“Fables Volume 14 Witches” by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo, 2010)

Fables Witches
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In the fourteenth volume of the award-winning Fables comic book series, writer Bill Willingham reveals his true intentions with the next important story arc after the great war between the good fables from our world and the evil ones of the Homelands.  What’s left of Fabletown is a destroyed ruin, while its new king and owner, the mysterious and terrifying Mister Dark – the substance of all your nightmares and more – is building his own lair, plotting and planning.  Meanwhile the disowned fables are hanging out at the Farm in Upstate New York, working out what they can possibly do against the powerful and seemingly unstoppable Mister Dark.  The powerful witches of the former 13th Floor are plotting together to stop him, while Frau Totenkinder has an idea up her sleeve and disappears into an unknown place in the Homelands.  And on another story, the now disconnected and lost business office, the giant home to all things fantastic and fable has managed to free the evil witch Baba Yaga, who employees the great genii to help her; it will be up to Bufkin, a flying monkey, to save the day.

Witches pushes this growing story a little further along, adding some new characters and building on some familiar ones, as small, insignificant fables become mighty heroes, while others seem stumped in their current predicament.  Willingham and Buckingham do what they do best, keeping this series fresh and addicting for readers who will be left impatiently awaiting the next collected volume.

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Originally written on December 22, 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

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