So I recently picked up this Vertigo preview thing which had a Fairest preview in it and liked what I saw but I'm a bit concerned that I'd be out of the loop as I've never read an issue of Fables. I know its only been one issue but could use some opinions on how it it is for newcomers/non fables readers. If I was to read Fables I really wouldn't have the patience to catch up on a hundred plus issues in trade. Could anyone recommend a recent-ish jumping on point or any must read arcs? And if anyone picked up Voodoo Child today, is that any good? Seems interesting. Thanks!
Anyway, it seems that Fairest itself is a new story, so I say maybe read the last collected volume of Fables, "Rose Red" To be honest, I like Fables, and although it has 100 plus issues, not THAT much happens, I can pretty much sum it up in a paragraph.
@HotSauceCommittee: @The Stegman: Rose Red isn't the last Fables trade, Super-Team is (and Vol. 17 comes out in four months) but more importantly I believe that each arc of Fairest is intended to be accessible but at the same time, I don't think you will be able to know in advance what's required reading or not because Fairest isn't an ongoing story, each arc focuses on a random female from the Fables series and how much she's already been developed in Fables will probably impact the accessibility of the arc
for example, Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) of the first arc has never really done much of any character development, she's important in an early story arc where they use her "superpower" and she's also important in the defeat of The Empire (her power again coming into play) but most of the stories revolving around her are around that power rather then herself, the most recent issue about her (a one-shot, #107) she is asleep the entire time
But if they end up doing an arc about Rose Red for example in the future, you basically have to read the entire series (IMO). Personally I'd recommend the entire Fables series and say that it doesn't take nearly as long to catch up as you think, however, if you want a recent jumping-on point I think #101 is probably the best place to start, although the first arc after #100 resolves a storyline that started in #82(?), most of the stuff is new storylines that seem like they will shape the series for the next few years.
And I haven't read Dominique yet but I'm excited for it (I order my comics by pack twice a month so it won't be arriving until Mid-April)
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