Fables #100 was released on December 8th and I failed to write about it then. It is always a big deal for a television series to reach 100 episodes. Now Fables has achieved similar success with its hundredth issue of the series. Of course, we didn't doubt it would reach the 100th issue with the many special issues and spin-offs, but it's nice when all becomes reality. I admit a partiality for the Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love.
Vertigo's official description is thus:
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM and MARK BUCKINGHAM; Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, BILL WILLINGHAM, CHRISSIE ZULLO, JOAO RUAS and STEVE LEIALOHA; Cover by JOAO RUAS
In this fantastic 100-page issue, it's time to put an end to Mister Dark once and for all, and time for the Fables to return home to Fabletown. For that to happen, one of the Fables agrees to take on the Dark Man in single combat! It's big, it's epic, and if you live in New York City, you may want to take a quick vacation when this issue comes out, because things are going to get wrecked!
In addition to the larger-than-life main story, we have a FABLES prose story written by Mark Buckingham and illustrated by Bill Willingham! We have an All-Star Burning Questions section that will knock your socks off (seriously, innocent people are going to lose some socks here). We have a puppet theatre created by the unstoppably creative Mark Buckingham, a FABLES board game, sequential stories painted by Chrissie Zullo and Joao Ruas, and even more surprises in this square-bound behemoth celebrating this award-winning Vertigo series!
You can probably still find these collectable issues at local comics and bookstores. A few issues are also available through various sellers on Amazon.
Fables has really spurred fairy tale interest in some unusual genres. I am thrilled with the series success. I admit I was skeptical when it was first announced all those years ago now, but the good news is that both Fables and SurLaLune are going strong all this time later. Congrats to Willingham the series creator and the rest of the creative gang behind the series.