… surrounded by Pinocchios Brothers, some Barleycorn Women and a Head called Frankie, telling them a story. A story about a mirror? No. A story about The Magic Mirror? No. It’s a story told by The Magic Mirror, specifically it is about Thirty Tales of Seven terrible Days!
Magic Mirror: I confess, my first tale of the evening was more prologue than proper standalone story.
But the true ones can be like that, eschewing traditional structure. Stay with me and you’ll see I haven’t wasted your time.
The Magic Mirror tells a story about a murder that happened in the community of the fables, a murder that needs investigation and due to the fact that Bigby (the Big Bad Wolf), who was the former Sheriff of Fabletown is currently not available because of being more or less ‘broken’. So who else to ask than Cinderella who is working as a spy for the Fables. First mistake she makes is that she thinks as a spy, later on we see how she gets better in the job and we have some Agatha Christie moments right there when she finds clues and puts together quite fittingly.
With this book Bill Willingham once again proves that he is an amazing storyteller. Within this Graphic Novel we are offered a story that has it all, love, deception, murder, crime, double-dealing, devious characters and some cliff-hangers from chapter to chapter. What we even get is one murder after the other and after some panels I had the feeling of reading a George R. R. Martin book, or a Joss Whedon story or even a typical tv show episode written by Steven Moffat. Yeah, magic wands or guns do not kill people, those guys do, trust me.
Furthermore it surely was a tough decision to tell this story in thirty chapters with an “amazing array of artists”. Each of them bringing a quite unique touch to the story, giving each chapter the atmosphere it needs. It helped a lot that some of them are quite often working together with Bill Willingham to draw some stories. We get Chrissie Zullo, Adam Hughes, Shawn McManus and Mark Buckingham among many others. One of my favorite is the two-pager by Dean Ormston who gives quite a creepy touch to the character of Cinderella, which I like because usually we see her cute as a button and fighting like a ninja. In these panels she interrogates a possible suspect and it feels like scene of a cop show. By the way loved what Dean Ormston did back then in the Lucifer series, some series worth rereading, but I’ll come back to that later, promise.
Also be warned, as you may already have found out by reading the above this is a story meant for fans who read most of the story lines that were published in the past few years. It would be interesting how someone may think about this story without knowing who the characters are, what motivations drive them each day and why the Magic Mirror ist trapped within this magical chamber. In my imagination so many questions are unanswered in this book. This is even a very non typical story in the Fairest series, because so far many of them were handled to be quite stand alone stories with some hints to the main Fables story line but it didn’t seem mandatory to know them.
Magic Mirror: One of Briar Rose’s birthday blessings was the gift of music, she could play anything.
In the 60s her instrument was the Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar, mated to an amplifier dialed up to Eleven.
With three mundy girls, who’d no idea she wasn’t the same, Briar Rose founded a girl group called “The Dirty Birds”.
In case you are new to the Fableverse, read it and if you enjoy it than try to get the first chapter of Fables in your nearest Comic Book Shop, you will not be disappointed.
By the way – keep watching the car and count the “changes”.