If you’re a lover of storytelling or fairy tales and myths it’s a sure bet you’ll like Everafter. It’s not just because it takes themes from stories we love, but because it changes them so as to reflect today’s world. Take the current story arc that uses bullies who do terrible things to their classmates. It feels very relevant, but also twists things as to make something brand new from that relevance.

Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #10
Writer: Dave Justus and Lilah Sturges
Artist: Travis Moore
Publisher: Vertigo

So what’s it about?

Read our exclusive preview to find out more!

Why does this book matter?

The summary says it all as the creative team takes the heroic act of Speckland and draws it out into years. This issue is very much stand alone and harbors a compelling message about faith and belief. Given the series is about fables that have come alive, belief is a major theme that is explored in an interesting way here.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

Dave Justus and Lilah Sturges have written quite a strong issue if you’re at all interested in stories about faith or belief. The trick of the issue though, is how it creeps up on you, opening with a confrontation and then going in a surprising direction. An early caption reads, “How does a MAN become a MYTH?” and it’s incredibly relevant to this story. I’d like to think the creators thought about what it was like when the Bible was written and how it was inspired. This issue goes down a route that plays with that concept and ends up feeling satisfying and whole. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers, but it makes a strong case for faith and belief being a big part of how humanity can survive. It all leads to a cliffhanger that is anybody’s guess as to where this story goes from here.

That didn’t work out so well did it?

It’s worth noting there are some rather adult themes in this issue which include the terrible acts those in power may do to innocent folks. This sprouts into complex events that are quite heavy. That adds to the realism of the issue and ultimately makes it more profound.

The art by Travis Moore is sharp and quite realistic. His lines help sell the fact that this is all real, however magical and insane things can get. In an amazing page that sets up much of the sorrow of the issue, we see the victims seek solace in the ways they understand all the while panels run down the page showing what basically amounts to their hope dying. It’s an awesome visual that helps visualize the utter despair they must be going through.

Note the panels on the right running down the page.

It can’t be perfect can it?

Like I said before, this issue is rather heavy. The overall concept isn’t happy or fun making, there’s no big fun action sequence, and it’s all rather tough to get through. That makes the read quite unique in the grand scheme of comics that hit the shelf each week. It’s laid on so thickly, without much reprieve. You’ll want a hero to show up and save the day when it’s clear they won’t. Maybe that’s the point, but it’s laid on so thickly it can be a real downer.

Is It Good?

Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #10 is a strong issue that can be read on its own. If you’re at all interested in faith, belief, and the power of such things give this a look. You won’t be disappointed.

Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #10
Is It Good?
Though dark, this is a strong issue that deals with how belief and faith can be the guiding light from total dispair.
A strong message written in a tight done in one sort of way
Art keeps the story feeling grounded and realistic
It's a dark story to say the least with no reprieves of fun action or light moments

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