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Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland (Fables #17)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  2,196 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews
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At long last! The long-awaited original Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland graphic novel is here!
Bigby Wolf embarks on a quest through the American Heartland to find a new location for Fabletown, a secret society of exiled fairy tale characters living among the "mundys." In his wanderings, Bigby stumbles across Story City, a small town that
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Vertigo
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Nov 22, 2012 Paul rated it did not like it
Jan. 12, 2013... I've tried giving it a re-read thinking I may have been to rough on it.
Wouldja believe I hated it even more than the first time, as more story errors stood out?!

My original review stands...

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly... and the ewww

The Good
It has a very nice cover...
but as the saying goes, "Never judge a book by its..."

The Bad
Although there are a few good idceas thrown in, overall, the writing is inconsistent. Almost has a feeling of "Hey Bill, here's alot of money, scribbl
Bigby follows a lead in middle America, finding a community of werewolves and ties to his past during World War II.

Of course there are problems and of course it means lots of wolf vs. wolf (the cover gives it away some). Artwork varied on this one but I'll still give it a borderline four stars.

Jan 18, 2013 Matthew rated it did not like it
The Fables franchise is one of those little things that brings me some happiness in life. It's spawned multiple spin offs including the now cancelled ongoing series, Jack of Fables, several mini-series and one other standalone graphic novel, 1001 Nights of Snowfall. I have read almost everything the franchise has produced, the only exception being a few of the most recent releases. Werewolves of the Heartland is the absolute first time I've ever given a Fables book a negative review.

Snowfall was
Nov 28, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
I liked it.

A nice little self-contained story in the Fables universe. You don't have to bother reading it in the larger continuity to enjoy it.
I have to say at the start that I am a huge FABLES fan, from the first days of the series. The concept hasn't tired for me at all, and I think overall Willingham finds ways to keep the characters and stories fresh -- not an easy thing to do with a monthly on-going series in a field that hates endings and permanent character changes. All of that being said, I felt like this was one of the weaker entries into the series.

There's nothing wrong with the basic concept: Bigby Wolf finding out that ther
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
There seem to be two main complaints about this volume: 1) This is a side story which doesn't really add anything to the main arc of the series and 2) the artwork.

To the former, perhaps because I was aware of this going in, it didn't bother me. I don't mind side ventures every now and again, and it certainly doesn't hurt that it focuses on Bigby, my (and almost everyone's, it seems) favorite character, who has gotten some short shrift in some of the more recent issues, imo.

To the latter, howeve
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I think I am learning my lesson not to put off reviews. My brain isn't as sharp as I would like, so it works better to write these reviews soon after I read the books. Fortunately, this volume of Fables stands out a bit because it focuses on Bigby Wolf and his solo adventure to Story City, Iowa, a small town with a connection to Fabletown via Bluebeard. We have to go back in time a bit to recall Bigby's WWII adventures, which are highly related. It's no hardship to spend time with Bigby, because ...more
Oct 25, 2013 Nancy rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-fantasy
Gorgeous cover by Daniel Dos Santos. Love the cover.

Don't love the comic. Thankfully it's a self-contained story and doesn't have any impact on the larger Fables story (yet). If you must read it, get it from a library. Otherwise, skip it.

Character design was very poor. Other than Bigby, all of the main characters were uniformly white and blond, as were 99% of Story City's residents. I couldn't tell any of them apart.

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Nov 30, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok
Sad. This is the first time I've been disappointed in one of Bill Willingham's "Fables" books. There's just not much to this. Bigby (the "Big Bad Wolf" from fairy tales) is looking to relocate Fabletown and stumbles across a town called Story. And all its citizens are werewolves!

I think part of the problem is that too much of the main story is told through conversation rather than action. All the talk leads up to a big wolf fight and the story concludes. Meh...

And the artwork is horrible. It's
May 24, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok
Generic art doesn't do anything to help out a thin story that expands on part of Bigby's mythology (one of my favorite stories, actually, from the comics) that didn't really need to be expanded on. Honestly, there was no tension; you know they can't win against Bigby so, as a reader I was just waiting for them to make their move on him, and for him to massacre them. And it wasn't very satisfying when it happened. Not bad, but not anything to write home about either.
Jan 20, 2016 Hilary rated it it was ok
I read this book back in September but have been putting off reviewing it since then. Originally, it was due to the fact I thought I already had reviewed it. I expressed my opinion of it to Jonas, after all, and likely to several others (I think I mentioned it to Sharon in passing, as she was playing The Wolf Among Us then). Since I was talking about it so often, hadn't I reviewed it?

Apparently not.

Once I discovered my mistake I began putting it off for an entirely different reason. Namely, the
Jan 31, 2013 Wesley rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This long delayed original graphic novel is a spin off from the long running Vertigo series, Fables. As with the main series, it was written by Bill Willingham. The book has a number of artists - Jim Fern who did layouts, pencils and inks, Craig Hamilton who did pencils and inks; Ray Snyder and Mark Farmer who did inks.

While on a quest looking for a suitable location for a new home for Fabletown, Bigby Wolf drops in on Story City, a town secretly funded by Bluebeard. King Cole has charged Bigby
Michael Cairns
Aug 27, 2014 Michael Cairns rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-mature
Well, i must confess this is the first thing published within the Fables universe that I haven't fallen instantly in love with. Even the obtuse and peculiar Jack of the Fables has its place in my heart.
Good things:
The overall concept was good. As per usual, Willingham does a great job of taking a classic concept, in this case werewolves, and bringing a twisted sort of reality to it.
The colouring was lovely. Subtle and entirely fitting to the themes and nature of the story.

Reasons I didn't love
Dec 17, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok
So... I wanted to like this more than I did. It's not going to be anywhere near my top 10 favorite Fables, or mythic fiction stories. But the story was serviceable and had its moments. The art, however...

This book was delayed for over a year. I actually don't know why, but I'm going to hazard a guess that it had to do something with the art, and that even after a year's delay, there was still an issue getting the art together and they really rushed it out. You have one guy doing layouts but only
Mark Schlatter
Dec 07, 2015 Mark Schlatter rated it liked it
Note: I am a big Fables fan and own all the GN's to date, but I found this stand alone story to be a disappointment. Mind you, there's good stuff --- you get a lot of Bigby and some great exposition of his time during WWII. However....

1) You have inconsistent art. The credits mention Jim Fern as doing layouts, Craig Hamilton and Jim Fern as doing pencils, and four people doing inking. On some pages, you have incredible detail --- close to Art Adams or Geoff Darrow level. On other pages, you have
Bill Williams
Feb 11, 2013 Bill Williams rated it liked it
In this graphic novel, Bigby Wolf is traveling the earth looking for a new place to build Fabletown after tragedy ruined their home. He wanders across an old ally who survived a catastrophe by getting spattered by Bigby's blood and becoming a werewolf. With another survivor, he has started an isolated community of werewolves where Bigby is considered the God of Wolves. His arrival demonstrates a fissure in the community leading to an all out werewolf fight all across the picture postcard town.

Jan 14, 2013 Jacob rated it it was ok
Public library copy.

Meh. Very disappointing that the most popular character in the Fables-verse got this story treatment in the form of an OGN (original graphic novel.) I thought the book was heavily padded and could have been half as long. After the third issue we thankfully get rid of the needless prose captions so the plot can progress better without interrupting any character dialogue. I can't wait to crack open Fables volume 18 to rid my memory of lackluster let down. If you want to see, as
Amanda Balding
Dec 31, 2012 Amanda Balding rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Fables and werewolves are two of my favourite things, so I was really looking forward to reading this graphic novel. Unfortunatley it ended up being not so great. The art bothered me and the story wasn't what I've come to expect from this usually great series. Also the werewolf origin story made no sense to me and I've read a lot of different werewolf origin stories over the years.

Verdict: Only read if you can't stand to miss a side story in a series. Otherwise you can skip it because you really
1.5 Stars

A resounding 'meh' with a side of 'Jesus, fuck! This art is ugly!' and 'did we really need so many gratuitous shots of werewolf boobs?' (to the artists limited credit there's some badly drawn penis as well, but in nowhere near the same quantity as the badly drawn boobs).

Bigby visits a town of werewolves, they get naked and try to kill him but he is stronger than they are. There is no way this story needed to be a whole multi-chapter graphic novel. There is barely any story and the werew
Michael Larson
Jan 07, 2013 Michael Larson rated it liked it
I usually enjoy the peripheral stories of the 'Fables' universe, but this one felt like an unnecessary extension of the quite good tale of Bigby's adventures during WWII. Nothing here surprised me here, it was pretty easy to tell how everything was going to go down from the first moment Bigby encounters the werewolves hunting down the guy in the woods. Not that there's anything wrong with a bit of predictability, but it just didn't feel like this was a worthy expansion to the world of 'Fables'. ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND is the second standalone trade in Bill Willingham's Fables series. I preferred the first (1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL), but that may be because I loved its structure so much.

WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND finds Bigby Wolf (the Big Bad Wolf to those who haven't read a Fables book before), arriving in Story City, Iowa. He's searching for a new location for Fabletown and did not expect to find a community of werewolves - especially not one containing a few familiar faces.

Dec 04, 2012 Shara rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
The premise: ganked form At long last! The long-awaited original FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND graphic novel is here!

Bigby Wolf embarks on a quest through the American Heartland to find a new location for Fabletown, a secret society of exiled fairy tale characters living among the "mundys." In his wanderings, Bigby stumbles across Story City, a small town that seems to be occupied solely by werewolves. Oddly enough, they seem to already know and revere Bigby, but at the same time
Andy Shuping
Nov 26, 2012 Andy Shuping rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley

This is one of those reviews that's a bit difficult to write. Fables is one of my all time favorite series. It just has so much energy and passion and joy to it, that when I saw this standalone was coming out I put it on my Christmas list knowing that it would be great. And then I had a chance to read an ARC of it...and I was so disappointed in it that I took it off my list.

Don't get me wrong, I love that we get a standalone story featuring one of it's greatest characte
Jan 12, 2015 Jana rated it liked it
Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland

Meh, I don’t know, I don’t know… Bigby is usually one of my favourite characters, but in this story that so very much centres around him, he came across a bit bland and boring. Neither story nor artwork quite worked for me. Probably because I couldn’t relate AT ALL to Bigby’s war buddy’s decision to hook up with the Nazi scientist. Even if they were the only two of their kind and even if animal attraction had taken over, I found his explanations and reasoning t
Feb 24, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, galley
Since a large portion of the Fables storyline focuses on Bigby, he’s become one of my favorite characters. (Him and Snow, really.) It was interesting to have an entire GN focused on him. Usually these GNs are split up between several ongoing stories, so it breaks up the flow and gives you a chance to focus on something else for a little while.

The entire origin story of werewolves was a different take. Bigby would be the guy who unknowingly starts an entire supernatural race and then is revered f
Dec 28, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
As tends to be the case with the Fables series, when it isn't the main illustrator of Mark Buckingham, I tend to not like it nearly as much. I've gotten so used to his work and renditions of the characters that anything else feels off. Even still, the artwork is nice enough here, but I think what bothered me the most is the general color scheme, very soft pastel colors that didn't fit the tone of the tale.

Art aside, this made for an interesting "filler" story that added to the world of Fables an
Feb 19, 2013 Jon rated it did not like it
I can't believe I'm giving a 1-star review to something in the Fables-verse, but here we are. "Werewolves of the Heartland" adds nothing of substance to the wonderful world Bill Wilingham has created over the years. It doesn't give us any new insight to Bigby. It features no other Fable we care about, nor does it create a new one worth rooting for. It fails to introduce an interesting villain. It rehashes more of the same WWII adventuring by Bigby (to the point where it's making the good tales ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
A stand alone Fables comic. Willingham always writes Bigby well, and the character is always interesting. I can't say the same for the rest of the characters. Between the art and the writing I had just about everyone in the town confused. I didn't get who the factions were. All of the blondness blurred together, and all of the werewolves blurred together. I never quite understood Oda's motivations either. The art was otherwise okay, though the stylized gore wasn't really my thing. I think my ...more
Melissa McShane
I'm always interested in a Bigby Wolf story, but this one falls flat in most places. Setting aside the fact that it's hard to tell the new characters apart (they are all very blond and very fit), the story doesn't really go anywhere. Normally a Fables story has some deeper meaning, but this was...sort of...I'm not really sure. Cabals are bad? The werewolf nature is ultimately self-destructive? The werewolves never posed a threat to Bigby, so even that tension was lacking. Interesting, but not ...more
May 31, 2014 Rosa rated it really liked it
I let this sit on my shelf way too long. Bigby wolf is looking for a new place for the fables to settle when he comes to Story City; a town once financially supported by Bluebeard; he decides to check it out hoping that he will find new place for everyone. What he finds is a pack of werewolves that is very close to exploding.

The new characters were interesting. Bigby's fix is pretty clearly a temporary one so we'll have to see when the author decides to bring it back. Bigby is still one of my f
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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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