Thursday, October 13, 2011

Holding out for a hero: FABLES Vol. 16

Fables Vol. 16: Super Group           -released on December 13, 2011.

It seems like I have been waiting for this latest installment of fantastic writing & art for far too long! The last one, Vol. 15: Rose Red, was released almost 6 months ago (April 11, 2011). This seems like reason enough for a general uproar from the Fables fan community, but taking into account that the first issue was released in 2003 and this is a fairly new series, I should probably stop complaining. Here's some sneak peeks of some of the pre-released artwork by the amazing Mark Buckingham (my personal art idol after Pauline Baynes and Waterhouse) and Joao Ruas' phenomenal cover artwork. 

 

Issue #104 - cover
Issue #102 - inside peek

I don't know how I feel about Vertigo going back to it's DC roots and opting for the 'superhero' look for this entire volume, but as with everything Fable -variety has always been a predeterminer to  their success as a series. Regarding the theme, the editor Shelly Bond said:

 

My initial reaction was probably similar to yours: WTF?!?! But then Bill offered up an explanation. It’s a sendup to 1950 comic books – sort of. In classic Willingham style, Bill wanted to do a storyline that was nothing that any Fables fan could see coming…what else could you do post 101 issues but give readers something truly unexpected? But trust me–it’s more than Ozma’s big idea to form a super team to ward off evil powers…there are relationship troubles galore involving Beauty and the Beast and their new bundle of joy (?), Snow White and Bigby and even some reappearances by characters long forgotten and abhorred.” 
  
Personally, I can't wait to see what this volume holds regarding the storyline - regardless what they're 

wearing. And I'm sure no one will say no to seeing Bigby and Charming in some latex ( I would 

include Cindy in that, but she seems to wear form-fitting latex and boots as casual spy attire anyway). 

December can't come soon enough. 

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