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Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Five

(Fables: The Deluxe Edition #5)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,794 ratings  ·  110 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 Five follows Boy Blue on a mission of revenge as he uncovers the Adversary's true identity! Plus, the 2-part story of Jack's adventures in Hollywood and the one-shot story of Mowgli's return to Fablet ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Vertigo
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Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another very good Fables edition, with three stories. Jack and Jill going Hollywood was the first story and just average, with things coming to an abrupt ending when the law shows up. The other two stories were quite good: Boy Blue seeking to rescue Red Riding Hood, with a vengeance, eventually finding the identity of the dreaded Adversary (big surprise) and a much better Arabian Nights story than the one with Snow White. Ex-Mayor King Cole gets extra credit from me for saving the day as ambassa ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Sep 23, 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
I did NOT see that coming!

The Adversary is... Nope, didn't expect that, mind is blown. Also Boy Blue is ridiculously awesome. I'm kinda hoping on a Rose Red and Boy Blue thing happening at some point... (Doubtful but hoping)
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-indies
This is the volume with the big revelation we've been all expecting, and what a plot twist it was! It's adversary time! An easy 5/5 for the finale of the first cycle of fables.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, fantasy
Really enjoyed the story with Boy Blue returning to the homelands and finding out the identity of the Adversary that chased from their homes to hiding on Earth.

The Arabian Nights story was a very creative way to work in some other artists.
Yeah! We finally know who the adversary is, and he's decidedly NOT who I expected. Boy Blue journeys to the Homelands with his witching cloak to rescue Red Riding Hood. The cloak helps him pass several gates, and right into the court of the adversary. He swipes the adversary's head off with a swing of his sword, but then. I think Boy Blue is my third favorite character of all of Fables, right after Bigby and Snow. This section is great, and I would think so even if the reveal of the adversary wa ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another great introduction to the Fables world and the craziness that is about to ensue. I absolutely adored and loved everything about this volume including finding out who the adversary is and why he decided to conquer so many lands. I didn't realize it at the time, but this volume also includes information related to the volume Arabian Nights and Days. It was great to see characters that were considered to be Fables from the Middle East. I don't remember thinking about this when I re ...more
This is a god damn good fucking volume. I mean it. I'm impressed.

Homelands. Geppetto. The Adversary. Snow Queen. Boy Blue. D'Jinns. Foreshadowing to Aladin and Ali Baba. And that random mention of Lugoj and Timisoara, Romanian cities. This. This was the best volume so far. I pray to God that all the next books will be just as good, or even better.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars does not even begin to describe how great this was
Barbara McEwen
2.5 stars - I liked Boy Blue returning to Fable Lands but wasn't a fan of Jack's Hollywood storyline or the very cheesy Arabian storyline. These last few volumes have been hit an miss for me. ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Finally I decided to buy Fables in the original version (I've read the first 4 books in spanish) and at least I can say I have not been suffering about how they translated the names of every fable as I was reading it.

I have serious issues with Fables. I LOVE the edition, the covers and the art of it. But the story is another thing. I want to know how it continues but I'm not sure if the price is fitting with this desire.
While I'm reading it I am not sure if I am enjoying it that much, the writti
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is up to volume five, so I'm going to proceed on the assumption that anyone reading book five in this series already knows the basic story and whether or not they're interested in continuing the series. No plot review. Nothing too much beyond "I liked this volume."

Instead, a list of my favorite Fables, many of whom were most decidedly not my favorites before reading this series:

1. Bigby Wolf
2. Snow White
3. Little Boy Blue
4. Frau Totenkinder (aka the witch of Hansel & Gretel fame, even thoug
Jeff Raymond
If I have any complaints at all about Fables, it's that we quickly get to the point where there are a lot of transitional stories. In this volume, the one significant plot moving the timeline forward is the three-part Arabian Nights arc. While we do get a spinoff arc for Jack and get the identity of the Adversary, the way this deluxe hardcover was set up didn't really create a good narrative separation.

Outside of that? Another solid entry. The Blue and Arabian arcs were great, with the Jack one
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This edition contains three stories.
Jack in Holywood is average, the other two ( Homelands and Arabian Nights) are very good.
We finally learn the identity of the adversary in this book (in Homelands, during Blue boy trip back to the Homelands).
At 296 pages this is one of the biggest deluxe edition too, all in all I would say that so far this is my favorite Fables deluxe book with Vol 3 ( because March of the Wooden soldier in vol 3 is probably the best story so far).

Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really love reading this series. The characters and storylines are great. I don't know why I put this aside for so long, but I'll probably pick up Deluxe Edition Book Six pretty soon. ...more
Austin Jackson
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another great edition in this series. Can't wait to read more. ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The major arc in this volume of the always marvellous Fables series describes Boy Blue's return to the Homelands on a secret mission. And in the process, he retrieves huge amounts of intelligence, and finally uncovers the identity of the Adversary. Despite hints in previous volumes, I must confess that it took me by surprise, but it totally works (and his description of his rise to power is chilling). And Boy Blue is pretty awesome as a lone hero, cutting a swathe through the Empire on his missi ...more
Joseph Born
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vertigo
Fables finally reveals who the mysterious and all powerful Adversary is... This oversized hardcover collects issues #34 through #45. To start, we get a two issue arc focusing on what Jack did when he ditched Fabletown and absconded with a small fortune. It's a pretty fun side story, and sets up his solo series he got.

The next arc, Homelands, sees Boy Blue return to the fabled lands to rescue Red Riding Hood and stop the Adversary. This arc is very spoilery heavy, so I can't say much. But we see
Russell Grant
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I found this volume to be really strong as it was all current events. This starts with catching up on Jack, who ditched Fabletown with Bluebirds treasure and is a lot of fun. The second main story follows Boy Blue's journey in the homelands, seeking revenge and rescue and is pretty wonderful as we gain more info on the Adversary and the old world the Fables had to leave. The final story catches us up with the goings on in Fabletown as the Arabian Fables have sent an envoy to Fabletown to attempt ...more
Chris Browning
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
every five years or so i try to read fables full through before i remember that i don’t really like it all that much, the characters are often bland and annoying, the plot is a weird mix of metafiction and boring municipal governance that doesn’t amount to much, the art is good but the character designs aren’t my favorite, there’s an over-reliance on rape as a (back)story device, there’s bits that really have not aged well (the arabian fables stuff for instance), and overall it just doesn’t seem ...more
Just realized that these are the versions I'm getting from the library, not the ones I was adding before, oops.

I think this was one of the strongest issues so far. Except for Jack's boring storyline, I really loved getting to see what the Homelands are like now and getting to finally find out who the Adversary is, and boy, was it a surprise! I was less intrigued by the Arabian nights storyline but I'm actually enjoying getting to see other characters get a crack at being the government of Fablet
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A creative and entertaining graphic novel with a twist on some favorite fairy tale characters.

The Deluxe Edition, Book Five includes issues 34-45.
34 - Jack Be Nimble, Part One of Two
35 - Jack Be Nimble, Part Two of Two
36 - Homelands: Death & Taxes
37 - Homelands: The Saint George Syndrome
38 - Homelands: Petition Day
39 - Homelands: Meanwhile
40 - Homelands: He's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage
41 - Homelands: Pax Imperium
42 - Arabian Nights (and Days): Broken English
43 - Arabian Nights (and Days): Dji
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best collection of stories so far.
I love the fact that the author(s) always finds a way to give a very human character to the stories of the non so human fables.
In this issue the main theme seems to be culture, both from the perspective of assimilation and inclusion and from the point of view of exploitation for profit.
Boy Blue gets the chance to show what he can really accomplish and we finally get to know the Adversary in person.
This series is pure genious and I am looking forward to read t
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Things are finally starting to be a little less white! Not that it isn't still a pretty stereotypical of "Arabian Fables," but at least we're starting to branch out. I loved the Jack story at the beginning, and the Big Reveal about the Adversary was actually quite satisfying, and I'm curious about how it's going to play out. ...more
Robert Felton
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Begins with the truly inspired "Jack Be Nimble" story of Jack (of Jack & Jill) becoming a major Hollywood player. The story was so funny and exhilarating, I figured that the book would not be able to match its cleverness with the subsequent "Boy Blue" and Arabian Knights" stories and it does not. But still a wonderful introduction into the bizarre world of Fabletown. I throughly enjoyed it. ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-fantasy
The Jack story was interesting, but I felt it could have been just a single issue. Homelands was a solid action story and the reveal of the Adversary was well done. The final story introduces several Arabian Fables that could make for some good stories in the future, though we mostly got setup in this volume.
The first part was (for me) a reread of Homelands but the second part was new. Loved to see Sinbad in this volume, because his story was a favorite of mine when I was younger. It was a good reading.
I'm continuing to enjoy this series. All if the characters are so richly developed and complex and the story is fascinating. The introduction of different international Fables in this book was a particularly fun turn. ...more
Aug 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
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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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