The Good Prince-a more appropriate title for a book has never existed. Fables is, far and away, the best comic book series running at the moment. The Good Prince comprises issues 60-69 of the title, and having read the entire run thus far, I can attest that Fables just keeps getting better and better.
In The Good Prince, Flycatcher takes hold of his lineage and accepts his true name of Prince Ambrose once more. While Fabletown and the Homelands continue to plan and engage war with one another, Prince Ambrose offers a third refuge, one without violence or political espionage.
Prince Ambrose is given the armor of the Foresworn Knight who turns out to be a rather famous figure from our favorite legend. He then uses that armor, as well as a certain well-known sword, to travel through the land of the dead and take up uninvited residence in the Homelands. Prince Ambrose collects friends and foes who were tossed down the Witching Well while making his way through the land of the dead and offers them a sort of pseudo-life as long as they remain just and true. For friends, this is not a problem; for foes, well, let’s say that some struggle at being “good” more than others. But set up his kingdom, and it grows and grows, despite constant attacks from the Adversary.
What I really love about The Good Prince is that Prince Ambrose refuses to kill. He wants no bloodshed from either his own startup kingdom or the Adversary’s armies. He is resolute, but he is also noble, kind, virtuous, and admirable. In today’s comics, we don’t see that very often.
A wonderful subplot in The Good Prince is also the political maneuvering between Fabletown and the Homelands. Fabletown takes full advantage of Prince Ambrose’s distracting the Adversary and whittling down his armies to prepare an army of their own, one which may be quite capable of making sure all Fables can return to their own homes-not just Prince Ambrose’s kingdom-anew.
Fables is such an imaginative concept, but Bill Willingham really goes above and beyond with intricate plots and charismatic characterizations. I’ve loved Fables for years now, and I don’t see any signs that Fables will lose my love anytime soon.