“Werewolves of the Heartland” – the Fables graphic novel with a werewolf brawl on the cover

A. Quinton — Oct. 12th 2012

Reader Stalker emailed me a link to this Newsarama interview with Bill Willingham, writer / creator of the Eisner-winning comic Fables. Willingham and artists Jim Fern, Craig Hamilton, Ray Snyder and Mark Farmer have collaborated on “Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland”, a 144-page graphic novel set in the Fables world. From the Vertigo site:

Bigby Wolf takes center stage in what might be the most action-packed FABLES story to date. Bigby embarks on a quest through the American Heartland to find a new location for Fabletown. In his wanderings, Bigby stumbles across a small town named Story City, that, amazingly enough, seems to be populated by werewolves. Who are they and where did they come from? They aren’t Fables, but they sure aren’t normal mundys. They seem to already know and revere Bigby, but at the same time they’ve captured and caged him – but why? Unravelling the many mysteries of Story City may cost Bigby more than his life.

Werewolves of the Heartland comes out November 22nd (you can pre-order it on Amazon now, though). It was originally announced in 2009, but was pushed back a few times because, as Willingham explains in the Newsarama interview, there were some problems coordinating all the art:

The principle artists are Jim Fern, who’s doing the layouts, and then Craig Hamilton did primarily the finishes and inking. And one of the reasons for doing the story was to give Craig Hamilton a really nice showcase for his wonderful talents. But there were some delays, as there often are on a big project, but for Craig and Jim, to a certain extent, we needed to bring in some help with some other artists who were able to stylistically keep it pretty much looking the same throughout.

I get so busy with non-werewolfy work at my “pays for my rent and food” job that I don’t have time to read even a quarter of all the great comics and books that get recommended to me, but I am going to have to set some time aside to read this. But first, I better get familiar with the Fables universe – the Newsarama interview makes it clear there’s a lot of story to explore. How many Werewolf News readers are familiar with Fables? Would you recommend it?

  • Kael

    I’m fairly familiar with Fables (I haven’t read all of it, but I’ve read quite a bit) and I highly recommend it. The art and story are really good, the characters are interesting, and it all comes together in a storm of awesome and wonder. And I really hope I have some money when this comes out because Bigby’s one of my favorite characters and I’ve loved every story that focuses on him (my fave has to be the WWII story, it was kind of badass).

  • Baeroth

    Another Fables fan here. I do highly recommend it, at least until issue ~100; that’s where I stopped for now, mainly because I felt they wrote themselves into a hole. It’s definitely worth reading the first hundred or so, though, especially the parts where Bigby is a big badass werewolf. =)

  • You need to start reading again. They just finished an arc and it was brutal, but beautiful. It was beyond a mere return to form for the book. Bill and Mark exceeded themselves with that story.

  • Craig J. Clark

    I stopped around issue 100 as well, and for pretty much the same reason. I’m glad to see this story is finally making it out there after being delayed so long, though, so I’ll probably dip back in just for it.