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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210014
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fabletown's ex-sheriff Bigby Wolf and ex-deputy mayor (and power behind King Cole's former mayoral throne) Snow White finally tie the knot in this arc from the series about the fairy-tale characters who walk among us (or, at least, New Yorkers). That can't happen before Mowgli finds missing, moping Bigby and the latter undertakes a reprisal mission against the Adversary. Those exploits give Mark Buckingham a lot to draw with the energetic elegance that has become a Fables hallmark and that Shawn McManus does his best to match in the related but freestanding short story, "Big and Small." Ray Olson
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"Instantly compelling." - Cinescape.com "Looks as good as it reads." - Comics Buyer's Guide "Tosses traditional fairy tales down the rabbit hole." - Wizard" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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Fables is a must read for any comics fan.
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It provided great plot progression and satisfied a desire that had been a few volumes in the making.
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This story reunites Bigby Wolf and Snow White.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Noever on February 2, 2007
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Well, herein we finally find out.

We've been hanging in there, pining away for more stories about the fates of the central characters in this ensemble cast, whom we met at the very beginning of the first story in the series. Ever since _The Mean Seasons_, when Bigby went away because the only person whose smell he likes (Remember he's a wolf: The Wolf!) couldn't decide to throw her lot in with him. Understandably, I suppose, because she was a practical girl and, let's face it, their history together had its ups and downs. She also had so cubs to take care of, and there were political issues with having Bigby around.

So we waited and waited (well, _I_ did!) and followed Boy Blue into the Homelands to reveal the Adversary, and the fates of an assortment of others dealing with folks from other cultures--all the while chuckling at Willingham's built-in jokes, very often of the political kind, and usually with a strong libertarian slant.

In _Wolves_ too, there a lot of implied politics and social commentary, but it all fades into insignificance before the central issues: where's Bigby, what's he been doing, and how is this thing with Snow going to play out? _Is_ it going to play out? Whatever happened to the aberrant 'Zephyr' cub of Bigby and Snow's; the one that kills living creatures because it likes their breath?

As a bonus there's also another story, involving that sexy spy, Cinderella; who is like a female James Bond, and so much nicer than that psycho Goldilocks (whom we're sure to meet again one day, even though she had an axe buried in her head last time we saw her plunge into a river).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on December 26, 2006
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If you aren't reading Fables, you have no idea what you're missing. The eighth volume of the series, taking us from issue 48 through 51, is still great. The series only gets better with age; it started off well, improved, and is able to continually find new ways to entertain instead of relying on old plot devices to keep audiences coming back.

The 2-party Wolves storline is the culmination of a story that started all the way back in the third trade paperback, when Bigby Wolf learned that he had impregnated Snow White. She eventually gave birth to his cubs, who were forced to live at the Farm due to their inhuman appearance. The Farm is an annex of Fabletown, a refugee colony for Fables in our mundane world. Fables that cannot pass for human are relegated to the Farm so that no "mundy" finds out about the existence of Fables. Bigby is not allowed to go to the farm due to the things that he has done to certain non-human Fables back in the Homelands, so he left Fabletown for good after Beast replaced him as sheriff. However, the new mayor, Prince Charming, realized that he would need Bigby's help for something important, and he employed Mowgli, of the Jungle Book, to get Bigby back. Wolves finally shows Mowgli's hunt for Bigby, showing two master hunters/trackers/wilderness survivors doing what they do best. The double-sized Issue 50 reveals why Charming needed Bigby, and brings together 2 Fables in marriage. Finally, the stand-alone story Big and small is a continuation of a story from the previous issue and showcases another one of Cinderella's missions. Cinderella may be perceived as a bratty store clerk by most other Fables, but in reality, she is a spy employed by the Sheriff's office who undertakes missions for the safety of Fabletown.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Hill on January 7, 2007
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Eighteen months ago, a clerk in a comic story recommended this series to me. Based on my long experience with comics, I knew the flakiest ideas are the best. Still I admit to being skeptical of a colony of folklore figures living secretly in New York.

Well I am well and truly hooked. This is my eighth graphic novel and I am more than satisfied. In order to get the full effect, of the series I recommend you start at the beginning. This book ties together several plotlines that have been developing in the comic for years. Mr. Willingham just keeps hitting balls out the park.

At this point if you're new to the series, be apprised there are spoilers ahead.

When we last left Bigby Wolf, disgusted about being unable to live with his family, he has disappeared. Prince Charming, Mayor of Fabletown, needs him back. He and the Travellers have devised a plan to strike back at Adversary as retribution for the attack on Fabletown. However the only one who can successfully pull it off is THE BIG BAD WOLF. Prince Charming dispatches Mowgli to find him.

It takes a wolf to find a wolf.

Meanwhile Snow White, the mother of Bigby's children, is maintaining the fiction that Daddy is away but still in contact with his children. We all know Mowgli would find Bigby. We all know Bigby would come home and perform this mission. We know Bigby would return to Snow White.

Ah but the journey is the purpose of reading this series and therein lies the joy. Exactly how these events would transpire is the beauty and the brilliance of the story. Prince Charming, his staff and Bigby need to work for the Pentagon. We'd be out of Iraq in a month. There is no way I was able to anticipate how these events would transpire and the sheer elegance of the plan. A magic beanstalk? Cinderella? C4????!!!

That's enough for now. But if Bigby thinks he's retired......

T
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