Review: Fables: Homelands (vol. 6)

Posted 19 September, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Fables: Homelands (vol. 6)
By: Bill Willingham (writer), James Jean (illustrations), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

Collecting issues #34-41 of writer Bill Willingham’s Eisner Award-winning creation, Homelands follows Boy Blue on a mission of revenge as he uncovers the Adversary’s true identity! Plus, the two-part story of Jack’s adventures in Hollywood and the one-shot story of Mowgli’s return to Fabletown.

It’s been a little while since I’ve read anything Fables-related! Surprised I didn’t self-combust or anything…Anyway, this issue sounds promising, in particular Boy Blue’s mission into the Homelands 🙂 May contain spoilers if you haven’t read the first 5 volumes of the series!

To be honest, I never really much cared for Jack, so his two-part story wasn’t very interesting, though I can see why it was included when it was: it was an intriguing way to exit the character from the comics and launch him into his own title. It’s also been a while since I read the fifth volume so the time jump also worked well to show the changes made to Fabletown since, as well as of course what Jack had done within the four years at Hollywood. But otherwise I didn’t much care for it.

The latter half of the book however was really good, in particular Boy Blue’s mission in the Homelands. I have to say, he’s quite the bad-ass (even Pinocchio retracted some of his earlier impressions of Boy), running around with his super-magical cloak and his long sword. I love the art in the early issue with the henchmen and with Boy facing the three horsemen of Rus; the colour and the framing were absolutely gorgeous. The reveal of the Adversary’s true identity was also intriguing and very much in keeping with the complexity and adaptations done so far in the series. I felt sorry for Boy Blue at the end and how things turned out with Red Riding Hood.

I will also note that Prince Charming is a lot more devious than I expected. He seems to have grasped his role as Mayor of Fabletown quite nicely, though lmao that he’s complaining about the lack of rest he’s gotten since taking the role, remnants of how clueless he must’ve been when he opted to run for Mayor in the first place. We didn’t get to see much of Beauty in action as deputy but Beast has taken his role as sheriff in fine form. And how cruel was it to show an outline of Bigby and mention him but that’s about it?! I’m curious to see whether Mowgli will be successful in his mission.

Overall, a decent issue of Fables. The explanation of the Adversary’s growing spread across the Fablelands provided a bridge to the next issue, which looks to focus on the Arabian fairy tales and fablelands, which should be interesting, though I hope familiar characters continue to appear in the ongoing storylines. Also, I hope we get to see Snow in the next issue! Her kids are turning 5, as Beast mentioned, and I want to see them! 😀

Rating: ★★★★☆

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