Just as the Fables series winds down, so too does the Fairest series, leaving a big hole in the very creative and imaginative world.
The Fairest series just doesn’t quite hold the same spark as the Fables books, though I can’t quite put my finger on why. In part, I think that the art is definitely a bit sub-par when compared to the parent book, though it is still heads and shoulders above much of what I’ve seen in some titles. And while the book is supposed to focus on the ‘fairest’ … the women in the Fables universe … this particular book seemed to focus more on the animals, which makes it quite odd.
The story is really pretty weak … the farm animals revolt, hoping to get a little more respect (and ‘glamour’). One glamour spell is going o be given away in a lottery and some will do anything to get it.
Yeah…that’s how it ends.
This book never seemed to take off the way Fables did, and perhaps it’s partly because the stories were simpler and so much less interesting. This one felt as though I were reading a sideways version of a Golden Books story about ‘farm animals’. This just wasn’t that interesting or engaging, and if it weren’t connected to Buckingham or Willingham, it wouldn’t have half the sale it’s likely to have.
Looking for a good book? Unless you’ve been reading the series to this point, in which case you certainly don’t want to miss the last issue, you really don’t need to bother with Fairest, Vol. 5: The Clamour for Glamour.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Fairest, Vol 5: The Clamour for Glamour
authors: Mark Buckingham, Bill Willingham
artists: Russ Braun, Meghan Hetrick, Adam Hughes
paperback, 144 pages