Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges with art by Mark Buckingham, Tony Akins, Russ Braun, Andrew Pepoy, Jose Marzan Jr., and Dan Green
Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Series: #13 in the Fables series
Publication Date: 2010
This volume 13 is a compilation of issues Fables 83-85, Jack of Fables 33-35 and The Literals 1-3.
From the back cover:
WHEN FABLES COLLIDE
This is it — a story so grand, so epic in scale that no single series could contain it!
As the free Fables struggle to regroup following the destruction of their New York City stronghold, they are suddenly faced with a wholly new menace — one that threatens not only their adopted planet, but all of reality itself!
Against such a terrible power, can even the combined abilities of these legendary storybook heroes prevail? Only one thing is certain: once the battle is joined, the world of the Fables will never be the same!
I have been looking forward to the crossover volume ever since the Jack of Fables spinoff veered off from the main Fables storyline.
Combining three different comic series with three issues from each makes for a story that is a bit choppy but having read everything so far of both Fables and Jack of Fables in publication order it was easy enough for me to follow. I think that without reading both Fables and Jack of Fables to this point you might be lost. Even with that background the story bounces around a bit between the three series.
That really didn’t matter though because it was fun. Bigby Wolf being randomly ‘rewritten’ into different forms such as a pink circus elephant made me laugh. I loved that he spent about half of the book as a very angry little girl.
Babe the Blue Ox and his hilarious fantasy life is still my favorite.
The Page Sisters are my favorites of the Literals but it was fun to learn more about the rest of the literals in this volume.
I’m looking forward to continuing with all of the Fables and related books. Now that the final volume of the series has been published, I’m a little sad that the end is out there but I’m glad I still have a lot to read.