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Fables, Vol. 14: Witches - Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, David Lapham, Jim Fern, Andrew Pepoy, Craig Hamilton I have very mixed feelings about this collected volume. The art was good, not fantastic but good enough. But the story line with the witches annoyed me. The last two issues, were very good.



I found the introduction to be confusing and I felt like I was dropped into an ongoing story with no background information. It wasn’t immediately clear who the boxers are and what there purpose was. The first issue was better than the intro, the big witch is set free and Snow White and Bigby are around briefly.

In story 2, I love Bufkin the monkey, Beauty announces she’s preggers, Frau Totenkinder leaves town and is up to something. Not bad but average. Story 3 really annoyed me, I missed the regular characters but continued to love Bufkin. Story 4 didn’t like and Ozma was declared leader. Story 5 Ozma and Gepetto fight for control. This issue a little better but still not great.

Stoy 6 and 7 I loved because the regular characters are back. 6 was my favorite, the baseball game was amusing and in 7 the story line continues with a goblin on trial for murder of another fable. Missed Snow and Bigby.



I’m really torn between giving this 3 and 4 stars, but I think I’ll lean toward 3 because the witches story bored the crap out of me.