Bigby Wolf has been AWOL ever since it was revealed to him that he would be forbidden to live with his cubs on the Farm. Not even Snow White, the mother of his children, has seen or heard from him in years. But Prince Charming has a mission against the Adversary that only Bigby can complete, so he sends out Mowgli to find him as quickly as possible. This will bring Mowgli on an adventure around the world where he must communicate with both man and beast to locate his target.
Wolves is the eighth volume in Bill Willingham’s popular fable series. The collection begins with a two issue arc following Mowgli as he tries to find Bigby. Although this wasn’t my favorite arc, it was nice to get to know the stoic Mowgli a little bit better, and see how his Jungle Book backgound impacted his dealings with various wolf packs. This arc is followed by one big issue that deals with Bigby’s mysterious mission. This is actually the fiftieth issue of the Fables comic book, and writer Bill Willingham marks it by giving us one of the most exciting stories in the Fables series in a long time. I don’t what to spoil what happens but events occur that will fundamentally change the Adversary storyline, and one ongoing storyline is satisfyingly resolved. After this is a one shot involving Cinderella that left me feeling a little let down. This could be a natural reaction to all of the big events in the Bigby storyline. After all, I did enjoy Cineralla’s previous one shot. Still, I can’t help but feel that the entire issue (which does deal with events in raised in the hundredth issue) feels a little more like cheap filler than anything else.
So although I felt the Cinderella storyline was a little disappointing, there’s plenty to get excited about in volume 8 of Fables. This collection ends with the script for the hundredth issue, which should be of interesting to anyone interested in the creative process involved behind the series. I am planning on picking up the next volume from the library the next chance I have.
Rating: four stars
Length: 159 pages
Source: Lewiston Public Library
Other books I've read by this author: Previous volumes of the Fables series, including Legends in Exile, Animal Farm, Storybook Love, March of the Wooden Soldiers, The Mean Seasons, Homelands, and Arabian Nights
Next I will be reviewing Morning Glories, vol 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spenser and 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
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