Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fables - Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham & Company

Fables - Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham & Company

Completion Date: April 15, 2011
Reason for Reading: Carry on with the series.
The next collection in the New York Times best selling series.

Rose Red, sister of Snow White, has finally hit rock bottom. Does she stay there, or is it time to start the long, tortuous climb back up? The Farm is in chaos, as many factions compete to fill the void of her missing leadership. And there’s a big magical fight brewing down in the town square, right under her window.
Well, my reading night did not turn out like I had planned, but I did manage to read this book. And, wow, am I so glad that I did! Honestly, this has become easily my favourite in the series. I love all of the books, and I suppose they keep getting better and better, but this one made me so excited the whole time I was reading it! I can't say it enough, everyone has to at least try this series. And, the slackers (I mean that in the best possible way...) who have stalled on this series need to hurry up and read on!

First up, I am not familiar with the story of Rose Red & Snow White. I have never read the original, that I remember, and never thought I had read any retellings. If this retelling is correct, though, Tender Morsels is actually a retelling of the original story. That was interesting to learn and adds a bit more perspective to that novel for me. Now I really want to read the original, which is something I have been meaning to do for years anyway. I really enjoyed the addition of the story in the collection. There were probably people like me that knew there was a story that made them sisters, but didn't actually know how that worked and still made the story of Snow White believable.

For several comics now, things have not been going very well for Rose Red. It was obvious that something was going to happen soon to clear things up, so when I saw the cover and title for this collection I knew the time was finally here. I think that they did a very good job in tying up the loose ends and making her story believable. It is nice to have her back in the spotlight, too, because she adds a different dimension to the overall story that has been lacking for a while. Other characters are developed as well. And, even more is set up for future editions. I cannot wait until later this year when volume 16 is released. I am very excited for more of the story to be developed.

The other thing to note about this collection is it is longer than usual. There is the actual comic, but then there are bonus features included. I enjoyed the bonus material as much as I enjoyed the overall story. Some of it develops the story further. Then, there is part where famous readers ask questions and they answer them in comic form. It was fun! It is hard to believe that the series is up to 100 issues, but I hope it is around for 100 more! I will hate to see the end of the series...

The (Core) Series:
**Note: I have actually read the whole series, but was less than stellar about reviewing it...
Animal Farm
Storybook Love
March of the Wooden Soldiers
The Mean Seasons
Arabian Nights (and Days)
Sons of Empire
The Good Prince
War and Pieces
The Dark Ages
The Great Fables Crossover
Rose Red
Werewolves of the Heartland (Forth-coming)

This book counts for the Once Upon a Time Challenge V.


  1. I SO need to catch up on this series, and on Jack of Fables! I'm five or six volumes behind, and that just ain't right.

    (A weird thing: your word verification asked me to type "ables" to prove I'm a real person. I think it knows what series you're talking about!)

  2. *Memory: I love this series! It's the fall before a new one, but there is a Jack of Fables out in the summer. There is also a sequel to Cinderella due soon because you can buy the individual comics all ready. :)

    That's strange on the word verification!


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