Fables Volume 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham et al.
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #3 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2004
The Short Version:
Rather than one ongoing story this volume contains several stories that put some favorite Fairy Tale and literature characters in some pretty interesting situations.
Why I Read It:
I’m hooked on this series and The Hubster is reading them right along with me.
This volume 3 is a compilation of issues 11-18 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
In the Fables’ world, there isn’t a lot of happily-ever-after to go around. As refugees from the lands of make-believe, the Fables have been driven from their storybook realms and forced to blend in with out gritty, mundane reality.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t have any room for romance—or the pain, betrayal and jealous rage that go along with it. In fact, love may be blooming between two of the most hard-bitten, no-nonsense Fables around. But are they destined for happiness— or a quick and untimely death?
There are multiple stories in this volume. Some are more standalone and others continue the ongoing story of the New York based Fables and their continuing saga.
Jack in the Beanstalk makes a deal with the Grim Reaper to save the live of his latest love interest but it doesn’t quite turn out the way he would like.
Bigby Wolf (as In Big B(ad). Wolf) uses Sleeping Beauty’s habit of putting the entire building to sleep when she nicks her finger to save the Fables from an investigative reporter who is a little too close to learning the truth but is actually wrong in a rather amusing way.
The history of the Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels and Thumbelina are intertwined and used to explain why the young male residents of “Smalltown” have a rite of passage that involves a dangerous trip to New York from the Fables upstate farm.
The primary story continues from the previous volume and has Goldilocks (as a gun toting revolutionary) and Bluebeard trying to take over Fabletown. When they manage to send Snow White and Bigby Wolf off on an adventure I discovered that Snow White and I have similar feelings about camping. To quote Snow, “I would never do that’. Seriously I did get a kick out of them being in the mountains of the Northwest and outfitted by REI.
Bigby Wolf is becoming my favorite character in this series. He’s got issues but he’s more and more interesting as the series goes on.
I heartily recommend this series but please start at the beginning with Fables: Legends in Exile. The stories are interesting, the artwork is wonderful and the familiar characters are cleverly re-imagined yet recognizable.