The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Taliesin Jaffe, Matt Key, and Amy Dallen talked about Fables, which wrapped up its 150 issue run in 2015.
Fables, the compelling twist on fairy tales created by Bill Willingham, follows familiar characters in a modern-day setting. (Fairy tales may be meant for young listeners and readers, but Fables is definitely not.) Amy describes it as one of the best books to get new readers into comic books.
Amy is obviously a fan of the series’ distinctive art. “[Mark Buckingham] manages to make it look very modern,” she said, “but throw back to elements that cue your brain to fairy tales and [their] illustration.”
The series branches out into spin-offs and crossover events, but with a contained, complete story, it’s a great series to collect and read for first-time comic readers.
“It’s brilliantly contained in its own universe,” said Taliesin.
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While the Wednesday Club hosts agreed you can basically just start with the first trade and follow the books chronologically, they did mention there are reading lists online to help if the spin-off books begin to confuse you. They also singled out favorite collections like 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Werewolves of the Heartland, Fairest, and even a Fables prose novel, Peter & Max.
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