Fables #120


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Fables #120


  • Words: Bill Willingham
  • Art: Mark Buckingham
  • Inks: Steve Leialoha
  • Colors: Lou Loughridge
  • Story Title: Beach Toys
  • Publisher: Vertigo Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2012

The Fisher King must choose.

With Fables #120, Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham truly drag the Wolf cubs, Therese and Dare, into dark and deranged territory.  Therese, mentally ravaged by the toys in Madland continues to sink into boredom, despair, and isolation, while her broken brother Dare takes up the toughest fight of his life, with a little help from a long lost companion. 

Cubs in Toyland, which builds upon the solid previous arc, Inherit the Wind, continues to develop Bigby and Snow’s cubs in such a fantastic way.  Not since the ravages of Fabletown’s war with the Empire has a Fables character been utterly ruined in front of the reader’s eyes, as Willingham continues to do with Therese.  The young girl’s plummet into a sort of animalistic misery truly rivals the fate of (spoilers) Prince Charming and Boy Blue’s physical destruction so many years ago, while Dare’s more bodily taxing adventure across the wastelands of Madland is the perfect counterpart to her tale.  The true mystery of Cubs in Toyland, however, continues to be how the rest of the cubs fit into the fold of Therese and Dare's trials; Willingham teases readers with the truth behind this mystery, but in typical fashion, the truth could be nothing more than a hallucination.

Cubs in Toyland takes fans of Fables to some of the title’s darkest territory yet.  Brought to gorgeous, albeit saddening life, by the amazing Mark Buckingham, Fables #120 is the penultimate chapter that will surely shock every reader, leaving them dying to know the fates of the two broken cubs.

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