[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writers: Dave Justus & Lilah Sturges
Artist: Travis Moore
Colors: Michael Wiggam
After last month’s issue in the the cube, we return to the team of Shadow Players trying to solve this problem. They’ve learned that time is passing at a faster rate inside the cube, but they haven’t been able to determine any details. And, as one may recall, there are other problems for the team, namely saving Inola Tanner from her former bosses at Acquisitions.
Bo and Connor are with Tanner and on the road from the flying severed goat heads. Bo and Tanner take off on a police motorcycle as Connor stays behind to deal with a homicidal ghost. The ghost proves to be quite difficult as she disembowels Connor with a very large knife. Back at Base Camp, it takes Ms. Bass and Ayesha from Shadow Players HQ to give Connor the helping hand he needs to pull.
While all this is going on, Peter has entered Tanner’s home and discovered all the magical artifacts she kept for herself over the years. Feathertop orders him to dispose of it. All of it.
After last month’s story focusing on Bobby Strickland, it’s a nice change of pace to get back to the larger cast in this issue. There are lots of small moments that add to everyone’s character. We see Tanner’s motivations as a mother. We get a little more flirting between Ms. Bass and Thomas. And we again see that there’s something strange going on with Bo and Peter: whenever Bo receives a wound, she seems not to notice, and yet Peter feels the pain. Finally, Connor’s attack by La Llorona, the ghost fable was new and exciting as a concept and it was solved in a unique manner. Ms. Bass’s knowledge of such things also added to the mystery surrounding her character.
This issue avoids some of the problems some previous issues have had with too much going on.
Overall, this is a well-balanced issue that adds nicely to the plot and character development as well as the introduction of a new fable type. Lots of mysteries to be solved in the coming months, and issues like this will continue to push Everafter: From the Pages of Fables in the right direction. It may be that Bo and Peter will have to share the spotlight with characters like Ms. Bass who are interesting in their own right.