Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Catching Up on Comics

Locke and Key, Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom
I'm off for the summer and I'm hoping to do a lot of reading. I spent yesterday reading two of the comics that   I bought my husband for his birthday on Sunday. I think I got him 8 different comics - two Star Wars, two Dark Crystals, two Walking Deads, one of the Fables spin offs (reviewed below) and the fourth Locke and Key.

I've reviewed Locke and Key before, but as my husband says, this series is consistently awesome. He's absolutely right. It is written by Stephen King's son, Joe Hill. It's weird and creepy but also funny, sweet and sad. People get hurt and die. The keys continue to do interesting things, like turn the kids into birds and giants. The plot moves along smoothly. Some shocking things happen by the end but the kids start to get clued into the mysteries along with the audience. It's a really awesome series. Anyone who likes comics, Stephen King or American Horror Story should check this out.

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Cinderella: Fables are Forever
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever

Fables is probably my absolutely favorite on going comic series. The premise is that all of the fairy tale and fables characters that we know and love really exist, in parallel worlds. However, when those worlds were threatened by a mysterious adversary, many of the magical people came through portals and moved into our planet. The group we spend the most time with lives in New York City, led by the mayor, King Cole, and his deputy, Snow White. The sheriff, Bigby Wolf used to be the Big Bad Wolf. The series is full of clever characters and moments. There's one major arc about defeating the adversary but the story kept going on beyond that. There are also two spin offs, with a third on the way. This volume was the second of the Cinderella spin offs.

Cinderella poses as a spoiled, flighty socialite, who owns a shoe store called The Glass Slipper, which she barely goes into. She is also one of the ex-wives of Prince Charming (in a brilliant move, there is only one Prince Charming who married Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella). In actuality, she is a spy and sometime assassin for the New York Fables. She's intelligent, resourceful and of course, beautiful. This trade covers her long time issues with Dorothy (from the Wizard of Oz), a dangerous mercenary. Dorothy was featured in the Jack of Fables spin off but this reconciled the two story lines nicely.

As usual, I really enjoyed the book. The Jack spin offs ended really badly but the main Fables comics are consistently good and I'm looking forward to the Fairest spin off, which will feature stories about all the female characters from Fables, including the continuing adventures of Cinderella.

If you are a fan of Once Upon a Time, Fables is definitely up your alley. Check it out!

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