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Bill Willingham's hit series Fables continues here, for the first time in hardcover. In the aftermath of the Adversary's attack on Fabletown, Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Four follows with the impending birth of Snow White and Bigby Wolf's children! Meanwhile, Boy Blue goes on a mission of revenge, as he discovers the Adversary's true identity. Collecting: Fables 28-33, Bill Willingham's hit series Fables continues here, for the first time in hardcover. In the aftermath of the Adversary's attack on Fabletown, Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Four follows with the impending birth of Snow White and Bigby Wolf's children! Meanwhile, Boy Blue goes on a mission of revenge, as he discovers the Adversary's true identity. Collecting: Fables 28-33, 1001 Nights of Snowfall


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Bill Willingham's hit series Fables continues here, for the first time in hardcover. In the aftermath of the Adversary's attack on Fabletown, Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Four follows with the impending birth of Snow White and Bigby Wolf's children! Meanwhile, Boy Blue goes on a mission of revenge, as he discovers the Adversary's true identity. Collecting: Fables 28-33, Bill Willingham's hit series Fables continues here, for the first time in hardcover. In the aftermath of the Adversary's attack on Fabletown, Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Four follows with the impending birth of Snow White and Bigby Wolf's children! Meanwhile, Boy Blue goes on a mission of revenge, as he discovers the Adversary's true identity. Collecting: Fables 28-33, 1001 Nights of Snowfall

30 review for Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Four

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. I feel like there was a bit of bad period for Fables around Vol. 2-3, but then it started picking up pace here and I’m really happy with the current progression. I see a development both in the characters that we already have as people, a narrative progression towards the Adversary, and an increase of fable characters, which I highly appreciate. My favourite part of this deluxe edition, however, were the 1001 Nights of Snowfall. I thought that that was Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. I feel like there was a bit of bad period for Fables around Vol. 2-3, but then it started picking up pace here and I’m really happy with the current progression. I see a development both in the characters that we already have as people, a narrative progression towards the Adversary, and an increase of fable characters, which I highly appreciate. My favourite part of this deluxe edition, however, were the 1001 Nights of Snowfall. I thought that that was just fantastic, because I love backstories and they make characters feel more realistic to me. Most of all, I was interested by the stories of Flycatcher and Snow White. I seem to have either missed it, or it still hasn’t been explained, but I had no idea why Snow felt the way she did about the seven dwarfs. As I am aware that Disney Snow White and fable Snow White are very different characters, I wasn’t sure how these two stories would fit into the same world, or whether they would fit at all, but I expect something more grotesque to be revealed soon. In all honesty, I am already reading the next volume, so I already know that the story is getting even more juicy, and I’m definitely hyped right now.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Arnis

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    We're just truckin' right along with this story. It's not building the way I'd like. I thought there'd be more to the characters by now and there's just not. They're all fairly static and 2-dimensional. But it's entertaining enough and this one has Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall at the end, which I'd read (and loved) before. I love the artwork all through that episode; it's all charming and lovely in different ways. We're just truckin' right along with this story. It's not building the way I'd like. I thought there'd be more to the characters by now and there's just not. They're all fairly static and 2-dimensional. But it's entertaining enough and this one has Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall at the end, which I'd read (and loved) before. I love the artwork all through that episode; it's all charming and lovely in different ways.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara McEwen

    3.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chaitra

    I honestly thought I wouldn't have a non favorite Fables edition, but apparently this is it. It mostly stems from the lack of Bigby Wolf in the stories, even though the collection leads with his War Stories issues. But War Stories, where a bunch of soldiers go on an off the books mission to bomb the fuck out of Frankenstein Castle in the middle of World War II; and who are led by a civilian named Bigby Wolf who seems to have some very peculiar skills, isn't very good. The Mean Seasons follows Wa I honestly thought I wouldn't have a non favorite Fables edition, but apparently this is it. It mostly stems from the lack of Bigby Wolf in the stories, even though the collection leads with his War Stories issues. But War Stories, where a bunch of soldiers go on an off the books mission to bomb the fuck out of Frankenstein Castle in the middle of World War II; and who are led by a civilian named Bigby Wolf who seems to have some very peculiar skills, isn't very good. The Mean Seasons follows War Stories, where in present time, Snow delivers, what else? A litter of six children, all of whom except for one appear non human. Snow is banished to the farm, and Bigby just decides to take off and sulk (because Snow wouldn't go with him). Yeah, he's an idiot, because what mom wouldn't need a support system dealing with one kid let alone six. These even float and eventually fly, because they happen to be grandkids of the North Wind. So. There's a poignant story there, but overall it's only so-so. 1001 Nights of Snowfall is the best section. Snow has been sent as an emissary to Arabian lands (at some point in the past), to warn them of the threat to their fables. But the Shah obviously has the whole killing the bride he beds thing going on, and Snow puts him off with stories. One of the stories she speaks of is her own story, the one of the dwarfs no one in Fabletown dares to talk about. There is a brilliant story about Flycatcher's past, another great one is the Witch's tale. What makes this section is the artwork - all different and unique because of the guest artists. (Maybe Mark Buckingham isn't cutting it for me anymore).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Izzy Corbo

    Wow! This series is phenomenal! Starting with a WWII tale of the Wolf Man versus Frankenstein and winding to a new rendition of Tales of the Arabian night. Some of the illustrations are museum worthy and the writing is fantastic! Now on to volume 5!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda K

    Didn't like it as much as the others, the storytelling was very different, and I just couldn't really get in to it. Didn't like it as much as the others, the storytelling was very different, and I just couldn't really get in to it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This particular volume wasn't as brilliant as the previous volume for me, as there was less of a continuous narrative. However, this was by no means a bad volume: there was a mix of different storie and art styles, and some truly kick-ass moments. War Stories - 3.5 stars. This section told the story of one of Bigby Wolf's previous experiences at war against the Nazis. Although I wasn't as interested in the first part of the story, up until certain antics that happened towards the end of the first This particular volume wasn't as brilliant as the previous volume for me, as there was less of a continuous narrative. However, this was by no means a bad volume: there was a mix of different storie and art styles, and some truly kick-ass moments. War Stories - 3.5 stars. This section told the story of one of Bigby Wolf's previous experiences at war against the Nazis. Although I wasn't as interested in the first part of the story, up until certain antics that happened towards the end of the first part, I really enjoyed the latter half as it as exciting and a certain famous character appeared which excited me. Overall a fun tale, but I would have preferred it more if I had been a fan of war-related stories. The Mean Seasons - 4.5 stars. This section returned to the various Fabletown characters. Snow's children are not what they seem, strange murders are cropping up with an unknown assailant at the helm, a surprising character appears on the farm, and the running of Fabletown is not going smoothly. Although this storyline was a lot more serious than some past storylines, I did still enjoy it as I saw real character development. I also enjoyed the fact that lesser characters had their parts expanded in this edition. The story was split into four seasons, making it enjoyable and easy-to-digest. 1001 Nights of Snowfall - 4 stars. This section of the volume was very interesting, as it was inspired by One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Here we find Snow having to tell stories of the various residents of Fabletown in an attempt to not be wedded, bedded, and beheaded by the cruel Sultan, taking the place of the original storyteller Scheherazade. This was really fun because the artwork differed for almost each story, and it covered a myriad of characters and their own individual stories: everything from the birth and growing up of Bigby Wolf, to King Cole surviving invasion, and even Snow White and Rose Red encountering the witch of Hansel and Gretel's gingerbread house (although she was the same witch of many other tales too). There was a somewhat continuous narrative in between most of the stories, which kept the relevance going, and I enjoyed the different approach. Overall this was a great volume in the Fables series. Although the continuous storyline was a little disjointed as the extra sections took attention away from the present-day, they were more often than not enjoyable distractions, and I am glad they were included. There were some definite surprises, and it was ultimately a great read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Another fantastic entry from Willingham with lots of bold choices going forward. In the wake of the previous volume a lot has changed for the Fables, and no time is wasted embracing these changes. However, a lot of the story in this volume is more "positioning the chess pieces" than actually making moves. It's not boring, but it definitely has the feeling of the calm before the storm. I like what I'm seeing, and can't wait for volume five. Also included in this (fairly large) hardcover is the Fab Another fantastic entry from Willingham with lots of bold choices going forward. In the wake of the previous volume a lot has changed for the Fables, and no time is wasted embracing these changes. However, a lot of the story in this volume is more "positioning the chess pieces" than actually making moves. It's not boring, but it definitely has the feeling of the calm before the storm. I like what I'm seeing, and can't wait for volume five. Also included in this (fairly large) hardcover is the Fables graphic novel, "1001 Nights of Snowfall." Told in a style that's less an homage and more a direct reimagining of the Arabian Nights, this was the real meat of the volume. Snow White meets with an Arabian prince and tells him a slew of stories featuring some of the more prominent Fables during the time of the Adversary's conquest of the fairy tale lands, each chapter drawn by a different artist. It feels eclectic and complete all at once, and really showcases Willingham's diverse writing abilities.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    this volume was slightly better because they had a section at the back with snow white inserted into the story of 1001 arabian nights, which had guest artists, some which were lovely. I just wish the art was better in general; it's very workaday. nothing wrong with it, it's clear and often the perspectives or page layouts have some interest, it's just not as beautiful as I would wish it to be. I mean, these are fairytale characters, I just want a little more beauty. maybe that's too much to ask this volume was slightly better because they had a section at the back with snow white inserted into the story of 1001 arabian nights, which had guest artists, some which were lovely. I just wish the art was better in general; it's very workaday. nothing wrong with it, it's clear and often the perspectives or page layouts have some interest, it's just not as beautiful as I would wish it to be. I mean, these are fairytale characters, I just want a little more beauty. maybe that's too much to ask for in a long involved plot driven comic book series. I'm far enough in now that I have a good amount of backstory, which makes things more interesting. I guess I will read the whole lot of them; they go quickly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Another delightful installment of the Fables series. I am loving this story more than I enjoy watching Once Upon a Time, which is still a great show. It is cool to see how different creators combine the characters and stories of these fairy tales that most people have grown up hearing or watching. I'm looking forward to reading book 5. Another delightful installment of the Fables series. I am loving this story more than I enjoy watching Once Upon a Time, which is still a great show. It is cool to see how different creators combine the characters and stories of these fairy tales that most people have grown up hearing or watching. I'm looking forward to reading book 5.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Another great read in the Fables series. The 1001 and One Nights of Snowfall alone make this one well worth it. The different artwort of 1001 was fantastic and told the backstory of several main characters. Impressed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I have some mixed feelings about this one. The last half of the book is backstory. I enjoyed some of it, but after a while I wanted to get back to the present story. Art work is great and will continue with the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vlad

    This volume makes you jump from 'awww, babies' to 'OH MY GOD WHAT JUST HAPPENED' really fast. And I loved it. This volume makes you jump from 'awww, babies' to 'OH MY GOD WHAT JUST HAPPENED' really fast. And I loved it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    These just keep getting better!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    The fourth deluxe volume of Fables starts with a story arc involving Bigby Wolf during the Second World War, which is a nice war story, and reinforces what we already know about Bigby, that he's loyal, a bit soft and hard as nails. Next we have a four issue arc about Snow White and Bigby's babies, with one of them being very different to the others. This sees Snow have to leave Fabletown for the Farm (since most of the babies can't pass for human) but Bigby is banned from the Farm, so chooses to The fourth deluxe volume of Fables starts with a story arc involving Bigby Wolf during the Second World War, which is a nice war story, and reinforces what we already know about Bigby, that he's loyal, a bit soft and hard as nails. Next we have a four issue arc about Snow White and Bigby's babies, with one of them being very different to the others. This sees Snow have to leave Fabletown for the Farm (since most of the babies can't pass for human) but Bigby is banned from the Farm, so chooses to go into exile. We also see Prince Charming have to face the realities of power, and Beauty and the Beast also deal with the roles they've taken over from Snow and Bigby respectively. (view spoiler)[I'm slightly confused when the North Wind shows up and nobody seems to be particularly surprised or confused as to how he got into the mundane world, given that all the gates to the Homelands are supposed to be shut (hide spoiler)] . The second half of the volume is taken up with 1001 Nights of Snowfall, a prequel story where Snow ventures to the Arabian fables to try and build an alliance, but ends up having to tell stories to the sultan every night for her life. There are a number of guest artists here, including Charles Vess (who illustrates the prose framing story) and although they each have differing art styles, most of them have a soft edge to it, appropriate to stories within stories. The stories that Snow tells are all of the Homelands, generally during the invasion by the Adversary, and we learn more about King Cole, Bigby, Snow herself and others in the process. I'm still loving this series. We're drip-fed details about the past and the Adversary, but it's the characters who make it. The tragic history of Flycatcher, the ongoing tension between Snow and Bigby, the smarm and machinations of Prince Charming. These are all characters that have become fleshed out over the last four volumes, and I look forward to spending more time with them all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Born

    Fables continues onward, this time focusing greatly on character backstories with an arc on Snow giving birth and its ramifications in the Fable community. To start with, The Long Year arc sees snow giving birth and her kids growing up while Fabletown undergoes changes in administration. It's a solid arc, showcasing the big change in Snow's life while highlighting how the change in the status quo due to a new mayor and co. being in charge. Buckingham's art is as great as always, while Willingham Fables continues onward, this time focusing greatly on character backstories with an arc on Snow giving birth and its ramifications in the Fable community. To start with, The Long Year arc sees snow giving birth and her kids growing up while Fabletown undergoes changes in administration. It's a solid arc, showcasing the big change in Snow's life while highlighting how the change in the status quo due to a new mayor and co. being in charge. Buckingham's art is as great as always, while Willingham's writing keeps things fresh. The War Stories arc dives into Bigsby's backstory during World War II. It's actually a nice exploration, and tugs at the heartstrings. There's a few surprises in it, and I felt like I knew Bigsby better by the end of it. Tony Akins was on art duties, and he does a nice job emulating the time period and making us feel like it truly takes place in 1944. The final thing in the collection is 1001 Nights of Snowfall. This is a mix of prose and comic stories, Willingham does a brilliant job blending the two. It's a prequel graphic novel and the premise is simple, Snow is entertaining an Arabian Sultan with stories for 1001 nights. Now we don't get 1001 stories, but we do get a lot of backstory via 10 stories for big characters like Bigsby, Snow White, King Cole, Reynard, and more. The writing is good, and the artwork is beautiful and fitting. Props to the artists of this one. Overall this deluxe oversized hardcover is a must read if you are enjoying Fables, as not only do new developments happen but much backstory is told.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *this review does have some spoiler information in it, i will write a warning for when that occurs* unlike the others, this was a 3.5-4 out of 5 for me. i do appreciate where the story is going, and having the extra content after the initial story, it just didn't feel needed? i wanna read about my favourite fables, not have additional content that has not much to do with the characters that we mostly focus on in the main story. *spoiler content* alright, i completely understand why bibgy is not allo *this review does have some spoiler information in it, i will write a warning for when that occurs* unlike the others, this was a 3.5-4 out of 5 for me. i do appreciate where the story is going, and having the extra content after the initial story, it just didn't feel needed? i wanna read about my favourite fables, not have additional content that has not much to do with the characters that we mostly focus on in the main story. *spoiler content* alright, i completely understand why bibgy is not allowed on the farm, like it makes sense, but, could he not stay in a wood that is close to the farm?! i also understand why he is upset with snow and how she wants to live, and i do hope she comes to a conclusion that when she did have the whole prince, the castle, the money, that whole life style it didn't work for her and the relationship went south (even though it was the prince who caused it to go down south in the first place). i hope she comes to terms that maybe, JUST maybe, living in a more subtle lifestyle with bigby wouldnt be so bad. that they can be happy with ALL their children- yes, even the one we can't see. can i just say, the little section before the kids birthday when the child who is basically air came and saw snow and she said they had to leave for their own safety and find bibgy broke my heart?! i honestly can't be the only one who felt a bit of their heart break reading that section.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    I like this fourth volume best because I found it brought together much of what has transpired in the first three volumes in this unique series. The mayoral campaign of Prince Charming against King Cole is resolved, Snow White's finally has Bigby Wolf's baby and has to move to the upstate farm, where Bigby is not permitted. This allows her to be reunited with Rose Red, and an unexpected visitor, who wants to help Snow White with her child-raising. We get substantial further background about Bigb I like this fourth volume best because I found it brought together much of what has transpired in the first three volumes in this unique series. The mayoral campaign of Prince Charming against King Cole is resolved, Snow White's finally has Bigby Wolf's baby and has to move to the upstate farm, where Bigby is not permitted. This allows her to be reunited with Rose Red, and an unexpected visitor, who wants to help Snow White with her child-raising. We get substantial further background about Bigby, including his childhood and service during World War II. And, Boy Blue and Bug Boy are adrift, and there is a story of Snow White trying to recruit an ally from the Middle East against the Adversary (1001 Nights of Snowfall), following a familiar storyline. Meanwhile, things are increasingly unsettled in Fabletown, because of broken campaign promises.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Russell Grant

    3.5/5 Diving back into this series after a couple of years break was fun. This one has three stories, a WWII story featuring Bigby Wolf which was fun but non-essential, a current day narrative featuring an complete upheaval of power and relationship dynamics in Fabletown which was great, and a gorgeous take on 1001 Arabian Nights in which Snow has to regale tales, and the tales give a ton of backstory to the main series characters. The art is all over the place due to the numerous hands on deck, a 3.5/5 Diving back into this series after a couple of years break was fun. This one has three stories, a WWII story featuring Bigby Wolf which was fun but non-essential, a current day narrative featuring an complete upheaval of power and relationship dynamics in Fabletown which was great, and a gorgeous take on 1001 Arabian Nights in which Snow has to regale tales, and the tales give a ton of backstory to the main series characters. The art is all over the place due to the numerous hands on deck, and all of it is great. Presentation is nice too. I would have preferred maybe a bit more "current" story, but that said, this one was kind of perfect for me to get into to reacquaint myself with the massive cast.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Bigby Wolf and Snow have a litter (of course) with unforeseen consequences. Many twists occur that you never see coming. 1001 Nights of Snowfall was just too good! The artwork in some of the stories were incredibly beautiful. We get some backstories (some heartbreaking, some courageous, some evil, some epic), we see old characters in new lights, and meet new characters from favourite tales in treasured neighbourhoods -- including Watership Down: "The wars for the homelands were fought throughout Bigby Wolf and Snow have a litter (of course) with unforeseen consequences. Many twists occur that you never see coming. 1001 Nights of Snowfall was just too good! The artwork in some of the stories were incredibly beautiful. We get some backstories (some heartbreaking, some courageous, some evil, some epic), we see old characters in new lights, and meet new characters from favourite tales in treasured neighbourhoods -- including Watership Down: "The wars for the homelands were fought throughout a hundred worlds in a thousand kingdoms." That's a lot of amazing material right there! Bring on #5 🤗

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luly Ceballos

    Only one tale from my childhood has succeed in make me cry every time I (remember/re-read/watch) it, and that is The Little Match Girl from Andersen's tales. I can't help it, it brough me in tears every time. I thought I'll never find another tale that could make this to me till I found " A Frog's eye view" from the 1001 Nights of Snowfall in this Deluxe Edition of Fables. Frog Prince standing there in from of the mirror, questioning, oh God. The pure essence of sadness. Bravo! Only one tale from my childhood has succeed in make me cry every time I (remember/re-read/watch) it, and that is The Little Match Girl from Andersen's tales. I can't help it, it brough me in tears every time. I thought I'll never find another tale that could make this to me till I found " A Frog's eye view" from the 1001 Nights of Snowfall in this Deluxe Edition of Fables. Frog Prince standing there in from of the mirror, questioning, oh God. The pure essence of sadness. Bravo!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

    While only a small portion of this book moved the main story forward, it was an emotionally important story advance that I really enjoyed. The rest was comprised of short stories covering brief histories of many of the world's characters inside a larger frame story. I loved finding out more about these characters and enjoyed each of the short stories in their own right. The art in this volume was varied but quite pleasing for the most part. Well done and I look forward to reading more. While only a small portion of this book moved the main story forward, it was an emotionally important story advance that I really enjoyed. The rest was comprised of short stories covering brief histories of many of the world's characters inside a larger frame story. I loved finding out more about these characters and enjoyed each of the short stories in their own right. The art in this volume was varied but quite pleasing for the most part. Well done and I look forward to reading more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    An enjoyable graphic novel with a twist on some favorite characters. The Deluxe Edition, Book Four includes issues 28-33, 1001 Nights of Snowfall. 28 - War Stories: Dog Company 29 - War Stories: Frankenstein Versus the Wolf Man 30 - The Mean Seasons: The Cruel, Hot Summer 31 - The Mean Seasons: The Long, Hard Fall 32 - The Mean Seasons: The Dark, Killing Winter 33 - Until the Spring 1001 Nights of Snowfall

  25. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    This edition is a solid 4 stars. The first half contained a lot of setup for the following volumes. It's gearing up to be good! The last 10 chapters were amazing. Guest artists came in and illustrated the chapters. The art was simply beautiful. The stories themselves contained a lot of needed backstory. And finally Fables is starting to grow in complexity. This edition is a solid 4 stars. The first half contained a lot of setup for the following volumes. It's gearing up to be good! The last 10 chapters were amazing. Guest artists came in and illustrated the chapters. The art was simply beautiful. The stories themselves contained a lot of needed backstory. And finally Fables is starting to grow in complexity.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    My favorite issues so far have been the standalone stories about how the Fables have spent their time in the real world. Bigby vs Frankenstein in World War II was just a lot of fun. The second story was a bit predictable but still effective and moves the plot along nicely. And I loved the 1001 Nights story. Really clever way to provide backstory with a great mix of artists.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    First of all let me say, The Big Bad Wolf vs Frankenstein's monster is the battle I never knew I always wanted to see. This Volume once again has a large variety of stories, though the last collection of stories was perhaps my favorite, classic fables with a Willingham twist. 5 Frog Prince of 5 First of all let me say, The Big Bad Wolf vs Frankenstein's monster is the battle I never knew I always wanted to see. This Volume once again has a large variety of stories, though the last collection of stories was perhaps my favorite, classic fables with a Willingham twist. 5 Frog Prince of 5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I loved this so much. The last edition kind of dragged for me and I thought that this one would bore me too but it did not disappoint. I don't know how to put my ratings into stars but everything feels like it's coming together. I loved this so much. The last edition kind of dragged for me and I thought that this one would bore me too but it did not disappoint. I don't know how to put my ratings into stars but everything feels like it's coming together.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Shelton

    I love this series but I hateeee the One Thousand Nights issues...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Morris

    A collection of stories, mostly sad. Very nice illustrations.

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