In less than 15 Hours from now (give or take, depending on when your store opens), one of the most anticipated and hyped books of the year (at least for the fanbase, anyway) hits the shevles of your favorite LCS. Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for a celebration of epic proportions. It's time for Fables #100, a commemoration that wouldn't be complete without a thread to do it justice. Here's hoping that this OP goes a long way in doing so.The Full Cover
The Official Solicit wrote:In this fantastic 100-page issue, it's time to put an end to Mister Dark once and for all, and time for the Fables to return home to Fabletown. For that to happen, one of the Fables agrees to take on the Dark Man in single combat! It's big, it's epic, and if you live in New York City, you may want to take a quick vacation when this issue comes out, because things are going to get wrecked!
In addition to the larger-than-life main story, we have a FABLES prose story written by Mark Buckingham and illustrated by Bill Willingham! We have an All-Star Burning Questions section that will knock your socks off (seriously, innocent people are going to lose some socks here). We have a puppet theatre created by the unstoppably creative Mark Buckingham, a FABLES board game, sequential stories painted by Chrissie Zullo and Joao Ruas, and even more surprises in this square-bound behemoth celebrating this award-winning Vertigo series!FAQ for the CuriousQ: Why is this issue so damn special?
A: Isn't it obvious? Very few books make it big 1-0-0, and whenever a book does, it's cause for at least acknowledgment .Q: A 100th Issue usually means 2 things, Higher Page Count and Higher Costs. Where does this issue stand in those two areas?
A: Fables #100 will be 100 Pages with a cost of $9.99Q: $9.99?!? Are you crazy?!? Marvel Releases 104 Page Books for $4.99!!Why is being priced for twice as much?!?
A: A good question that has one simple answer. The Marvel Releases usually have anywhere from 50 - 65% New Material (Spider Man #600 might have been the exception) with the rest being reprints and handbook material, where as Fables #100 will have 100% new material from cover to cover.Q: Okay, that answers part of the previous question, but I still want to know what's inside of the book?
A: Ask, and you shall receive. Fables #100 will include- A 62-page lead story written by series creator Bill Willingham, with art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy
- A 10-page prose story written by Mark Buckingham with illustrations by Bill Willingham.
- A set of do-it-yourself FABLES puppet theater illustrated by Mark Buckingham
- A three-page story written by Willingham with art by CINDERELLA artist Chrissie Zullo
- A three-page story written by Willingham with art by Joao Ruas
- A two-page FABLES board game, illustrated by Buckingham, with game rules by Willingham
- Four celebrity “Burning Questions” stories, all written by Willingham, featuring questions from some of your favorite actors who are also FABLES fans! These “Burning Questions” are illustrated by top-flight artists including Adam Hughes, J.H. Williams III and Dave Johnson.Q: What if I Trade Wait? Should I wait for the trade this issue will be included in?
A: It depends, to be honest. If you're at least curious about the Puppet Theater and The Game Board (or even one of the two), then I take into account as to whether it'll translate to the trade or not. If you don't want to take the chance, I would say pick it up (especially if your LCS offers a membership discount of some sort). Besides there are just some issues you should have for keepsake purposes.Q: I haven't gotten into Fables yet, is Issue 100 a good place to start
A: I will say this once and once only....NO!!!! Unless you're ready to accept being somewhat confused then I would not start here. In fact, I would use that 10 Dollars to buy Volume 1 (Legends in Exile), and work your way up from there. I will not be responsible if you love Issue 100 and decide to spend 200 dollars to catch up. Q: Considering the Intention of this Thread is be "All Purprose", will this serve as the Review Group Spinoff Thread, as well?
A: That's up to BlueStreak. He's the RG Boss, so his blessing will be needed.Q: Will we try to play "Escape To Wolf Manor" online?
A: Yes! We just need to figure out a time and a way of doing this over the internet.
(Note: Even though most of us will probably have read this book by tomorrow evening, that doesn't mean everyone will have done so. In consideration to those people, I ask everyone to be considerate (this may not end well) and Spoiler-Tag any Non-Review Posts (should we get the okay for reviews) that contain such articles of information, between December 8th NOON EST - December 10th Midnight EST (36 Hour Spoiler Embargo.) Of course, this isn't a hard and fast rule, just a request for those who may not have the chance to read this by 9:15 AM)
Now on with the show!