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"For years, Snow White and Bigby Wolf's cubs have grown up knowing that one of them was destined for a much greater, more grave role amongst the Fables community. But no one knew how soon it would come. When Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer, this red plastic boat magically takes her on a journey to a desolate place known as Toy "For years, Snow White and Bigby Wolf's cubs have grown up knowing that one of them was destined for a much greater, more grave role amongst the Fables community. But no one knew how soon it would come. When Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer, this red plastic boat magically takes her on a journey to a desolate place known as Toyland. Will Therese be their savior? Or their destroyer? FABLES VOL. 18: CUBS IN TOYLAND is the latest epic from New York Times best-selling author Bill Willingham's hit series FABLES, as the Bigby Wolf cubs learn that adventures in the land of misfit toys is much less fun than it sounds. Also collected here are all the backup stories that feature Bufkin's exploits in the land of Oz, beautifully painted by Shaw McManus (CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE)." Collecting FABLES #114-123.


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"For years, Snow White and Bigby Wolf's cubs have grown up knowing that one of them was destined for a much greater, more grave role amongst the Fables community. But no one knew how soon it would come. When Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer, this red plastic boat magically takes her on a journey to a desolate place known as Toy "For years, Snow White and Bigby Wolf's cubs have grown up knowing that one of them was destined for a much greater, more grave role amongst the Fables community. But no one knew how soon it would come. When Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer, this red plastic boat magically takes her on a journey to a desolate place known as Toyland. Will Therese be their savior? Or their destroyer? FABLES VOL. 18: CUBS IN TOYLAND is the latest epic from New York Times best-selling author Bill Willingham's hit series FABLES, as the Bigby Wolf cubs learn that adventures in the land of misfit toys is much less fun than it sounds. Also collected here are all the backup stories that feature Bufkin's exploits in the land of Oz, beautifully painted by Shaw McManus (CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE)." Collecting FABLES #114-123.

30 review for Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland (Fables

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    This story arc was absolutely marvelous. Probably my favorite Fables collection in ten books or so, and it's absolutely revived my faith in the series. This story arc was absolutely marvelous. Probably my favorite Fables collection in ten books or so, and it's absolutely revived my faith in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    The creepiest Fables volume in ages. For my money, Toyland is far scarier than Mr. Dark was. For a long time, Fables has been feeling a little played out, and since the defeat of the Adversary we've had some good individual stories (Peter & Max), but no satisfactory arcs. Mr. Dark, who I assume was supposed to be the Bogeyman, was too simplistically and single-mindedly evil to be truly worrisome, and was defeated handily by the North Wind almost as an afterthought. With this volume and its predec The creepiest Fables volume in ages. For my money, Toyland is far scarier than Mr. Dark was. For a long time, Fables has been feeling a little played out, and since the defeat of the Adversary we've had some good individual stories (Peter & Max), but no satisfactory arcs. Mr. Dark, who I assume was supposed to be the Bogeyman, was too simplistically and single-mindedly evil to be truly worrisome, and was defeated handily by the North Wind almost as an afterthought. With this volume and its predecessor, I think Willingham, Buckingham et al. have found their groove again. The story of Wolf & Snow's cubs is now the driver, and it's a good engine for stories. I was thinking about this volume for days after finishing it. It ends brilliantly, with the beginning of a conversation you'd love to be in on, but never will be. Looking forward to Vol. 19!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frank Eldritch

    I've had soft copies of Bill Willingham's FABLES for quite some time in one of my flash drives, but I never actually read any of it yet. I was thinking I wanted to find the perfect moment to indulge in this widely-acclaimed fairy-tale saga. That time only came when I finally stumbled upon a hard copy version of this volume. I bought it and immediately started perusing through the pages. I knew nothing of Fables except for the premise itself (one that has been used in the television adaptations o I've had soft copies of Bill Willingham's FABLES for quite some time in one of my flash drives, but I never actually read any of it yet. I was thinking I wanted to find the perfect moment to indulge in this widely-acclaimed fairy-tale saga. That time only came when I finally stumbled upon a hard copy version of this volume. I bought it and immediately started perusing through the pages. I knew nothing of Fables except for the premise itself (one that has been used in the television adaptations of Grimm and Once Upon A Time), so I read Cubs in Toyland with limited expectations and what I got was something so profoundly frightening and upsetting that the very next night I was already browsing and digesting my soft copies of Fables from the first issue to the twenty-sixth. Truth be told, I never realized how much I was missing out and for someone who had only fallen in love with Neil Gaiman's The Sandman just four years ago, I thought that I would not find anything that would remotely replace it--but Fables might just be a possible strong contender. This was an enchanting series with layers upon layers of folklore, myth and interesting character narratives that would leave any reader, novice or devout, quite insatiable. Cubs in Toyland was specifically haunting. What started as a tale of a spoiled pretty child named Therese being transported into a land of toys became something akin to the first piercing wound of terror; a re-imagining of the usual story trope of children escaping into fantasy landscapes (such as Neverland, Oz or Wonderland) only to find deadlier, irreversible consequences in their wake. In Cubs, the escape was not at all fantastical or whimsical--the grim revelation of an island filled with broken, murderous toys was not really the heart of darkness of the story itself, but the masterstroke delivery of the writing. In this volume, childhood daydreams are given a whole new depth of torment and despair. A brother and a sister--whose births are prophesied for both great and terrible things-- must face the ultimate test of their survival and skills. The sacrifices that they entail would harden any child and force her to grow up and put away her toys before such playthings could rot her core. Therese was scarcely old enough to understand her bratty and simplistic behaviors upon first arriving at the shores of broken toys, and her display of vanity and ignorance were eventually her most tainted qualities. Her innocence can also be liken to barbarism, especially when she was crowned as queen of the Toyland which she hardly took seriously, insisting for all her subjects to serve her needs; including her hunger that is not only physical but spiritual. Her brother had come to rescue her halfway through the story but realized that she might be beyond saving unless he pays the price for her redemption. Once the deed was sealed and Therese found out about her brother's woes, her childhood and all the sweetness that mingled with it had gradually perished, and she started a solemn quest of restoring the toys through the most poignant way imaginable. She later travels back to her own world, only to meet her mother and other siblings as a grown and weary young woman when she was only gone for several days (for time moves differently in Toyland). This volume was an unforgettable cautionary tale about greed and ignorance and that even children can reflect such darkness no matter how much they possess ambiguity as creatures who are yet to develop moral self-awareness. Therese's tale was a grievous one but ultimately a necessary transformation toward her personal enlightenment. This was an easily enjoyable volume despite its bleak storyline. Anyone who wants to read about Fables can pick up this volume first if they want. The horrific impact weaved into the plot itself will still have the same effect. RECOMMENDED: 10/10 * It is advisable to start with the series from the beginning but this volume could be a notable exception. Its prose and message are devastating and filled with utmost clarity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    I am going to start my review with a "Damn!" There. Now with that out of the way, this was one hell of a great volume. I've always been a fan of Fables and think highly of the series as a whole. Certain volumes, like Vol 18, truly stand out. Perhaps I appreciated this volume due to the amazingly dark stories that were told. Also very surprising. No worries I shall not give any of the rather large secrets away. Read it and be shocked your own damn self. Remember back in Vol 17 when we were told th I am going to start my review with a "Damn!" There. Now with that out of the way, this was one hell of a great volume. I've always been a fan of Fables and think highly of the series as a whole. Certain volumes, like Vol 18, truly stand out. Perhaps I appreciated this volume due to the amazingly dark stories that were told. Also very surprising. No worries I shall not give any of the rather large secrets away. Read it and be shocked your own damn self. Remember back in Vol 17 when we were told this rhyme? "The first child will be a king. The second child a pauper. The third will do an evil thing. The fourth will die to stop her. The fifth will be a hero bold. The sixth will judge the rest. The seventh lives to ages old, and is by heaven blessed." Well Vol 18 does explain a lot of that odd prophecy. In Vol 17 we saw Winter become the new North Wind, thus fulfilling part of the prophecy, but Vol 18 fills in more of the prophecy. There are two stories in this volume. The first, or "main" story arc, is "Cubs in Toyland" where Therese (Bigby and Snow's daughter) is tricked into going to "Toyland" by a rogue toy tugboat. As odd as that sounds it ended up being a story that was very dark and yet sad as well. Toyland ends up being not what people think and once you figure it out- the formerly sad "discarded" toys take on a whole new sinister light as you learn their true stories. A very dark idea and I appreciated how it fit into the story. It also helped to explain the toys behavior. As far as Therese, she is a piece of work. I look forward to Vol 19 to figure out the consequences of the "Toyland" story. Sorry if that was vague, but I merely wish to whet your appetite for this entertaining story. Worth your time, IMHO. The second, smaller, story arc I really enjoyed. It's a tale from before there was any Fabletown or anything. It was the time when the Fables were "themselves". So we are told a really interesting and enjoyable tale about Bigby Wolf, back when he was the Big Bad Wolf. What a cool character, as he is portrayed, at once menacing but honorable. I appreciated the character. The entire beauty of the turn of events which give a great lesson about the inexorable nature of fate I found to be clever. Though this story is short, it will rank up there with one of my favorite ones. The green witch, Bigby and Sorcerer triangle of competing interests and schemes made for a great story. The idea of an entity capable of collecting and dispensing fates is also very cool. As far as the ending and how it did fulfill fate- I liked that as well. Made me smile. Thus this was a great volume. The main story will certainly shock you with the huge events in regards to the Cubs and the second story will entertain you about the good old Bixby, when he was cool and really the Big Bad Wolf. Good artwork throughout, though it never does rise to the level of great, and an entertaining story which continues to surprise with some great twists and outcomes. A volume that will take you across the entire range of emotions from shock to appreciation. As far as myself? I'm going to go get Vol 19. So highly recommended for any Fables fan. Umm if you're not a Fables fan..don't start here. You'd be about 18 Volumes late. Not the place to start this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jana Tetzlaff

    Fables 18 - Cubs in Toyland Yes, this is what I signed up for when I became addicted to the Fables series. I was literally biting my nails reading this, thinking “no, they wouldn’t do that, there will be a different outcome to the story” and then “I can’t believe they actually went through with this! When did I forget that these are not stories for children?!” It totally took me by surprise. I’m so delighted that the authors managed to confound my expectations. It’s impressive how Willingham alwa Fables 18 - Cubs in Toyland Yes, this is what I signed up for when I became addicted to the Fables series. I was literally biting my nails reading this, thinking “no, they wouldn’t do that, there will be a different outcome to the story” and then “I can’t believe they actually went through with this! When did I forget that these are not stories for children?!” It totally took me by surprise. I’m so delighted that the authors managed to confound my expectations. It’s impressive how Willingham always finds a new myth to introduce and seamlessly weave into his story. Even though I gave a high rating to the previous books out of sheer love for the series on the whole, I admit to having started to have doubts and to worry. For me, it’s back on track now and I’m as eagerly anticipating the next instalment as I used to.

  6. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    When I started this book, I was not sure where it would lead. I read it all in one sitting because I could not stop turning the pages. At the end of this arc, three parts of the prophecy that Ozma gave Ambrose have been fulfilled - the first, third, and fourth lines. Now that we know the fates of three of the seven children of Snow and Bigby, this leaves us wondering which of the remaining fourth lines will go to each of the remaining cubs. I could not help but feel bad for one of the kids - I w When I started this book, I was not sure where it would lead. I read it all in one sitting because I could not stop turning the pages. At the end of this arc, three parts of the prophecy that Ozma gave Ambrose have been fulfilled - the first, third, and fourth lines. Now that we know the fates of three of the seven children of Snow and Bigby, this leaves us wondering which of the remaining fourth lines will go to each of the remaining cubs. I could not help but feel bad for one of the kids - I won't say who since that's a spoiler and I don't like spoiling good books. Not only does this book deliver an awesome story arc, it also has an extra story which is told within two installments, about Bigby Wolf. It is an awesome and interesting story which reveals quite a bit. All in all, this is an EXCELLENT volume, and a definite must for any Fables fan, and now I am itching for Fables 19! If I could give this ten stars, I would.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    Bloody hell. Cubs. Toys. Fairy tales. And possibly one of the grimmest stories I've ever read. Bloody hell. Cubs. Toys. Fairy tales. And possibly one of the grimmest stories I've ever read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    This was potentially the most disturbing volume of Fables to date. I am torn as to whether or not I am rating it with three stars because the story itself was so unsettling or whether I am able to objectively look at it and say...yup...this isn't as good as other volumes. So I suppose I will write my review and see. To begin with, I don't feel like much happened in this volume despite containing so many issues. The story was largely focused on some of the cubs with very few other fables showing u This was potentially the most disturbing volume of Fables to date. I am torn as to whether or not I am rating it with three stars because the story itself was so unsettling or whether I am able to objectively look at it and say...yup...this isn't as good as other volumes. So I suppose I will write my review and see. To begin with, I don't feel like much happened in this volume despite containing so many issues. The story was largely focused on some of the cubs with very few other fables showing up. What happened to those unfortunate Fables was horrific and devastating and will certainly have repercussions in the world. I suppose if I had just read this story in text, it would not seem as gruesome, but Mark Buckingham's illustrations make the story doubly grotesque. I do agree with my three stars and I don't really want to talk about this anymore, so I will leave it at that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ruthi

    loved it. I couldn't put it down. Therese and Dare.. I cried. I'm aching to get the next volume but I still have to wait for it's release. I can't wait to see what unfolds with Spratt and Winter and Therese being back and Bliss and all the other Fables. the next few months are going to kill me >_____< I get so into these books/comics/G.Novels/what-have-you that they compel me to look up characters I do not know or stories I haven't heard before. I love how its not just one straight line. nothing loved it. I couldn't put it down. Therese and Dare.. I cried. I'm aching to get the next volume but I still have to wait for it's release. I can't wait to see what unfolds with Spratt and Winter and Therese being back and Bliss and all the other Fables. the next few months are going to kill me >_____< I get so into these books/comics/G.Novels/what-have-you that they compel me to look up characters I do not know or stories I haven't heard before. I love how its not just one straight line. nothing is ever in a straight line. reading the fables in a huge jumble of stories with stories added at almost random keep me on my toes. you cant just read one storyline and put it down. this way you are constantly being pulled into the fabled tales and you push on to find out more. I said almost at random because if you take note all the stories relate at one point or another, answer questions and or tell you something you'll need in order to later understand. I've heard people prefer the earlier Fables volumes however personally I find the later volumes more to my liking. not only do I still get swept away into different worlds but it also makes me want to go out and learn more, read more and broaden my understanding of literature as a whole. the ealier volumes, dont get me wrong, were amazing but I feel they have matured as they continued. Fables is and probably will be for a very long time part of my must read list.

  10. 5 out of 5

    توفيق عبد الرحيم

    we are looking at easily one of the best fantasy writers of all time you won me over utterly and totally this time each time i think to myself (they cant come up with something new no way no sir) and they prove me wrong time and time again amazing team bill and mark and todd even tho i have reason to believe todd was even better on the sandman so more of the prophecy about the cubs is revealed this issue Therese becomes the queen of toyland and after starting out as a horrifying spoiled queen (wit we are looking at easily one of the best fantasy writers of all time you won me over utterly and totally this time each time i think to myself (they cant come up with something new no way no sir) and they prove me wrong time and time again amazing team bill and mark and todd even tho i have reason to believe todd was even better on the sandman so more of the prophecy about the cubs is revealed this issue Therese becomes the queen of toyland and after starting out as a horrifying spoiled queen (with good reasons ) she turns out great after the sacrifice of (the once thought villain and gonna wreak hell upon earth for not being the new north wind) darien the fisher king and last but not least we get an amazing side story of the fate of the big bad wolf bigby himself the king of monsters i feel like i am in the world of one thousand and one nights really pretty amazing stuff on par with the great Neil gaiman i wonder though if the ending will be amazing as well !!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    David

    The eighteenth volume in the Fables series focuses on the children of Bigby Wolf and Snow White. Therese, the spoiled pretty one, is lured off on an adventure to Toyland by a charming little talking boat. Yeah, it's not quite that cheerful, though. Bill Willingham takes that old Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer special and turns it dark, dark, way dark. Before Therese is able to leave "Toyland," some of the worst parts of the prophecy given the Snow about her children in a previous volume come true. The eighteenth volume in the Fables series focuses on the children of Bigby Wolf and Snow White. Therese, the spoiled pretty one, is lured off on an adventure to Toyland by a charming little talking boat. Yeah, it's not quite that cheerful, though. Bill Willingham takes that old Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer special and turns it dark, dark, way dark. Before Therese is able to leave "Toyland," some of the worst parts of the prophecy given the Snow about her children in a previous volume come true. One of the things I like about Fables is that character deaths usually (not always, but usually) stick. Even though the characters are immortal magical beings, and sometimes literally gods, they do die and we haven't seen too many of them come back from the dead like in superhero comics. The secondary story at the end, spanning two volumes of the regular comic series, is about Bigby Wolf, back in the early days when he was the Big Bad Wolf. It's an unexpected twist on his story arc, and quite ingenuous. The Fables series has been consistently high quality and while it was up and down for a while, the last few volumes have been mostly pretty solid.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    There are two storylines in this volume. The first deals with the land of misfit toys, similar to the one in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but oh so much darker. (view spoiler)[ Every toy on this island was somehow responsible for the death of a child, either directly or indirectly. (hide spoiler)] The toys abduct one of Wolf and Snow White's children to be their Queen, and then her brother follows to rescue her. What happens next is..well, too dark for me to spoil here. There's also a passage There are two storylines in this volume. The first deals with the land of misfit toys, similar to the one in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but oh so much darker. (view spoiler)[ Every toy on this island was somehow responsible for the death of a child, either directly or indirectly. (hide spoiler)] The toys abduct one of Wolf and Snow White's children to be their Queen, and then her brother follows to rescue her. What happens next is..well, too dark for me to spoil here. There's also a passage of many years in this volume so we have some time skipping. The other storyline involves Bigby Wolf and how his fate became "assigned" to him. This story also features some time skipping. This was a good volume with a lot going on, but even for a series known for being dark at times this one was dark. The art was great as usual and even after all this time this series still seems pretty fresh.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Wow this one was very interesting!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ritinha

    I WANT COLIN BACK! 👿

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    The last couple installments of the Fables trade back books have been good but not as excellent as previous books in the series. This book however was truly excellent. I really enjoyed it a lot. Bigby’s and Snow’s children are growing up and being forced to assume responsibilities. Winter inherited her kingdom in the last book and this book focuses on Therese and Dare. Therese follows her creepy toy boat’s advice and ends up in Toyland. Toyland is a land inhabited by evil toys that needs a new Qu The last couple installments of the Fables trade back books have been good but not as excellent as previous books in the series. This book however was truly excellent. I really enjoyed it a lot. Bigby’s and Snow’s children are growing up and being forced to assume responsibilities. Winter inherited her kingdom in the last book and this book focuses on Therese and Dare. Therese follows her creepy toy boat’s advice and ends up in Toyland. Toyland is a land inhabited by evil toys that needs a new Queen. As Therese struggles to survive and struggles with her sanity, her brother Dare sets off to try and find her. This was an excellent installment in this series. I loved the adventures in Toyland and how involved we are getting with Bigby’s and Snow’s kids. The prophecy about Bigby’s and Snow’s kids is slowly coming to light. We’ve meet the child that will become a king, in this story we read about the child that does an evil thing and the child that dies to stop her. The evil toy kingdom is one that’s been written about before. Mike Raicht’s The Stuff of Legend graphic novels do an excellent job exploring a similar theme. This is a dark story and it is very well done. I love how the story wraps up and what Therese decides to do to atone. There is also a side story about the Fables going to explore Mister Dark’s old castle and finding Nurse Sprat. The illustration was excellent and in keeping with previous installments. Fans of the series should be pleased with this addition, it’s one of the best Fables installments released in a while. Overall a very solid addition to the Fables series. I really enjoyed reading more about Snow and Bigby’s children and how they are slowly fulfilling the prophecy. This whole series is recommended to fans of fairy tales and urban fantasy who love graphic novels.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Sorry everyone, slight rant incoming. Positives first. I enjoyed the ending of the Cubs in Toyland arc, and I also enjoyed the 2 issue short about Bigby. Cubs in Toyland's conclusion had some real impact on the Fables world, which I can appreciate, as the previous volume felt like not much happened. However a few things are bothering me. I feel like Fables has become a bit aimless in its plotting. While CiT was a nice story, I am failing to see where the series is going in the long run. That'd be Sorry everyone, slight rant incoming. Positives first. I enjoyed the ending of the Cubs in Toyland arc, and I also enjoyed the 2 issue short about Bigby. Cubs in Toyland's conclusion had some real impact on the Fables world, which I can appreciate, as the previous volume felt like not much happened. However a few things are bothering me. I feel like Fables has become a bit aimless in its plotting. While CiT was a nice story, I am failing to see where the series is going in the long run. That'd be fine if the short term stories were interesting and helped fill in some characters' backgrounds. But they're not doing that either. Hopefully my failure to see long-term plot opportunities is a shortcoming on my end, and not on Willingham's, because I would love to love Fables again. I really would. It has just been a long time since Fables has been something that I'd actually recommend to a friend. I would still recommend the first 10 or so trades, of course, as they are excellent. I also am a bit frustrated with Buckingham's art. I don't know if my tastes are changing, or if he is slipping, but I feel like every character has about 3 stock faces: happy, unhappy, and neutral. Maybe it's just Fiona Staples' AMAZING facial interpretations and art in general from Saga that is spoiling me, but it really seems like Buckingham's art has been a bit lackluster in these past few volumes. All in all I'm pretty sad to be giving Fables this poor of a review, because in the past I would always list it as one of my favorite ongoing comics. Boo :(

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Finally an arc with the cubs in which I didn't want to punch each of them. Dialogue at times was still weird given the cubs are nine years old -- I'm not a huge fan of writing children as stupid just because they're kids. Felt forced at times. The character of Dare was especially compelling towards the end of the story. The inclusion and layering of Babes in Toyland and the Fisher King were fun to follow. Beautiful story. I especially liked the two part at the end, "The Destiny Game." I hope the Finally an arc with the cubs in which I didn't want to punch each of them. Dialogue at times was still weird given the cubs are nine years old -- I'm not a huge fan of writing children as stupid just because they're kids. Felt forced at times. The character of Dare was especially compelling towards the end of the story. The inclusion and layering of Babes in Toyland and the Fisher King were fun to follow. Beautiful story. I especially liked the two part at the end, "The Destiny Game." I hope they bring more of that particular storyline into play in the near future.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Baal Of

    Bought this today, and read the whole thing in one sitting. This may be my favorite Fable collection yet, although it's been a long time since I read the first volumes, so that makes it difficult to judge. This story is great because it is grim and horrific. It has multiple layers that are revealed gradually. It has redemption at an ultimate price, and a major transition for more than one character. The artwork is beautiful. And the backup story was great too, with lovely, dark-hued artwork to m Bought this today, and read the whole thing in one sitting. This may be my favorite Fable collection yet, although it's been a long time since I read the first volumes, so that makes it difficult to judge. This story is great because it is grim and horrific. It has multiple layers that are revealed gradually. It has redemption at an ultimate price, and a major transition for more than one character. The artwork is beautiful. And the backup story was great too, with lovely, dark-hued artwork to match it's tone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    [Name Redacted]

    In which we: are treated to two harrowing and exceedingly bleak tales about the cubs Therese and Darien; have confirmed Mr. Willingham's commitment to the original tone of fairy tales; witness the death of a noble old creature; discover that Bigby cheated fate to secure the life he now leads; and learn that, for dear Ambrose at least, things work out all right in the end. In which we: are treated to two harrowing and exceedingly bleak tales about the cubs Therese and Darien; have confirmed Mr. Willingham's commitment to the original tone of fairy tales; witness the death of a noble old creature; discover that Bigby cheated fate to secure the life he now leads; and learn that, for dear Ambrose at least, things work out all right in the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Whoa. Wow. That was bleak. I was in no way prepared for the prophecies to start happening so soon. 5 Couldn't-Put-It-Down Stars Whoa. Wow. That was bleak. I was in no way prepared for the prophecies to start happening so soon. 5 Couldn't-Put-It-Down Stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    #ReadAllTheBooks

    One of the things that has sort of bugged me about Fables is that at times you can tell that it's been running for a very long time and as such, has begun to fray at the edges and occasionally sag in the middle. It's starting to show it's age here and there, as all long running series inevitably do. That's why I was glad to see that we're finally starting to get some of the various plot points resolved that were brought up volumes ago. Most notably, the prophecy over Snow and Bigby's kids. Not a One of the things that has sort of bugged me about Fables is that at times you can tell that it's been running for a very long time and as such, has begun to fray at the edges and occasionally sag in the middle. It's starting to show it's age here and there, as all long running series inevitably do. That's why I was glad to see that we're finally starting to get some of the various plot points resolved that were brought up volumes ago. Most notably, the prophecy over Snow and Bigby's kids. Not all of the answers are given here, but we do have two names presumably checked off on the list. And I'll warn readers ahead of time. If you aren't ready to watch young characters do some terrible things and have terrible things done to them, you should prepare yourself. It's not exactly Frank Miller bad, mind you, but I know that for some it's harder to watch bad things happen to children as opposed to adults. I rather liked the story in this volume. It's sad and at times creepy to see what becomes of Therese. She really undergoes a lot in this story and while I can't say much more without giving some mondo spoilers away, I'm interested to see what this volume's plot will do as far as the Wolf family dynamics go. One Wolf child certainly has some explaining to do and I'm not certain that this specific person will go completely scot-free. On a side note, we do see some side mentions gearing up for future plot arcs. Fabletown is truly dead and gone, but there's the potential for new residency... maybe. Art-wise, this is a bleak volume. There's some wonderfully surreal panels in the last third, but as the story here is bleak, the artwork needs to reflect this as well. It helps drive in the fact that something really is wrong in Toyland. I will say that the artwork in the side story "The Destiny Game" is much better if we're going to be comparing the two, but this is normally the case with side stories in the Fable-verse. Overall this is good. It's giving me a bit of a fresh interest in the series, but I still don't know if this will be enough to fully bring back everyone. It's definitely worth checking out at the library, that's for certain.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    On the wall in my hallway is a framed one-shot comic in which Ozma reads a poem to Ambrose. This poem basically details the fates of all seven wolf children. I really should look at this thing more often. Had I bothered to look, maybe I would have remembered, and then maybe I wouldn't have been so shocked by the events in this story. I wouldn't feel so violated, perhaps. This is not the Fables I have come to love. Oh, is it not bad. In fact, the story is as usual, excellently written (toward the end, On the wall in my hallway is a framed one-shot comic in which Ozma reads a poem to Ambrose. This poem basically details the fates of all seven wolf children. I really should look at this thing more often. Had I bothered to look, maybe I would have remembered, and then maybe I wouldn't have been so shocked by the events in this story. I wouldn't feel so violated, perhaps. This is not the Fables I have come to love. Oh, is it not bad. In fact, the story is as usual, excellently written (toward the end, anyway, I found the beginning slow) and it fits within the Fables world, but it is far darker than the Fables I have come to love, and so I cannot say I actually liked it. I really, really should look at that one-shot more often.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jobert

    Remember the prophecy about the fate of the cubs (Snow and Bigby's seven children)? The first child will be a king. The second child a pauper. The third will do an evil thing. The fourth will die to stop her. The fifth will be a hero bold. The sixth will judge the rest. The seventh lives to ages old, and is by heaven blessed. We learned from the previous book that Winter became a king. In this book though, it was revealed that she'd grow up evil. Hayz, wag naman. Also, it was revealed who did an evil th Remember the prophecy about the fate of the cubs (Snow and Bigby's seven children)? The first child will be a king. The second child a pauper. The third will do an evil thing. The fourth will die to stop her. The fifth will be a hero bold. The sixth will judge the rest. The seventh lives to ages old, and is by heaven blessed. We learned from the previous book that Winter became a king. In this book though, it was revealed that she'd grow up evil. Hayz, wag naman. Also, it was revealed who did an evil thing. It was Therese. Hayz, hindi kasi nag-iisip. And it was Darien who died to stop her. Anlungkot lang, ambata pa niya. Okay, ako na apektado, hahaha! Wala eh, ang ganda naman kasi talaga ng comic book series na to... ^^

  24. 5 out of 5

    Z

    The more I read of Fables, the more impressed I am...not just impressed, but humbled and awed. It may very well be the most well-plotted work of fiction I have ever read. Characters and themes from dozens of fairy tales, fables, and nursery rhymes are woven into an original, overarching plot in seamless, inventive, and unexpected ways. Every detail is extremely well thought out. Sometimes dark, sometimes fun, always full of profound psychological, philosophical, and moral insight and wisdom. The The more I read of Fables, the more impressed I am...not just impressed, but humbled and awed. It may very well be the most well-plotted work of fiction I have ever read. Characters and themes from dozens of fairy tales, fables, and nursery rhymes are woven into an original, overarching plot in seamless, inventive, and unexpected ways. Every detail is extremely well thought out. Sometimes dark, sometimes fun, always full of profound psychological, philosophical, and moral insight and wisdom. The characters are complex, multifaceted, and continually growing and changing in unexpected, yet believable, ways...just like real people. I cannot recommend Fables highly enough, and this particular episode is particularly dark and haunting..bittersweet, yet hopeful...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    In which two Wolf cubs go missing; we find Discardia a land of malevolent toys; Bigby seeks aid from gods ; and the first cub hero emerges! Deliciously dark and fairy tale styled, Bill Willingham goes full-on fable-esque and produces, for me, the best volume in the series! Essentially a modern fairy tale is told, with a typically very dark heart. 8.5 out of 12. In which two Wolf cubs go missing; we find Discardia a land of malevolent toys; Bigby seeks aid from gods ; and the first cub hero emerges! Deliciously dark and fairy tale styled, Bill Willingham goes full-on fable-esque and produces, for me, the best volume in the series! Essentially a modern fairy tale is told, with a typically very dark heart. 8.5 out of 12.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carl Nelson

    4.5 stars. Whimsically horrific and tragically noble at the same time. Probably my favorite Fables volume since Boy Blue. The two-parter with a Bigby Wolf backstory is interesting and well-illustrated with dark but clear pictures. The story of the cubs continues to be the richest vein in the series. This is one to reread and ponder.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McShane

    Wow. Just...wow. The Fables series has never shied away from the dark and powerful, but this story about two of Snow and Bigby's cubs is extraordinary in both its level of violence and its gutwrenching portrayal of love and sacrifice. This is not the Fisher King legend I'm familiar with, but it blew me away. Wow. Just...wow. The Fables series has never shied away from the dark and powerful, but this story about two of Snow and Bigby's cubs is extraordinary in both its level of violence and its gutwrenching portrayal of love and sacrifice. This is not the Fisher King legend I'm familiar with, but it blew me away.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Toyland, and broken toys in need of forgiveness. Fates and destinies. Great tale. If you have not yet started reading this series then you should.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This volume solely focuses on the cubs and Bigby. It is brutal and visceral and sad but that doesn't mean I didn't love it. The art (as usual) is amazing, the storytelling is brilliant and the plot is great. I don't like how some of the characters ended up at the end of the book but I don't alwasy get what I want. Even after 18 volumes this continues to be the best series ever written. I'm starting to slow down reading these because I realize I only have four left so I want to savor them as long This volume solely focuses on the cubs and Bigby. It is brutal and visceral and sad but that doesn't mean I didn't love it. The art (as usual) is amazing, the storytelling is brilliant and the plot is great. I don't like how some of the characters ended up at the end of the book but I don't alwasy get what I want. Even after 18 volumes this continues to be the best series ever written. I'm starting to slow down reading these because I realize I only have four left so I want to savor them as long as possible. Highest possible recommendation.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    I hated how gross this volume was. Just gore for the sake of it, no thanks.

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