Review Tuesday: Fables Vol. 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham

This is it. The FINALE Fables. I can’t believe it. I’ve been reading this series for years, and I’ve eagerly awaited each new volume as it’s come out, but this is the last one and when I finished it, I didn’t know what to do with myself. The best news about this finale volume is that I was not disappointed.

Fables farwellFirst, from Goodreads:

It’s the final trade paperback volume of FABLES! No, wait – it’s FABLES #150, the grand finale of the best-selling, award-winning comic book series! And it’s also an original graphic novel in the tradition of 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL! Yes, it’s all this and more! Join us for 150 – that’s, right, 150! – pages of new stories starring your favorite Fables, all from the mind of Bill Willingham. It all starts with an 80-page lead story illustrated by series regulars Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha, plus stories illustrated by Mark Schultz, Gene Ha, Neal Adams, Andrew Pepoy and many more!
Don’t miss the final bows for Boy Blue, Stinky, Lake and more in this once-in-a-lifetime issue that also features a foldout cover by Nimit Malavia that opens into a four-panel mural! It’s even got metallic ink!

Now before we go any further be aware that there will NOW BE SPOILERS. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ SPOILERS.

This volume deals with the plot points of where the last volume left off – ie the approaching war between Snow White and Rose Red. The first third or half of the volume deals with this, the rest of the volume is “Last Stories” from favourite characters.

The main thing that I was very worried about for this last volume was Snow White and Bigby. They were in a very tough situation in the previous volume and since this was the last one, I was terribly worried that it wouldn’t end well for them. But it did. And I was slightly surprised. These are two of my favourite characters in the whole series and I wanted them to have a good ending.

My favourite thing about this volume actually, is the fold out spread of all of the Wolf family – 1000 years worth of future generations to be precise. It was beautiful.

The only thing that I didn’t like about this volume was how Dare was left. His “Last Story” broke my heart, though his whole story line breaks my heart. I really just want to give him a hug and tell him everything and everyone is okay, and that he did it.

Cinderella’s storyline also didn’t end as I wanted it to, but at the same time it ended as I would assume she would have wanted it to end – with her kicking ass.

There are many different things that I could go on about that I love in this volume, but it’s late, and I could be here forever, so I’ll just talk about the series as a whole for a minute.

This is a fantastic and phenomenal series. It is my favourite graphic novel series, and it is something that I will and am recommending to everyone. So yes, that includes you. Check it out, you will not be disappointed. There are fairy tales walking around, sibling rivalries, revenge plots, unexpected true love, happily ever afters, and just completed talented and smart writing, along with beautiful images. So please go read this series. You won’t be disappointed.




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