Fables Volume 20: Camelot TP, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Rose Red finally and formally takes on the mantle of Paladin of Hope toheroically rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of "Snow White." A new darkage calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacredquest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown.Collects issues #130-140 of this 14-time Eisner-Award-winningseries.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781401245160



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I got a copy of this book to review through Edelweiss. There is a lot going on in this series at this point. This graphic novel covered four main storylines as the fables settle into their new home. This trade paperback (TPB) collects issues #130 to #140. This series is supposed to end with issue #150, with will be included in TPB volume 21: Happily Ever After.Issue 130 is about the Daughter of Rodney and June as she explores Castle Black. Issues 131 to 133 and 135 to 137 are about Rose Red claiming her place as a Paladin of Second Chances and starting her own round table. Issue 134 has a very touching scene between Bigsy and Boy Blue. Issue 138 is a brief interlude on what Gepetto’s been up to. Finally issues 139 - 140 are about the members of Boy Blue’s Band.Of the above my favorites were the storyline with Rose Red and her round table. Rose Red always has such good intentions, but manages to just mess everything up. As part of her new Paladin of 2nd Chances title she releases Prince Brandish to reform him. As you can imagine this does not go over well with Snow.Snow is torn between dealing with Rose Red and trying to put Bigsy back together again. She is desperately trying to find the one last piece of Bigsy.I also really enjoyed the issue with Boy Blue and Bigsy, they walk through the afterlife and have a very heartfelt discussion. It was very well done and give excellent insight into both their characters.I didn’t really understand what the June Bug story arc featuring the little girl exploring Castle Black had much to do with anything. I also was a bit confused about what the two issues following the remnants of Boy Blue had to do with anything.I still enjoyed this book. I really loved the Rose Red storyline. However, I was happy to hear that the next TPB will be the last. I do feel like the series has been losing some steam over the last couple TPB.Overall a good addition to the Fables universe. I recommend the whole Fables series to those who enjoy urban fantasy graphic novels. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series since there are so many characters and things going on later in the series. I am very curious to see how things wrap up in Happily Ever After.

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ARC provided by NetGalleyThese are dark times within Fableland. Bigby the Wolf is gone. Turned to glass by a foe with a magic sword and shattered into a thousand pieces. Although the Fables have survived much, Bigby has always been a constant presence a wolf in dark clad armor that could not be defeated. Now though...new heroes must arise and Rose Red finally takes on the mantle of Paladin of Hope. She aims to create a new Round Table and Camelot for the modern age. But one of Rose’s chosen knights set her sister’s teeth on edge and may cast them both in roles that they do not desire. Dark times lead to new heroes and villains...who will be which?Fables is nearing the end of its run as the 150th issue approaches. While some of the more recent battles have been a downturn in Fableland (Mr. Dark perhaps?), Bill Willingham is bringing his masterpiece to a rousing crescendo of might. Alliances are torn apart, new ones are built, and old roles are switched around and old friends show up one last time. Fables, in my opinion, is the most unique continuing series on the market right now. Bill Willingham has taken familiar characters, like Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf, and given them new life and new purpose. This series constantly leave me speechless, because just when I think I have things figured out Bill tosses everything out the window.in a good way, at the twists and turns that you never see coming. And the art work for each issues is always spectacular. The characters live and breathe on the page and there is such depth to the world around them that I always have to go back through and relook at the issue just to see what I might have missed.The artwork for this series is as usual, fantastic. The characters live and breathe on the page and there is such depth to the world around them that I always have to go back through and relook at the issue just to see what I might have missed. And I always love seeing what clues and details are hidden in the borders of the pages. In this volume my favorite pieces of art are of course with Snow White and Rose Red. I love seeing the two sisters interact with each other and show that they're made of stuff sterner than anyone else in this series is. And the artwork lets you see all of that at a glance. I highly, highly recommend this collection. Bill Willingham has created a fantastic universe and continues to surprise me with the direction he's able to take the series. While I do not relish the end, I look forward to seeing what surprises are left in store for us. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Summary: Bigby has defeated Snow White's first husband, Prince Brandish, but not without a terrible cost - Bigby has been turned into glass and shattered into a thousand pieces. The witches of Fabletown are working to restore him, but it is a daunting task, and there's no guarantee he'll come back the same, even if they can reassemble every last shard. Snow is coping as best she can, especially considering that her daughter, Therese, comes home from the Island of Misfit Toys much changed, and bearing bad news about her brother, Dare. And meanwhile, Rose Red has been tasked by Hope to find a direction, and she sets about creating a new Round Table, one whose knights are dedicated to the cause of second chances. But when Rose gives a second chance that Snow cannot forgive, will the rift between the sisters cause Rose's new Camelot to go the same way as the first?Review: After Fables has seen some lackluster volumes in its recent run, this one came roaring back full force, and it did so by concentrating its focus on the one story that has always been the heart of the series: Bigby and Snow, and their family. They're the emotional heart of this series that I always connect to. They're the story that was the first time that a graphic novel made me cry. And this book puts them back front and center, even though Bigby's dead and Snow has to hold her family together and carry on as best she can. (And, I have to say, there's an interlude issue halfway through the Camelot arc that features Bigby in the afterlife that just about broke me. I'm sure there have been other comics have made me cry since The Mean Seasons, but the total is now n+1.) Plus, I love me a good King Arthur story, so I enjoyed that aspect of things as well, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out in future volumes. 4 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: Really good. Better than Fables has been in a while, in fact.