Fairy tales popular in mature comicsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Vertigo’s long-running “Fables” series isn’t the first time fairy tales have been used as fodder for “Mature Audiences” but it is definitely one of the more successful. One of the series’ most ardent fans resides in Toledo, and to hear him talk about it is to fall under the book’s distinct and unusual spell — prince’s kiss not included.
“Bill Willingham, writer of ‘Fables,’ had a great high concept,” said Monarch Cards and Comics’ Ed Katschke. “What would happen if all of the storybook characters from myth and legend were real people? What if they had to flee their magical homelands to retreat to our decidedly un-magical and mundane existence? That was the initial pitch for the monthly series that, over the course of the past eight years, has quickly become one of the best mainstream comics on the racks.
“Willingham, along with artist Mark Buckingham, has crafted a marvelously witty and often exciting saga featuring such characters as Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Prince Charming, the Frog Prince, Pinocchio and many more.
“The new ‘Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red’ collects issues No. 94-100 of the monthly series, which manages the difficult alchemy of mixing fantasy and reality in equal and potent doses and the resulting stories build on the previous chapters in ways that are constantly delightful and surprising. This volume shows the Fabletown community dealing with the depredations of Mr. Dark, boogeyman extraordinaire, amidst the usual political intrigues and personal dramas. It all leads up to a knock-down, drag-out fight between Mr. Dark and the mysterious Frau Totenkinder, aka The Black Forest Witch, and her fetish for cottages made out of cookies and cake. The ending is as surprising as any the series has portrayed and I guarantee it will have you coming back for more! ‘Fables’ is the perfect comic for people who enjoy high fantasy, but generally aren’t into comics.”
The company also publishes the “Cinderella” series, which posits the well-known princess as a gun-toting secret agent. Vertigo fans may also be interested to hear that the Swamp Thing character has jumped ship to return to his birthplace at DC Comics, as seen in last week’s “Brightest Day” No. 23 — no word yet if he’ll be bringing Pinocchio with him.