Review: Fables Volume 7: Arabian Nights (and Days)

Fables Volume 7: Arabian Nights (and Days)
written by Bill Willingham

art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Jim Fern, Jimmy Palmiotti & Andrew Pepoy

Vertigo (2006)
144 pages
Comics / Twisted Faerie Tales

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I’m trying to catch up on my Fables collection, so every few weeks I sit down and burn through another volume.  Luckily for me I got to read Volume 7 all in one afternoon, which usually works for a book.  In this case, however, it worked against it.  By reading it all in one go, I felt how slowly the pacing was, how boring the characters featured were, and how much we weren’t getting any scenes with my favorite characters.

Spoilers through Volume 6: Homelands

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Review: Fables Volume 6: Homelands

Fables Volume 6: Homelands
written by Bill Willingham
art by Mark Buckingham, David Hahn, Steve Leialoha

Vertigo (2006)
192 pages
Comics / Twisted Faerie Tales / Dark Fantasy

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One of the more entertaining elements specific to comics is the usages of sound effects.  Because there is no actual sound, the writer or artist has to come up with a spelling to match the sound instead.  Of course there's the usual BAM, POW, SLAM, CRUNCH, etc., but every now and again I come across a new sound effect that I haven't seen before and for whatever reason it always makes me very happy.  Volume 6 of Fables quite possibly has my brand new favorite sound effect - SNICKER SNACK

Say it out loud.  It's awesome, right?  Now say it again but imagine it is cause by a large mystical sword of great power cutting off a random body part of a bad guy.

Yeah.  Bravo, Fables team.  You've had me going SNICKER SNACK at random for nearly a month now.

Spoilers through Volume 5: The Mean Seasons

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Comic Review: The Sandman: The Doll's House (Volume 2)

The Sandman: The Doll's House (Volume 2)
Written by Neil Gaiman

Art by Dave McKean (covers), Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli and Steve Parkhouse
DC Comics/Vertigo (1995)
234 pages
Comics / Fantasy / Horror

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Neil Gaiman is a twisted individual.

I’m almost tempted to stop there and make that my entire review.  It sums up this volume of Sandman the best way I could imagine.  It is twisted, disturbing, disgusting and all around horrific.  There were points where I nearly had to put the book down for fear of becoming physically ill.  I suppose that’s a testament to the artwork though, right?  They took Gaiman’s twisted imagination and created equally twisted images that reflected his ideas perfectly.  While it wasn’t to my taste, I can still see the artistry of it all.

Let’s start from the beginning: if volume 1 was the simple hero’s journey, volume 2 is the more complex deconstructing and determining the uses and purposes of storytelling.  Dream’s servant Lucien conducts a census of the dreamland’s inhabitants to find four “Major Arcana” are missing – Brute & Glob, the Corinthian and Fiddler’s Green.  By the end, all four have been located, but not before some of them do a lot of damage.  Lucien also informs Dream that a new vortex housed in a human girl has been found and could potentially destroy all of the Dreaming if she isn’t stopped.

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Comic Review: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes (Volume 1)

The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1)
Written by Neil Gaiman

Art by Dave McKean (covers), Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, & Malcolm Jones III
DC Comics/Vertigo (1995)
234 pages
Comics / Fantasy / Dark

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Warning: Neil Gaiman is quite possibly my favorite writer ever.  Neverwhere and Stardust started me down the path of reading both urban fantasy and straight fantasy when I was in junior high.  I have a nice little shrine for him in my library.  It’s a little crazy.  While this is a review, it is a very fangirl-ish review. 

With that said, I have never read the Sandman comics.  I am so ashamed of this fact that I use my general knowledge of the characters, storylines and Gaiman’s writing style to fake pretend mislead allow others to make their own conclusions on whether or not I have any idea of what I’m talking about.  I have Death, Delirium and Desire action figures.  I have Death, Delirium and Dream t-shirts (I think I’m up to six now).  And yet, I had never read the comics.  By the time I could afford to own the entire 10 volume series, I was too afraid that I had built up this series as something that the real thing could never stand up to.  I mean, ten years of imaging that the Sandman books are the BEST. THING. EVER. is really difficult to live up to in reality.

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