Fables: The Mean Season, Vol. 5
by Bill Willingham
illustrated by Tony Atkins, Jimmy Palmiotti
genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Fairy-Tales, Retelling
Summary (Goodreads): Fables is the hugely imaginative story of a group of fairy tale characters exiled from their mythical homelands and forced into a secret existence in modern-day America. Featuring such familiar names as Snow White, Prince Charming and Bigby (formerly Big Bad) Wolf, this is hard-edged fantasy in the grand tradition of The Sandman. Exploring, amongst other tales, the strange story of Dog Company—involving the hair-raising escapades of Bigby Wolf during World War II and how he dealt with an underhanded Nazi experiment! Volume five of this superb Titan series continues to explore this surreal underworld created by scribe extraordinaire Bill Willingham
My Thoughts: After the huge battle in the last volume this set really felt like filler/transition stories. There were some good stories with some better graphics.
My favorite had to be Bigby's war story. The Big Bad Wolf vs Frankenstein. I liked the way it was told and why. I also liked Bigby's father showing up to meet and help out with his new grandkids. Hope to see more of them. That said, I wasn't thrilled with Snow being relegated to the Farm. Not crazy about the new regime. Charming, Beast, and Beauty just don't work as well for me right now. This may change but not so far.
I'm really enjoying this series and am glad that I have so many more to go before I am caught up.
Rating: 4 mainly for Bigby's story and the graphics