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Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill…

Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons (edition 2005)

by Bill Willingham

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Collecting issues 22 and 28-33 of the hit VERTIGO series, this trade paperback features two tales of Bigby's exploits during World War II as well as "The Year After," which follows the aftermath of the Adversary's attempt to conquer Fabletown — including the birth of Snow White and Bigby's children!… (more)
Title:Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons
Authors:Bill Willingham
Info:Vertigo (2005), Paperback, 168 pages

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After the epic battle of 'Wooden Soldiers', fought entirely without alerting the mundanes, Fabletown are forced to consider the Adversary as an active threat once more. The deeper roots of Fabletown diplomacy and espionage are revealed as well. Cinderella, who goes on to her own spinoff series, proves to be more than she seems. There is also some back history of Bigby's role during World War II.

The main arc has to do with Snow White's children and the powers they're revealed to have. Snow brings her children to the farm as they cannot pass for human, leaving Charming, Beauty and Beast alone running Fabletown's day-to-day affairs. Graphic novels usually don't pull me emotionally the way plain writing do, but the punch at the end of this one, with Rose and Snow, Colin's impaled head and Snow, and Snow and her children got to me.


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1 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
The plot thickens! The Mean Seasons isn't just one story-line, there are several side stories, back stories and different threads that pick up where volume four left off. Snow White is in labor (is there more than one baby in there?!?), the mayoral election between king Cole and Prince Charming is getting heated, and where in the hell has Little Boy Blue run off to this time? I particularly like the World War II backstory of Bigby; it's like a movie! Monsters and Nazis, oh my! Another amazing volume, this series is money in the bank! ( )
  ecataldi | Jul 24, 2018 |
Back to Fables.

This book, like previous installments, was a bit more filler than it was pushing the story forward. You get Bigby with some World War II flashbacks, and the awkward banishment of Snow White and her children to the Farm. While it was intriguing, had some nice twists, and beautiful illustrations it just didn't... hold up as well as previous installments.

I know it'll improve shortly though, so there's that. Also, it hints at the start of [b:Jack of Fables|1142222|Jack of Fables, Vol. 2 Jack of Hearts (Jack of Fables #2)|Bill Willingham|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1375408492s/1142222.jpg|2424789] which should be a fun read in and of itself. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
The Bigby WWII arc wasn't great, but it picks up after that. ( )
  amazedemon | Oct 15, 2016 |
After the Battle of Fabletown, the residents vote in a mayoral election, and Snow White gives birth.

This volume picks up right where the last one ended, with everyone recovering and moving on from the big battle of the last book. Unlike the previous volumes, this one seems like more an interlude, serving mostly as a bridge from this book to the next one. A lot of storylines are introduced, but none of them seem to be fully concluded in the least bit. This is not a criticism, just a warning that the series seems to be really taking off here with it becoming more difficult for a new reader to just jump in without having read the previous volumes. But if you're already invested in the series, this is another good addition to the story so far, and I'm interested to see how these new plotlines develop. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Aug 7, 2016 |
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Akins, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckingham, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This one's for Jenette Kahn and Lisa Henson, who shared a good season with me, before the winter set in.

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