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As Snow White slowly recovers from a bullet to the brain, she and Bigby spend a lot of time in each other's company. But when they announce that they'll be vacationing together, all of Fabletown is shocked...and not just because Snow White has never taken a holiday before. The twosome's sudden departure from New York City -- and the deadly peril they're about to fall into As Snow White slowly recovers from a bullet to the brain, she and Bigby spend a lot of time in each other's company. But when they announce that they'll be vacationing together, all of Fabletown is shocked...and not just because Snow White has never taken a holiday before. The twosome's sudden departure from New York City -- and the deadly peril they're about to fall into -- is surely no match for the ruthless enemy who's still lurking in the back woods. This volume also includes the special Fables: The Last Castle, we learn of the great war that forced Bigby Wolf, Prince Charming and Bluebeard to leave their homeland in search of a safe haven. As the battle rages, we meet a mysterious woman in red, and learn why Snow White's deputy, Little Boy Blue, only plays the blues on his trumpet. Collecting: Fables 11-18, The Last Castle


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As Snow White slowly recovers from a bullet to the brain, she and Bigby spend a lot of time in each other's company. But when they announce that they'll be vacationing together, all of Fabletown is shocked...and not just because Snow White has never taken a holiday before. The twosome's sudden departure from New York City -- and the deadly peril they're about to fall into As Snow White slowly recovers from a bullet to the brain, she and Bigby spend a lot of time in each other's company. But when they announce that they'll be vacationing together, all of Fabletown is shocked...and not just because Snow White has never taken a holiday before. The twosome's sudden departure from New York City -- and the deadly peril they're about to fall into -- is surely no match for the ruthless enemy who's still lurking in the back woods. This volume also includes the special Fables: The Last Castle, we learn of the great war that forced Bigby Wolf, Prince Charming and Bluebeard to leave their homeland in search of a safe haven. As the battle rages, we meet a mysterious woman in red, and learn why Snow White's deputy, Little Boy Blue, only plays the blues on his trumpet. Collecting: Fables 11-18, The Last Castle

30 review for Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Two

  1. 4 out of 5

    Arnis

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This was just as good as the first time I read it. The first time I read them as single trade paperbacks and I loved them. I was so happy to finally get back into the world of fables and read more about the characters. If you haven't picked up this series then I would definitely recommend picking it up as soon as possible. This was just as good as the first time I read it. The first time I read them as single trade paperbacks and I loved them. I was so happy to finally get back into the world of fables and read more about the characters. If you haven't picked up this series then I would definitely recommend picking it up as soon as possible.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I'm still pretty meh on these new deluxe editions...I say after reading only the second one. Like Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1, re-reading this was much less enjoyable than reading those stories had been the first time around. I'm still blaming Saga, Volume 4. It ruins everything. There were some stories in here I still enjoyed. There were some I didn't. And the Wolf Meets Snow And Her Sister story at the end of this volume, wasn't it illustrated when it first came out? Like, in comic format, I'm still pretty meh on these new deluxe editions...I say after reading only the second one. Like Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1, re-reading this was much less enjoyable than reading those stories had been the first time around. I'm still blaming Saga, Volume 4. It ruins everything. There were some stories in here I still enjoyed. There were some I didn't. And the Wolf Meets Snow And Her Sister story at the end of this volume, wasn't it illustrated when it first came out? Like, in comic format, I mean, and not with three B&W full-page pictures that accompany the story. Isn't that where the wolf-standing-on-Snow part of the cover from the first deluxe edition came from? (Nevermind. It's the tiger, not the wolf, standing on her) Am I totally misremembering that? I couldn't look at Vol. 3 to see if it started out with the illustrated version of that story because Gabe has it at work. Gabe's horrible. And so is my memory. Anyway, I think I'm excited to enter some new territory. I am hopeful of other tales from the world coming into play because, really, it's just too many white people doing rich white people things and I can go up to Cherry Creek if I want that.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Bag O’ Bones. This American Jack story is a lot of fun. I would have much preferred to see these in the Jack of Fables series than what we got [7+/10]. Two-Part Caper. Another fun story, particularly for its intro of Briar Rose and for seeing a bunch of characters work together who we usually wouldn’t expect to. (I really miss Jack in the Fables comic!) Unlike the caper that kicks off Legends in Exile, this one feels important to the comic as a whole (though still a different sort of story than w Bag O’ Bones. This American Jack story is a lot of fun. I would have much preferred to see these in the Jack of Fables series than what we got [7+/10]. Two-Part Caper. Another fun story, particularly for its intro of Briar Rose and for seeing a bunch of characters work together who we usually wouldn’t expect to. (I really miss Jack in the Fables comic!) Unlike the caper that kicks off Legends in Exile, this one feels important to the comic as a whole (though still a different sort of story than we’d later get). [7/10] Storybook Love. This is a great arc, primarily because Willingham isn’t worried about changing up the status quo. He thus wraps up some loose ends from Animal Farm and puts things in motion for the future (some of which are still playing out!). The strength of his large cast is also becoming increasingly obvious [8+/10] Barleycorn Brides. This story feels pretty small and unimportant, but it’s fun and well told; Willingham does fairy tales well. [7/10] The Last Castle. This story is great first of all for its early view of the war against the Adversary. However, it’s all got a great element of tragedy that adds a lot to Blue, who hadn’t gotten a lot of screentime previous [8/10].

  5. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    Solid sophomore effort, the second volume. A combination of some progression of the main plot (learning more about the Adversary or how far the Fables will go to protect their secret community in the mundy world), but a larger focus on world-building and character development of characters, such as Boy Blue, Jack of Tales, Prince Charming, and Bigby. The art remains very good, but the revolving cast of illustrators places an unnecessary burden on readers as characters look different in different Solid sophomore effort, the second volume. A combination of some progression of the main plot (learning more about the Adversary or how far the Fables will go to protect their secret community in the mundy world), but a larger focus on world-building and character development of characters, such as Boy Blue, Jack of Tales, Prince Charming, and Bigby. The art remains very good, but the revolving cast of illustrators places an unnecessary burden on readers as characters look different in different story arcs. I also liked there was a mixture of short and long stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    FIRST THOUGHTS: I just ship Snow and Bigby with my whole being, okay? Also, Boy Blue's story FIRST THOUGHTS: I just ship Snow and Bigby with my whole being, okay? Also, Boy Blue's story

  7. 5 out of 5

    Akke

    *4.25 stars pretty fucking great.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Really good second volume, these next 10 issues don't go much into progressing the main plot rather than doing some world-building and character development of main and second protagonists. It was interesting, both the sub-plots of Boy Blue and Jack of Tales, the small scrpit at the end about Bigby's background was excellent. Enjoying this series so far through and through. Only reason I didn't give the 5 out of 5 is the continuous change of illustrators. It'll take some time for me to oversee i Really good second volume, these next 10 issues don't go much into progressing the main plot rather than doing some world-building and character development of main and second protagonists. It was interesting, both the sub-plots of Boy Blue and Jack of Tales, the small scrpit at the end about Bigby's background was excellent. Enjoying this series so far through and through. Only reason I didn't give the 5 out of 5 is the continuous change of illustrators. It'll take some time for me to oversee it and completely enjoy the thrills this story so gerenously provides.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    Having finished the second Deluxe installment in Fables, I can now safely say that I am 'into' this series. By which I not only mean that I am really enjoying it, but also, that I am immersed enough to really feel compelled to continue. The story lines in this second book are less coherent as a whole--although they do continue the overall plot arc--but they work really well to expand the scope of the world and give you great (and wonderfully tangential) background on a lot of the characters. Jac Having finished the second Deluxe installment in Fables, I can now safely say that I am 'into' this series. By which I not only mean that I am really enjoying it, but also, that I am immersed enough to really feel compelled to continue. The story lines in this second book are less coherent as a whole--although they do continue the overall plot arc--but they work really well to expand the scope of the world and give you great (and wonderfully tangential) background on a lot of the characters. Jack of Tales gets his first--of what I'm told are many--personal installment, as does Boy Blue. There are also some interesting plot twists that are, I think, actually pretty ballsy for how risky they are. For instance, major character gets killed off right when you were getting used to him (or her, I won't spoil) as a major plot instigator, in a rather surprising turn of events. This compilation was also interesting because it intermixes the very different artwork and drawing styles of several different people throughout the story. In some cases, such as "Barleycorn Brides" story, it's a stand-alone story, so having a different artist (with a really playful 'comic-booky' drawing style) is a nice way to differentiate between a major plot arc and a sub-story, as well as really changing the episode's tone. ("Barleycorn Brides" is actually related by a fable as a fable to a fable... if you can follow that logic.) However, the artist switch-ups are most noticeable in the major arc stories. The book starts with illustrations by Lan Medina, whose artwork I think is really stellar. Later in the book, Mark Buckingham picks up the illustrations. And while I recognize that he is a talented artist--and someone who is intricately involved in Fables, I have to say I don't like his artwork as much. I'm no expert on (graphic novel) art, but I just really prefer Lan Medina's character drawings. This is actually the first time I've had a preference for one graphic artist's work over another, though, so perhaps this means I'm actually developing something of an aesthetic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This edition contains issues 11-18 (volume 3 - Storybook Love) of the series, as well as 'Fables: The Last Castle' and "A Wolf in the Fold'. A special introduction from the author is also included. There was not a single weak point in any of the tales within this fancy hardback. The collection of stories is of a good variety and I enjoyed them all very much. 'The Last Castle' is a graphic novel, whereas 'A Wolf in the Fold' is an illustrated short story - both provided an interesting look into t This edition contains issues 11-18 (volume 3 - Storybook Love) of the series, as well as 'Fables: The Last Castle' and "A Wolf in the Fold'. A special introduction from the author is also included. There was not a single weak point in any of the tales within this fancy hardback. The collection of stories is of a good variety and I enjoyed them all very much. 'The Last Castle' is a graphic novel, whereas 'A Wolf in the Fold' is an illustrated short story - both provided an interesting look into the history of the Fable storyline, about how our favourite characters ended up where they are now. The book finishes off with 'Treasures from the Woodland Vaults', which was also included in the first Deluxe Edition. This section is a collection of pencil sketches of various scenes & characters from the stories told within the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    Well, I was not completely taken with Jack of the Tales' story at the beginning of the book. Something about him puts me off, as I expect it's meant to. However, I really loved everything that followed it: Briar Rose - even if I thought even Bigby's "peaceful" resolution of the situation beyond creepy; Snow and Bigby's vacation - his wolf shape is gorgeous, and one of the panels showing the wolf and Snow sitting under a tree was my favorite of the whole collection; the Barleycorn brides story - Well, I was not completely taken with Jack of the Tales' story at the beginning of the book. Something about him puts me off, as I expect it's meant to. However, I really loved everything that followed it: Briar Rose - even if I thought even Bigby's "peaceful" resolution of the situation beyond creepy; Snow and Bigby's vacation - his wolf shape is gorgeous, and one of the panels showing the wolf and Snow sitting under a tree was my favorite of the whole collection; the Barleycorn brides story - also kind of creepy in a way, but what were they to do; and especially the last one about the last boat out from the homelands. Then there was the wolf's story, before Bigby became human, something unexpected that I kind of wish had accompanying illustrations, but also not, because the story is quite strong as it is. I think that's the one that made me fully appreciate how good this collection was. I can't wait until I can get my hands on my more Fables issues.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vlad

    3.5/5 stars This was great, if it isn't compared to the first volume. I enjoyed the hell out of it, but it was missing something, that something that made the story whole. This is the best I can explain it. Finally, Goldilocks was dealt with. I've been waiting for this moment since 'Animal Farm', but I didn't even hope for such a gruesome, gory ending. Also, I thought this volume contains 10 issues, not 8, so I got a bit of a sneak peek on Red Riding Hood, and I'm HYPED for the next volume. 3.5/5 stars This was great, if it isn't compared to the first volume. I enjoyed the hell out of it, but it was missing something, that something that made the story whole. This is the best I can explain it. Finally, Goldilocks was dealt with. I've been waiting for this moment since 'Animal Farm', but I didn't even hope for such a gruesome, gory ending. Also, I thought this volume contains 10 issues, not 8, so I got a bit of a sneak peek on Red Riding Hood, and I'm HYPED for the next volume.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda K

    I liked it, but half way through the style of the illustrations changed, the colors got a lot brighter, and the pictures became a lot less detailed. To me, that style didn't go as well with the story, it was too cartoony, I guess. I liked it, but half way through the style of the illustrations changed, the colors got a lot brighter, and the pictures became a lot less detailed. To me, that style didn't go as well with the story, it was too cartoony, I guess.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Demsky

    The second volume starts with a story about Jack set in civil war, in which he gets outed as much more sinister as his 'rougeish' persona suggested before. It wasn't a bad story, just nothing too special. 2,5/5 The second story in this volume is a bit more interesting. It shows how the Fables deal with humans who found about their secrets and it provided a lot of characterization for some of the Fables, which was nice. 4/5 The longest story in this book - The Storybook Love - had some good moments The second volume starts with a story about Jack set in civil war, in which he gets outed as much more sinister as his 'rougeish' persona suggested before. It wasn't a bad story, just nothing too special. 2,5/5 The second story in this volume is a bit more interesting. It shows how the Fables deal with humans who found about their secrets and it provided a lot of characterization for some of the Fables, which was nice. 4/5 The longest story in this book - The Storybook Love - had some good moments and some that felt a bit off and some that were just kinda eh. But it did forward the main story for sure, and there were nice character moments. I liked Bluebeard and Charming here. 3/5 Then there was a short story about origins of fable Smalltown. This one really felt more like a filler, but it was kinda nice actually. 3/5 The best for last. The Last Castle was a flashback story about the final battle against The Adversary, and it was very well told and I loved that we got a look at the desperate times in which the Fables had to abandon their Homelands 5/5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sandom

    I've been meaning to get to these for years and glad I finally have. A collection of wonderful, dark takes on classic fables with an engaging overarching story. Excited to see where it goes! I've been meaning to get to these for years and glad I finally have. A collection of wonderful, dark takes on classic fables with an engaging overarching story. Excited to see where it goes!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ksusha

    I'm not used to review graphic novels, but I'll try This book contains of different stories, but all the characters are well-known fairy-tale characters. They live in our world and have their own secret community and don't forget that there were not only good characters in fairy-tales. So they are actually trying to live (almost) normal live here, in our boring world. The first book was not so dark, but this one seems a bit hectic for me. I enjoyed Bigby&Snow White story though Oh and I must say a I'm not used to review graphic novels, but I'll try This book contains of different stories, but all the characters are well-known fairy-tale characters. They live in our world and have their own secret community and don't forget that there were not only good characters in fairy-tales. So they are actually trying to live (almost) normal live here, in our boring world. The first book was not so dark, but this one seems a bit hectic for me. I enjoyed Bigby&Snow White story though Oh and I must say about the drawing which is amazing! I love Bigby's wolf form so much! All in all, I liked how their "new" stories develop and all that new details author gives us. I would say it is some sort of a retelling, but it is not, like 50\50 maybe. And it is definitely for adults, so pay attention that it is pretty cruel and has naked bodies here and there :D

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    3.5 stars. Although I really enjoyed the second of these deluxe Fables editions, I wasn't as taken with the stories within this volume as I was with the first. Maybe because the novelty of the characters being real life and bitchy as hell has worn off? I don't know. However, as usual I'll break down the individual sections for y'all. Bag o' Bones - 2 stars. I'll be honest here, I just don't like Jack o' the Tales. I really don't. I find him self-centered, irritating, not that bright and just an all 3.5 stars. Although I really enjoyed the second of these deluxe Fables editions, I wasn't as taken with the stories within this volume as I was with the first. Maybe because the novelty of the characters being real life and bitchy as hell has worn off? I don't know. However, as usual I'll break down the individual sections for y'all. Bag o' Bones - 2 stars. I'll be honest here, I just don't like Jack o' the Tales. I really don't. I find him self-centered, irritating, not that bright and just an all-round dull character with no particularly endearing quirks. He really does just come across as a bit of an idiotic scumbag. Saying that, I didn't hate this comic, I just didn't love that it focused solely on him. I liked the magic within it and I enjoyed the whole zombie aspect, but overall it is probably my least favourite comic I've read in Fables so far. A Sharp Operation/Dirty Business - 5 stars. Ahhh, Bigby Wolf. He is my absolute favourite character and again, this two-parter features him heavily. I found this particular comic was surprisingly dark, with a lot of very black humour (particularly in the latter part of the story), and I found the worrying situation that the Fable community found themselves in partly nerve-wracking and partly hilarious. I also liked the addition of Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty in this comic, as I hadn't really come across her yet, and her problematic situation was a real source of amusement. Storybook Love - 5 stars. All I can really say here is that Goldilocks is one crazy, homocidal maniac, and ain't that the truth! I often wonder by Bill Willingham decided to write such a traditionally innocent character in this way, but I'm glad he did because the effect is fantastic. More Bigby Wolf action in this one too, along with some Snow White for good measure, and an ultimately shocking event happening over the course of events. I didn't see that coming in any shape or form! And no, I won't tell you what it is. You'll have to read it for yourself! Oh how the tables have turned... Barleycorn Brides - 2 stars. Again, another story that didn't quite hit the spot for me. I may have been predisposed to not like the content due to my utter hatred of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, but even if I hadn't been I doubt I would have really warmed to this one. Also, it was a little creepy at times. Village full of men and one woman? Alarm bells start ringing there... The Last Castle - 2.5 stars. I'm not really into vast war-based stories, and as this comic was Little Boy Blue telling the story of how the last Fables escaped from their lands into Mundy world (aka a battle), I couldn't be incredibly interested. However, I did enjoy hearing more about Blue and his lady love, and the story was a bittersweet one in the end. It was well told and I did like the addition of various new (albeit short-lived) characters. Again, no I won't tell you who - that would ruin it no? A Wolf in the Fold - 4 stars. This was a prose piece as opposed to a comic, where it told the story of Bigby "The Big Bad" Wolf encountering Snow White and her sister Rose Red for the first time, and how his transformation to shape-shifting human came about. I really enjoyed this surprise addition, and it further cemented certain plot areas that had been dealt with during the Storybook Love comic. Overall there were some great stories and some not so great stories in this edition of Fables. However, I definitely really enjoyed it and would still recommend, and look forward to seeing what hilarious and tragic events befall the fairytale characters next!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    The only problem with reading comics in their original single-issue format is that, if you're like me and disorganized and somewhat absent-minded (and thus, the kind of person who finds Goodreads a godsend for its ability to help me keep track of what I've read and what I haven't,) a lot of times, you don't remember whether you've read this or that issue or arc, especially if your comic-reading heyday was also when you moved around a lot a/o had to put books in the rather dubious care of family The only problem with reading comics in their original single-issue format is that, if you're like me and disorganized and somewhat absent-minded (and thus, the kind of person who finds Goodreads a godsend for its ability to help me keep track of what I've read and what I haven't,) a lot of times, you don't remember whether you've read this or that issue or arc, especially if your comic-reading heyday was also when you moved around a lot a/o had to put books in the rather dubious care of family members. Anyway, I was at the library the other day, spending far too much time fruitlessly hunting down a book for work. To console myself at the disappointment, I decided to take a look at the graphic novels section, and found they had almost all of the Fables Deluxe Editions! Having read most of the first Fables when they came out in single issues, then later when they were collected as trade paperbacks and bookstores were my primary source of comics-reading material, I wanted to pick up where I'd left off... only I couldn't for the life of me remember where that was. Also, my phone bricked that day, further adding to my glum mood, so I couldn't check Goodreads on the fly. What better reasons to just go ahead and restart the series! They didn't have Book One, but I was pretty certain I'd read at least that, so I snagged far too many of the following volumes to take home and read between, um, other books. And it was a lot of fun, just having an hour or so to myself between work assignments last night, to sit down and read this volume through. I knew so much of the general story but had forgotten so many of the details, and even plot points. It was nice to delve back into it and be able to read it all in one sitting. It was also nice to be reading it with my tablet by my side so I could look up the more obscure references (e.g. Aucassin and Feathertop,) an advantage I certainly didn't have when first reading this series, oh gosh, I don't even want to think how long ago. Anyway, I'm super glad the Montgomery County Public Library has these, because they're a terrific way to re-experience one of the best comic series ever published. Great writing, great art (especially Mark Buckingham; I still think of him and Chris Bachalo as Team Chrucky,) and a great addition to the library of any comics aficionado who can afford the splurge.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    ok, I'm finding these entertaining enough. they're not knocking my socks off but they're better than sandman. I mean, sandman was more original but so damn pretentious. I may have liked the art in sandman better; the art in fables just seems pretty nondescript. I'm moving through them pretty quickly. ok, I'm finding these entertaining enough. they're not knocking my socks off but they're better than sandman. I mean, sandman was more original but so damn pretentious. I may have liked the art in sandman better; the art in fables just seems pretty nondescript. I'm moving through them pretty quickly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Relstuart

    Building on the previous volume we see the next steps in some plotting to take control of the Fables community and a fantastic retrospective tale of Little Boy Blue and why he plays the blues. There is also some background on the Wolf and why he likes Snow White that really developed his character and made me a fan.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina Pilkington

    *4.5 stars I had always been curious why the fables had to leave their homeland and come to our world, so I was excited to learn that this volume would go into those details. I found it fascinating! There is so much more depth to this graphic novel series than I had expected, and it makes me eager to read the next volume in the series very soon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Book Two collects a couple of longer stories and three, shorter, standalone adventures. The first story is a heist caper that's started when a newspaper reporter reveals that he's been watching the Fables community and thinks he's figured out their secret. He threatens to expose them, but when he presents his evidence to Bigby Wolf (hoping to get more details in an interview), it's clear that he's on the wrong track. He knows the community is immortal and has some kind of supernatural abilities, Book Two collects a couple of longer stories and three, shorter, standalone adventures. The first story is a heist caper that's started when a newspaper reporter reveals that he's been watching the Fables community and thinks he's figured out their secret. He threatens to expose them, but when he presents his evidence to Bigby Wolf (hoping to get more details in an interview), it's clear that he's on the wrong track. He knows the community is immortal and has some kind of supernatural abilities, but he assumes they're vampires. Either way, Bigby isn't taking chances on a story getting out that will bring unwanted attention to the community, so he assembles a team to steal the reporter's evidence and make sure he has nothing to write about. It's a fun caper and raises tension by having Bluebeard strongly disagree with Bigby's methods. There's an intense confrontation. Repercussions are foreshadowed. Sadly, Snow White sits this one out as she's still recuperating from the events at the end of the "Animal Farm" arc. The second longer tale is called "Storybook Love," but it's not exactly a romance. Instead, it continues the intrigue of recent events spilling out of the "Animal Farm" and heist stories. Goldilocks, whose revolution was defeated in "Animal Farm" turns up again, hiding out with Bluebeard, whose treacherous nature was revealed in the heist story. When a Lilliputian agent and his mouse steed discover Goldilocks and Bluebeard's alliance, it sets off a chain of events that includes Bluebeard's having to push forward his time table for taking over the Fables community. To get Snow White and Bigby Wolf out of the way, Bluebeard arranges to have a spell cast on them so that they think they're in love with each other. He also arranges a romantic getaway for them to a remote forest where Goldilocks tracks them in order to murder them. It's a great story with lots of intrigue in Fabletown as well as the excitement of Snow and Bigby being hunted in the woods by a ruthless killer. Bigby even gets to revert to his impressive wolf form and show off some of the huffing and puffing he's so famous for. And even though the love spell eventually wears off, the situation sparks some conversations between Snow and Bigby that reveal how they actually feel about each other. It's no romantic comedy, but it does have me starting to 'ship the couple even as a surprising turn of events drives a huge wedge between them. The first standalone story abandons the fairy-tales-in-other-genres format and simply tells a story from the Fables community's past. There's a framing sequence in which a Lilliputian youth escapes the Farm and comes to the city to try to steal some magic barleycorn. He's caught, but when Bigby goes easy on the sentencing, the Frog Prince questions the decision. Bigby then relates the story of why attempting to steal the magic seed has become a rite of passage for Lilliputian males. It has to do with a bunch of male Lilliputians' escape from the Fables' Homelands after the mysterious Adversary took over, as well as the story of Thumbelina. It's a fun, adventurous tale and gives a tantalizing peek at the Homelands and the armies of the Adversary, aspects of the larger story that are getting more and more attention as this volume unfolds. Another fun note about this particular story is that it was drawn by Linda Medley, who was quite popular at the time for her fairy-tale-inspired comics series, Castle Waiting. The next standalone, Fables: The Last Castle was a one-shot special (ie, not a numbered issue in the Fables ongoing series) that offered still more insight to the Fables' homelands; specifically the closing days of the Adversary's invasion, the final stand of the defenders, and the last group of refugees to escape. It also answers an important question for the series: With Bigby Wolf such an important part of the saga, whatever happened to his legendary prey, Red Riding Hood? The framing of the backstory takes place because Little Boy Blue is depressed, as he always gets this time of year. Snow White finally asks him about it and he tells her that it's the anniversary of the escape of the final survivors from the homelands. Every year, those survivors gather for a private ceremony and Blue has special reason to mourn the experience. He shares his story and describes an epic battle full of legendary characters like Robin Hood and his men, the Grimm Brothers' Bearskin, and of course Red Riding Hood, who barely makes it into the defenders' keep alive. All of it is beautifully drawn by P Craig Russell, a legend of fantasy comics for his Elric and Jungle Book adaptations, Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, and various volumes of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. It's a dark, emotional story and I would have liked it more if it didn't handle Red in a way I don't care for. That's super subjective though and Fables is such an unpredictable series that there's always room for it to come back to her in a way that I like better. Finally, there's a text story (with a couple of illustrations) called "Wolf in the Fold" that chronicles Bigby's first encounter with Snow White and how/why he left the Homelands for the mundane world. It's quick and has some jarring time jumps, but it's really effective at tying Bigby and Snow closer together.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    It's amazing how consistent Willingham is with these stories. Even the single-issue tales have a grand scope that sucks you into his thoroughly-imagined world. It's amazing how consistent Willingham is with these stories. Even the single-issue tales have a grand scope that sucks you into his thoroughly-imagined world.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    The second deluxe edition was great! Snow is now pregnant with Bigby ' s child or children. Can't wait to see how the next section works out. The first story wasn't that great. The second deluxe edition was great! Snow is now pregnant with Bigby ' s child or children. Can't wait to see how the next section works out. The first story wasn't that great.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Raj

    The second deluxe edition of the Fables series collects a few short stories in the series as well as a longer story dealing with Bluebeard and his attempts to get rid of Snow and Wolf. We start with Bag o'Bones, a story about Jack, set during the American civil war. It's a fun piece showing off Jack in full trickster and shyster mode as he deserts from the Confederate army. From there, we return to the series 'present' as a journalist attempts to blackmail the Fables and the caper they get up to The second deluxe edition of the Fables series collects a few short stories in the series as well as a longer story dealing with Bluebeard and his attempts to get rid of Snow and Wolf. We start with Bag o'Bones, a story about Jack, set during the American civil war. It's a fun piece showing off Jack in full trickster and shyster mode as he deserts from the Confederate army. From there, we return to the series 'present' as a journalist attempts to blackmail the Fables and the caper they get up to to deal with it. Storybook Love is the longest piece in the book, with Bluebeard hatching a plot to get rid of both Snow White and Bigby Wolf, involving the somewhat mental Goldilocks, while Prince Charming starts working his way back into Fabletown life, and who has an agenda of his own. Barleycorn Brides is a lighter story in which Bigby tells Flycatcher the story of Smalltown up at the farm and the coming of age ritual of many of the young men from there. The last graphic story in the collection is The Last Castle, in which Boy Blue tells Snow about the last stand against the Adversary and the battle that he witnessed, that gave the last ship out its final chance to escape. The collection ends with a prose story, A Wolf in the Fold, in which we learn a bit more about the Wolf. There's a lot to enjoy here. I liked getting to know some of the characters better, and the slowly developing relationship between Snow and Bigby, with the various twists and turns it takes. The Last Castle was a moving piece, shedding more light on the character of Boy Blue and making really curious about the Adversary. I hope we'll see more of that in future volumes (and possibly even an attempt to fight back at some point?). I don't think it was quite as strong as the first volume, but there's still more than enough of interest to make it worthwhile as part of the Fables series. I look forward to continuing my journey with these fabulous (in all senses of the word) characters.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Born

    This second deluxe oversized hardcover collects Fables 11-18 and a six page prose story titled A Wolf In the Fold. Bill Willingham continues his creative modern fairy-tale, this time focusing on expanding on his characters and worldbuilding while delivering a fun arc focused on Bigsby and Snow. We get an issue which gives Jack some backstory, and is surprisingly quite enjoyable. Another issues details "the Barley Corn Brides" and is a solid read. The two issue arc about an overzealous journalist This second deluxe oversized hardcover collects Fables 11-18 and a six page prose story titled A Wolf In the Fold. Bill Willingham continues his creative modern fairy-tale, this time focusing on expanding on his characters and worldbuilding while delivering a fun arc focused on Bigsby and Snow. We get an issue which gives Jack some backstory, and is surprisingly quite enjoyable. Another issues details "the Barley Corn Brides" and is a solid read. The two issue arc about an overzealous journalist discovering about the existence of Fabletown and its residents is well handled, and we get to see the fables attempt to deal with a whistleblower of our modern information age in a deft way. The big event of this collection is the Storybook Love arc, in which Bluebeard hatches a plan to rid himself of Bigsby and Snow by enchanting them into taking a secret vacation and sending an assassin after them. This arc was surprising because it showed us Willingham was willing to change things up in a natural way, and there's lots of surprises in this one. The artwork varies, but is mostly good. Willingham continues to write a delightfully creative universe, and if you enjoyed the series so far this collection is well worth picking up. As for the six page story, it gives backstory to Bigsby's fight against the Adversary in the Homelands, and how he came to be with the residents of Fabletown. It's short, but a nice extra.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dante Rassler

    5/5 Hey! This volume is, for far, as I'm reading (and, just previously I read the first volume so I didn't reach that far on the series) my absolutely favourite. Let me explain myself. Here, the whole story goes fiercely slower. We don't have arcs to close or anything else, just stories to develop each character, and I have to say it, I'm not a really into comics person, I just started reading them really recently but I'm just assuming that this not-lineal-just-telling format is typical in comics; 5/5 Hey! This volume is, for far, as I'm reading (and, just previously I read the first volume so I didn't reach that far on the series) my absolutely favourite. Let me explain myself. Here, the whole story goes fiercely slower. We don't have arcs to close or anything else, just stories to develop each character, and I have to say it, I'm not a really into comics person, I just started reading them really recently but I'm just assuming that this not-lineal-just-telling format is typical in comics; it's like it doesn't need to go deep in the next thing in the present, just talk about the universe itself, without much caring. So, yes, this volume really did that way and I love it. But I have to say that I started to love it around the beginning of Storybook Love . The way the story go deep and deep between our main characters -Bigby and Snow- really hooked me. I love everything about that story, but then, we go to The Last Castle and all the sadness about that... I'm still thinking about that last image, all the greatness and desolation really got me. You care about what happened, and what they're living in that moment. So, yeah, I'm still loving Fables and I'll craving to get the next volume, but it seems it won't be that easy to find somewhere to buy it...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I really enjoyed reading this second book of the deluxe editions. This entry is set up a bit differently than the first, including a main story and smaller stories as well that all work together to further flesh out the world and characters. It also contains some different art styles in some of the later stories in this collection. I actually didn’t mind this change, as I found all of the art enjoyable and well-done, but it could be jarring to some readers. Like book one, this second deluxe edit I really enjoyed reading this second book of the deluxe editions. This entry is set up a bit differently than the first, including a main story and smaller stories as well that all work together to further flesh out the world and characters. It also contains some different art styles in some of the later stories in this collection. I actually didn’t mind this change, as I found all of the art enjoyable and well-done, but it could be jarring to some readers. Like book one, this second deluxe edition is beautiful, and I had so much fun reading the stories of these characters. It was great getting additional background information, and it makes me want to know even more about the various characters and their experiences. Book two also contains an illustrated short story called “A Wolf in the Fold” as the final piece, which tells the story of when Bigby first meets Snow White and Rose Red. I love the writing by Willingham; it’s both magical and funny and just done so well. This book did jump around more than the previous one in terms of the story, but I really did enjoy all of it, and I’m looking forward to picking up the next installment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Actual rating 4.5/5 I'm really liking these adaptations of fairy tales and other literary characters. In this second deluxe edition, the back story of some of the fables (fairy tale/literary characters) gets more attention, and we begin to see a little more of what the characters went through. Some of it is pretty harrowing, I have to say. There's quite a bit of blood here, and adult scenes. These fairy tales are definitely not for children. For a comic, they're surprisingly deep and well-written, Actual rating 4.5/5 I'm really liking these adaptations of fairy tales and other literary characters. In this second deluxe edition, the back story of some of the fables (fairy tale/literary characters) gets more attention, and we begin to see a little more of what the characters went through. Some of it is pretty harrowing, I have to say. There's quite a bit of blood here, and adult scenes. These fairy tales are definitely not for children. For a comic, they're surprisingly deep and well-written, though. I want to know more about all the characters, and I'm intrigued to learn more about this 'adversary' they ran from. The characters are interesting and well drawn. I love the twist on Prince Charming, who becomes a womanising moocher, and the big had wolf, who becomes the lawman with a good heart beneath the fog of cigarette smoke surrounding him (and they go into why he smokes so much as well). There's also the beginnings of a love story, which is surprising and sweet. Looking forward to more Fables in the future.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie Akeman

    The wolf reminds me a lot of Wolverine..a dark and wild character but a heart of a hero despite himself. An interesting and complicated love story threading through between him and Snow White. It's like another version of Beauty and the Beast, though there is that infamous couple in the story too. A very graphic, graphic novel, blood and violence and sexual escapades of some of the characters. A bloody good read...literally. I have to say I love the way the mice steeds are drawn, it reminds me o The wolf reminds me a lot of Wolverine..a dark and wild character but a heart of a hero despite himself. An interesting and complicated love story threading through between him and Snow White. It's like another version of Beauty and the Beast, though there is that infamous couple in the story too. A very graphic, graphic novel, blood and violence and sexual escapades of some of the characters. A bloody good read...literally. I have to say I love the way the mice steeds are drawn, it reminds me of the sketches I did of my pet rat (yes I had a pet rat when I was a young teen) I have no idea if I still saved that or did I toss them. I do eagerly want the next book...fortunately I don't have to wait as they have the whole collection on Hoopla. I have to say my favorite part, and yeah it's gruesome, is the slaughtering of animals that just won't die...OMG that was glorious...ok goryious.

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