Fairest #6 Review Short Version: Fairest #6 wraps up the first arc of Bill Willingham’s Fables spin-off. It’s an enjoyable read that ties up all of the loose ends from the series. Fairest is a much more light-hearted take on Fables, but Willingham’s writing is as strong as ever here.
Fairest #6 Writer: Bill Willingham
Fairest #6 Artist Phil Jimenez
Fairest #6 picks up with the Snow Queen holding a decisive leg up on Hadeon after calling in the back-up. However, it wouldn’t be much of a final issue if things went as planned for the Snow Queen in Fairest #6. Instead, the Snow Queen soon finds herself rather at a disadvantage and Briar Rose decides that she has had quite enough of all of this, even though she is operating at a slightly lower (read: much, much lower) power level than the participants in the cosmic witch-fight. The conclusion of the fight feels a little deus ex machina-y, but it’s fun and satisfying, so screw it all.
Fairest #6 wraps everything up from the previous five issues quite nicely. The Fables series tends to deal in the dark and macabre (especially as of late), while Fairest is a little more ‘fairy tale’ in nature, showing us that – even in the world of Fables - sometimes things work out, even if they don’t necessarily work out the way you expect. Of course, Fairest is going to be an anthology series, so Fairest #6 wraps up Willingham’s run on the book, stepping aside for Matthew Sturges and Shawn McManus to do a detective story around Beauty and the Beast. While Willingham’s run has been fun, and Fairest #6 is an entertaining read, the best thing about Fairest going forward may well be getting to see other creators’ takes on the popular series. Fairest #6 may lack the gravity of Fables, but it’s a fulfilling ending to a fun story where things work out in the end. Fairest #6 is available now at your local comic book shop or from Comixology for $2.99.
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