163. Fables #16: Super Team

Super Team by Bill Willingham. Art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Eric Shanower, Terry Moore, Andrew epoy & Richard Friend  (US) - (Canada)
Fables, Vol. #16

Pages: 160
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 12, 2012
First Published: Dec. 20, 2011
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, fairy tales
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "What am I going to do next?"

Publisher's Summary:  Now why would we saddle a FABLES book with a title like "Super Team"? And why does snotty little Pinocchio think he needs to design tight-fitting costumes for a carefully selected group of Fables? Find out in these stories from FABLES #101-107, including a special story illustrated by Terry Moore (Echo, Strangers in Paradise).

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from an online store.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This was a strange volume that felt like a cheesy outtake.  It settles the main story arc but in a rather tongue in cheek manner which didn't really seem to take the Dark Man story line seriously in the end.  First we start with a short episode involving Bufkin, Mirror and Frankie who are trapped inside the ruins of the office.  I enjoyed this short episode which is totally unrelated to the rest of the book but does either set up a new story arc or finish off one character.  We'll have to wait and see.  I found it quite ticklish to see that Eric Shanower had guested as the artist for this volume which ends up in Oz.  Then the main section of the book centres on the Super Team storyline which deals with several characters storylines and the overarching Dark Man story is concluded.  I just wasn't impressed with this turn of events and found everyone involved in it especially Pinocchio and Ozma incredibly irritating, I usually enjoy Pinocchio.  And the superhero theme incredibly fluffy and not very funny.  Finally, the volume ends with another non-related one story arc which brings a new character (or one who hasn't been seen for a long time, I can't remember) into play.  The volume leaves off with several new story arcs to follow and the title of the next volume, due out this summer, gives us a clue as to where the story will be going.


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