Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham
Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, et al.

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #15 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 256
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 15 is a compilation of issues 94-100 of the comic series
From the back cover:

Every Rose Has Its Thorn
As the Free Fables of the Mundane World try desperately to shield themselves from the withering power of Mister Dark, Rose Red — the Farm’s ostensible leader — is finally jolted out of her crippling depression and into action by a timely revelation from her storybook past. Her epiphany comes not a moment too soon — as more and more of New York City falls under Mister Dark’s malign power, the chances of striking a decisive blow against him are getting smaller by the hour. Luckily, the survivors of Fabletown have the world’s most powerful witch on their side — and she well may be the only entity more ruthless than the Dark Man himself.

My Thoughts:
I’ll confess. I’m ready for the Mr. Dark story to be over. Despite that, there was a lot I liked about this volume of the series.

The first part focuses on Rose Red and her past and her relationship with her sister Snow White. There was a lot of background filled in during this part. Some of it had been hinted at in previous books but there’s a lot more information here.

The second part of the book is about Frau Totenkinder now known as Bellflower and her battle with Mr. Dark. This is a lot of exciting action as well as some pretty impressive strategizing and sorcery.

As usual the artwork was impressive. As much as I dislike the Mr. Dark story line the art in that section was impressive. The battle between him and Bellflower portrayed the action and the tension wonderfully.

I love this series and one of these days I’m going to need to buy my own copies so that I can reread it from the beginning.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5