Bill Willingham writes, Mark Buckingham draws the main story arcs, and several other pencilers join in for the shorter arcs.
All of the fairy tale and fable characters that you know and love from your childhood (Snow White, Big Bad Wolf, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Frog Prince, Little Boy Blue, and many more) have been exiled from their Fable world and have created a society in New York City. The book takes place in modern times, and in the long run revolves around the Fables trying to defeat the Adversary who drove them out of the Homelands. I don’t want to spoil each individual story, or the plot in the long run, so I won’t say anymore about it.
The series started being published by DC’s Vertigo imprint back in 2002, and is still going strong at 92 issues.
The series has been collected into 13 paperback volumes, with one supplemental volume, all available at any bookstore, but issues 86-96 haven’t been collected as of yet so you can find them at your LCS (this is exactly how I collected it, so it isn’t impossible to get the single issues).
Quite honestly, there is no reason NOT to read this book. Of all the comics out there, this is one of the best I have ever read, and one of the best currently ongoing series.
Also, a TV drama version of the show is slated to come to NBC this year (a pilot is said to be in development), so it’s a pretty good time to get on the Fables bandwagon.
Like I said, thirteen TPB volumes and some singles. This is probably the most costly to collect out of everything I have listed so far, but it’s worth every penny. To save some money you can order them on Amazon, or use weekly Borders Rewards coupons, like I did. The volumes are as follows (all TPB):
- 1. Legends in Exile - $9.99
- 2. Animal Farm - $12.99
- 3. Storybook Love - $14.99
- 4. March of the Wooden Soldiers - $17.99
- 5. The Mean Seasons - $14.99
- 6. Homelands - $14.99
- 7. Arabian Nights (and Days) - $14.99
- 8. Wolves - $17.99
- 9. Sons of Empire - $17.99
- 10. The Good Prince - $17.99
- 11. War and Pieces - $17.99
- 12. The Dark Ages - $17.99
- 13. The Great Fables Crossover - $17.99
- 1001 Nights of Snow - $14.99