Genre: comic book compilation, fairy tales
Length: 245 pages
Setting: New York City and the Farm, present day
Interest: StatsGuy bought a few volumes recently, so I’m catching up.
Summary: There are two main plots occurring in this collection. Bellflower finally attacks Mister Dark, ultimately encasing him in gold. Unfortunately, the box doesn’t hold and Mister Dark again breaks free, killing Bellflower. She is able to reconstitute herself, but leaves the battle to Ozma and the other magic wielders of Fabletown. At the Farm, Rose Red has kept to her bed in a severely depressed state. She is visited by a vision of her mother, who tells the story of Rose Red’s childhood and young adulthood. Rose snaps out of her depression and retakes the reins of the Farm. In a subplot, Beauty finally has her baby, which has a touch of the Beast in it.
Final thoughts: I love how all the parts of the stories weave together. You can recognize the fairy tales the characters are drawn from, but there is much more depth to the characters than just what you get from the fairy tales. I thought for sure Mister Dark was taken care of, but the Fabletowners were forced to retreat to Haven. They don’t have anywhere else to go, so the final battle is coming soon. I can’t wait to see how they deal with Mister Dark once and for all, and what about Bufkin, and now it seems that Snow White and Bigby have some problems as well, and, and, and…. The story just keeps going, as all the best stories do.
It also works well as a graphic novel. My favorite part is the side bar panels that show the location or main character based on the image in the panel. It adds another element to the story.
Title comes from: Rose Red was featured in most of the issues that were put together in this collection.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this was a graphic novel, not a book.
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