Reviews: Fables

Great story but with visible flaws (spoilers ahoy)

So I've been following this story from beginning to end, and it's been a fun journey. The drawings (for the most parts) are amazing, the characters are a lot of fun, and it has some really interesting and even epic moments here and there.

My beef with the series though would be the lack of character development and any real depth within the characters and their relationships, one good example being Snow, Bigby and their cubs of which we never really have focus on their interactions as a family. The kicker would definetely be when Bigby met his children again after four years and this received absolutely no focus. Snow was dreading having babies but after she had them, nothing else was said about it and she just sort of suddenly was accepting of the situation. At some point she asks North to be a mentor for her children on how to control their magic abilities. These are all just some examples of scenarios that could have been explored a lot more for heartwarming and character building moments, but they're all topics abandonded as quickly as they're brought up.

Of course this does not only account for Snow and Bigby, I'm merely using them as the most familiar examples. I feel this series overall can get a bit too much of "Tell" rather than "Show". Bigby being brought back to normal at the end happened way too quickly after all that build up and the ending climax with Rose waging a war towards Snow I thought was kinda pointless and forced, not to mention the ridiculously easy way of how it was solved; simply ask Rose what happens with Snow's children. Sorry, but you're telling me she never thought of that? I also didn't really get the point of ending it with showing all the dozens of people descending from Snow and Bigby after what is apparently several centuries later of which said couple are still perfect and happy. I think a Who Wants to Live Forever? topic would have been interesting to see the characters face at one point, but apparently no one is bothered by that in this universe? Oh well.

All this being said though, I have still enjoyed Fables and am very glad to have read it. There are still lots of great moments to counter the weaker ones. For me personally, those weaker moments just keeps the series from reaching its full potential and making it an amazing one, but as it is now, it makes for a strong 6/10 rating to me.