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Fables, Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland

(Fables #18)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  6,748 ratings  ·  561 reviews
The most harrowing epic since the inception of the series starts when Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer. This red plastic boat may hold the key to a deep, disturbing secret that will incite a series of soul-crushing events for the denizens of Fabletown. Plus, a backup feature that shows how Bigby received his fate, drawn by arti ...more
Paperback, Trade, 192 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Vertigo
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Silviya Miteva Yes, it can, if you know the premises and it starts off with Snow's family and ends just right.
It may lose a part of its weight if you are not alread…more
Yes, it can, if you know the premises and it starts off with Snow's family and ends just right.
It may lose a part of its weight if you are not already deeply in love with Snow and Bigby's little litter, but " Cubs in Toyland " is an amazing example of stand-alone story.(less)

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Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
In which two Wolf cubs go missing; we find Discardia a land of malevolent toys; Bigby seeks aid from gods ; and the first cub hero emerges! Deliciously dark and fairy tale styled, Bill Willingham goes full-on fable-esque and produces, for me, the best volume in the series! Essentially a modern fairy tale is told, with a typically very dark heart. 8.5 out of 12.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story arc was absolutely marvelous. Probably my favorite Fables collection in ten books or so, and it's absolutely revived my faith in the series.

Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The creepiest Fables volume in ages. For my money, Toyland is far scarier than Mr. Dark was.

For a long time, Fables has been feeling a little played out, and since the defeat of the Adversary we've had some good individual stories (Peter & Max), but no satisfactory arcs. Mr. Dark, who I assume was supposed to be the Bogeyman, was too simplistically and single-mindedly evil to be truly worrisome, and was defeated handily by the North Wind almost as an afterthought.

With this volume and its predec
I've had soft copies of Bill Willingham's FABLES for quite some time in one of my flash drives, but I never actually read any of it yet. I was thinking I wanted to find the perfect moment to indulge in this widely-acclaimed fairy-tale saga. That time only came when I finally stumbled upon a hard copy version of this volume. I bought it and immediately started perusing through the pages. I knew nothing of Fables except for the premise itself (one that has been used in the television adaptations o ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fantasy
I am going to start my review with a "Damn!"
There. Now with that out of the way, this was one hell of a great volume. I've always been a fan of Fables and think highly of the series as a whole. Certain volumes, like Vol 18, truly stand out. Perhaps I appreciated this volume due to the amazingly dark stories that were told. Also very surprising. No worries I shall not give any of the rather large secrets away. Read it and be shocked your own damn self.

Remember back in Vol 17 when we were told th
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When I started this book, I was not sure where it would lead. I read it all in one sitting because I could not stop turning the pages. At the end of this arc, three parts of the prophecy that Ozma gave Ambrose have been fulfilled - the first, third, and fourth lines. Now that we know the fates of three of the seven children of Snow and Bigby, this leaves us wondering which of the remaining fourth lines will go to each of the remaining cubs. I could not help but feel bad for one of the kids - I w ...more
Jana Tetzlaff
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fables 18 - Cubs in Toyland

Yes, this is what I signed up for when I became addicted to the Fables series. I was literally biting my nails reading this, thinking “no, they wouldn’t do that, there will be a different outcome to the story” and then “I can’t believe they actually went through with this! When did I forget that these are not stories for children?!” It totally took me by surprise. I’m so delighted that the authors managed to confound my expectations. It’s impressive how Willingham alwa
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bloody hell. Cubs. Toys. Fairy tales. And possibly one of the grimmest stories I've ever read. ...more
Justyn Rampa
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This was potentially the most disturbing volume of Fables to date. I am torn as to whether or not I am rating it with three stars because the story itself was so unsettling or whether I am able to objectively look at it and say...yup...this isn't as good as other volumes. So I suppose I will write my review and see.

To begin with, I don't feel like much happened in this volume despite containing so many issues. The story was largely focused on some of the cubs with very few other fables showing u
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fables
loved it. I couldn't put it down. Therese and Dare.. I cried. I'm aching to get the next volume but I still have to wait for it's release. I can't wait to see what unfolds with Spratt and Winter and Therese being back and Bliss and all the other Fables. the next few months are going to kill me >_____<
I get so into these books/comics/G.Novels/what-have-you that they compel me to look up characters I do not know or stories I haven't heard before. I love how its not just one straight line. nothing
توفيق عبد الرحيم
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
we are looking at easily one of the best fantasy writers of all time
you won me over utterly and totally this time
each time i think to myself (they cant come up with something new no way no sir)
and they prove me wrong time and time again
amazing team bill and mark and todd even tho i have reason to believe todd was even better on the sandman
so more of the prophecy about the cubs is revealed this issue
Therese becomes the queen of toyland and after starting out as a horrifying spoiled queen (wit
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: spoiled princesses, broken toys, bad wolves
The eighteenth volume in the Fables series focuses on the children of Bigby Wolf and Snow White. Therese, the spoiled pretty one, is lured off on an adventure to Toyland by a charming little talking boat.

The Island of Misfit Toys

Yeah, it's not quite that cheerful, though. Bill Willingham takes that old Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer special and turns it dark, dark, way dark.

Before Therese is able to leave "Toyland," some of the worst parts of the prophecy given the Snow about her children in a previous volume come true.
Quentin Wallace
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are two storylines in this volume. The first deals with the land of misfit toys, similar to the one in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but oh so much darker. (view spoiler) The toys abduct one of Wolf and Snow White's children to be their Queen, and then her brother follows to rescue her. What happens next is..well, too dark for me to spoil here. There's also a passage ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this one was very interesting!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The last couple installments of the Fables trade back books have been good but not as excellent as previous books in the series. This book however was truly excellent. I really enjoyed it a lot.

Bigby’s and Snow’s children are growing up and being forced to assume responsibilities. Winter inherited her kingdom in the last book and this book focuses on Therese and Dare. Therese follows her creepy toy boat’s advice and ends up in Toyland. Toyland is a land inhabited by evil toys that needs a new Qu
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Sorry everyone, slight rant incoming.

Positives first. I enjoyed the ending of the Cubs in Toyland arc, and I also enjoyed the 2 issue short about Bigby. Cubs in Toyland's conclusion had some real impact on the Fables world, which I can appreciate, as the previous volume felt like not much happened. However a few things are bothering me.

I feel like Fables has become a bit aimless in its plotting. While CiT was a nice story, I am failing to see where the series is going in the long run. That'd be
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bought this today, and read the whole thing in one sitting. This may be my favorite Fable collection yet, although it's been a long time since I read the first volumes, so that makes it difficult to judge. This story is great because it is grim and horrific. It has multiple layers that are revealed gradually. It has redemption at an ultimate price, and a major transition for more than one character. The artwork is beautiful. And the backup story was great too, with lovely, dark-hued artwork to m ...more
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In which we: are treated to two harrowing and exceedingly bleak tales about the cubs Therese and Darien; have confirmed Mr. Willingham's commitment to the original tone of fairy tales; witness the death of a noble old creature; discover that Bigby cheated fate to secure the life he now leads; and learn that, for dear Ambrose at least, things work out all right in the end. ...more
Melissa McShane
Wow. The Fables series has never shied away from the dark and powerful, but this story about two of Snow and Bigby's cubs is extraordinary in both its level of violence and its gutwrenching portrayal of love and sacrifice. This is not the Fisher King legend I'm familiar with, but it blew me away. ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whoa. Wow. That was bleak.
I was in no way prepared for the prophecies to start happening so soon.

5 Couldn't-Put-It-Down Stars
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the things that has sort of bugged me about Fables is that at times you can tell that it's been running for a very long time and as such, has begun to fray at the edges and occasionally sag in the middle. It's starting to show it's age here and there, as all long running series inevitably do. That's why I was glad to see that we're finally starting to get some of the various plot points resolved that were brought up volumes ago. Most notably, the prophecy over Snow and Bigby's kids. Not a ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
On the wall in my hallway is a framed one-shot comic in which Ozma reads a poem to Ambrose.

This poem basically details the fates of all seven wolf children.

I really should look at this thing more often.

Had I bothered to look, maybe I would have remembered, and then maybe I wouldn't have been so shocked by the events in this story. I wouldn't feel so violated, perhaps.

This is not the Fables I have come to love.

Oh, is it not bad. In fact, the story is as usual, excellently written (toward the end,
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Remember the prophecy about the fate of the cubs (Snow and Bigby's seven children)?

The first child will be a king.
The second child a pauper.
The third will do an evil thing.
The fourth will die to stop her.
The fifth will be a hero bold.
The sixth will judge the rest.
The seventh lives to ages old, and is by heaven blessed.

We learned from the previous book that Winter became a king. In this book though, it was revealed that she'd grow up evil. Hayz, wag naman. Also, it was revealed who did an evil th
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The more I read of Fables, the more impressed I am...not just impressed, but humbled and awed. It may very well be the most well-plotted work of fiction I have ever read. Characters and themes from dozens of fairy tales, fables, and nursery rhymes are woven into an original, overarching plot in seamless, inventive, and unexpected ways. Every detail is extremely well thought out. Sometimes dark, sometimes fun, always full of profound psychological, philosophical, and moral insight and wisdom. The ...more
Carl Nelson
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
4.5 stars. Whimsically horrific and tragically noble at the same time. Probably my favorite Fables volume since Boy Blue. The two-parter with a Bigby Wolf backstory is interesting and well-illustrated with dark but clear pictures. The story of the cubs continues to be the richest vein in the series. This is one to reread and ponder.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Toyland, and broken toys in need of forgiveness. Fates and destinies. Great tale. If you have not yet started reading this series then you should.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This volume solely focuses on the cubs and Bigby. It is brutal and visceral and sad but that doesn't mean I didn't love it. The art (as usual) is amazing, the storytelling is brilliant and the plot is great. I don't like how some of the characters ended up at the end of the book but I don't alwasy get what I want. Even after 18 volumes this continues to be the best series ever written. I'm starting to slow down reading these because I realize I only have four left so I want to savor them as long ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I hated how gross this volume was. Just gore for the sake of it, no thanks.
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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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