Early Review: Fables, Werewolves of the Heartland (Fables #21) by Bill Willingham

November 15, 2012 Review 0

*This title will be released on November 20, 2012*

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland

(Fables, #21)
by Bill Willingham

Genre: Graphic Novel |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Juila | Source: Netgalley

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; November 20, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1401224792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224790


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Nudity, a sexual situation.


At long last! The long-awaited original FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND graphic novel is here!

Bigby Wolf embarks on a quest through the American Heartland to find a new location for Fabletown, a secret society of exiled fairy tale characters living among the “mundys.” In his wanderings, Bigby stumbles across Story City, a small town that seems to be occupied solely by werewolves. Oddly enough, they seem to already know and revere Bigby, but at the same time they’ve captured and caged him.

FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND tells an epic tale that began well before Bigby Wolf set foot in the bucolic plains of the Midwest. It began long ago when he served in World War II and became mired in a Nazi experiment that would change nations. It’s soon evident that murder in Story City is the least of their sins, and unraveling the town’s many mysteries may cost Bigby, the seventh son of the North Wind, much more than his own life.

This new hardcover is a must-have for any longtime FABLES fan, as well as a great entry point for new readers.


I’ve had a hit or miss relationship with graphic novels, bouncing back and forth between original issues and graphic adaptations of old familiar favorites.  FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND is a strong vote in the “original content” category, as I found this story thoroughly entertaining.

I have only passing familiarity with the Fable series as a whole, but that did not detract from my enjoyment of WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND.  If anything, this book is an interlude outside other plot lines.  The few hints of past Fables that I missed just piqued my interest to go back and read more of the series (Bigby and Snow White’s story in particular has my full attention).  WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND is light on romance (which is good, as our hero is married and no where near his wife), but werewolves provide nude eye candy on almost every page.  Hairy eye candy at times, but eye candy nonetheless.

WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND employs flashbacks to bounce this story from between present and past.  The violence that ensues isn’t necessarily inevitable, but believable enough.  One issue wasn’t enough to develop Bigby or his supporting cast as particularly charismatic or nuanced characters either, but I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for them in the future.  WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND is a fun fairy tale to pass the time, and a welcome glimpse of the Fables world.  For fans of the series, this should be a must read.  For intermittent graphic novel readers like myself, it was a pleasant diversion.

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