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Fables, Vol. 11: War and Pieces

(Fables (Collected Editions) #11)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  13,220 ratings  ·  534 reviews
The final battle between the free Fables of the mundane world and the Empire occupying their former Homelands is about to begin, and the scrappy storybook heroes have already managed to even the odds considerably. With his previously unstoppable wooden soldiers neutralized, the Adversary is about to get his first taste of high technology in the form of steel-jacketed ...more
Paperback, Trade, 192 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Vertigo (first published November 19th 2008)
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This series is knocking it out of the park right now. This is the conclusion to the war of the fables, or so it looks like. This story was so satisfying. As in any war, there is much destruction and sadness, but wow. They had such a great idea for this. This series began 11 volumes ago with this war and it finally came to an end in this volume. I know there are at least 11 more volumes, so I wonder what the rest of the story is about. I’m just so impressed with this series and all the writing.

Bill Willingham's Fables is one of the few series I've stuck with since the beginning, and while it hasn't always maintained the quality and excitement of its best issues, it's been consistently entertaining without falling into too many predictable patterns, thanks to a single ongoing storyline that has dominated everything else: the war between Fabletown and the world-spanning magical empire of the Adversary.

In this trade paperback collection, the war comes to an end, which is an impressive
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite era of Fables. The culmination of what the series has been leading up to at this point, war with the Empire. I was a little surprised at how the war was handled, the story was much shorter than I expected. I did like the inventive ways that Fables mixed magic and modern weaponry. Mark Buckingham outdoes himself on the art with how he arms the animal Fables.
Jonathan Terrington

Just the other day I had a realisation in regards to a film which several people had curiously called a 'dumb film.' Then I read an article which pointed out that such a movie, judged linguistically may be seen as dumb. But the language of films, the article noted, extends beyond the dialogue or plot. It extends into the visual and therefore has a kind of visual intelligence. I would like to theorise that writing can be the same, that there are multiple types of ways to read a book.

One way I
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I have mad love for this series. I tried to stay away, take a long break, but it pulled me back. I'm a fairy tale addict and Willingham gets fairy tales and how to take them and give them a modern update without destroying the essence of what makes fairy tales so appealing.

I like that while Bigby and Snow are much loved and favored characters in this series, they take a back seat and we see the heroism and the complexity of other Fables. I love how the backstories of the characters come into
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, comics
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, that was rather anti-climatic. The Battle of Fabletown (Vol. 4) was far more exciting than this! It was still enjoyable but I was somewhat disappointed.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wow. Vol 11 doesn't hold back in terms of plot development and excitement. I enjoyed this "culmination" volume to the Fables story arc. The book is divided into two stories but more on that in a second.

The Fables and the Imperial forces are at a state of war. So Vol 11 starts with a two-fold preemptive strike against the Empire. The first part of the book deals with the covert side of the story. Cinderella is a truly impressive and badass covert operative. I really enjoyed her operation. Also
Mar 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Aldo Haegemans
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bit one-sided. There Still was allot of drama and it felt like it could’v changed out of nowhere. I’m curious What way the story Will go now.
Volume 11 of this Eisner-winning graphic novel collects issues # 70-75, and arrives at what Willingham had been working up to from the first issue of "Fables": Fabletown goes to war against the Adversary.

But, before the main event, the story arc "Kingdom Come"provides us with the last-minute war council among the leaders of Fabletown and also for Boy Blue's confession of love to Rose Red. We get a glimpse on the pseudo-transition of Fabletown government officials comes about in light on the
Wow! This volume was the War. It took 10 volumes to get to this point and it was great. A small part of me thought it could have been better planned but overall it was a great read. I can’t wait to read what happens next since the Adversary is no more but who knows...there’s always someone to fight.
Wing Kee
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really good read but written in a way with not a lot of actual action.

World: The art is amazing, there is simply not much else to say at this point about Buckingham’s art as it really does set the standard and the look of the world. The world building is amazing, this is the war, this has been building since issue one and this is the culmination of the idea of the Adversary and the Homeland and we finally have the pieces in place for it all come into play here.

Story: A wonderfully paced and
Mel Sunshine
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, comics
The pieces that the title refers to must be what happens to your heart after the events of this volume. War has a price and the price in this case is high.

I wasn't expecting to wind up liking a particular character as much as I did or how heavy my heart would feel when they were gone. I knew he had some hero in him as we'd seen tiny snippets of it in previous issues so I wasn't surprised as his insistence of doing what he did. I am surprised at this character's demise and it again reinforces
James DeSantis
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The war is here's okay?

So first we get the start of preparing for the war with boy blue. Then a super secret mission with our favorite spy. And then we have the war itself. This covers pretty much the start, middle, and end of the entire war.

Good: I liked the stuff with boy blue, the human moments with Bigsby, and the spy stuff. The rest?

Bad: Was kind of boring. The war didn't have any crazy fight scenes for me.

Overall this was a mehish volume. Probably one of the weaker ones so far.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, THAT was an AWESOME war. Also, I think I am in love with the badass Cindy. Just sayin’.
Kayla (onthefritz)
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, comics
The end of the great war, but not the series. This was good, but went as expected. Looking back at the earlier volumes, there was a lot more mystery and twists where the more recent ones were more straight forward.

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Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read in 2009, and I don't think I could have made a better choice. In War and Pieces, the war against the Adversary reaches it conclusion, and I found it very satisfying. The story starts out with Cinderella's clandestine mission to get the upper hand on the Empire; watching Cindy in super-spy mode made me wish she had her own spin-off. It would be just like Alias! And seeing Beauty's confused/enraged reaction to Cindy getting her own mission ("SHE-ONLY-SELLS-SHOES!") ...more
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the «Cindy mode XIII*» segment.

*the Franco-Belgian comic by Jean van Ham
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. And so ends an 11 volume arc. I'm both excited and nervous for the second half of the series. What can possibly come after?
Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Something that occurred to me while reading Fables is that comic book series (not graphic novels, necessarily) seem to be focused more on creating a structure by which many, many stories could be told. Usually, this is a character who can interact with several different situations (look at Superman, Batman, or even Swamp Thing), but with Fables, that structure is the premise itself, that the characters from fairy tales are all real, living in Manhattan, and waging war against the evil from their ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Oh my the war is here. Oh my the war is done. Okay, so the war started a long time ago, and we've been building for a very long time in a very close place, but I felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and smash something to bits. Where was the vaunted horror of the Empire and the Adversary? Maybe it is the horror of comparison to our own vaunted American Empire and how brittle it truly is? Whoops, I'll skip the rhetoric and instead contend that there was a lot missing, and I truly ...more
Brian Rogers
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
While this volume takes you only halfway through Fables comic run, to my mind it's really done here. Last volume was a high religious philosophical ending, while this volume is the gritty reality that has dominated the rest of the series. In the end, the Fabletown war comes to an end both by staying true to the concepts of the fairy tales, and then again by the subversion of them that was the series raison d'etre. And the endings are all good, all consistent, and all sound, with the subversion ...more
Harry Lawrence
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-and-gns, 2015
This is the moment that Fables has been leading up to from issue 1; the war between Fabletown and The Adversary.

I very much like the way this volume is set out. There are 3 issues leading up to the war (#71 & #72 were particularly good in my opinion) and then another 3 to cover the war itself. Whilst I was a little disappointed with the first issue of the war (#73), things quickly got better from there and this volume managed to pull itself back up to the standards I have come to expect from
Eric Leeson
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate confrontation that has been building since the beginning of the series happened! Lots of action! Both sad and funny! It is a joy to see how the mighty have fallen and a tyrant vanquished. But as foretold in the previous volumes, the Emperor always did what he did because of his desire for control and order (the ends justifying the means in his mind), so what chaos will arise from the power vacuum the Fables have created. We shall see.
J.M. Hushour
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Fables" is slated to end with issue #150 next year, so I was a little surprised that by this volume, mid-way through, we're already being treated to the giant, climactic battle between Fabletown and the Adversary. I'm not a little curious to see what happens next. The early end to this story arc feels rushed a bit, but the actual events themselves, no matter how choppy and distant, are a logical and entertaining way of rounding out a lot of character arcs. Some majors die, too!
Jonathan Maas
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Epic conclusion - or is it?

Regardless - incredible work. I prefer the more standalone titles, but still - this is great.
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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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