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We look back to Rapunzel’s first fateful steps as she’s shipwrecked on the shores of the Hidden Kingdom. She’s charmed by the Celestial Court, but there is political intrigue afoot and a forbidden love affair when Rapunzel falls in love with Tomoko, a kitsune fox spirit. Meanwhile Joel Crow and Jack of Fables get more than they bargained for in a seedy pachinko parlor and karaoke club. And when Rapunzel is reunited with her former lover, she’s shocked at the monster Tomoko has become.

Written by Lauren Beukes
Art by Inaki Miranda
Cover by Adam Hughes

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  1. OH!? Tomoko? Interesting.

  2. This is a make or break issue for me. This has been okay but haven’t really been wowed yet.

  3. I dropped this last issue, too many references to the Fables series which I haven’t been following.

    • That seems like a flaw in your decision to read the book at all. Since its pretty much ALL been tied back to the core series. Its a companion series after all. What were you expecting?

  4. I was expecting nothing but love here. I guess it takes all sorts to make a world.

    I am enjoying this book a lot. I don’t read Fables, but I know enough about it from a couple of Library pick ups to get the gist of the back story. I’m loving Rapunzel and the inclusion of Japanese folklore.

    You can’t beat a good Adam Hughes cover either, his work is properly beautiful.

  5. You can definitely read this series if you don’t know much about Fables other than the premise but to really appreciate the references and chronology you have to really have read all of Fables. To be honest, if you are going to read either this or Fables I would just go with Fables. Volume 13, The Great Fables Crossover would even be a good starting point IMO if you didn’t want to start right at the beginning.

    And speaking of the Crossover…. I am hoping we get something like that again between Fables and Fairest.

    • Fairest would have to move beyond these little mini-series to do a crossover of that scale. Jack of Fables was a solid ongoing series in its own right.

      I like to get this different feedback from Kipper, har13quin and zuper because a week or so ago my girlfriend was talking about possibly wanting to get into the Fables comics, and even though I’ve read everything my collection doesn’t go back that far so I don’t have that much early stuff to give her. I was thinking to myself “I know part of the pitch for Fairest was that its an easy entrance point into the Fables universe for new readers, but would it really be a good read without a background in Fables?” Good to get other folks’ two cents on it.

    • The format of Fairest is definitely conducive to an easy entrance into the Fables universe but only in that Fairest takes place in that universe. I don’t think you could jump on Fairest as a stepping stone to Fables. If you want to get into Fables you just have to read Fables, bottom line. (Or, like I said, you might be alright starting with vol. 13).

      I read this series because I love any expansion of the Fables world but I honestly don’t think this series would mean very much to me if I wasn’t already into Fables. I appreciate Fairest because I already read Fables. I think Fairest is a series people get, not because they want to know about these characters, but because they already read Fables and want to know MORE about these characters. If I wasn’t already reading Fables already I would be wondering why I have a Rapunzel story on my pull list.

    • I have to say, I don’t read fables, but have read the great fables crossover (from the Library), and this book is great. Knowing Fables helps in getting the setting, but it is not essential to understanding it. I also like having a lone book, that is currently about rapunzel, amongst my superhero and other books. That is the wonder of comics.

  6. I’m really enjoying this as a companion to Fables. But I must admit, I would probably buy it just for the covers.

    • Yeah, the covers are great especially now that they no longer have the promotional banner for Arrow :s.

    • Am i the ONLY PERSON ON EARTH who finds Adam Hughes cover bore him to tears? I mean, yeah its pretty, but its so in your face. Completely lacks any of the subtly James Jean and Co. bring to the tables on their Fables covers.

      Also everyone looks like a porn star. Learn to draw more phenotypes Hughes!

    • Adam Hughes’ cover work here is nice. Attractive, with a tinge of strangeness.

      @TheAdventurer I, too enjoy James Jean’s work. I’m sure you have, but if you haven’t checked out his website, WOW! get ready to have your mind blown! James Jean’s talent is MASSIVE!

    • Jean is great, but Hughes is great as well. Their styles are very different and Hughes has made his name doing pin ups – that is why he gets hired. He is clearly on this book because the writer/editor wants beautiful pin up covers.

      I don’t think it’s fair to say he draws porn stars, he is hardly Greg Land. His poses display variety beyond the usual comic book pin up and his faces can often display an interesting range of emotion.

      All the women are beautiful and the men handsome, but then, this is comics we are talking about.

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