Review: Fables, Vol. 21: Happily Ever After

Fables, Vol. 21: Happily Ever After
Fables, Vol. 21: Happily Ever After by Bill Willingham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read this along with Volume 22: Farewell. There is a sense that an ending is coming, and I can’t help but feel that Willingham was trying to plan it such that it all ties in neatly by issue 150 (aka Volume 22). Short stories which tell the last stories of various Fable characters are peppered throughout the book, bringing closure to some of these characters that we’ll never see again.

Once thing that I just can’t shake is the weirdness of this impending battle between Snow White and Rose Red. Sure I know why, now, they have to fight, but the reason wasn’t compelling, and was in truth a little hard to swallow since Rose Red has done a great job reforming herself, and became such a great sister and aunt. There were scenes where Rose Red seemed to be compelled by some sinister force to behave badly, muttering bad intentions to other dastardly characters (like Leigh Douglas) like some cinematic villain. That’s something that seemed out of character given what she’s turned into recently, which is a generally good person.

In fact, I was disappointed by the dispatching of various Fables throughout this volume. It was a little anti-climactic feel to many of them, especially for Lancelot and the abovementioned Ms Douglas.

The rating was really in recognition of the difficulty I had with the compunction for the sisters to basically raise armies against each other.

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