Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham et al.
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: Companion volume to the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2006
The Short Version:
An out of series companion volume to the Fables series that could easily serve as an introduction to new readers as well as background to the established story for those who have read the first 8 books in the series.
Why I Read It:
I love this series and have since the very first volume. I’d read them faster but I have managed to gget The Hubster reading them along with me while I’ve got them out from the library and I don’t want to get too far ahead of him.
This is a one-shot companion volume to the established Fables comic series.
From the back of the book:
Fables: 1001 nights of snowfall is set in the early days of Fabletown, long before the Fables series began. Traveling to Arabia as an ambassador from the exiled Fables community, Snow White is captured by the local sultan who wants to marry her (and then kill her). But clever Snow attempts to charm the sultan instead by playing Scheherazade, telling him fantastic stories for a total of 1001 nights, saving her very skin in the process. Running the gamut from unexpected horror to dark intrigue to mercurial coming of age, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall reveals the secret histories of familiar fables characters through a series of compelling and visually illustrative tales.
This entry in the Fables series is not a collection of individual issues. Instead it’s a beautifully painted straight to hardcover volume that can be read by folks who haven’t read the earlier Fables collections. It works as both an introduction to the series as well as a perfect interim piece between major story arcs in the ongoing comic series.
I thoroughly enjoyed the history and origin stories of some of my favorite Fables characters as well as some of the more minor characters. As with the rest of the Fables series, this is not comics for kids. The seven dwarves in this story are definitely not the whistling cute guys from Disney.
I loved the background on Bigby wolf and the images of him as the runt of the litter are excellent but it also shows why he grew up to be such an angry wolf.
The story of the frog prince made me cry.
The artwork in this volume is much more elaborately painted than that in the typical individual issues. There are also a large number of artists who worked on the illustrations. The style and appearances of familiar characters is quite different but since the events take place long before the rest of the comic series it works.
If you’re reading Fables, this provides interesting and important background. If you haven’t started Fables this could work as an introduction but keep in mind that it’s got a different feel to it before you go on to pick up Volume 1: Legends in Exile.