Comic review: Fables 75

Fables #75 (War and Pieces 3 of 3)
Story: Bill Willingham
Art: Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy
Coloring: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Todd Kline
Cover: James Jean
Publisher: Vertigo (2008)
ASIN: B001F26WQI

Review by Budd Black

Fables #75 is not a starting off point, but it is a must read to go forward. It is the culmination of the War and Pieces storyline that brings Fabletown head to head with Homelands. The artistic team deserves acclaim for bringing these epic battles to life. Willingham knocks the story out of the park as it changes everything. Sacrifices are made, fugitives are brought to justice, and lives are lost. The uncertainty and horrors of war are conveyed with words and images in this book. My only complaint is that it seemed almost rushed. Things are wrapped up with a little bow on top very quickly once the divisive blow is struck.

As this is in DC’s Vertigo line, this title is not for children despite it being about fairy tale/fable characters. This was my first time reading the Fables comic and although I was a little lost, I was able to pick up some key plot points rather easily and enjoy the book. This issue has definitely peaked my interest in the series and I will be looking for the collections down the road. This issue can also be found in Fables Vol. 11: War and Pieces.

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