Fables is back once again with its next installment, this time with a standalone graphic novel that has been rumored about for some time, in Werewolves of the Heartland. Taking a little break from the goings on of Fabletown, The Farm, and the other worlds, we focus on Bigby traveling through America’s heartland.
Bigby Wolf is on a big new mission: to find a new town, a new place to house all the fables in the mundy world, because after everything that’s happened with Fabletown, they can’t stay there much longer. Traveling through the great state of Iowa, he finds a small quaint place called Story City, what better name for a potential future home for all the fables? But Bigby detects strange scents on the air, some that are familiar, and others that just don’t seem right. Cautiously, he ventures into Story City.
The first thing Bigby notices about this town is that all of its inhabitants are werewolves, and what’s more they all seem to know who he is, as well as about his great legacy. But then he is suddenly imprisoned, and begins to learn that not all are fans of him; some want his hide; some want him dead so that they can gain his powers. What none of them seem to realize is that Bigby is also the seventh son of the North Wind, and possesses powers they can only imagine.
Werewolves of the Heartland shows Willingham at his best, as he draws you in with interest, and then blows the plot wide open with back story that goes deep into the past when Bigby was fighting in World War II and revealing his forced part in a terrifying Nazi experiment that has now led to the werewolves of Story City. Readers and fans will not be disappointed.
Originally written on January 7, 2013 ©Alex C. Telander.
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