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Fables, Vol. 22: Farewell

(Fables (Collected Editions) #22)

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It’s the final trade paperback volume of Fables! No, wait – it’s Fables 150, the grand finale of the best-selling, award-winning comic book series! And it’s also an original graphic novel in the tradition of Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall! Yes, it’s all this and more! Join us for 150 – that’s, right, 150! – pages of new stories starring your favorite Fables, all from the ...more
Paperback, Trade, 160 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Vertigo (first published June 23rd 2015)
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Sean Gibson
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(Pre-S (Get it? It’s like PS, but BEFORE the missive...I’M SO CLEVER!): I was fortunate enough to win a free (signed!) copy of this from the publisher in a GR giveaway…but, I had already purchased the book and read it prior to winning, and the subsequent bounty did nothing to affect this review. Huge thanks to the publisher, though, because that was awesome.)

(Pre-Pre-S: SPOILERS, people.)

(Pre-Pre-Pre-S: I am an unabashed fan of this series, and I’m pretty much just going to gush for the next sev
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Fables used to be one of my favorite graphic novel series, ever, right up there with The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes. I couldn't read the volumes fast enough.

And then the Geppetto storyline ended, and it was like the series didn't know what to do with itself anymore. It really felt like the heart and soul went out of it.

Reading the final volume, I wasn't sad that it was over. I was relieved. Because now I didn't have to read every new volume looking for that missing spark. I didn't h
‘In which many things are resolved to an extent that the gentlewomen and gentle men who’ve been privileged to bring you these tales in years past, and who proudly present this one today, can take the opportunity to wish you a fond, if somewhat troubling, farewell.’

Fables brought to life the fairy tale characters we all know and love, placing them in a modern setting and forcing them to tackle life in Fabletown. While it has been for the most part one large story about the ongoing conflict be
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At this point what else can be said about Fables, that hasn't been said? If you've gotten to volume 22, you probably love it as much as I do. The finale is something I'd come to expect from the series. You get your big battle at Fabletown, you get your resolution and little goodbyes to most of the main characters, and you get some new beginnings. ...more
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

So, here I was, expecting this big show down from the events that have been building over the last few installments, culminating in the gauntlet being downright thrown in the last book... and then fizzle. Total, complete and utter fizzle!

Goddamn, talk about anti-climactic.

And, yeah, I'm sure in time I could come around to the way of thinking that this was actually a better ending... Discretion is the better part of valor and whatnot... and how it showed maturity or something... but, I dunno,
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-fables
I'm not sure where to begin with this review. As someone who's read Fables since the first issue, (more than 10 years ago now!!) this is a bittersweet moment.

While the series overall was quite consistently good, I think there were time where the comic ebbed and flowed in terms of overall momentum and impetus. (For instance, I didn't much care for the "Darke Ages" storyline, but I absolutely think the "Island of Misfit Toys" arc more than made up for it.)

That said, I doubt there's any ending that
Simon Watts
Sep 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
God damn guys.
God damn.
This was unbelievably shitty, and left a empty hole of dissatisfied disappointment that only a series I've been invested in for the past 7 years can bring.

The final story-arc can be summarized as such.
Why is there drama?
Why is fate important now?

It's going to take some time to recover from this, I'm not even fucking kidding.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I remember when Sandman ended. It was a sad day for me, and I think Neil Gaiman recognized that it would be a sad day for a lot people. He let the story carry that mood, creating a bittersweet finale that let it speak for him, his readers, and all the people who worked together to make that series such a groundbreaking, popular, and well-liked series.

Now, I see Fables end with more pomp and circumstance than story, and I can't help but feel like Willingham tried too hard to make this an event. H
Jul 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
The last chapter in the story of the Fables was a huge disappointment. I've already used to the fact that Willingham has problems ending the arcs satisfyingly but this was even more anticlimatic than the the Adversary and Mr. Dark arcs.

The story - what little there is - jumps from place to place, from character to character without a shred of motivation or logic. Things just happens because they have to happen, some people fight because we want them to fight (but let's not show the fight) while
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a good series. The ending wrapped up very quickly it seemed. I think there should have been one more but that’s just being picky. I really enjoyed Fables and it’s now my second favorite graphic novel.
Michael Cairns
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-mature
Waaaaaahhh! I can't quite believe it's ended. I've been reading Fables for over 10 years and finally, it's done.
I'm sad to say I think it overstayed it's welcome a tiny bit. There were a couple of good points at which it could have stopped earlier, and finished more strongly. But having said that, I couldn't help enjoying this final comic because of the all the wrap up, which might not have had the same impact had the series not gone as long as it did.
Good points: The same as usual, really. Be
Aldo Haegemans
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Mixed bag of feelings! No ending would have been Good enough.... I would not have minded a bloody big war. But I get that way the story would never have fully truly ended. I think fables was at it’s best from issue 1-50 or 70 something and then it became very mixed with Some very Good to very mediocre storylines.
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't say anything about this. Not really. If you haven't read the rest of Fables, anything I say here won't make any sense anyway. And if you have read it, well - as a curly-haired sci-fi icon often says, spoilers!

So I'll just say this - everything gets wrapped up. You'll walk away knowing what happened, and why. And it's satisfying. Sad, but satisfying. I'll miss getting new issues.



Nailed it.

**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Oct 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In a way, this is a fitting end to Fables. The characters "resolve" the contrived conflict from the last arc by walking away and hoping it never comes up again, and the rest of the issue is just a series of ideas presented as endings with an afterword telling readers to fill in the holes themselves, because they're also the authors. Given Willingham's demonstrated inability to conclude an arc (see the mess that followed the introduction of Mr. Dark, for example), this is about as much as could b ...more
Heidi The Reader
I loved Fables for most of its run. I'm frustrated because I wanted the endings to be as epic as the stories and the only characters where they even approached that level of resolution was with Bigby and Snow. Everybody else, they received a one or two page treatment and that was it. The most glaring example of this was the wolf children. This cavalier treatment was mitigated somewhat in the full page spread of the family party, but still. Who was the guy with the universe written all over him h ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
...Not with a bang but with a drawn-out fart.

I used to love this book.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Big bad husbands, deadly sister rivals, puppet presidents, bluebird trolls
The long-running series Fables has finally come to an end. (Actually, it came to an end in 2015; I just finally got around to reading the last volume last night. Heh.)

I debated whether to give an overall rating for the series, or just for this final volume. I chose the latter. Fables ran as a monthly comic series for 13 years, and I have every one of the trade paperbacks. It has had its ups and downs — some storylines were truly epic, there were moments of greatness, heartbreak, and beautiful lo
Sepehr Karimi
Dec 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Well... What a disappointment this turned out to be! Fables started very interesting, fun, and enjoyable. But half way through the whole series, it just got lost. Stories and characters seemed off and forced. I don't know when this fall started but I can remember Mr dark story to be the first full disappointment for me. From then, the story just kept building huge anticipations and then ending it in the most simple and naive way possible. I felt cheated as a reader.
And then... Here comes Camelot
Nancy O'Toole
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Vol 22, Farewell finished up the long running (150 issues) comic book series Fables. The volume contains the final massive issue of the comic as well as several "Last" stories, which give us a final glimpse at many of the comic's many characters.

And the result... well it's kind of mixed. I can't just help but feel that Willingham phoned it in. The previous volume seemed a little rushed and underdeveloped but there was the feeling that it was building to something really interesting. Unfortunatel
توفيق عبد الرحيم
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
oh man its over :(
i didn't like the ending much even though its perfect
but i cant help but feel that this could have gone another way what if they avoided betting rose red and snow white against each other from the beginning and tried to get a different ending?
it somehow feels like they were preparing for a war that is going to happen when someone suddenly reminded them if snow white and rose red family is cursed that their daughters must fight to inherit the power then how come snow white has
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, vertigo, fantasy
I love Fables.

I love that the final issue 150 was also the tradepaperback graphic novel 22. It was well worth the wait.

Without giving away any spoilers, in a sense it was anticlimactic. And yet, for Fables, it's never about having these kind of climaxes like it's an action movie or something. It's about the charm, the logic of the world(s) at play, the creative descriptions of how it all works. The anticlimactic thing was perfect. Not to mention with all the very many "The Last ____ Story" there
I have mixed feelings about this ending to what was a great series. Personally, I thought the series sort of lost it's spark after issue 50. It had it's moment's after that issue, but I went from wanting to buy the single issues to the trades to just borrowing them from the library as they came out. I was wanting to see how the whole final story arc would resolve and it was very….anti-climatic. I did not have a problem with the solution, but it was written in a way that it comes as very rushed a ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do this weird thing when I really love a series (book or movie) that has come to an end. I just wait and wait and wait and wait and waaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiitttttttt to read/watch the last one. Take one of my favorite (total guilty pleasure) shows, Haven. I've been drawing out the last six episodes for about two years now. I still have the last episode to watch. I can't bring myself to do it.

I've been reading Vol. 22 of Fables for a little over two months. I've had less than thirty pages to go fo
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is a war coming between Rose Red and Snow White. And a final wrap up for many of the characters.

Storylines with war are not as interesting to me, and I was happy with how this ended. I enjoyed the wrap ups for many of the characters, particularly for Snow and Bigby’s cubs/kids. There was one text section in the middle, then more wrap-up text at the end by the author, which I quite enjoyed. As always, illustrations are quite nice and I’ve always loved the extra touch of the borders. The co
Quentin Wallace
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sad to see it finally end. I think after such an epic series, any finale is going to be a slight let down, but this was still a good volume. We had a conclusion of the main Rose Red vs. Snow White storyline, as well as numerous shorter stories letting us know what happened to many of the supporting characters. I read this series all in order after every volume was published, and I must say it was quite a series. Some of the other Vertigo series I've read (specifically 100 Bullets and Y The Last ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Hm. I’ve dedicated a good chunk of time reading the Fables series and, for the most part, was satisfied with most issues. After the Gepetto storyline, my love affair with the series dwindled. And now that I’ve read the final issue, all I can say is...meh. Without spoiling anything, it all kinda fizzled into nothing. Still, I found myself feeling sad saying goodby to these characters that were so well written and defined. It’s a shame that the series had to end the way it did, but I’m happy I wen ...more
I am both sad and disappointed by this last volume of the beloved Fables series. The former outweighs the latter, but not by much.

Most of the resolutions feel rushed, and a few are too open-ended to be proper resolutions, looking as if there's a window left open for continuations if the author or other hired artists ever felt like doing it. That's understandable, as most of those didn't need a conclusive The End. But the one that definitely did need one was the Snow White vs. Rose Red plot, whic
Chris Kelly
And so it ends. Fables ends much like it began with a pretty firm, meh.

I was impressed with neither the beginning nor the end of the series, but along the way there was some real brilliance - beautiful storytelling, great victories and losses, and cleverly imagined adventures. There were also some real moments where it felt like Willingham was just trying to meet a deadline and willing to throw in some really tired and lazy plot devices to finish off otherwise promising story arcs. I think in p
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**Warning: this text may contain spoilers** It's hard to know what to say in this review. I've been reading this series for years, and it's so weird that it's done! The five star rating is honestly because of the series as a whole, how much I have loved it and looked forward to it for so long.

While the story did wrap up, it felt anti-climatic. While I didn't want Snow and Rose to actually kill each other, the ending to their story seemed too easy almost. If you're going to go for it, then do 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 year ...more

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