Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Size: 192 pages
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Stand Alone or Series: 14th book in the Fables series
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This is the fourteenth book in the Fables series and finally takes us back to the storyline started in book twelve. Finally we learn more about what Mister Dark is up to and what happened to Baba Yaga. It was very good installment in this series; I enjoyed it a lot.
The first part of the book goes through the history of Mister Dark and how he was trapped in the first place. Then we go to Fabletown where the witches are preparing to smackdown with Mister Dark. Ozma is trying to throw out Frau Totenkinder and Frau Totenkinder takes a walk between worlds for mysterious purposes.
While all of the above is going on Bufkin is still trapped in the Fable’s office and ends up facing off against Baba Yaga and a Genie; his only allies are the Magic Mirror and a bunch of seed fairies.
It was a very fun issue. We learn lots of back history and there was lots of excellent action. The illustration is spectacular, in keeping with previous issues. I wasn’t as keen on the illustration for the last couple issues; this was a short diversion featuring Ambrose and Red Riding Hood.
The main storyline progresses some, not a ton and I hope we really get to see the Witches and Mister Dark face off in the next issue.
There was action, a great storyline, and some wonderful humor. All in all much, much better than The Great Fables Crossover.
Overall another excellent installment in this series. I loved learning the history of Mister Dark, watching the Witches prepare for war, and seeing Bufkin face off with Baba Yaga. Fans of the series should be happy with this installment. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy and urban fantasy graphic novels.