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Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Four Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, February 21, 2012
Deluxe graphic novels
Premium editions of classic titles including "Preacher," "The Sandman," and more. Learn more
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About the Author
Mark Buckingham has been working in comics professionally for the past twenty two years, building a reputation for design, storytelling and a chameleon like diversity of art styles. Since 2002 Mark has been the regular artist on Fables, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
The first book is a great way to move your adventure from Wolf Among Us to Fables.
The quality of the book itself is great, it is printed greatly. You can have some troubles from time to time to see the center between pages, but there's nothing to look for most of the times, just some decorative parts.
These books series are all designed in the same way, so this Fables Deluxe collection will look absolutely great on your shelf.
If you're new to this universe, I would personally recomend to complete the game (The Wolf Among Us) first and then buy a book. I think, you won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best graphic novel series i have ever read. The imagination on display here is extraordinary and makes for exciting and clever storytelling.Published 3 days ago by Jean Paul
Love this series! Traditional fairy tales are re-imagined into something completely new that allows all these characters to exist in the same world. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rachel
New to the Fables series. Started off with The Wolf Among Us game and now I'm interested in the books, so can someone help me out with getting the whole set? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Russell Parker
This series continues to entertain me. Drama, humor, and lots of emotional connections for the reader, I feel like I can't get enough of what these books have to offer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jordan