Fables vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) (Anglais) Broché – 28 juin 2006
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La première histoire se développe sur 4 épisodes et reprend un fil narratif évoqué lors du précédent tome : l'existence de personnages et de territoires de fables encore libres du joug de l'adversaire. Il s'agit des fables du moyen orient. Sinbad et sa délégation arrivent devant l'immeuble de Fable Town pour rencontrer les autorités des fables exilées dans le monde des humains. Très rapidement il apparaît que les différences de culture vont entraîner des incidents diplomatiques plus ou moins graves. Et Frau Totenkinder découvre rapidement que ces fables ont apporté une arme de destruction massive (de nature magique) dans leurs bagages. L'incident va prendre le chemin de la déclaration de guerre. Ces épisodes sont illustrés par l'équipe habituelle de Mark Bugkingham et Steve Leialoha. Ils ont une fois de plus disposé du temps nécessaire pour peaufiner leurs illustrations. Les références graphiques à Jack Kirby sont toujours présentes, mais maîtrisées, sans tomber dans le plagiat. Les illustrations du Baghdad des fables sont jolies, mais sont largement en dessous de celles de Paul Craig Russel dans "Ramadan" dans Sandman (The Sandman: Fables and Reflections).
L'évolution des relations entre les principaux personnages est un vrai régal.Lire la suite ›
Comme on sait l'adversaire a décidé d'envahir de plus en plus de mondes voisins et les personnages des mille et une nuits sont obligés de fuir et de se refugier à Fabletown. Mais ni leur morgue ni leurs esclaves ne sont du goût de ses habitants. Problèmes de cohabitation en perspective. Au final ces différences culturelles sont vite oubliées on oublie presque qu'il s'agit de la série "Fables". Il ne se passe pas grand-chose et l'histoire est un peu bateau.
Note : Même si cet album est assez indépendant des précédents il est conseillé de commencer par le commencement, c'est-à-dire par le tome 1.
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As the Arabian worlds begin to fall to the mighty armies of the Adversary, the Arabian Fables send Sinbad as an envoy to Fabletown in order to figure out how to accomodate the many new exiles to come. However, when he arrives, along with a bodyguard and a sorceror, a culture clash of epic proportions is ignited between the Arabians, who are fresh out of the Homelands and the Europeans, who have had 1,000 to assimilate to modern-day American culture. And when Sheriff Beast learns that the Arabians brought a D'Jinn (known in the West as a genie) with them, Mayor Prince Charming is forced to regard that as an act of war.
But alongside the Arabic situation, Charming and Deputy Mayor Beauty have to deal with their own residents who are fed up with the way that Charming is running Fabletown. While Beast has gotten used to his role as sheriff, Charming is still regretting his decision to unseat King Cole as the mayor. The political intrigue is just as interesting as ever as Charming is forced to deal two very unhappy camps.
The 4-issue Arabian Fables arc is followed by a 2-part story that takes place in the Arabian Homelands, and is told from the perspective of two of the Adversary's wooden servants. The wooden soldiers of the Empire were introduced in March of the Wooden Soldiers, and we saw them as exceptionally powerful and merciless footsoldiers. Well, after seeing things from their point of view, we learn that our original assessment of them was completely right. However, two subjects, a soldier named Rodney and a nurse named June begin to show human emotions, which are regarded by the wooden soldiers as being among the worst things that have to do with being human. The wooden soldiers discuss at length their disgust with humanity; humans must eat (shoving dead animal and plant matter into one hole), must excrete waste material (out of another hole), must sleep one third of each day, and are easily injured. However, the story of Rodney and June is both moving and bizarre, and the conclusion may have many consequences for the residents of Fabletown.
Arabian Nights (and Days) may be the best collection of Fables since March of the Wooden Soldiers. While there is no major revelation, many potential future storylines are set up in these 6 issues, and numerous moments of character development occur, one of which may cause a lot of trouble between two characters.
Fabletown is a part of Manhattan where people and creatures from traditional fairy tales have gone into exile to escape "the Adversary" who has invaded their kingdoms.
This volume of the Fables stories is my favorite yet. It contains two stories; the first is the story of how Arabian Fables come to Fabletown. I won't give away any spoilers, because the ending is surprising. The second story is a fantastic two-issue story arc about a wooden soldier who falls in love and ultimately wants to become human. This is brilliant writing - like great sci-fi, it challenges your thinking in a mindbending way. I love how it ties in with the rest of the Fables stories.
The artwork is outstanding in this volume. What really stands out is the incredible lettering by Todd Klein. His varying types of lettering add to the experience of reading Fables and propel the story forward in a unique way. Wow!
Highly recommended! Off to the next volume!
ARABIAN NIGHTS (AND DAYS) fits in nicely with the overall series, continuing to progress the still-developing story that has enthralled so many, and to expand the setting. That being said, I felt that this volume didn't quite live up to the awesomeness of the previous three. The new characters out of the Arabian fables just don't add too much to the overall appeal of the series for me, and the primary story here was almost wholly directed at introducing them to the reader. While it looks like the events related here will have a significant impact on the future of the series, this just wasn't as entertaining of a story as I've come to expect from FABLES.
And, the side story at the end of this one, "Rodney and June", also failed to impress. The forbidden love of two wooden soldiers and their quest for transformation felt like a stretch even in such a bizarre setting as FABLES. And again, while this story promises to have major implications on the future of the series, the story itself just sort of fell flat in my opinion.
So, while volume seven progresses the story and continues to entertain, it felt like a step down from the heights of the previous collections. I have high hopes that Fables Vol. 8: Wolves will pick up the pace and bring this series back up to the level I know it should be.
The final section of the book is a real change. A wooden soldier in the adversary's army named Rodney falls in love with June, a wooden "medic" who helps repair injured wooden troops. She reciprocates and they petition Gepetto to be made human so that they can really and truly marry. Their wish is granted with the condition that they move just outside Fabletown among the Mundys (with Rodney ironically taking a job as a butcher--meat is abhorrent to the woodens).
This series is a marvel. I've not read all the comics except for the Jack of the Fables tales (I'll get to them -- I just don't enjoy Jack all that much). I think this is with ease the best currently running graphics series and compare favorably to the best series of the past. I have several very well read friend who haven't delved into adult comics. The three people I urge them to try are Alan Moore's books, Gaiman's Sandman books, and Willingham's Fables. It really is that good.
While this isn't a good place to jump into the series, I'd still recommend this to anyone. Fables is easily accessible to even the greenest comic book fan or to a person who has never picked up a comic book before in their lives.