Friday, May 28, 2010

Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days)

Title: Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days)

ISBN: 9781401210007

Price: $14.99
Publisher/Year: Vertigo, 2006
Artist: Mark Buckingham, Jim Fern
Writer: Bill Willingham
Collects: Fables #'s 42-47

Rating: 4/5

Sinbad, Ali Baba, Alladin. We finally get to see some fables from outside of the European genre, and it's not necessarily a plesant visit when a D'Jinn is let loose on the world. Imagine an entity with near limitless magical power being let out of their bottle from years of captivity, and specifically set towards ending the peace of Fabletown.
Thank goodness for the foresight of Frau Totenkinder. But why is this witch from the Hansel and Gretel story be so helpful? Why does it seem as though she has her own agenda running behind the scenes? The world may never know the truth.

In the final part of this particular volume, we pay a visit to one of the wooden soldiers in the Emperor's army. What happens when he experiences human emotions and thusly wants to become human? It worked well for Pinocchio, didn't it? This is a tale that clearly illustrates the old proverb, "Be careful what you wish for."

As always, the Fables line does not fail to entertain. It's no wonder that the title has one so many Eisner awards. Bill Willingham has found a niche in this series, and I continue to look forward to reading more of this series. I recently noticed that volume 14 has a release date of December 7, 2010. At the rate I've been reading through these trades, I'm going to have a long wait between 13 and 14. I guess I'll just have to read and review some other titles in the meantime.

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