Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Introduction by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
Written by Jess Nevins
Cover by Adam Hughes
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Cover Price: $39.99
The Fables Encyclopedia, by Jess Nevins, covers issues 1 â€“ 121, and 1001 Nights of Snowfall. After only a few pages, it became clear to me that this is an indispensible tome, serving to compliment, and enhance the issues it covers. Hopefully, thereâ€™ll be a second volume in another decade or so.
Itâ€™s loaded with panels from the comics, helping to refresh memories for more obscure characters, and includes enriching sidebar comments from Bill Willingham â€” check out his notes on the Hope character â€” cryptically cool! Plus, there are also fourteen pages of issue by issue annotations, as well as lots of behind-the-scenes tidbits, and clever revelations, such as artist Mark Buckinghamâ€™s inspiration for Tom Harrow.
The sheer depth of the Fables Encyclopedia serves as a demonstration/reminder (as if the monthly comic wasnâ€™t enough) as to just how well-read Willingham is, especially with regards to fairy tales/mythology from a number of cultures. Itâ€™s also testament to the staggering achievement in comics literature that is Fables.
Well before the halfway mark, this encyclopedia made me want to go back and re-read my Fables trades.
So I did.