Set in a world populated by fairy tale princesses and monsters, Fables is not an immediately attractive comic series to most readers, particularly those who have grown accustomed to vampire-romance dramas and their ilk. In fact, Bill Willingham’s work is not just mature, it is shockingly dark and and often tragic. The series holds its own among the more adult works in the genre. Coming off of The Walking Dead adaption then, Telltale is a natural steward for the characters and the world of Fables.
With the bar set so high by The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us has a lot to prove. Not only is it a new franchise to adapt, with its own lore and style, but both Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin, the two co-writers and project leads on The Walking Dead, have moved on to another project. The team must walk a fine line between satiating their fan base and deviating enough from The Walking Dead so as to distinguish their newest title both thematically and mechanically.