Friday, June 11, 2010
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
Publisher/Year: Vertigo, 2006
Artist: Esao Andrews, Brian Bolland, John Bolton, Mark Buckingham, James Jean, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Derek Kirk Kim, Tara McPherson, Jill Thompson, Charles Vess, Mark Wheatley
Writer: Bill Willingham
A prelude to the Fables series, this trade offers a bit of new insight into our friends of Fabletown. What happened after Snow White and Prince Charming married and lived "happily ever after"? How did Bigby become the Big Bad Wolf? What is the actual story of Ambrose, aka the Frog Prince? What's the real story behind Frau Totenkinder?
In this trade, Snow White has taken the role of Scheherazade by telling the Sultan of the Arabian realms 3 years worth of tales to ensure that she doesn't become his next victim. Because of the Sultan's previous experiences with women he has declared that he will chose a new bride every night, but at the dawn they will be executed.
This trade is another well written piece from Bill Willingham. The art works for each of the stories, but I didn't care for some of the work. Specifically, the art for Diaspora and The Witch's Tale didn't sit well with me. It's not consistent with the level of artwork throughout this trade, or the entire series. This is the only reason I didn't give this trade a 4/5 like I have the rest of the Fables series.
Since I haven't been able to find a copy of volume 10 yet, I picked this trade up to keep my interest. I'm glad I did. This trade is a wonderful compliment to the entire series.