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Fables, Vol. 19: Snow White

(Fables #19)

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With Castle Dark now back in the hands of the Fables, mysteries both young and old begin to challenge the residents of Fabletown.  Bigby and Stinky set off from Fabletown in Rose Red's blood-fueled sports car to track down the two abducted cubs.  Unfortunately for Snow White, besides suffering the trauma of having two of her cubs go missing, a long forgotten secret uncover ...more
Paperback, Trade, 168 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by Vertigo (first published July 1st 2013)
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Otherwyrld
Apr 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
This will be the last volume of Fables I will be reading, because I hated this one so much I never want to touch another one.

First the prologue story, which follows on what happened to Bufkin the flying monkey. The last time we saw him (3 volumes ago!), he was about to be hanged for treason in Oz, the land of his birth. I suspect the author must have heard all the complaints about not knowing what happened next, but instead of hearing them and giving us a proper story, he gave us this - once-upo
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Ramya (Idea Smith)
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Matthew Brady
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I think this volume confirms that I'm ready to stop buying this series (which means I'll still read it, of course, just to find out what happens to the various characters). It's just not really doing it for me, even though its events should be intriguing. There's just something about the nature of the threats that the characters face that seem kind of contrived, as if Bill Willingham is casting about for new stuff to cause them problems, but then also wrapping them up too quickly. Snow White hav ...more
David
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Murderous first husbands, monkeys with undersized girlfriends, Big Bad glassware
I'm way behind on this series - I haven't even finished reading the collected trade paperbacks I bought over a year ago.

Volume 19 in the venerable Fables series is showing its age. It's still a good series, but it's reached the point so many high concept series do - once you've gotten past the Unstoppable Enemy and existential threat with which you began the series, once you've continued and had your heroes face more existential threats, more epic battles against epic Big Bads, more huge revelat
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, comics
Keep ripping my heart out won't you? Gaw. Snow and Bigby, the pain, the pain. At least Bufkin ended well.
Craig
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even thought the subtitle this time is "Snow White," the first third or so of this volume is devoted to the story of Bufkin the flying monkey and Lily Barleycorn and how they eventually free Oz from the tyranny of the Nome King. Told in very brief, 2 and 3 page chapters, with sumptuous art, this is Fables at its best, telling a story filled with equal amounts of humor, horror, and emotion. I especially liked what happens to the two following their adventures in Oz. Even though they aren't suited ...more
Dramatica Darmody
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
The adventures of Bufkin were amusing but a bit too long, I was itching to get to the main story.
However, had I realized the main story was going to revolve around an insignificant nothing of character suddenly being this unstoppable force I wouldn't have been so eager.
I think what was even worse than everyone standing around being useless, was they kept being polite to him, as if what he was doing was a perfectly proper, normal circumstance.
At least Rose got a few digs in.
And, unlike on TV, I
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Tays
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well that was just astonishing. Having to see the Wolf family's side of things during the time where two of the cubs were at Toyland was surely great. Now, having Bigby dead as of the end of this volume just makes this whole storm of stories interesting, especially how it is with the Wolf family now. Granted I'm still curious as to what happens next now that Therese is back since most of this volume didn't try touching that yet. I cannot wait to get a start on the next volume now.
Bean
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
That was a hard ending to cope with.
StoryTellerShannon
There's a lot of tales to cover in this one, including the heroic tales of Bufkin, but the major focus is upon Snow White and her continued ordeals.

OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.
Marquise
For the first time, I feel that a "Fables" volome is a letdown... I didn't like the storyline and the new "villain," and on top of that it was so painful to let go of a third favourite character in a row...
Quentin Wallace
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a disturbing volume for a few reasons. First off it has the apparent death of a major character, and I say apparent because in this series death isn't always permanent. What was even worse though was the domestic abuse type story of Snow White and her first husband who imprisoned her and came across as the most disgusting villain in the history of this series, and there have been some really evil ones.

The Bufkin storyline was more lighthearted and a very entertaining story of Oz, but th
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Thomas
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I've heard through the grapevine that Fables will be ending its run with issue 150. While I've had a lot of fun with this series and seeing how Willingham has developed the idea of fairy tale characters come to life, living in our world, I have to say I'm glad that he's opting to end it. The series is still going strong, and Willingham has proven that he has enough ideas to keep it from becoming too stale, but there have been some re-hashing of old ideas that have popped up along the way. The re ...more
Meg
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I was a little confused when I picked this up and it said it was reprinting the same issues plus six more. It turns out that they removed the backup stories from the last book and printed them here, instead. I'm not totally sure how I feel about that. The backup stories wrap up Bufkin and Lily’s adventures (in Oz and elsewhere), and maybe would have broken up the flow of the story of Fables, Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland, which definitely had a darker tone. That said, the writers chose to put those s ...more
Karissa
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the nineteenth trade paperback in the Fables series. It was a good installment in this series and I enjoyed reading it. The 20th trade paperback in this series will be called Camelot and is scheduled to release July 2014.

The first set of chapters is about Bufkin helping Oz in their revolution. Then the majority of the book is the Snow White story arc. In Snow White, Snow White's first and original husband shows up. He is a very evil man with strong magic, and he is threatening Snow White
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Emily
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
What is it with Fables and Downton Abbey? Neither seems to be able to stop hammering away at my favorite characters. Even so, this volume still didn't match the extreme darkness of the last, and for that I am thankful. (view spoiler) ...more
Nancy Meservier
The nineteenth volume of Fables is divided into two storylines, the first 50 pages contain a story arc about Bufkin the winged monkey and his adventures in Oz. The rest of the book is taken up by the "Snow White" Arc. As I mentioned in my review of Inherit the Wind, I don't have much of a connection to the Oz books, so Bufkin's storyline doesn't really do all that much for me, besides provide some interesting dark humor. The Snow White storyline, while not the strongest in the series, was certai ...more
P. Kirby
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Bigby, no! Just...no.

Love the series, but lately the triangular shape of a shark fin, the harbinger of a toothy fish that gets jumped, has been popping up in the Fables waters. My sense is this: following the events with Mr. Dark, the writer lost story momentum, and is now just casting around aimlessly for a way to continue the series and make his editor happy.

The Bufkin storyline was too superficial, too cute and kiddy for this series, while Snow and Bigby's tried to be daring (Ooo, kill off a
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Sam Wescott
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
So, this one gets a three because I want to give the Buffkin story a two and the actual story a four.

Honestly, I enjoyed the Buffkin stuff back when it had to do with Baba Yaga, but I have haaaaaated the whole Oz story, so the first half of this issue was useless to me. I'm so glad that story is wrapped up, but god, it was boring and ugly and just bleh.

The actual story was much more interesting. The villain was somehow both surprising and not (I suspected that character for awhile, but not the
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Natalie
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I feel like a jerk when I don't care about Bufkin because I think he's amazing for a (sometimes) flying monkey. I just didn't care about a finality to his tale. This may have also been because so much of this volume was wasted spent in Oz with Bufkin and what I really wanted the most was the meat and potatoes (aka my beloved Bigby and Snow).

I don't know how to feel about this one. It felt a little scattered, a little disjointed, and a little too unlike my favorite volumes. I was underwhelmed, w
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توفيق عبد الرحيم
not as epic as last volume which i finished on 3 reading sessions in 2 days and it was even longer then this one
bufkin story even though its very good what was missing from it maybe linking it and making it relevant to the main story of fables it was worthy of a limited series outside of the main storyline i feel that it held me down and slowed me down this issue but great for him and Lilly how they have lived their lives together <3
as for the story of snow and her first husband also not as
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Marcela
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can tell the series is winding down a bit by this point, but it's strong as ever here.
Dani Shuping
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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In this collection, which collects issues ##124-129 plus its normal little extras like the covers for the series, focuses on Snow White. At the beginning of the collection we get the backup stories to previous issues, which show us what happens to Bufkin and his friends in the vast land of Oz. Back in the mortal world Castle Dark is now back in the hands of the Fables, but mysteries and secrets come to life, which threaten everything that they know. First Bigsby heads o
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jordan
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Snow White” is the nineteenth volume (!) in the main Fables series. Add in the many one off volumes and ancillary series that Bill Willingham has produced, now over more than a decade, and one cannot help but feel a certain awe at this author’s vast creative reservoirs. Like many readers who delight in each new volume of this epic series, I cannot but now see each as somewhat bittersweet knowing that it will cease publication sometime in 2015. These feelings are only deepened by the real power ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
This volume contains two stories - the first being a shorter story with the continuing adventures of Bufkin in Oz, which was an ok story, though I really didn't like the art.

The second is the titular story, and happens concurrently with the events of Fables, Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland. Bigby tags up with Stinky, much against his will, in order to try and track down the cubs. We see a bit of this, and travel through some interesting dimensions, but this is sort of just a side plot. The real focus i
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Dan
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
First let me say: "I can't believe Willingham is ending this series." This installment is not the last in the series, but it's coming soon... too soon. A while back, Fables lost a little bit of it's momentum -- it was as if Bill Willingham was at a loss as to how to proceed after the war with Geppetto. Since the last trade paperback collection (#18, Cubs in Toyland) the story got more focused and it seemed as if the story momentum was picking up again. Fables: Snow White (#19) continues that for ...more
Alicia
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
At this point, I'm reading Fables out of habit, determined to stick it out till the bitter end. This volume starts with the Oz shorts, which I think is a mistake, since they're not very interesting. Then we get to the meat of the story: a dude Snow White was betrothed to as a child has come to claim her, using the most rapey language/behavior possible without actually raping her. This storyline manages to be gross and boring at the same time, with Snow trapped and the villain basically twirling ...more
Cristhian
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Las cosas no se ven nada bien para Snow White:

Su hijo Darien está muerto.
Aparece Prince Brandish un Deus Ex Machina de proporciones épicas (con spells sacados de no sé dónde, con una espada con propiedades mágicas de otras 100 espadas) que la secuestra para cumplir una promesa. Esto culmina con una obligatoria pelea vs Bigby y a su vez con un desenlace imprevisto.
Reaparece Theresa entregando las malas noticias.
Fraser Sherman
One of the weakest in this series. Partly that's because of a plot twist I won't reveal; partly because the villain is such an arrogant dick he goes beyond "a villain you love to hate" to someone you just hate: He's as annoying as he is evil, the kind of annoying that makes me want to put the book down.
Andrea
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I just can't get enough of this series, though the last few volumes have broken my heart each time I've read them! I won't go into detail to spoil it for those who haven't read it, but I will say there's something about these characters that sticks with me long after the comic is finished. I am curious to see how this epic saga turns out---I just hope I can handle it.
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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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