DC Comics Revives Fables, Now With 100% More Batman | IGN

It’s been almost 20 years since DC Comics first launched Fables, and the publisher is celebrating that milestone with several new Fables projects written by creator Bill Willingham. One of them even involves a Batman crossover.

Willingham is making his return to DC later this year to pen Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham. This six-issue mystery noir will be published under the DC Black Label imprint. The creative team also includes artist Brian Level, inker Jay Leisten and colorist Lee Loughridge.

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“I’ve wanted to do this since the very first year of Fables,” said Willingham in DC’s press release. “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.

Willingham continued, “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.”

Once Batman vs. Bigby! wraps up in 2022, DC will revive the monthly Fables comic for a new 12-issue storyline written by Willingham and drawn by series mainstay Mark Buckingham. The series will pick up right where it left off in 2015’s Fables #150, with Fables #151 beginning a new story called “The Black Forest.”

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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?”

This will actually be the second direct Fables sequel, following 2016’s Everafter: From the Pages of Fables. That series wasn’t written by Willingham, however, and takes place decades after the finale.

Finally, DC teased Willingham will also be penning a holiday-themed Justice League special called Cursemas.

Batman vs. Bigby! will launch in September 2021, followed by the return of Fables in May 2022.

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Fables was published under DC’s mature readers Vertigo imprint, but Vertigo was permanently shuttered in 2020. Fables was among IGN’s picks for the 14 comics that defined the Vertigo era.

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