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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: 11.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,169 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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I started reading it and next thing I know I'm done.
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The stories stand up in self-contained stories that weave together into a larger mythology tapestry.
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The deluxe editions are my favorite way to read the series.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

163 of 171 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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Burnham VINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
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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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17 of 17 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on December 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's high time Fables got its due: It's simply one of the best comics series currently being published, and it has been for years. If you haven't been following the monthly series since its inception in 2002, you're in luck: Vertigo has just released this handsome collection, which reprints the first 10 issues of the series in a nice hardcover.

Fables takes the legends we all grew up with and turns them on their ear. In writer Bill Willingham's reworking, the Fable folk are reimagined as living in modern-day New York City, where they exist in peaceful coexistence with normal humans--albeit only after being magically glamored to fit in. Those who can't magically adapt to fit in live on the Farm in Upstate New York, where they can be hidden away from any human prying eyes.

There's a political hierarchy to the Fables as well, and Willingham's story begins with Snow White (divorced from the slimy cad prince who charmed her ages ago) working as Director of Operations and bringing the long arm of the Fable law down upon both Beauty and the Beast (his beastly curse, it seems, worsens when his bride is mad at him, threatening to expose him to the humans--or "the Mundanes" as they're referred to).

The larger story here, though, is a mystery--perhaps a murder mystery. Snow White's less-famous sister, Rose Red, has disappeared, and her home is covered in blood. Investigating the crime is the detective Bigby (you may know him better as the Big Bad Wolf, but he's now reformed and working on the right side of the law).

If it sounds cutesy in any way--don't worry, it isn't. It's funny at times, suspenseful at others, and well-written always (the art is lovely too).
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