DC’s Fables Returns, Gets Black Label Batman Crossover Series

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Fables returns to DC with a 12-issue Black Label run from Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham, in addition to a Bigby/Batman crossover series.

DC Comics is returning to Fabletown.

Fables co-creators Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham will reunite for a 12-issue Black Label run titled “The Black Forest.” It will pick up after the events of Fables #150, while also serving as a launch point for new readers. Along with writer Willingham and penciler Buckingham, original Fables inker Steve Leialoha, colorist Lee Loughridge and letterer Todd Klein will also return.

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“We introduce a great new character and catch up with many of our most beloved characters from the previous issues,” said Willingham. “Mark Buckingham has agreed to draw all twelve issues of this tale and I believe he’s doing the best work of his career. Yes, I know I’ve said that several times before, but can I help it if he keeps getting better and better?” Fables #151 will go on sale in May 2022.

Willingham will also write a six-issue Black Label crossover series starring Batman and Fables’ Bigby Wolf, which will hit shelves this September. Titled Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham, the noir mystery series will see the Caped Crusader face off against the infamous sleuth. Brian Level is on pencil duty, while inks and colors will be done by Jay Leisten and Loughridge, respectively.

“I’ve wanted to do this since the very first year of Fables,” said Willingham. “Why? Because Batman is a detective, and Bigby is a detective, and I love a well-crafted story crossing over characters from two different fictional worlds. It’s automatically a fish-out-of-water story for at least one of the main characters, and that sort of story always works. Plus, I knew from the very beginning of Fables that my fictional universe would allow for many ways to get Bigby Wolf into the DCU and Gotham City. Even though those cosmic story structures wouldn’t be introduced in the Fables books for a year or more, they were baked in from the very beginning.”

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Finally, Willingham will all write Cursemas, a 48-page holiday special centered on the Justice League. The rest of the creative team and a release window were not announced.

Fables‘s original run ran from 2002 to 2015 for 150 issues. Set in the modern day, it follows classic fairy tale characters — such as Snow White, Prince Charming and Rapunzel — who are forced to set up a hidden community in New York City after their Homelands are invaded and taken over by the Adversary.

Written by Bill Willingham, with art by Brian Level, Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1 goes in sale this September.

Written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Mark Buckingham, Fables #151 goes on sale in May 2022.

Written by Bill Willingham, Cursemas #1 goes not have a release date.

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Source: DC Comics

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