I can't remember ever being as consistently pleased with a comic series as I am with Bill Willingham's "Fables."
It is a series that has surprised me at every turn -- not only with plot/sub-plots that turn out differently than my comic book experience had prepared me for -- but also [and especially] in terms of character developments.
Let me give you a "for instance."
When Prince Charming defeated King Cole for the mayoralship of Fabletown, and Bigby Wolf stepped aside as sheriff for Beast, I expected to see Charming and Beast fumble badly, or prove vicious and corrupt, or just about anything other than what they turned out to be -- intelligent and capable administrators.
Little Boy Blue -- not only was he NOT just an office drone, but he was a fearsome warrior and the spy of all spies.
And so it goes, right down the line ... from revolutionary pigs to the Tourists, from a foul-mouthed Pinnochio to a debonair Reynard the fox, every arc brings a constant surprise.
I knew "Fables" was getting to me when I truly feared Bill Willingham would kill off some of my favorite characters. I read each new arc with a combination of anticipation and dread.
Quite simply, one of the finest and most imaginative series ever published, IMO.