Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #1 in the Fairest series
Publication Date: 2012
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-7 of the comic series.
From the back cover:
Love’s labors lost and found
They call her Sleeping Beauty, but life’s always been ugly for Princess Briar Rose. Cursed at birth by a pissed-off fairy godmother, she wound up acting as a one-woman weapon of mass destruction against the Adversary in the last days of his war against the Free Fables. She won the day, but at the cost of sending herself into a permanent nap from which one true love’s kiss can awaken her. Few would have guessed that it would be Ali Baba, Prince of Thieves, who would rise to the challenge–or that he;d be accompanied by an obnoxious, not-quite-a-genie sidekick. But as Briar Rose’s true origin is revealed, can this no-longer-sleeping beauty and her Prince Charmless escape the cold fury of the Adversary’s former right-hand woman–the icily regal Snow Queen?
The Fables spinoffs can be hit or miss. I never really liked Jack of Fables but I loved Cinderella’s spy adventures. This one was just OK. I’ll be curious to see what the subsequent books are alike because Willingham has brought in other authors for some of those.
This one had good parts and not so good parts. For a series about the women of Fables there was a whole lot of Ali Baba. I enjoyed the telling of Briar Rose’s story and the way that ended up conjuring the evil fairy who had cursed her. That led to a pretty great battle scene and some surprises.
The final issue was a one shot featuring Beast investigating some killings in 1946 Hollywood. It was a noir detective story with yet another rather surprising twist.
The art in this volume was wonderful. Phil Jiminez did an amazing job portraying a wide variety of settings and characters. Shawn McManus created a black and white detective movie for the one shot finale of this volume.