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Flycatcher is drawn into the spotlight as he discovers the startling truth about his own past as the Frog Prince. At the same time, he learns that the Adversary plans to destroy his foes once and for all. How can the meek Flycatcher stop this deadly foe? Collecting: Fables 60-63, 65-69


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Flycatcher is drawn into the spotlight as he discovers the startling truth about his own past as the Frog Prince. At the same time, he learns that the Adversary plans to destroy his foes once and for all. How can the meek Flycatcher stop this deadly foe? Collecting: Fables 60-63, 65-69

30 review for Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Eight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arnis

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Coming back to read Fables again in these deluxe editions is like going home to meet old friends. It still holds up every bit as well as the previous times I've read it. One of the things that is great about Fables is Willingham's ability to take a character who has pretty much remained in the backgrounds so far and make him not only the star of this arc but a central character in the Fables world from here on in. Flycatcher finally remembers what happened to his family and sets off to build a n Coming back to read Fables again in these deluxe editions is like going home to meet old friends. It still holds up every bit as well as the previous times I've read it. One of the things that is great about Fables is Willingham's ability to take a character who has pretty much remained in the backgrounds so far and make him not only the star of this arc but a central character in the Fables world from here on in. Flycatcher finally remembers what happened to his family and sets off to build a new kingdom for those who want to avoid the coming war between the Empire and Fabletown. This is one of my favorite stories in Fables. Willingham makes you care about Flycatcher so damn much. I love Mark Buckingham's attention to detail on this book. Just little things like how when Prince Ambrose is traveling through the deadlands we see parts of the wooden soldiers who were thrown down the Witching Well after the Battle of Fabletown. You can also see where Buckingham is starting to bring some Jack Kirby influences into his art.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Damn, I can't decide if I loved this one or not. I mean, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the "the good prince" arc and what Willingham decided to do with fly, or even how sudden was the introduction to this new reality and reconstruction of the character. Surely it was interesting but it felt rushed and too easy a solution on the whole "Fabletown vs. Adversary" part. Plus, the whole thing with the transition through the witching well and the return of some forgotten characters seemed out Damn, I can't decide if I loved this one or not. I mean, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the "the good prince" arc and what Willingham decided to do with fly, or even how sudden was the introduction to this new reality and reconstruction of the character. Surely it was interesting but it felt rushed and too easy a solution on the whole "Fabletown vs. Adversary" part. Plus, the whole thing with the transition through the witching well and the return of some forgotten characters seemed out of place.I was never a fan of stories who kept dead figures returning one way or another, only for plot convenience. Anyway, it's still grade-A comic book material, can't wait to start the 9th vol. :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    Love the art on the cover of this book. I randomly ran across it several years ago not knowing it was connected to a book series and used it as a cover photo on a social media site for some time. A mostly self contained story chapter that continues the overarching saga dealing with the enemy. Here the author brings a character on the peripheral edges of the story so far into center stage as they regain memories of once being someone significant who suffered a terrible loss. They gain significant Love the art on the cover of this book. I randomly ran across it several years ago not knowing it was connected to a book series and used it as a cover photo on a social media site for some time. A mostly self contained story chapter that continues the overarching saga dealing with the enemy. Here the author brings a character on the peripheral edges of the story so far into center stage as they regain memories of once being someone significant who suffered a terrible loss. They gain significant powers and set up a third front to battle the Enemy. If you've liked the material before this you will really enjoy this volume. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara McEwen

    Liked that this one is a lot more cohesive than some of the others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    This was a great relief in the series, and bolsters my faith in Bill Willingham's storytelling skills. There's been quite a lot of darkness and loss and foreboding building up in the Fables series, and the cover of this volume made me worried that I was in store for even more. Instead, I walked away with a glimmer of hope and a great appreciation for Flycatcher. He's bumped around the periphery for me, never really holding my attention until now. And watching the developments here give me a lot o This was a great relief in the series, and bolsters my faith in Bill Willingham's storytelling skills. There's been quite a lot of darkness and loss and foreboding building up in the Fables series, and the cover of this volume made me worried that I was in store for even more. Instead, I walked away with a glimmer of hope and a great appreciation for Flycatcher. He's bumped around the periphery for me, never really holding my attention until now. And watching the developments here give me a lot of affection for him. The Good Prince is a perfect title. It feels like the war between the Adversary and Fabletown could start as soon as the next volume (I'm switching to the trades now, rather than wait for the next deluxe edition), and while I'm sure we're in for more trauma, I feel ready for it. So long as Snow and Bigby come through, I'll be happy. Ish.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arctialuna

    I hate the frontpage attempts to be a spoiler and then turns out not to be a spoiler. It's sweet they made Flycatcher so important at the end, but I somehow feel it's cheating to give him superdupermagical powers which no one can afront to weaken the adversary. I assume Fables is going to finish this arc in the next volume (which I've already bought a few hours ago ups). Then, I am going to seriously consider if I keep buying Fables or stop here since I heard that the story loses it (but the price I hate the frontpage attempts to be a spoiler and then turns out not to be a spoiler. It's sweet they made Flycatcher so important at the end, but I somehow feel it's cheating to give him superdupermagical powers which no one can afront to weaken the adversary. I assume Fables is going to finish this arc in the next volume (which I've already bought a few hours ago ups). Then, I am going to seriously consider if I keep buying Fables or stop here since I heard that the story loses it (but the price increases).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denlillebogblog

    3½-4 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brylliams

    I loved this tale about Flycatcher. Best of Fables so far, yay!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leticia

    Fly's story was very interesting and Blue is one of my new favorite characters. Fly's story was very interesting and Blue is one of my new favorite characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alannah

    4.5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Big, sweeping character stories like this one are the one of the biggest reasons Fables is so revered. This volume acts as essentially as one big, self-contained story arc, with a few asides here and there about the coming war with the Adversary. Flycatcher, one of the most beloved of the Fables, has regained his horrible memories of what happened to his wife and children during the Adversary's invasion of his land, and is racked with despair. What follows is an epic (I hate that that word has be Big, sweeping character stories like this one are the one of the biggest reasons Fables is so revered. This volume acts as essentially as one big, self-contained story arc, with a few asides here and there about the coming war with the Adversary. Flycatcher, one of the most beloved of the Fables, has regained his horrible memories of what happened to his wife and children during the Adversary's invasion of his land, and is racked with despair. What follows is an epic (I hate that that word has become so overused, because it's true in this case) tale of redemption and destiny that totally changes the foundation of the Fables universe, all from the point of view of this extremely likable, selfless man. Willingham does a fantastic job juggling the pathos with the plot, showing Flycatcher to be the noble man he's always been underneath his janitor's clothes, while building an unpredictable and magical storyline unlike anything we've seen in Fables thus far. I was hooked beginning to end, and even consider Fly to be one of my favorite characters in the whole series now. It's rare for a story so compelling not to be dire, but this one just feels uplifting and hopeful (something that's been needed in Fables lately). I can't recommend this book enough, though I would suggest being familiar with Fables first before diving in (as if millions of people were going to start with volume 8?). Willingham proves with this volume that he's got a lot left to do with Fables, and the well isn't running dry anytime soon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fox

    This has definitely been my favorite addition to the Fables series. The bulk of this book is focused upon Prince Ambrose (better known as Flycatcher) fulfilling the destiny that was alluded to in a previous volume. It was during this book that I felt incredibly grateful for having earlier read 1001 Nights of Snowfall as certain stories from it gave this one a more subtle depth. In particular Frau Totenkinder and Ambrose himself. While the vital bits were examined briefly in this volume, 1001 Ni This has definitely been my favorite addition to the Fables series. The bulk of this book is focused upon Prince Ambrose (better known as Flycatcher) fulfilling the destiny that was alluded to in a previous volume. It was during this book that I felt incredibly grateful for having earlier read 1001 Nights of Snowfall as certain stories from it gave this one a more subtle depth. In particular Frau Totenkinder and Ambrose himself. While the vital bits were examined briefly in this volume, 1001 Nights of Snowfall still offers a bit more and lends credence to small asides. Anyway, this story follows the best of the Arthurian legends. The hero's journey is heartwarming, tragic, and ultimately the most moving that Fables has offered so far. I teared up at the end, I worried along with everyone gathered in front of the Magic Mirror as old villains plotted. Ambrose has certainly won his spot among the best, if not the very best, of this comic's heroes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Little Motel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of the best volumes yet! I laughed and cried throughout Flycatcher's story. The use of the mirror for Fabletown to watch the story unfolding in Haven I thought was great. Seeing everyone rooting for Flycatcher and tuning in everyday was heartwarming. I loved the tension building throughout this volume, the impending war that's coming, watching Bigby and Beast prepare their soldiers for war, Prince learning Arabic, it was all fantastic! One of the best volumes yet! I laughed and cried throughout Flycatcher's story. The use of the mirror for Fabletown to watch the story unfolding in Haven I thought was great. Seeing everyone rooting for Flycatcher and tuning in everyday was heartwarming. I loved the tension building throughout this volume, the impending war that's coming, watching Bigby and Beast prepare their soldiers for war, Prince learning Arabic, it was all fantastic!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Flycatcher's transformation was totally unconvincing. I found the plot-arc really lame. Willingham's writing has been bugging me in general for the past few issues. Why does he keep overusing the terms "diverse" and "and such / somesuch"? Eurgh, well I'm committed to this damned series now. Flycatcher's transformation was totally unconvincing. I found the plot-arc really lame. Willingham's writing has been bugging me in general for the past few issues. Why does he keep overusing the terms "diverse" and "and such / somesuch"? Eurgh, well I'm committed to this damned series now.

  16. 4 out of 5

    'kris Pung

    This series is just fun with a capitol “F” and it looks like the climactic battle between the fables and the Adversary are right around the corner (I can’t wait to see how it plays out).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt Cichon

    No filler. Nothing but a nine part story that moved the main plot forward. This book is the prime example of what makes Fables great. Couldn't put it down. No filler. Nothing but a nine part story that moved the main plot forward. This book is the prime example of what makes Fables great. Couldn't put it down.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Binge-reading. Series review to follow.

  19. 5 out of 5

    The Inked Reader

    3.75 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    WM13

    3 and 1/2 Page 224: The Rialto

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Born

    A new king rises forming a third faction in this epic 9 issue arc of Fables, collected in this oversized hardcover. Flycatcher, AKA Ambrose, rises to fulfill his destiny in The Good Prince. This megasized nine issue arc delivers on all front, changing things up in the Fablesverse as we see Ambrose become a powerful king and attempt to save everyone he can without spilling any blood. Buckingham's art remains as great as ever, and Willingham writes an engaging, thoughtful arc that transform Ambros A new king rises forming a third faction in this epic 9 issue arc of Fables, collected in this oversized hardcover. Flycatcher, AKA Ambrose, rises to fulfill his destiny in The Good Prince. This megasized nine issue arc delivers on all front, changing things up in the Fablesverse as we see Ambrose become a powerful king and attempt to save everyone he can without spilling any blood. Buckingham's art remains as great as ever, and Willingham writes an engaging, thoughtful arc that transform Ambrose into a new character while retaining the same core personality of the Flycatcher we love. As with any long arc, there's set up and interludes. We largely focus on Ambrose attempting to carve out his own kingdom in the Homelands while staving off the Adversary's forces. King Ambrose is adamant about not harming anyone, because he believes in pacifism despite his newfound powers essentially rising him to godhood. This arc has been a longtime coming, and I won't spoil anything about it by saying more. The Good Prince is a must read arc if you've been enjoying Fables so far.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bryony

    3.5 stars. Rounding up because I’m feeling nice. I am starting to feel with the Fables series that each volume is only just good enough to keep me going onto the next, admittedly. This one is a fairly well contained story about a character whom has rarely been in the spotlight before, which I enjoyed. What I less enjoyed is that everything plays out with, fittingly, fairytale convenience. Was it satisfying? Yes, but kind of in the kind of way a microwave meal satisfies when you’re hungry. It didn’ 3.5 stars. Rounding up because I’m feeling nice. I am starting to feel with the Fables series that each volume is only just good enough to keep me going onto the next, admittedly. This one is a fairly well contained story about a character whom has rarely been in the spotlight before, which I enjoyed. What I less enjoyed is that everything plays out with, fittingly, fairytale convenience. Was it satisfying? Yes, but kind of in the kind of way a microwave meal satisfies when you’re hungry. It didn’t offer much beyond the basis for me, I’m afraid!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Brennan

    I dropped Fables a while ago, but finally came back to finish the books I had already bought that were still sitting on my TBR shelf. I'm torn on this collection of stories (The Good Prince). On the one hand, I enjoyed the presentation of both peaceful rebellion and violent rebellion - and that they weren't set up in conflict with each other, but supporting each other. On the other hand, Fly's powers did seem OP, kind of removing a lot of the tension of the story. Fables also sometimes seems agg I dropped Fables a while ago, but finally came back to finish the books I had already bought that were still sitting on my TBR shelf. I'm torn on this collection of stories (The Good Prince). On the one hand, I enjoyed the presentation of both peaceful rebellion and violent rebellion - and that they weren't set up in conflict with each other, but supporting each other. On the other hand, Fly's powers did seem OP, kind of removing a lot of the tension of the story. Fables also sometimes seems aggressively hetero to me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Russell Grant

    This one finds the character Flycatcher, the lowly janitor, step up and meet his destiny. I think this one is the best these collections have been so far, and the previous ones have been pretty damned good. This one does a really great job of focusing in on a long tale and really showing heart and wonder that feels like a new fairy tale while playing with our expectations. I found it just wonderful.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Steurs

    Fables is an amazing series, but this one has a special place in my heart. When a character who's lost more than I can imagine steps up and gets some well-deserved happiness at last, and this without getting overly cheesy... Very wholesome. Well done Bill Willingham. As always, beautiful artwork. Fables is an amazing series, but this one has a special place in my heart. When a character who's lost more than I can imagine steps up and gets some well-deserved happiness at last, and this without getting overly cheesy... Very wholesome. Well done Bill Willingham. As always, beautiful artwork.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    This was surprisingly sweet and just a really nice break before the impending doom. Willingham's at his best when he's writing battles, and we still got that, but in a different way. Plus I only had to deal with like half a page of the wolf kids. This was surprisingly sweet and just a really nice break before the impending doom. Willingham's at his best when he's writing battles, and we still got that, but in a different way. Plus I only had to deal with like half a page of the wolf kids.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved getting to know more about the Witching Well and what happens to whatever or whoever is tossed in, despite the resurrection trope being one of my least favorite tropes. Looking forward to seeing how this affects the battle between the Fables and the Adversary now

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Seholm

    Favorite one so far!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rianna

    One of the best ones yet. I love fly.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cate

    I'd give it 6 ⭐ if I could. I'd give it 6 ⭐ if I could.

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