Countdown to Fables #100: Waiting for the Blues

Welcome to today’s entry to the Countdown to Fables #100, where on Tuesday and Friday I recap a story told within the pages of Fables.  This will happen up until issue #100 is released on December 8th.  If you’re new to the countdown, an archive of all previous entries can be found under our Special Features menu.  Today’s story is titled “Waiting for the Blues.”  In this story, they mourn the passing of a hero, while contemplating their lives and the nature of their existence.  The story, complete with spoilers (of course), is after the break.

Waiting for the Blues
Issue #82
Art by David Hahn

Everyone returns from Boy Blue’s funeral in Haven, and goes off into their own separate discussions.  Sinbad tries to have a discussion with Rose Red, but she doesn’t want to talk.  She tells him that she divorced him, so he should leave.  She’s going to stay in bed until Blue comes back from the dead, then work for as long as it takes to prove to him that she’s good enough.  Snow White and Bigby decide that the cubs should go stay with their grandfather, Mr. North, until they know exactly what the danger is and if The Farm is safe.  Stinky has a discussion with Frau Totenkinder about the nature of magic in the mundy world.  Stinky believes that the known Fables always come back, but Frau hasn’t seen anything conclusive.  They go on to discuss how the mundy world has stories of them, and which came first, the stories about them or themselves.  Stinky thinks Frau is insulting him, so he storms off.  In a barn, Clara interrupts a discussion going on by the animal Fables about how the humans should not be able to control it.  Stinky reassures Clara that this was just a memorial service.  He then proclaims that he believes Boy Blue will come back to defeat this new adversary that they are facing, and then create a new, peaceful empire.  Pinocchio is upset with Flycatcher because he’s talking like Boy Blue will never return.  As everything settles down, Beast tells Bigby that he needs to leave The Farm now because it’s against the law.  Bigby takes offense to the law, and both men get into an argument and begin to transform.

As the book says, this is a bit of an epilogue for The Dark Ages, but it’s also a bit of a prologue for the next story, The Great Fables Crossover.  The discussion about the nature of the mundy world and it’s connection to the Fables will be explored in much greater detail in that story.  The belief that Boy Blue will return is something to keep an eye on as it grows in future stories.  Rose Red’s depression is something that will also be further developed.  Both of these latter issues greatly influence how things develop on The Farm.

Up next, The Great Fables Crossover


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