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Fables, Vol. 10: The Good Prince (Fables #10)

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The return of the King.
Will all-out war looming between the forces of the Adversary and the free Fables living in the mundane world, everything now depends on a humble janitor known as Flycatcher. Released from centuries of trauma-induced amnesia, Prince Ambrose (as he was known in happier times) faces a long and difficult road - one that
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Paperback, Trade, 238 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Vertigo
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Scott Foley
Feb 21, 2012 Scott Foley rated it it was amazing
The Good Prince--a more appropriate title for a book has never existed. Fables is, far and away, the best comic book series running at the moment. The Good Prince comprises issues 60-69 of the title, and having read the entire run thus far, I can attest that Fables just keeps getting better and better.

In The Good Prince, Flycatcher takes hold of his lineage and accepts his true name of Prince Ambrose once more. While Fabletown and the Homelands continue to plan and engage war with one another, P
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This Fables series has been consistently good. I didn't imagine I would enjoy Flycatcher's story so much, but it was very meaningful. Flycatcher is very much a man of hidden sorrows. He dropped out from his past life because of the intense grief he suffered due to the loss of his family in the Homelands. His role as janitor in Fabletown (and his tendency to eat flies) is a way of escaping and dealing (or not dealing with his sorrow). but the time has come for him to face his past head on. He goe ...more
Andrew
Apr 16, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
I will admit this story could have used some refining. There are portions where Willingham feels like he wants to get from point A to B so strongly he forgets to make the journey. And the Fabletown activities are just prep work.

But still, the story gives Ambrose his due. Do I wish it was better crafted? Yes. Do I feel that some necessary growth steps got entirely bypassed? Well, yes. Do I feel some of the movers were a little too inaccessible? Aye. But still, it's Ambrose.

As for the art, I thi
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Jen
Jul 05, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
I love this series with all of my little heart. Bringing old fable and fairy-tale characters into a modern-day setting in our world, united by a threat to their Homelands, I think the series is utterly brilliant and creative. This particular volume focuses on a character who has previously been mostly in the background. Flycatcher, known to most of us as the Frog Prince, takes on a central role in this book and finds his strength to fulfill his destiny. Which is, essentially, being an undefeatab ...more
Derek
Oct 07, 2008 Derek rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: comic book or Grimm's Fairy Tales fans
Recommended to Derek by: Awesomed By Comics podcast
I stopped reading Fables in the singles format a long time ago. The way the stories are constructed it just made more sense to read them all at once. However, after I made that decision I just never got around to picking up any of the trades. I was listening to the Awesomed By Comics podcast and they really talked up 'The Good Prince' storyline. When I got a bit of extra money I bought it and was blown away by the story.

I loved the way that Willingham took a minor character who was little more t
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Jack
Jan 12, 2009 Jack rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
It's been a long time since I've had a freshly unread Fables trade and I was really looking forward to reading this. Sadly it wasn't all that great, but just good enough to keep me interested in reading this series (when I can get them from the library).

Flycatcher -- always a bumbling, comical sort of character -- has just realized that he was a prince in the Homelands and that his family was killed horribly. After the spirit of Lancelot (which had been hanging around Fabletown all this time --
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Rizwan
Sep 05, 2016 Rizwan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On one hand, All out secret war preparations of both Fabletown and the Empire: Battle plannings, spy games, political maneuvers, subterfuge upon subterfuge, sniper training, commando training, arms and ammunition gathering. And on the other hand, a transformed and awakened (from years of memory loss) hero's journey through the living and the dead, beyond the underworlds and death, and above magical worlds and life, facing countless battles using his magical powers to his true destiny. A frog who ...more
Tim Ludwikowski
Sep 25, 2014 Tim Ludwikowski rated it it was amazing
I've been on a run of reading volumes 1-10 and so far I haven't found one that isn't a joy to read! Bill Willingham is an amazing writer & overall there was possibly only 2-3 individual issues where the art was not perfect for the story! I think I've found my next "required reading" comic!
Oh and Happy National Comic Book Day, everyone!
Alex Andrasik
Fables goes full-on mythic, demonstrating that the legendary aura of certain characters continue to develop even in their mundane exile, as a humbled prince becomes imbued with fantastic, transcendent powers and takes the fight against the Adversary back to the Homelands.

I realized what bothers me about this series, though (when it bothers me). There's no exposition. I know the old text-box has been in decline in comics--nothing modern cab match the voluble verbosity of Stan the Man Lee--but Wil
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Jessica Mendes
Mar 27, 2017 Jessica Mendes rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2017
3,5

* Eu gostei bastante da história do FlyCatcher, eu muito original e imprevisível.
* Mas ao mesmo tempo parece que o resto das histórias ficaram paradas.
* Boy Blue e Rose Red: quando é que isto vai acontecer?
* Poder assistir ao crescimento dos filhos da Snow White é uma das coisas que mais tenho gostado nos últimos volumes, vê-los a evoluir para personagens distintas.
Danna
Jun 01, 2008 Danna rated it really liked it
Though I still have many on my "currently reading" list that I need to finish, I've had a lovely Sunday afternoon reading comics with my feller. For him, each issue is a snack to be savored until the next issue comes out. I would rather wait until at least one story arc is complete, then read a bunch of issues in one sitting so it feels more like a complete novella (or at least a short story) instead of just a few teaser pages at a time. Before starting my goodreads profile I'd already read thro ...more
Grace
Apr 10, 2008 Grace rated it it was amazing
The best volume of Fables yet, this trade paperback recounts the story of Ambrose, aka "Flycatcher." One of my favorite Fabletown residents (and there are many wonderful ones from which to choose), Ambrose is the "frog prince" from fairy tales of old (his backstory is told as part of the beautiful stand-alone volume, 1,001 Nights of Snowfall). Ambrose met his princess wife, was married, became king, and had children. However, when he is confronted with extreme emotion, (fear, etc) Ambrose someti ...more
Shannon
Aug 19, 2012 Shannon rated it did not like it
I can't say how much I'm disappointed by this volume. After 'Sons of Empire', I felt like things were looking up, but this wasn't what I was expecting. There were a few scenes I really enjoyed. I liked seeing Bigby prepping the armies. I was especially impressed with how Charming handled himself. I was honestly surprised by him because I had become convinced he was a complete failure at being mayor. Those were a few bright spots in this. However, for the most part, I was bored to tears. It was m ...more
Jelinas
Jan 26, 2012 Jelinas rated it it was amazing
Boy, oh, boy, was this a good one. When it comes to straight-up action/adventure, I have to give this volume top props.

In Sons of Empire, we learned that Ambrose, also known as Flycatcher, better known to us mundys as the Frog Prince, was destined for an important future. The Good Prince tells the tale of Ambrose's realization of his fate.

We take a trip down the Witching Well, and are reunited with characters that we thought were dead and gone from as far back as Volume 2, Animal Farm. The scope
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Aldi
What a disappointing mess. I decided to read this because I like Flycatcher and was quite intrigued by a volume that focused on him (and that, not to put too fine a point on it, would hopefully be low on action with Snow White/Bigby and their sickeningly boring/cutesey curtain-fic lives).

But from what seemed like an interesting starting point (Flycatcher finally facing the trauma of remembering what happened to his family), it quickly devolved into a snoozefest of a 1950s knight's adventure in
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Chibineko
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it
If you aren't familiar with the series then you shouldn't be looking at this book. Start at the beginning, as there's a LOT of story to catch up on.

This volume gives us the chance to catch up with Ambrose AKA Flycatcher after he has regained the memory of what really happened to his family. After a semi-false start, he finally realizes what he has to do and gains the help of the last fable that anyone would ever has expected... the Forsworn Knight. Flycatcher then descends into the witching wel
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Emma
Jul 07, 2008 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
First off, this remains one of my very favourite current graphic novel series and I rush out for every new trade. (I couldn't imagine trying to read it in individual issues and it's worth the wait.)

Volume 10 was no different and I'd eagerly been anticipating Flycatcher's story for a while. But for an issue that had the potential to be very dark... it all just got kind of fluffy. The story took a different turn than I expected, but I just maybe wanted a little more angst.

And I agree with the revi
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Busky3
Jan 21, 2014 Busky3 rated it did not like it
I'm sure someone somewhere thought this was a good idea but I can't for the life of me figure out why. A perfectly charming minor character suddenly goes full on messianic with little setup and goes back to the fairy tale lands to create his own completely invincible fiefdom, the survival of which is never in doubt. It's a very boring arc, compounded by all the other Fables back home watching via magic cauldron with rapt attention as if it's sweeps week. The messiah guy brings the dead back to l ...more
Stanley
Nov 19, 2014 Stanley rated it really liked it
This was a very well done story and a great job of taking a side character and moving them into the spotlight as a focal point character.

This was a very self contained story to the arc, although further reading does help to add flavor.

It seemed to take pride in being unconventional and retaining it's high quality while making different choices than you would normally see.

The only real drawback here was the way the story seemed be take whatever turns it felt like even if they didn't make sense fr
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David Caldwell
This tenth collection of the Fables series includes issues 60 to 69. It covers the Good Prince story arc.

This is the Frog Princes tale. He quits being Flycatcher and becomes Prince Ambrose. He sets up a new kingdom inside the confines of the Empire where he offers safety for anyone who wishes it. With Lancelot's armor and Excalibur, he leads an army of ghosts to defend his new kingdom without bloodshed. While he technically is neutral in the Fabletown/Empire war, his defiance of the Empire is he
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Brendan Nicholls
Nov 04, 2016 Brendan Nicholls rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that an epic fight was something I was really down to read, this wasn't the book to do it though. I enjoyed this but the final conclusion was super underwhelming, the story had you on edge the entire time and just took the peddle off towards the end. I don't see this being a concrete peaceful conclusion by any means and there will be some retaliation by the adversary. This was an improvement over the last book and I found this to either make or break the fans. I could easily see ...more
Sarah Hogman
Oct 28, 2014 Sarah Hogman rated it it was amazing
By far my absolute favourite volume of the series (that I've read so far). Flycatcher's character is so beautifully developed, and yet he still remains solid and authentic. The story itself is basic in its form, but told in an intricate and almost poetic way, creating an excellent frame for Mark Buckingham to build his art on. The cover art by James Jean for the separate editions are also some of my favourites. All in all, a solid 5 out of 5.
Caitlin
Jul 07, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
It was great to see much more of Flycatcher than we had seen previously in the series! Flycatcher's history comes to light as he teams up with a knight to go on his own hero's journey. I've always liked Flycatcher and it was great to see him go from tortured janitor to a powerful figure in his own right. Definitely one I'd recommend if you're a fan of the series!
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
THIS VOLUME IS SO DAMN GOOD!!!!!!
I love the part where Flycatcher goes off on his own to become this great Prince.
Bringing back dead fables (kinda).

Finally we have all 7 of the Snow and Bigby's cubs together.
I can not wait to get to the library tomorrow to get a few more issues.

On to Vol. 11...
Z
Jun 10, 2013 Z rated it really liked it
This is the most profound of the Fables books I have read so far. It poses, and answers, the question: If someone has hurt you and those you love, how should you deal with it? Is there a "middle way" between revenge and resignation?
Karen
Apr 07, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Another a great book in this series. I really liked it. And how things just fell right into place. Of course it left you on a cliff hanger. But with the characters and their back stories the author really knows how to keep your attention
Richard Tokebroker
Nov 08, 2012 Richard Tokebroker rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite collection, to be perfectly honest. I have a newfound respect for Flycatcher, he totally kicks ass and takes names, without actually having to kick anyone's ass. Gawd Richy loves a clever hero, yes he does.
John
Apr 19, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I really enjoyed this installment in the series.The Flycatcher played a huge role in this one.As did Lancelot and the whole King Arthur mythos.Plenty of action and a real interesting storyline.This series just gets better as you go along.
JA
Apr 10, 2016 JA rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphics-comics
Easily my most favorite volume :)

"We expect to be quite the thorn in your paw. Or perhaps an even more apt metaphor: A perpetual fly in your soup."
WM13
Feb 21, 2016 WM13 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2
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In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many ...more
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