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An Unfortunate Stumble for the Usually Excellent Series 30 juin 2014
Par Sammy Swartz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Fairest has been a pleasant surprise, featuring fantastic stories that often surpass even their source material (the Fables series). The first volume was wry, clever, and heartfelt; the second a dark, complex exploration of a foreign Fables culture. Both featured wonderful art. And all was well.

Until now--this current volume is less about the heroine Nalayani as it is about the return of Prince Charming, who is now the apparent Maharaja, or king, of a distant Fable land. Nalayani seeks Charming's aid in defending her village from what is essentially a roving pack of wolves, but things quickly go wrong from there. It's a simple, rote, and rather predictable tale, with Charming's typical smugness robbing him of any true likability. Worse, everything Nalayani set out to accomplish at the beginning of the tale is rendered naught by the end, and Charming's sudden evolution in the ways of love feel forced and undeserved. And those are just the larger criticisms; plenty of other developments also litter the plot in pointless fashion, from the introduction of characters that are later killed off meaninglessly to supposed heroes who treat their enemies with matching cruelty. It's an odd mishmash of plot choices.

Nevertheless, a few elements save this volume from complete disaster; Nalayani is a decent addition to the Fables universe, the art work is fine (if not as lush as the previous volume's), and the story's fast pace will still keep readers turning pages until the end.

But this is indeed an "okay" read at best. Readers expecting the same level of quality, imagination, and intrigue of the earlier volumes will inevitably be disappointed.
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Is Prince Charming Supposed to be a Bad Guy? 6 juin 2014
Par Jennifer Fischer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Because that is how he is written. I love and own all the Fables, Jack of Fables and now Fairest. I don't really write reviews, but I wanted to warn people off of this. Don't waste your time. This isn't about women. This is about how Charming treats women. You won't miss any useful information and it is so poorly written, I can't believe it is part of the Fable's universe. It doesn't fill in any gaps about what happened to Charming. And the new female lead will probably have the same, if not better, introduction and back story if she becomes a part of the regular cast in future books. The rest of the characters are throwaways, which is probably why they didn't bother to spend much time fleshing them out.

Isn't Charming the mayor who was adamant that there would not be slavery because that was deplorable? Yet here he not only has a harem, he tells one of the guys that if he sees someone he likes, to let him know. What mine is yours. I'm supposed to root for a guy who offers his women as rewards? At best this is the typical male power fantasy. Guy waltzes into to town, with no male competition for the ladies, overthrows the current ruler, not because he is bad but because he isn't strong enough to hold onto power. That's it. That's the mystery. And I am not really summarizing. That is how much time they spend talking about it in the book. A couple of pages. Boom storytelling.

This is just bad writing all around with the characters barely more than 2 dimensional. Yes the female lead is "strong." If by strong, you mean that she can fight. Her motivation is bare bones to say the least. Her only purpose is to serve as the motivator for Charming's role in this book. There are two guys who have tension between them and we only know this because Charming tells us there is a history tension between them but he doesn't know what it is. Boom storytelling.

They don't even tell you how Charming survives or how he acclimates to the country because apparently he is such a strong fable that his skeleton regrows muscle and skin and he is back to normal in one week at which time, he is apparently fluent in the language and customs. Boom storytelling. And that is how they write everything. They tell you that everything happened instead of showing how everything happened.

I'm going to tag everything past this as spoilers.

A. A woman is cursed because she is having sex with Charming and dies of it because she isn't in love with him.

B. I am really tired of men chasing after women who aren't interested in them. She doesn't want to entertain him the first night on the road, so he has sex with one of his harem members instead. The next day he's all, do you like me now? How about now? Then at the end of the book, you just suffered through an enormous tragedy, so this time I will wait a day before asking what about now? In real life we call this stalking and it isn't romantic. I thought Edward Cullen finally flushed out the last of that trope, but nope, here it is again.

C. We know one character is gay because he isn't interested in women. They allude to this again and again. Boom Storytelling. Why bother to write a character when you can trot out an overly used plot device.

D. After this story of "empowered, strong" woman, the only choice for leadership is either another man from the outside this world or the only man left in the country. Not the strong female lead? Or any one of Charming's female warriors?

E. The book literally ends with an ex-wives, amiright, *wink.
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Prince Charming is clearly the star 10 juin 2014
Par winteralmond - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
In this volume, Prince Charming clearly overshadowed Nalayani, who was supposed to be the main star. Since everyone is dying to know what happened to Prince Charming, not to mention the many skills he'd picked up along the way to becoming the Maharaja, Nalayani's role was demoted to becoming one of the supporting characters, only remembered by readers when we realize that this story is supposed to be about all about her.

Although they were able to explain her back story, they did not give her enough screen time to become a memorable character you can empathize with.

Still a great read especially if you're a Fables fan. But if I were to reread any of the three Fairest volumes, this would not be on the top of my list.
Storytelling far below the "Fables" standard 21 juillet 2014
Par Perry Beider - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I rarely stop to think about how the words and pictures of a comic book fit together to tell the story. But sometimes, one or the other, or the combination of the two, is so flawed, it totally destroys the effect of the storytelling--like a boom mike that intrudes into the frame of a movie scene. I'm sorry to say that "Fairest: The Return of the Maharaja" is a case in point. A few examples of its storytelling flaws are listed after the

SPOILER ALERT

1. The shape-changing wolves say that they took revenge because one of the six of them was killed in a fight at a campsite. But when we saw that fight earlier, it appeared that three of them were killed. One got an arrow between the ears, a second was felled by an arrow shown protruding from its front ribcage, and a third had a gun fired at it, with the next panel seemingly showing its body recoiling from the impact. Maybe the second and third wounds weren't fatal, but even it's poor storytelling to even suggest that they were, unless you're going to make a story point later that two of the three made miraculous or stalwart recoveries.

2. The campsite was one day's caravan ride from the palace, which was a walk of at least a few weeks from Nalayani's village. The action had not moved far from the campsite at the point when the wolves told Prince Charming that they had taken their revenge on Nalayani's village. Yet when the scene shifts to the village on the next page, the weeks (okay, maybe days on fast horses) that it would have taken to get there are ignored: in all that time, Nalayani evidently wasn't told what they would see when they arrived---and oh yeah, the village is still smoldering!

3. In the middle of a fight with Charming, the usurped maharaja narrates two pages of flashback scenes.

There's more, but you get the idea. The storytelling is so clunky, so unprofessional, that I went from reading to thinking about what I was reading, and not in a good way. ("Yeah, come to think of it, what was the point of the story about the helpful jackal in the first chapter? Was that just to fill up pages?" Et cetera.)

I haven't read anything else by Sean E. Williams and don't know how he landed this "Fairest" gig, but he does not seem to have been up to the task. If you HAVE to have every "Fables"-related book (which I can understand, actually), I suggest buying it and just putting it on your shelf next to the others, or maybe flipping through the pages to look at the pictures. Don't waste your time reading it.
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Prince Charming Returns! 3 juin 2014
Par Scott Knight - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Fairest is a spin-off of the excellent Fables series by Bill Willingham. Generally, it relates the stories of the female fables, who may not get a lot of screen time in the main book. However, Fairest Vol. 3.: The Return of the Maharaja (written by Sean E. Williams) isn't really about one of the ladies. Sure, it stars Nalayani, a fable living in a village in India (or at least where Indian fables live). She displays the courage and intelligence we've come to expect from these characters. But, as far as I know, she is not really a well-known fable like the other stars of this book have been. The real star of The Return of the Maharaja is Prince Charming, who was last seen sacrificing himself in the pages of Fables. Charming's return seems to be hinting at a greater storyline in upcoming issues, and was done in an entertaining way that showed great development for the character.

This is where I have a slight problem with this book. While the collection is a great vehicle for re-introducing Charming into the Fables storyline, the concept is supposed to focus on the female fables. This is a minor quibble, I know, because the writing is fine and Nalayani and Charming have a very interesting story. But if there is going to be a side-vehicle for telling stories about any of the fables, then that's what it should do (and I would totally read that). Otherwise, I think the core concept of a title needs to be adhered to.

Overall, this was a good book. It will please fans of the series and characters. Williams does a nice job, and it will be interesting to see where this storyline heads in the future.

I received a preview copy of the book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.
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