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Fables - Book Four

(Fables: The Deluxe Edition #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,423 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Bill Willingham's hit series FABLES continues here, for the first time in hardcover. In the aftermath of the Adversary's attack on Fabletown, FABLES: THE DELUXE EDITION BOOK 4 follows with the impending birth of Snow White and Bigby Wolf's children! Meanwhile, Boy Blue goes on a mission of revenge, as he discovers the Adversary's true identity.

Collecting: Fables 28-33, 100
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 293 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Vertigo
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Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I like this fourth volume best because I found it brought together much of what has transpired in the first three volumes in this unique series. The mayoral campaign of Prince Charming against King Cole is resolved, Snow White's finally has Bigby Wolf's baby and has to move to the upstate farm, where Bigby is not permitted. This allows her to be reunited with Rose Red, and an unexpected visitor, who wants to help Snow White with her child-raising. We get substantial further background about Bigb ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I feel like there was a bit of bad period for Fables around Vol. 2-3, but then it started picking up pace here and I’m really happy with the current progression. I see a development both in the characters that we already have as people, a narrative progression towards the Adversary, and an increase of fable characters, which I highly appreciate.

My favourite part of this deluxe edition, however, were the 1001 Nights of Snowfall. I thought that that was
Mar 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, hoopla
This one didn't quite hit the same heights as the previous deluxe editions for me, probably owing to the inclusion of a lot of one-offs to flesh out the backstories of some of our better known Fables in a variety of distinct art styles using the framing device of retelling the Arabian Nights with Snow White in place of Scheherazade.

He wasn't always Big or Bad, it turns out.

The wooden soldiers stuff was interesting though for sure and I am plenty intrigued where the main story goes from here.

We're just truckin' right along with this story.
It's not building the way I'd like. I thought there'd be more to the characters by now and there's just not. They're all fairly static and 2-dimensional.
But it's entertaining enough and this one has Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall at the end, which I'd read (and loved) before. I love the artwork all through that episode; it's all charming and lovely in different ways.
Barbara McEwen
3.5 stars
I honestly thought I wouldn't have a non favorite Fables edition, but apparently this is it. It mostly stems from the lack of Bigby Wolf in the stories, even though the collection leads with his War Stories issues. But War Stories, where a bunch of soldiers go on an off the books mission to bomb the fuck out of Frankenstein Castle in the middle of World War II; and who are led by a civilian named Bigby Wolf who seems to have some very peculiar skills, isn't very good.

The Mean Seasons follows Wa
Kristin Kvilhaug
Mar 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is without doubt my favorite Fables collection. The latter half, with Snow White narrating the tales of other fables as a Scheherazade figure, is particularly beautiful. The stories explain so much and I loved how diverse the art was. If I’d had the option, I’d give this volume 6 stars. It might sound like a cliché, but my first thought after finishing it was that it reminded me of why I love reading.
Highland G
Aug 16, 2022 rated it it was ok
This one took a dip in quality. I enjoyed the start about the election and babies. I also enjoyed the end stories about the witch and King Cole. All the prose about snow white with random artists/creators doing filler rubbish took me right out the man story.
If this was singles, I would have simply stopped buying them with such a sudden direction change.
Hopefully it back on track with book 5
Izzy Corbo
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! This series is phenomenal! Starting with a WWII tale of the Wolf Man versus Frankenstein and winding to a new rendition of Tales of the Arabian night. Some of the illustrations are museum worthy and the writing is fantastic! Now on to volume 5!
Amanda K
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Didn't like it as much as the others, the storytelling was very different, and I just couldn't really get in to it. ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This particular volume wasn't as brilliant as the previous volume for me, as there was less of a continuous narrative. However, this was by no means a bad volume: there was a mix of different storie and art styles, and some truly kick-ass moments.

War Stories - 3.5 stars.

This section told the story of one of Bigby Wolf's previous experiences at war against the Nazis. Although I wasn't as interested in the first part of the story, up until certain antics that happened towards the end of the first
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fables-unwritten
Another fantastic entry from Willingham with lots of bold choices going forward. In the wake of the previous volume a lot has changed for the Fables, and no time is wasted embracing these changes. However, a lot of the story in this volume is more "positioning the chess pieces" than actually making moves. It's not boring, but it definitely has the feeling of the calm before the storm. I like what I'm seeing, and can't wait for volume five.

Also included in this (fairly large) hardcover is the Fab
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
this volume was slightly better because they had a section at the back with snow white inserted into the story of 1001 arabian nights, which had guest artists, some which were lovely. I just wish the art was better in general; it's very workaday. nothing wrong with it, it's clear and often the perspectives or page layouts have some interest, it's just not as beautiful as I would wish it to be. I mean, these are fairytale characters, I just want a little more beauty. maybe that's too much to ask ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful installment of the Fables series. I am loving this story more than I enjoy watching Once Upon a Time, which is still a great show. It is cool to see how different creators combine the characters and stories of these fairy tales that most people have grown up hearing or watching. I'm looking forward to reading book 5. ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great read in the Fables series. The 1001 and One Nights of Snowfall alone make this one well worth it. The different artwort of 1001 was fantastic and told the backstory of several main characters. Impressed.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have some mixed feelings about this one. The last half of the book is backstory. I enjoyed some of it, but after a while I wanted to get back to the present story. Art work is great and will continue with the series.
Vlad Rusu
This volume makes you jump from 'awww, babies' to 'OH MY GOD WHAT JUST HAPPENED' really fast. And I loved it.

Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These just keep getting better!
Allyson Shelton
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love this series but I hateeee the One Thousand Nights issues...
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fourth deluxe volume of Fables starts with a story arc involving Bigby Wolf during the Second World War, which is a nice war story, and reinforces what we already know about Bigby, that he's loyal, a bit soft and hard as nails. Next we have a four issue arc about Snow White and Bigby's babies, with one of them being very different to the others. This sees Snow have to leave Fabletown for the Farm (since most of the babies can't pass for human) but Bigby is banned from the Farm, so chooses to ...more
Joseph Born
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vertigo
Fables continues onward, this time focusing greatly on character backstories with an arc on Snow giving birth and its ramifications in the Fable community. To start with, The Long Year arc sees snow giving birth and her kids growing up while Fabletown undergoes changes in administration. It's a solid arc, showcasing the big change in Snow's life while highlighting how the change in the status quo due to a new mayor and co. being in charge. Buckingham's art is as great as always, while Willingham ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned

Diving back into this series after a couple of years break was fun. This one has three stories, a WWII story featuring Bigby Wolf which was fun but non-essential, a current day narrative featuring an complete upheaval of power and relationship dynamics in Fabletown which was great, and a gorgeous take on 1001 Arabian Nights in which Snow has to regale tales, and the tales give a ton of backstory to the main series characters.

The art is all over the place due to the numerous hands on deck, a
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bigby Wolf and Snow have a litter (of course) with unforeseen consequences. Many twists occur that you never see coming.

1001 Nights of Snowfall was just too good! The artwork in some of the stories were incredibly beautiful. We get some backstories (some heartbreaking, some courageous, some evil, some epic), we see old characters in new lights, and meet new characters from favourite tales in treasured neighbourhoods -- including Watership Down: "The wars for the homelands were fought throughout
Luly Ceballos
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only one tale from my childhood has succeed in make me cry every time I (remember/re-read/watch) it, and that is The Little Match Girl from Andersen's tales. I can't help it, it brough me in tears every time. I thought I'll never find another tale that could make this to me till I found " A Frog's eye view" from the 1001 Nights of Snowfall in this Deluxe Edition of Fables. Frog Prince standing there in from of the mirror, questioning, oh God. The pure essence of sadness. Bravo! ...more
While only a small portion of this book moved the main story forward, it was an emotionally important story advance that I really enjoyed. The rest was comprised of short stories covering brief histories of many of the world's characters inside a larger frame story. I loved finding out more about these characters and enjoyed each of the short stories in their own right. The art in this volume was varied but quite pleasing for the most part. Well done and I look forward to reading more. ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
An enjoyable graphic novel with a twist on some favorite characters.

The Deluxe Edition, Book Four includes issues 28-33, 1001 Nights of Snowfall.
28 - War Stories: Dog Company
29 - War Stories: Frankenstein Versus the Wolf Man
30 - The Mean Seasons: The Cruel, Hot Summer
31 - The Mean Seasons: The Long, Hard Fall
32 - The Mean Seasons: The Dark, Killing Winter
33 - Until the Spring
1001 Nights of Snowfall
This edition is a solid 4 stars. The first half contained a lot of setup for the following volumes. It's gearing up to be good! The last 10 chapters were amazing. Guest artists came in and illustrated the chapters. The art was simply beautiful. The stories themselves contained a lot of needed backstory. And finally Fables is starting to grow in complexity. ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-fantasy
My favorite issues so far have been the standalone stories about how the Fables have spent their time in the real world. Bigby vs Frankenstein in World War II was just a lot of fun. The second story was a bit predictable but still effective and moves the plot along nicely. And I loved the 1001 Nights story. Really clever way to provide backstory with a great mix of artists.
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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 year ...more

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