Fables (2002) Issues
When the going gets tough, Fables go drinking! This issue takes place almost entirely in pubs--Mundy bars, Fabletown bars, and just about any place where alcohol is served. So don't be surprised if a drunken brawl breaks out and one or two characters say something they wouldn't normally say while sober.
In this standalone issue, the ex-wives of fairytale philanderer Prince Charming reminisce about the Prince of Lies. But Cinderella has another appointment in Paris, and it's one she's dying to keep. Sex and espionage abound as a heretofore-unknown side of the Fables is revealed!
Boy Blue nurses a broken heart, Prince Charming recruits more Fables for his mayoral campaign, and Bigby and Snow team up to get to the bottom of Red Riding Hood's story. Meanwhile, the mysterious trio of Hugh, Drew, and Lou continue to wreak havoc in Manhattan. But, beware: this time they've got guns.
As the Adversary's wooden soldiers advance on the Fabletown blockade, Fables young and old prepare themselves for the worst. But these block-headed agents of the enemy may find it difficult to subdue this band of fairytale meat, especially with one seriously angry Snow White leading the charge.
Part 1 of the 4-part story "The Year After"! It's a family affair as Snow White goes into labor, and the magical nature of her pregnancy becomes an event that no one expected. Plus, the results of the election for Fabletown's new mayor are in...and the winner may surprise you!
It's going to be a long, dark winter for the denizens of Fabletown! Prince Charming discovers that keeping campaign promises is a lot harder than making them, Beauty and the Beast find that filling Snow and Bigby's shoes may be more than they can handle, and a body is found!
It's a typical day back in the world from which the inhabitants of Fabletown escaped, full of war and tyranny, not to mention taxes. But in the midst of all the conquering and the slaying comes a mysterious masked man on a quest to find his lost love in part 1 of "Homelands."
Part 3 of the 4-part "Arabian Nights (and Days)." The all-powerful d'jinn is loose and has been ordered to destroy most of Fabletown unless Prince Charming can think of a way to undo what the d'jinn's master has wished. Unfortunately, there's no way to take back wishes once spoken.
Deep within the Arabian lands, one small group of goblins and a few of the elite wooden soldiers hold off one attack after another. But this isn't a war story. It's a love story. When two offspring of the Sacred Grove suddenly discover they've got feelings for each other, how do they express it?
In the conclusion of the 2-part story "The Ballad of Rodney and June," it's love in the time of conquest. But how can their love survive when they're both made of wood? They have only one chance: travel to the Imperial Homeworld and petition Geppetto to transform them into real flesh and blood.
Part 1 of the new 2-part story "Wolves." Here's the problem: some time ago, in a bit of a snit, Bigby Wolf packed a bag and left the Fables series. Walked right out! But he's still under contract, so we sent Mowgli, of Jungle Book fame, to find him. It makes sense, right? Mowg is a terrific hunter, and he was raised by wolves. Send a wolf to catch a wolf, right? And in his world-spanning travels to track down Bigby, Mowg encounters all sorts of other wolves. In short, this story's all about wolves. Which you might have guessed if you read the story title.
Concluding the 2-part "Wolves." After more than a year of searching, Mowgli has lost Bigby's trail. So what does a great hunter do when he's run out of leads, clues and anything resembling rational evidence? He makes a wild guess, of course. But has he made a fatal mistake, causing the hunter to become the hunted?
This unforgettable, double-sized anniversary issue of FABLES answers many of your burning questions: what will happen with the doomed love story of Snow White and Bigby Wolf...not to mention their seventh child? What's going on in the homelands with Pinocchio and his dad, Geppetto? When does Bagheera get out of jail? And where the hell are Jack's lost magic beans? Consider yourself personally invited to the most unexpected, major event in the history of Fabletown.
Don't miss this special issue featuring art by Shawn McManus (THE SANDMAN). Following the extraordinary events of FABLES #50 and the completion of her clandestine mission among the giants, Cinderella's next secret assignment is in Smalltown, the Farm's home for Lilliputian immigrants. Can she adjust from being a small woman in a very big world to being a giant woman in a tiny world?
Part 1 of the new 4-part story "Sons of the Empire." What's it like being the firstborn son of a bloodthirsty emperor whose empire encompasses more than a thousand kingdoms, scattered over a hundred worlds? Poor little Pinocchio is suffering seriously divided loyalties between his father, the Adversary, and his fellow Fable refugees in the Mundy world. What does he do while his father hosts a secret conference of the imperial elite to decide the ultimate fate of Fabletown? Plus, this issue contains the first of four short self-contained backup stories featuring Rapunzel.
Geppetto's conference of imperial leaders continues in the Homelands as they discuss the ultimate fate of Fabletown. The Nome King wants war, Prince Hansel wants reprisals, and the Snow Queen wants a program of assassination. Will anyone argue for diplomacy? Plus, a backup story by Joshua Middleton!
Hansel has been selected by The Adversary to be his personal envoy to Fabletown. There's just one problem: Hansel is not a nice man. But someone has to free Baba Yaga and the captured Wooden Soldiers from the Woodland before the Empire's invasion of the mundy world can begin--and Hansel's just the Fable for the job!
The Homelands' conference is wrapping up and the drums of war are beginning to sound. It looks like insignificant Pinocchio is the only one who can stop it--if he can convince the others to stand down. If only Pinocchio didn't have the oratory skills of an underachieving cinderblock...
It's FABLES' first-ever special Christmas issue, which seeks to answer a burning question: Does Santa Claus really exist? And if so, is he a Fable? Well, we're not going to tell you here, or there wouldn't be any reason for you to buy the issue, now, would there? So don't be naughty--be nice, and wait patiently for this extra-length issue to appear in your stocking.
Part 1 of the 2-part "Father and Son," featuring phenomenal art by Mike Allred (Madman). As tensions continue to heat up between Fabletown and the Empire, Bigby reluctantly decides it's finally time to square accounts with his long-estranged father, the North Wind. Bigby may not like him, but since he is the grandfather of his cubs, who seem to adore the old man, a trip home seems to be in order. So Snow and Bigby and all six (seven?) kids make the journey to the North Wind's keep.
Concluding the 2-part "Father and Son," featuring phenomenal art by Mike Allred (Madman). Bigby, Snow and the entire flock of cubs are back in the homelands, visiting Bigby's dad at the North Wind's Keep. Snow has put her foot down, demanding that Bigby work out his differences with his father, so that the cubs can have their beloved granddad back in their lives. But some sins aren't easy to forgive.
Over the span of the FABLES series, readers have had a few questions about this and that. For example: Who caught the bouquet at Snow's wedding? Well, this issue is dedicated to resolving those questions, clearing up those dangling odds and ends. And being Fables, we're going to answer those questions with a series of funny, entertaining, short-short stories, illustrated by an amazing assortment of artists including Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) and Barry Kitson (SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES).
Flycatcher's just had the most important conversation of his life at the farm. But now that things are in flux for the Frog Prince, down what unexpected path will life take him? Also, Totenkinder reveals her hidden knowledge on the Adversary's plans. "The Good Prince" part 2.
Flycatcher now knows what he must do to save those he can from the coming war against the Empire. But the mission will require bravery, sacrifice, an iron will and perseverance against a host of dangers. Also, Prince Charming delivers an ultimatum to the Imperial ambassador. 'The Good Prince' part 3.
Fabletown's cloak-and-dagger expert Cinderella is back in action for "Skulduggery" part 1! This time she's on a secret assignment, a nasty little job to pay off a debt she owes to Frau Totenkinder: find a small package and deliver it to Fabletown. Seems simple, but nothing ever is for Fabletown's expert at espionage.
What's in the box that Freddy and Mouse discovered? What's in the box that Bigby and Fly have delivered back to Frau Totenkinder? What's in the box being buried up at the Farm? And finally, how is that causing everything to come loose in Fabletown and beyond? "The Dark Ages" part 2.
Freddy and Mouse may have erred by opening a big stone box containing not the treasure they'd hoped to find, but one of the great old powers that the Empire had locked away ages ago. With the Empire now gone, many of the great old powers are free again--and none-too-happy about their imprisonment. "The Dark Ages" part 3.