Fables 150 is a well-done conclusion to this long-running comic/graphic novel series.
The book starts with a longer piece, illustrated by the familiar Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha, which does a nice job of wrapping up the general arc of the series. The real bonus here is the inclusion of a number of shorter stories, with a number of guest artists contributing (including Neal Adams), which attempt to wrap up some individual stories. I don’t feel that this is completely successful, and some of the stories do have the feel of filler. or trying too hard to make a clean slate that it overlooks some of the characters’ history. But…
This is still a ‘must’ for comics/graphic novel fans, and certainly anyone who’s been following the series won’t want to miss this final issue.
It’s difficult to write a review for the final book in a long-running series. This book, as a stand-alone book, probably doesn’t work well. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this to someone who’s never read a previous issue. I would, however, recommend that people interested in fantasy or graphic novels try reading this series. This is still, in my opinion, one of the most creative, original graphic novel series’ of its time. The art was consistently strong, as evidenced by the work here, and the stories complicated and engaging.
It is sad to see a good book end, but it is nice to see it go out on a strong note
Looking for a good book? Fables Vol. 22: Farewell wraps up the series with an all-star line-up of artists. If you’ve read a few, you won’t want to miss this, but if you haven’t read any, don’t begin with this ending.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Fables, Vol. 22: Farewell
author: Bill Willingham
artists: Mark Buckingham, David Petersen, Russ Braun, Mark Schultz, Lee Garbett, Joelle Jones, Gene Ha, Peter Gross, Neal Adams, Andrew Pepoy, Steve Leialoha, Teddy Kristiansen, Michael Allred, Aaron Alexovich, David Hahn, Lan Medina, Niko Henrichon, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Bill Willingham, Mark Farmer, Megan Levens, Bryan Talbot
paperback, 160 pages