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War and Pieces (Fables (Collected) #11)

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The final battle between the free Fables of the mundane world and the Empire occupying their former Homelands is about to begin, and the scrappy storybook heroes have already managed to even the odds considerably. With his previously unstoppable wooden soldiers neutralized, the Adversary is about to get his first taste of high technology in the form of steel-jacketed bulle ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Vertigo (first published November 2008)
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The Man In The Hat
Disappointing.

As the Afterword in the book says itself, this is what we've been leading up to for 6 years.

THIS? THIS is what we've been leading up to for six years?

This ... damp squib?

The story was told through an omnipresent narrator with a prose style very much of "This happened, then this happened, then this happened, then this happened ... ". Which is about as exciting and dramatic as "A, B, C ...". There was no tension, there was very little drama.
The instant one of the characters said "OK,
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David
Bill Willingham's Fables is one of the few series I've stuck with since the beginning, and while it hasn't always maintained the quality and excitement of its best issues, it's been consistently entertaining without falling into too many predictable patterns, thanks to a single ongoing storyline that has dominated everything else: the war between Fabletown and the world-spanning magical empire of the Adversary.

In this trade paperback collection, the war comes to an end, which is an impressive mi
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Jonathan

Just the other day I had a realisation in regards to a film which several people had curiously called a 'dumb film.' Then I read an article which pointed out that such a movie, judged linguistically may be seen as dumb. But the language of films, the article noted, extends beyond the dialogue or plot. It extends into the visual and therefore has a kind of visual intelligence. I would like to theorise that writing can be the same, that there are multiple types of ways to read a book.

One way I wo
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Tim
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I have mad love for this series. I tried to stay away, take a long break, but it pulled me back. I'm a fairy tale addict and Willingham gets fairy tales and how to take them and give them a modern update without destroying the essence of what makes fairy tales so appealing.

I like that while Bigby and Snow are much loved and favored characters in this series, they take a back seat and we see the heroism and the complexity of other Fables. I love how the backstories of the characters come into pla
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Conrad
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Wealhtheow
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Kathryn
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PurplyCookie
Volume 11 of this Eisner-winning graphic novel collects issues # 70-75, and arrives at what Willingham had been working up to from the first issue of "Fables": Fabletown goes to war against the Adversary.

But, before the main event, the story arc "Kingdom Come"provides us with the last-minute war council among the leaders of Fabletown and also for Boy Blue's confession of love to Rose Red. We get a glimpse on the pseudo-transition of Fabletown government officials comes about in light on the atta
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Jessi
This was the first book I read in 2009, and I don't think I could have made a better choice. In War and Pieces, the war against the Adversary reaches it conclusion, and I found it very satisfying. The story starts out with Cinderella's clandestine mission to get the upper hand on the Empire; watching Cindy in super-spy mode made me wish she had her own spin-off. It would be just like Alias! And seeing Beauty's confused/enraged reaction to Cindy getting her own mission ("SHE-ONLY-SELLS-SHOES!") i ...more
Harry Lawrence
This is the moment that Fables has been leading up to from issue 1; the war between Fabletown and The Adversary.

I very much like the way this volume is set out. There are 3 issues leading up to the war (#71 & #72 were particularly good in my opinion) and then another 3 to cover the war itself. Whilst I was a little disappointed with the first issue of the war (#73), things quickly got better from there and this volume managed to pull itself back up to the standards I have come to expect from
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Cameron
Oh my the war is here. Oh my the war is done. Okay, so the war started a long time ago, and we've been building for a very long time in a very close place, but I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and smash something to bits. Where was the vaunted horror of the Empire and the Adversary? Maybe it is the horror of comparison to our own vaunted American Empire and how brittle it truly is? Whoops, I'll skip the rhetoric and instead contend that there was a lot missing, and I truly di ...more
Thomas
Something that occurred to me while reading Fables is that comic book series (not graphic novels, necessarily) seem to be focused more on creating a structure by which many, many stories could be told. Usually, this is a character who can interact with several different situations (look at Superman, Batman, or even Swamp Thing), but with Fables, that structure is the premise itself, that the characters from fairy tales are all real, living in Manhattan, and waging war against the evil from their ...more
Christopher
I'm a sucker for airships, even if they are powered by flying carpets. This is finally the war between the Fables of mundy New York and Gepetto's multi-dimensional Empire. I can see why Willingham was nervous to finally give us this war. While his characters are great and small-group actions (like Cindarella's spy mission at the start of the book) are well presented. The bigger military portions seem badly forced though. It's all over a little too fast for my taste, but still a worthy addition t ...more
Karen
Another great fables book.
Meagan
Although perhaps not as thrilling as the Battle of Fabletown, or as emotional as the last ship out of the old kingdoms, this was a pretty satisfying end to the war against the Adversary. I worried for some of my old favorites, but in the end it was an unlikely character whose loss was the most affecting. And even though victory has been claimed, I have a sneaking suspicion that there's another shoe waiting to drop.
Carina
I really wish I had been using Goodreads properly back in August when I was re-reading this, as I cannot for the life of me recall just how much I liked this volume so I cannot think which rating to give it. I feel like I remember being a bit.... bored... perhaps in places so I will stick with a 4 star rating - but I may need to re-read these books in early 2015 and give a proper review to them.

This volume of Fables sees the end of the war with the Homelands, and what an end it is. I love the us
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Fátima López sevilla
So finally the great battle. Even going all action, "boom", "kapow", kicks and guns, this volume succeeds in keeping the 'Fables' spirit.
For me, the most beautiful and emotional part of the volume was the afterword. I really want to keep walking down the fables road and see what awaits the characters. Mainly Rose Red, Blue, the Wolf family... and, why not, some more adventures in the Eastern kingdoms.
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Stanley
In Volume 11 of the great series, Fables, we get the final build up to the war that has been coming since the beginning of the series. We also get a two part tale to show everyone how bad-ass Cinderella is. Then, we finally get the war itself.

The stories were really good, and if read separately may warrant a five star rating. However, having read the previous volumes, I was a little disappointed by how quickly the war was fought and ended and also by how "easy" it was with nearly everything even
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Matthew Sargent
This is the big finale that Fables has been leading up to since issue one. Overall, I was satisfied with how everything panned out, but certain parts, especially near the end, seemed rushed, making it a bit anti-climactic. I think giving the story more room to do what it needed to would have made it more satisfying.

The artwork was mostly hits with a few misses, as is typical with Fables. The lead issue was illustrated by Niko Henrichon, who I found to be a bit inconsistent with quality. The rest
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Jordan
And so we come to the end of the long war against the Adversary. Since the series goes on from here, it should come as almost no spoiler at all to say that the Free Fables of our world win, but at what terrible cost? See the thrilling exploits of Cindy as she makes a daring bid to recover a high-value target, wanted by both the Free Fables and the Adversary! Watch the Free Fables launch their bold first-strike strategy against the Adversary, with results both thrilling and shocking! Tremble at t ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Awesome!!!!!!!
I liked it a lot.
Finally, just a few more volumes and I think I am done with this series.
HIGHLY RECOMMENED THIS TO EVERYONE!!!!
Amanda Elliott
Fables, why don't I like you anymore?

I'll continue to stick with you though, in hopes that I will one day enjoy you like I use to.
Mike Lay
Decent war games, strange ending.
Diego Publishing
Fable is an awesome series, worth to read and re-read again. Apparently this volumes bring to an end the war with the Adversary, has every war, it end bloodily, more it's a war of annihilation. On the other side the couldn't be a different ending for the conflict. I enjoyed very much the Cindarella super-spy part, less the Sinbad-Prince Charming duo.
Willingham has been a master to interpret the various characters of popular fairytales, and his choose of the adversary the top indeed.
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Fran Chartrand
War and Pieces is the conclusion of the first arc of the series. It should have been satisfying but it wasn't. For a war that has been going on for several centuries now and ten volumes worth of planning, the final battle felt way too easy for the Fables to win. The plot was exactly what you would expect it to be, without many surprises.

I did, however, appreciate finally getting to see the Fables' plans, especially The Glory of Baghdad (because until now, I wasn't very clear on why the Arabian
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Ben
So good it was worth a second quick read before writing this review.

While not the end of this series, this decently sized installment ties up the current storyline pretty well. As ever the main story art from Mark Buckingham is really solid and the one chapter by Niko Henrichon has a complimentary style which gels well with the overall feel of the series. Lots of good dialogue from Willingham and a decent spread of focus across a range of characters.

As a bonus we get an excellent side story abou
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Pamela D
Fables is a comic book series that follows the lives of several different fairytale characters including Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf. The series takes place after the characters have taken refuge in New York City, because an evil villain named the Adversary has taken over their kingdoms in their homelands.

I love this series so much. After I checked the books out from the library, I started purchasing all of the volumes and adding the new issues to my pull list at my local comic book store. I
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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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