Fables. Comics book. 49 Issues
FABLES: STORYBOOK LOVE is a captivating tale of romance and adventure. After being hunted and hounded by a savage being called the Adversary, the legendary characters of fables and fairytales were forced to relocate to a magical high-rise in Manhattan. Living in peaceful disharmony for centuries, the literary figures have forged a dysfunctional existence of tentative alliances and allegiances. But when Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf begin an improbable romance, Bluebeard enacts a devious plan to destroy his rivals. Now as Goldilocks mercilessly stalks the two lovers in the Cascade Mountains, Prince Charming confronts Bluebeard in a deadly duel within the confines of the Fables’ New York condominium.
SERIES CONTINUES TO AMUSE.
Bill Willingham, Fables: Storybook Love (Vertigo, 2004)
The Fables series gets Storybook Love for its third book, and it runs through four complete stories. "Storybook Love" is the longest of them, and the one that's actually integrated with the series. The others are one-offs concerning Jack (of the beanstalk fame), the Lilliputians, and Bigby and co. trying to stop a misguided journalist from exposing the inhabitants of the building as vampires.
In "Storybook Love," Bluebeard gets the idea that it would be a fine thing were he to take over the leadership of the New York contingent. (Where he gets the idea would be a spoiler.) In order to help his plan along, he drugs Bigby and Snow and sends them packing literally; they wake up from the mind-control drug camped out in the foothills of the Cascade mountains… and they're not alone.
The Fables books are a wonderful thing, they are. The stories are delightfully twisted, constantly referencing the fairytales whence these characters spring, and blending a good deal of darkness into the general absurdity (the "suggested for mature readers" tag is to be taken seriously here); folks who aren't attached to fairytales via an unhealthy level of nostalgia will likely get a real kick out of the cleverness. Definitely recommended.
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