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Fables Vol 1 4


Fables Vol 1 4

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"Remembrance Day": The night of the Remembrance Day celebration has arrived. All of the Fables who could pass for human dress in their best attire to attend the annual ball at the Woodland Building. John the doorman directs the guests to the 19th floor where a lottery is being held for [[Pri

Quote1 Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Rose Red's killer... Quote2
-- Bigby Wolf

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Synopsis for "Remembrance Day"

The night of the Remembrance Day celebration has arrived. All of the Fables who could pass for human dress in their best attire to attend the annual ball at the Woodland Building. John the doorman directs the guests to the 19th floor where a lottery is being held for Prince Charming's lands and title.

King Cole addresses the assemblage in a grand ballroom. He reminds them of the harrowing event two centuries ago when the Adversary and his minions sought to conquer the homelands, driving the Fable community into exile. In doing so however, he managed to unite all Fables with one simple objective - survival. Concluding his speech, King Cole proposes a toast to the Homelands.

As the night wears on, Jack and Bluebeard request an audience with Bigby. They're both irate for missing the celebration, and Bigby reminds them that not only are the going to miss this year's Remembrance Day festival, but the next one-hundred as well. As Jack and Bluebeard plead their case, Bigby decides to let them enjoy the last remaining hours of the evening, providing they can keep from killing each other.

Later, Bigby changes into a tuxedo and meets with Snow White on the ballroom floor. He is a terrible dancer, and Snow White pressures him about information relating to her sister. Through the course of conversation, Snow White inadvertently says something that clicks inside of Bigby's mind. He now knows who the murderer is. He tells Snow to alert everyone who is interested in learning the truth about the case to meet atop King Cole's terrace after the lottery drawing.

The lottery is held, and Jack Horner wins Prince Charming's title after only buying one ticket. He is the first to go up to Cole's terrace to meet with Bigby (who happens to be taking a dip in King Cole's pool). One by one, the other guests begin filing into the terrace. Bigby gets out of the pool and reveals that he knows who the killer is. He walks to one of the guests and tugs at her hair revealing a wig. The woman wearing the wig is a disguised, and very much alive Rose Red.


  • Many of the Fables seen in flashback are unidentified gnomes, dwarves, trolls, fairies, pixies and an assortment of animals.
  • Bigby Wolf is also seen in flashback to the incident involving his stalking of Red Riding Hood.
  • Jack Horner is also seen in flashback as a young lad climbing a beanstalk.
  • First appearance of Pinocchio. Pinocchio is also seen in flashback as a partially chiseled block of wood.


  • One of the at-home Remembrance Day revelers is wearing a Superman t-shirt.
  • One scene depicts the "Kingdom of the Great Lion", with a dead male lion lying on the ground with arrows sticking out of him. King Cole says that he found the lion to be a "bit too Holier-Than-Thou". This is a rather obvious reference to the character of Aslan from C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. The Holier-Than-Thou remark is a reference to the numerous Christian parallels found within the stories, particularly that of portraying Aslan in the role of a Christ figure.
  • Another reference is made to the Emerald Kingdom. This is undoubtedly the Emerald City from L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man and Jack Pumpkinhead can be seen fleeing the Adversary's minions in another scene in the issue.
  • One of the witches seen in flashback is the Slavic figure of folklore Baba Yaga. She can be seen at the window of her cabin. She is easily identified by the fact that her home is nestled atop a pair of giant chicken legs (as depicted in the old stories).

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