Riding Hood's characters and story arcs.
All and all, a very enjoyable issue for me that felt fresh and exciting as we go forward into a new era for the Fables