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Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One Hardcover – October 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Fables
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Deluxe edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140122427X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224271
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Willingham never fought a desperate and losing battle in a good cause, never contributed to society in a meaningful way, and hasn't lived a life of adventure, but he's had a few moments of near adventure. At some point in his life Bill learned how to get paid for telling scurrilous lies to good people, and he's been doing it ever since. He lives in the wild and frosty woods of Minnesota.

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The stories are amazing and the artwork is beautiful.
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This new Deluxe Edition collects the first 10 issues of the monthly comic book.
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Pick this one up and there is a good chance you will grab the rest.
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173 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Art on December 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just a warning that for DC/Vertigo, "Deluxe" apparently doesn't actually mean "Deluxe" enough to warrant a proper sewn binding. Instead, as per the usual practice in the comic book industry, this is just a paperback glued into a cardboard cover. The pages are glued in and the book does not open as wide as a proper hardcover, so in some cases you lose some of the art in the gutter between the pages.

While Marvel has, seemingly, come to their senses, and is producing at least some of their hardcovers with sewn bindings these days, DC can't be bothered. Even for a deluxe edition like this, which will probably be a double-dip (at least) for many potential purchasers, they can't bother to spend the extra pennies to bind it like a real book. Sorry, fans. DC apparently thinks we'll buy anything and they're probably right.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Burnham VINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Prince Charming is a womanizer. Goldilocks is a communist. The Big Bad Wolf is a hard-boiled detective. And they're all living in present-day New York.

The premise may be ridiculous, but the execution is so masterful that it's reminiscent of nothing less than Neil Gaiman's Sandman. It's an engrossing new mythology, full of humor but tinged with darkness. Forget Disney's "Enchanted"--this graphic novel is very much for adults, the story of a struggling underground community of exiles. The art is excellent, the characters are memorable (of course, we already know most of them in some form or another) and the writing is top-notch.

This volume was my introduction to Fables, so I can't compare it to other editions. (This hardcover is equivalent to the first two softcover volumes.) If you already have the comics in some other form, then there's little reason to upgrade to this "Deluxe Edition," which has few extras. But the production quality of this slim, glossy hardcover is very good. It was clearly made to last. I look forward to passing this down to my children some day--when they're old enough.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andy on June 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This review is for those deciding between the Deluxe editions and the TPB's. As several reviews have mentioned the binding on the Deluxe edition could be better. The binding is pretty stiff and the art goes right up to the interior edge of the page. So at the start and end of the book it is really hard to see the detail near the center. This was annoying, but not a deal breaker. Once you get into the book you don't really notice it.

However, the pages are glossy in the Deluxe edition (compared to the TPB's that I have seen) and so the art looks much better. After handling both editions, I think the Deluxe edition will last a lot longer as well.

At the end of the day, I decided to go with the Deluxe edition. The prices are almost identical and the glossy pages make up for the subpar binding. I don't regret this decision. After seeing the page quality in the TPB's I felt like the only two options were to wait for the "Absolute" editions or buy the Deluxe editions. But the deluxe editions are only up to issue 45 (as of Summer 2012) so waiting for the "Absolute" editions could be a very long wait.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Prunty on December 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I won't lie...I never read Fables before blind buying this volume. I did hear for awhile just how great the series was, but somehow i put it off. I can't, and won't now. I'm hooked. You will look at characters you are already established with, but now knowing in a different light. I mean who would have ever thought you'd see The Wolfman as a detective? I don't know what these issues looked like when they were originally released on the grade of paper they were on, but this deluxe edition really lets the art shine. My biggest concern is the release schedule...I love the deluxe format of the title, but in the introduction writer Bill Willingham mentions how these will be released yearly....I hope more often than that, because many volumes are out already in trades. I however want to hold out on the deluxe editions, so it will be tough dealing with the delay in getting more Fables in my diet!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bitter_Reprisal on December 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fables originally piqued my interest as the descriptions I'd read reminded me a bit of the Sandman comics, in that they combine a gritty reality with a fantasy element. This book totally delivered. The pacing is excellent. The characters are well-developed and entertaining (from the manipulative Prince Charming to the wild-child irresponsible party girl Rose Red and her polar-opposite uptight sister Snow White...and literally dozens of others). The stories are suspenseful and the art is clean and creative. I flew through this one in two days and I'm looking forward to reading the rest!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Burgos on October 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading this incredible series on paperback. I own all of the first 9 volumes on paperback and when I saw this I decided to purchase it to add to my collection. It is beautifully bound with a wrap-around dusk-jacket and glossy, high quality paper (not the cheaper paper used in the paperback compilations). I suspect that Fables will be producing these collector's editions in years to come and eventually we may even see these collected in Absolute Editions. DC-Vertigo are masters of re-packaging, but these editions are truly for the hard-core collectors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Imagine if all the legendary story characters were living secretly in New York -- and they weren't quite fairy tale material?

In short, Prince Charming is a thrice-divorced lech, the Big Bad Wolf is now a werewolf cop, Goldilocks is a violent communist, and a suit of armor prophecies future conflicts when it isn't singing drunkenly about its mommy. "Fables Deluxe Edition Vol. 1" brings together the first two volumes (ten issues) of Bill Willingham's complex, humorous and sometimes gleefully strange graphic novel series.

The daily business of the hard-nosed Snow White (a Fable government official whom everyone comes to with complaints) is interrupted when Bigby Wolf brings her some ghastly news: her estranged, wild-child sister Rose Red has been murdered, and there's no sign of her except for buckets of blood all over her apartment. The most obvious suspect is Jack, whom Snow White helps interrogate when she isn't dealing with her womanizing, impoverished aristocrat ex, Prince Charming.

But some of the details about Rose Red's death don't add up -- and as Bigby investigates further into the people who knew her well, he begins finding aspects of her life hidden from everybody. Not to mention an irate fiancee who wants revenge on Jack. As the Remembrance Day approaches, Bigby puts together the clues to a very bizarre case where not everything is what it seems -- and not everyone is doing what they claim.

And then Snow White takes a trip with Rose to the Farm, hoping to repair their damaged relationship. The Farm is basically a secret little town for Fables who are unable to pass for humans -- but they're acting very strangely, with secret meetings and claims that they want to reclaim the Homelands from the Adversary.
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