Fables #81

Writer: Bill Willingham Artist: Mark Buckingham Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: February 11, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 1
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In our fifth and final chapter of this first big post-war saga, you're going to find out why this story was called "The Dark Ages." Yes, this is a dark story, and we're afraid you're not going to like it one bit unless, of course, you think not nearly enough terrible and tragic things have happened to our stalwart heroes of Fabletown. We now suspect that, if the Fables had truly had any idea of the full consequences, they'd never have gone to war at all.

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    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 11, 2009

    And not enough can be said about the art in this arc. Willingham has mentioned how he has started to allow Mark Buckingham more freedom in his page layouts, and I think this has been a tremendous boon to a series that already looked pretty darn good. The emotional qualities of this issue wouldn't have been so palpable if not for Buckingham's pencils. And then there's the little matter of this being James Jean's final issue as cover artist. This cover is certainly one of the more complex and intricate Jean has turned in. Jean has helped define this book in a way few cover artists ever have, and I'm going to sorely miss him as the series continues on. This is an issue of goodbyes, but also one of new beginnings. I'm pretty confident that Fables can only get more interesting from here. Read Full Review

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