Fables: Cubs in Toyland


4 Responses to “Fables: Cubs in Toyland”

  1. Jim Phelps says:

    Your link to the series actually points to the Amazon Affiliate Program login page.

  2. Josh Wilson says:

    Cory, I have to quibble with your assessment of Cubs in Toyland, though this may be purely a matter of taste. It was the arc that once and for all killed off my interest in Fables, which at one point was very high flying. Besides his basically sexist take on women — and let’s not even pause on his incarnation of the new Ms. Dark character — Toys in Cubland was a pointless, and pointlessly cruel, work with no moral message and no ethical achievement. The setup was intriguing and, of course, terrifying, to parents. But his writing in Fables is already so metafictional that his attempts at achieving a BPRD-style sense of removal, distance and inevitability failed completely. It came out as pointlessly cruel, and unrealistic within its own milieu. Why the girl wolf-cub should be so awfully, cruelly punished for being merely thoughtless makes no sense in a universe where the creator’s capacity for intervention is so apparent. The boy-cub’s self sacrifice is similarly meaningless, which is a giant fail in terms of writing and plotting a storyworld in which serendipity and the writer’s whims play such a huge role. I’ll check in on Fables every now and then, but I see its achievements are largely self indulgence, at this point.

    • idiosynchronic says:

      +1 for well-thought out and justified criticism. I’m hoping that Willingham can justify this incredibly twisted and joyless tale in the larger arc. He hasn’t lost me *yet*. It took reading Fairest at the same time for me to make it though. (and Fairest is worth a spin from the library if you’re looking for better feminist stories)

  3. Cory MacDonald says:

    I think Fables was quite good (although not up to the standards of Vertigo classics like Sandman and Transmetropolitan) during its first large arc against the adversary. But since then it’s lost its raison d’etre and has just become more and more meandering.  Cory Doctorow seems to be trying to make a silk purse out of that particular sow’s ear here. 

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