Fables, Vol. 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This volume of Fables is definitely for readers who have been following Bigby Wolf and Snow White's romance. I think that it was very satisfying overall. I do have to agree with one of my fellow GRs friends/reviewers that Willingham committed the cardinal sin of an estranged couple, and that did bother me. I couldn't not give this five stars though because it was overall very well done.
I have always been enamored with werewolf stories. I tend to shy away from the gratuitously violent gorefests, but I am fascinated with the idea of werewolves and the lore behind them. How distinctive each story can feel. I pretty much love the whole idea of Bigby Wolf being who he is, and his evolution as a character. I feel that in this volume, his story comes full circle, although Sons of Empire (the next volume in the series) certainly adds to the story of Bigby significantly.
I liked the plot element of Mowgli trekking around the world to find Bigby, and how he encounters more than one wolf pack. You see, Mogwli is in his own way a wolf. He's a human raised by wolves, and he understands the psychology of the pack. It's another opportunity to delve in that subject, which holds endless fascination for me. I think there is a part of me that is attracted to the allure of the wild kingdom, not in a small way. I don't spend a lot of time out in the wilderness, obviously. So I get my fill of it by reading stories that tap into that arena. I feel that Willingham definitely satisfied me in that sense.
When Mowgli finally catches up with Bigby, it's to find he has tried to start a new life (or more likely hiding from the pain of having to leave Snow and the cubs behind). I was annoyed at what he does to keep his mind off that loss. This is where Willingham messes up, if I can be frank. Snow White is awesome! I hate that aspect, but I do like the way it was handled when he and Snow reunite.
Speaking of, I loved their reunion and where Bigby gets to be acquainted with his brood. It doesn't take long for them to grow close to their dad. It has a lovely element of big happy family, and I won't lie I am definitely a sucker for that. The wedding was fun and it was a great chance to bring many of the beloved Fables characters together.
Yeah, you can tell I loved the heck out of this volume of Fables. I am incapable of hiding my enthusiasm about it. Other than Willingham 'going there', this was a top notch addition to the series, and it ranks as one of my all time favorites.
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