Fables Vol. 12: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross, Michael Allred and David Hahn
Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Series: #12 in the Fables series
Publication Date: 2009
This volume 12 is a compilation of issues 76-82 of the comic series.
From the back cover:
The great war between Fabletown and the mighty empire of the Adversary is over, and the victorious free Fables have brought their defeated enemy back from the Homelands to join them in exile. Their celebrations, however, are destined to be short-lived. As it turns out, not even beloved storybook heroes can escape the law of unintended consequences. In the post-war chaos of the Adversary’s former realm, a terrible force is about to be unleashed – an evil that threatens not just Fabletown but the entire mundane world.
With the end of their war against the adversary this volume begins the next big story arc. Opening with Pinocchio giving a tour of Fabletown it sets up the fact that the former adversary may have been beaten but he’s not remorseful. Meanwhile in the leaderless parts of the former empire, dark forces are released and one of these is a seriously nasty dude.
There are some parts of this one that made me very sad. I’m curious as to where the story will go next.
I enjoyed the variety of art in this one. In addition to the parts of the story illustrated by Mark Buckingham (the primary artist of the Fables series), there are several parts illustrated by different authors. It’s fun to see familiar characters interpreted by different artists.