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Bill Willingham's runaway hit series Fables with this latest volume collecting the series in hardcover for the first time. When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone—everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells espionage and subversion—not Bill Willingham's runaway hit series Fables with this latest volume collecting the series in hardcover for the first time. When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone—everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells espionage and subversion—not survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming's upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown? Collecting: Fables 19-27


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Bill Willingham's runaway hit series Fables with this latest volume collecting the series in hardcover for the first time. When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone—everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells espionage and subversion—not Bill Willingham's runaway hit series Fables with this latest volume collecting the series in hardcover for the first time. When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone—everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells espionage and subversion—not survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming's upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown? Collecting: Fables 19-27

30 review for Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Three

  1. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    Things are unsettled in Fabletown: Snow White is visibly pregnant, trying to avoid publicizing the father's identity, Prince Charming is sowing dissent among the Fables characters to replace King Cole as Mayor, who is consolidating the wealth of (view spoiler)[the recently deceased (hide spoiler)] Bluebeard into Fabletown's Treasury, and the first refugee from the Homelands (the dominion of the Adversary), Red Riding Hood, shows up in Fabletown, to be feted as a celebrity. Separated from her tru Things are unsettled in Fabletown: Snow White is visibly pregnant, trying to avoid publicizing the father's identity, Prince Charming is sowing dissent among the Fables characters to replace King Cole as Mayor, who is consolidating the wealth of (view spoiler)[the recently deceased (hide spoiler)] Bluebeard into Fabletown's Treasury, and the first refugee from the Homelands (the dominion of the Adversary), Red Riding Hood, shows up in Fabletown, to be feted as a celebrity. Separated from her true love, Boy Blue, in an earlier story arc, there is great tension as he is desperate to rekindle their relationship. Sherriff Bigby, on the other hand, is suspicious about the circumstances of her escape and leaves to investigate, seriously weakening Fabletown's defenses against the March of the Wooden Soldiers. Note: Like others, I am also bothered by the ever changing illustrators' representations of the main characters in this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arnis

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Arie

    It just keeps getting better and better...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    YESSSSS I loved this volume! Everything about it was amazing down to the pregnancy of Snow to Pinocchio finding out that his father might be alive. I had forgotten some things about it, but now I remember everything. I can't wait to continue to explore everything related to these characters. YESSSSS I loved this volume! Everything about it was amazing down to the pregnancy of Snow to Pinocchio finding out that his father might be alive. I had forgotten some things about it, but now I remember everything. I can't wait to continue to explore everything related to these characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alannah

    Man this series is so good!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    The third deluxe volume was fantastic I enjoyed that it was mostly one long story. I also enjoyed the cinderella story at the beginning especially with the details surrounding Icabod Crane being revealed in The Wolf Among Us. The Wooden Soldiers story was quite sad resulting in the death of many of the good fables. However I am excited to see what Bigby and Snows cubs look like!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aljohn Laid

    Initial thoughts: 1. It's the best so far! Fables united (despite their issues with one another) and kicked asses! 2. Frau Totenkinder surprised me. 3. This arc was victorious but the ending was sad. Initial thoughts: 1. It's the best so far! Fables united (despite their issues with one another) and kicked asses! 2. Frau Totenkinder surprised me. 3. This arc was victorious but the ending was sad.

  8. 4 out of 5

    connie

    5/5 stars I'M SO ANGRY THEY LEFT IT AT THAT, I KNEW THAT WOULD HAPPEN BUT I'M STILL ANGRY! God, now I need the 4th volume. I don't have the money, but it's gonna be mine, very very soon. 5/5 stars I'M SO ANGRY THEY LEFT IT AT THAT, I KNEW THAT WOULD HAPPEN BUT I'M STILL ANGRY! God, now I need the 4th volume. I don't have the money, but it's gonna be mine, very very soon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Like the first two deluxe editions, I really enjoyed reading edition three. This included a short piece called “Cinderella Libertine,” and the rest of the book is the “March of the Wooden Soldiers” chapters one through eight. The writing is great, and I absolutely love the world and characters; it’s so rich and detailed. As always, the art is beautiful, and I really liked the introduction by Mark Buckingham, which provided some additional background. I highly recommend this edition and series an Like the first two deluxe editions, I really enjoyed reading edition three. This included a short piece called “Cinderella Libertine,” and the rest of the book is the “March of the Wooden Soldiers” chapters one through eight. The writing is great, and I absolutely love the world and characters; it’s so rich and detailed. As always, the art is beautiful, and I really liked the introduction by Mark Buckingham, which provided some additional background. I highly recommend this edition and series and hope to soon have a copy of edition four which is out of print and hard to find...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This just gets better and better, exploiting every end that makes the comics medium so great. By far the best vol. in the series so far. It won't let you stop reading it. This just gets better and better, exploiting every end that makes the comics medium so great. By far the best vol. in the series so far. It won't let you stop reading it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Rush

    With one extended story plus one stand-alone issue (anachronistically placed first, though it is actually an improvement), this deluxe collection is the best so far. This is partly because of the familiarity we have now with the characters, especially Willingham's twist on them, and the fact it is mostly one extended story. As nice as the shorter, discrete tales and "where are they now?" issues are in Book 2 (and they are good in their way), this is more enjoyable for its focused, intense story. With one extended story plus one stand-alone issue (anachronistically placed first, though it is actually an improvement), this deluxe collection is the best so far. This is partly because of the familiarity we have now with the characters, especially Willingham's twist on them, and the fact it is mostly one extended story. As nice as the shorter, discrete tales and "where are they now?" issues are in Book 2 (and they are good in their way), this is more enjoyable for its focused, intense story. Not everyone will necessarily like what happens to every character in this extended story, but Willingham's willingness to do what he does is a trait that separates the good authors from the not-so-good authors - not everything always turns out all right, even for people we care about (even if they are fictional). The stand-alone Cinderella is an interesting notion, especially with the Ichabod Crane component, but it doesn't seem to be the big revelation or twist it supposes itself to be: we haven't seen Cinderella all that much to really be surprised by this issue. Perhaps if her character had been featured earlier in the series, especially with all of those vignettes in the second deluxe collection, it may have been more of a revelation. The twists and turns of the main story, March of the Wooden Soldiers, are numerous without being excessive, a challenging balance to achieve. The pacing is well done for an 8-part story, which is necessary to maintain interest. While it may seem like things are always going wrong for the Fables, and they never have much time to themselves, close reading of the dialogue reveals quite a lot of time passes throughout many issues. Willingham shows us what we need to see, and hints at what we would like to see. Fortunately, the series is only getting started.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Albert Gubler

    This third volume is excellent and feature a spectacular story arc bringing real danger to Fabletown. While the first volumes looked at Fabletown and the dangers from within (basically very human conflicts), things get complicated here as the first refugee from the Homelands, Red Riding Hood (the lost love of Boy Blue) shows up in Fabletown. However, Bigby is immediately concerned that she might no be who she claims to be. On the other front, Prince Charming is challenging King Cole for the leade This third volume is excellent and feature a spectacular story arc bringing real danger to Fabletown. While the first volumes looked at Fabletown and the dangers from within (basically very human conflicts), things get complicated here as the first refugee from the Homelands, Red Riding Hood (the lost love of Boy Blue) shows up in Fabletown. However, Bigby is immediately concerned that she might no be who she claims to be. On the other front, Prince Charming is challenging King Cole for the leadership of the colony of Fables... This volume has so many great stories and arcs. It starts off with a great look at Cinderella, who hasn't been introduced to Fables yet and starts off her journey with a bang. It then gives a great glimpse into the past and the lives of some of the main characters before they came into the "mundane" world. And the third villains introduced are genuinely menacing. The writing by Mr. Willingham is on point and the story captivating as he slowly expands the limits of his characters and stories. Great volume!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tommy Demsky

    Best one so far. The art style finally feels polished and with found style. The characters and story are evolving in interesting ways (I really like the trio Boy Blue, Flycatcher and Pinnochio). I would give it full 5, but there is one thing that just keeps bothering me for all three books already. There are a lot of smaller and bigger moments when the characters behave/talk rather conservatively. The most blatant cases being hinting at South being right in Civil War and Snow White being aggresiv Best one so far. The art style finally feels polished and with found style. The characters and story are evolving in interesting ways (I really like the trio Boy Blue, Flycatcher and Pinnochio). I would give it full 5, but there is one thing that just keeps bothering me for all three books already. There are a lot of smaller and bigger moments when the characters behave/talk rather conservatively. The most blatant cases being hinting at South being right in Civil War and Snow White being aggresively anti-abortion. At first i didn't mind and just interpreted it as character believes/flaws mixed with the fact that Fables community is really tight, secretive, and more-or-less grounded in 'medieval' style of thinking. I can get that. And then I found that the author is actually extreme conservative himself. And I don't want to get into separation of art and artist, etc.. after all I still like Lovecraft's work. But I just can't help and think that some of the more blatant examples are really just self-insert of authors politics. Ah well, it is a pity, because otherwise I do enjoy the Fables universe and especially this third book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    A fantastic graphic novel with a twist on some favorite fairy tales. Characters include Snow White, Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Pinocchio. The Deluxe Edition, Book Three includes issues 19-27. 22 - Cinderella Libertine 19 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Out of the Woods 20 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Red, White and Blue 21 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Stop Me If You've Heard This One, But a Man Walks Into a Bar 23 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Our Second Amendment A fantastic graphic novel with a twist on some favorite fairy tales. Characters include Snow White, Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Pinocchio. The Deluxe Edition, Book Three includes issues 19-27. 22 - Cinderella Libertine 19 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Out of the Woods 20 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Red, White and Blue 21 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Stop Me If You've Heard This One, But a Man Walks Into a Bar 23 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Our Second Amendment Issue 24 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: The Letter 25 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: Our Right to Assemble Issue 26 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: The Battle of Fabletown 27 - March of the Wooden Soldiers: In Like a Lion - Out on the Lam

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zuzana

    Definitely the best book for far! The March of the Wooden Soldiers arc was amazing. And I must say that the art looks better and better in each issue. What a pleasure to read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    My favorite so far! I couldn’t put it down

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda K

    The style is still a bit cartoony, but I do like the stories and adaptions.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Harold Ogle

    Having misplaced my copy of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, I picked up a bunch of comics I'd set aside for just such an occasion. That's OK, because I was getting pretty tired of Heinlein's social philosophy. "Fables" is the perfect break. This is the third deluxe edition, which combines books 5 and 6 of the "Fables" graphic novels, which are themselves collections of the monthly comic issues. So this is a spread of issues, something like issue 18 - issue 29. It's hard to say for sure, as both the Having misplaced my copy of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, I picked up a bunch of comics I'd set aside for just such an occasion. That's OK, because I was getting pretty tired of Heinlein's social philosophy. "Fables" is the perfect break. This is the third deluxe edition, which combines books 5 and 6 of the "Fables" graphic novels, which are themselves collections of the monthly comic issues. So this is a spread of issues, something like issue 18 - issue 29. It's hard to say for sure, as both the graphic novels and these deluxe editions switch some of the one-shot stories around a bit, as they don't really advance the main story. This one is primarily the "March of the Wooden Soldiers" plot, in which (view spoiler)['The Adversary' sends an initial invasion of wooden soldiers built by Geppetto to assault Fabletown and The Farm, the two real-world enclaves for fairy-tale characters in New York. (hide spoiler)] I continue to like this series and wish that I'd paid attention to it when it was first published. That was sort of a comics Dark Ages for me, though, so I'm glad that I've at least found this now. An aside: I've finally been watching the anime Bleach, and I can't help but be struck by the plot similarities between the two. (view spoiler)[In both, there's an awesomely powerful enemy in another dimension. All the protagonists know that the enemy is planning to invade, and live in dread preparation for the day when the invasion happens at last. The difference is that in Bleach, they sort of know that the invasion will use Arrancar, and in "Fables," they don't know what the Adversary will use. So they're surprised when the Pinocchio clones show up to attack. (I liked the artwork, that each 'wooden soldier' actually has Pinocchio's head, implying either that Geppetto is a one-trick pony, or that he misses his son so much that he keeps trying to make him anew out of an obsessive love) (hide spoiler)] This is not revealing too much to say that, in this story arc, the tale turns a bit darker, with many supporting characters being killed. The invasion has begun!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chazzbot

    A superior fantasy series, whose premise was shamelessly stolen by Disney/ABC, "Fables" should be required reading for any graphic novel fan and/or anyone interested in modern interpretations of the fairy tale. This volume, from relatively early in the run of the comic book series, tells the story of Red Riding Hood's return to the realm of the fable characters (who live, partially disguised by magic, in a small neighborhood in NYC). Hood's return coincides with aggressive forays into fable terr A superior fantasy series, whose premise was shamelessly stolen by Disney/ABC, "Fables" should be required reading for any graphic novel fan and/or anyone interested in modern interpretations of the fairy tale. This volume, from relatively early in the run of the comic book series, tells the story of Red Riding Hood's return to the realm of the fable characters (who live, partially disguised by magic, in a small neighborhood in NYC). Hood's return coincides with aggressive forays into fable territory by wooden soldiers, servants of the Adversary, who seeks the enslavement of the fable characters. If all of this sounds somewhat convoluted, the visual and textual storytelling is anything but. Willingham's story is nuanced, and full of fairy tale "easter eggs," but the primary source of enjoyment in his writing is the ways in which his characters are seen to engage with the "Mundy" (i.e. mundane) world of non-magic, ordinary humans. Another distinct source of enjoyment here is the way the fairy tale characters situate themselves: the Big Bad Wolf is a disgruntled investigator, Snow White is pregnant, and Little Boy Blue hangs out with the wrong kind of crowd. The invasion of the wooden soldiers is portrayed violently and chillingly. The artwork of Mark Buckingham is clear and distinct, with ornate border flourishes around each page. The presentation in these "deluxe editions" is well worth a look, with their oversized pages and bright inks. This is the first of these deluxe editions I have encountered, but I highly recommend reading this series from the beginning in any of its available formats. The entire series is a treasure, and this story in particular is one of its more memorable chapters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I think I'm hooked in enough to the story now to keep going. I'm not fond of the characters. snow white - who just had a great turn as a general while pregnant with bigby wolf's baby - is having this burgeoning romance with him and I just am not in favor. I enjoy it when the villains are dispatched, I dislike them well enough, but I'm not really keen on the heroes. the villains do get away with an awful lot of stuff, very frustrating. I think I'm hooked in enough to the story now to keep going. I'm not fond of the characters. snow white - who just had a great turn as a general while pregnant with bigby wolf's baby - is having this burgeoning romance with him and I just am not in favor. I enjoy it when the villains are dispatched, I dislike them well enough, but I'm not really keen on the heroes. the villains do get away with an awful lot of stuff, very frustrating.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This edition collects issues 19-27 (volume 4 - March of the Wooden Soldiers). The books starts with a special introduction from series artist Mark Buckingham, and ends with the usual sketch drawings section. Just as good as the previous volumes, the story is packed with action, drama, and life or death moments.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vlad

    Such an awesome battle! I missed such action-packed war scenes, and this one was almost as good as 'All Out War' from The Walking Dead. Fables is only getting better and better. Plain evil witches, wooden soldiers, the Adversary's spies and main characters dying. What else can I ask for? A solid 5/5 stars. Such an awesome battle! I missed such action-packed war scenes, and this one was almost as good as 'All Out War' from The Walking Dead. Fables is only getting better and better. Plain evil witches, wooden soldiers, the Adversary's spies and main characters dying. What else can I ask for? A solid 5/5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Outstanding. The artwork, the story..the transitions. I really enjoyed this read. [can you tell?] If you haven't been reading Fables [like I wasn't] You should. Outstanding. The artwork, the story..the transitions. I really enjoyed this read. [can you tell?] If you haven't been reading Fables [like I wasn't] You should.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm really enjoying this series so far. I can't wait to find out what happens next. I'm really enjoying this series so far. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    JCUZZ

    Just as I thought this series couldn't get any more exciting... Definitely one of my favorite books so far. The art was killer in this one; literally. Just as I thought this series couldn't get any more exciting... Definitely one of my favorite books so far. The art was killer in this one; literally.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Raj

    This third volume starts with a short story, Cinderella Libertine, which shows us what Prince Charming's third wife gets up to when she's not running a shoe shop. This story had guest a artist, rather than the more usual Mark Buckingham and it's a nice little story involving the usual trifecta of sex, money and power. After this, Buckingham returns and we get on to the main body of the volume: a seven-issue story called March of the Wooden Soldiers, in which a fable thought long lost comes as a r This third volume starts with a short story, Cinderella Libertine, which shows us what Prince Charming's third wife gets up to when she's not running a shoe shop. This story had guest a artist, rather than the more usual Mark Buckingham and it's a nice little story involving the usual trifecta of sex, money and power. After this, Buckingham returns and we get on to the main body of the volume: a seven-issue story called March of the Wooden Soldiers, in which a fable thought long lost comes as a refugee to Fabletown, but maybe not everything is as it appears. This is a strong story, giving us a little more knowledge of the Adversary and his methods. The Pinocchio soldiers that represent him are great fun as well, with their attempts to pass for human and their disdain of food. Despite this, they're still very creepy and the fact that they're practically unstoppable makes them terrifying foes in their own right. I'm starting to very much appreciate and enjoy Buckingham's art - you know 'proper' Fables is back when it's his art again, and Willingham's story continues to enthral. I look forward to reading more of this in future.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Born

    This third deluxe oversized hardcover collects Fables 19-27. Fables continues its amazing run with a new fable arriving in Fabletown and the threat of invasion from the Adversary looming in the air. There is one issue that focuses on Cinderella, who is on a secret mission. This issue works well as a standalone, but is a real delight if you've played the Wolf Among Us video game or read the comic adaption. On to the main event, March of the Wooden Soldiers. This arc is very wide in scope, and see This third deluxe oversized hardcover collects Fables 19-27. Fables continues its amazing run with a new fable arriving in Fabletown and the threat of invasion from the Adversary looming in the air. There is one issue that focuses on Cinderella, who is on a secret mission. This issue works well as a standalone, but is a real delight if you've played the Wolf Among Us video game or read the comic adaption. On to the main event, March of the Wooden Soldiers. This arc is very wide in scope, and sees Red Riding Hood escape from the Adversary and arrive in Fabletown. There's also three mysterious individuals advancing on Fabletown, intent on their mission given to them by the Adversary. To avoid spoilers, I won't say anything more specific but this arc brings everyone together nicely and feels like a well written blockbuster event. Willingham continues to deliver a well written, smart series while Mark Buckingham's artwork complements that nicely. Lots of developments in this volume, if you've enjoyed Fables so far you won't want to miss this one!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just learned that there are over a dozen deluxe editions of Fables! 😲 I only own 1-4. Guess I know what books I'm buying next! Two of my favorite moments from this book: the panel where Snow runs to Bigby, exclaiming that he always saves her. She's clutching him in wolf form and it's gorgeous. Another is more a series of events, namely everything with Pinocchio. It's heartbreaking that he thinks Geppetto is a slave to the Adversary when Geppetto *is* the Adversary. And then when he dies, trying I just learned that there are over a dozen deluxe editions of Fables! 😲 I only own 1-4. Guess I know what books I'm buying next! Two of my favorite moments from this book: the panel where Snow runs to Bigby, exclaiming that he always saves her. She's clutching him in wolf form and it's gorgeous. Another is more a series of events, namely everything with Pinocchio. It's heartbreaking that he thinks Geppetto is a slave to the Adversary when Geppetto *is* the Adversary. And then when he dies, trying to save all his friends by giving himself up to the wooden soldiers, ugh. Wrecked.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    Rating: 4.5 stars This was a very solid edition. A fluid and interesting story line with no slow parts (finally!) The amount of creativity going into this series is just incredible. I can't believe I didn't make the connection that Fly-Catcher was the Frog Prince haha. And I kinda love Frau Totenkinder. I wonder what Fables she's a reference to. Googling her only yields spoilers for future editions. Rating: 4.5 stars This was a very solid edition. A fluid and interesting story line with no slow parts (finally!) The amount of creativity going into this series is just incredible. I can't believe I didn't make the connection that Fly-Catcher was the Frog Prince haha. And I kinda love Frau Totenkinder. I wonder what Fables she's a reference to. Googling her only yields spoilers for future editions.

  30. 4 out of 5

    J. Griff

    When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she’s welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone – everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells espionage and subversion – not survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming’s upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown? This series this just incredible! Both writing & art is beautiful.

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