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Fables, Vol. 11: War and Pieces (Fables #11)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  11,942 Ratings  ·  474 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 bulle ...more
Paperback, Trade, 192 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Vertigo (first published November 19th 2008)
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The Man In The Hat
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-other

As the Afterword in the book says itself, this is what we've been leading up to for 6 years.

THIS? THIS is what we've been leading up to for six years?

This ... damp squib?

The story was told through an omnipresent narrator with a prose style very much of "This happened, then this happened, then this happened, then this happened ... ". Which is about as exciting and dramatic as "A, B, C ...". There was no tension, there was very little drama.
The instant one of the characters said "OK,
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 mi
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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 wo
 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 pla
Mar 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
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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.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, fantasy
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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 atta
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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 wh
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-book-club
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!") i ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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 i ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 di ...more
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for airships, even if they are powered by flying carpets. This is finally the war between the Fables of mundy New York and Gepetto's multi-dimensional Empire. I can see why Willingham was nervous to finally give us this war. While his characters are great and small-group actions (like Cindarella's spy mission at the start of the book) are well presented. The bigger military portions seem badly forced though. It's all over a little too fast for my taste, but still a worthy addition t ...more
Harry Lawrence
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, comics-and-gns
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
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
For such an amazing lead-up to the final confrontation, this one was disappointing. (view spoiler) I'm still giving it three stars because the battles were still epic and awesome at points and I loved seeing the characters go to war but it's definitely a let-down for ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although perhaps not as thrilling as the Battle of Fabletown, or as emotional as the last ship out of the old kingdoms, this was a pretty satisfying end to the war against the Adversary. I worried for some of my old favorites, but in the end it was an unlikely character whose loss was the most affecting. And even though victory has been claimed, I have a sneaking suspicion that there's another shoe waiting to drop.
Sarah Hogman
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Wow.I consider this entry in the Fables series to be one of the strongest.The war between the Emperor and the residents of Fabletown really comes to a head.Sinbad plays a big part in this one as well as Prine Charming and Boy Blue.Filled with action and the final battle pits Bigby Wolf against the emperor in a brutal slugest.Lastly a important Fable character meets his untimely demise.
Mike Lay
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Decent war games, strange ending.
Amanda Elliott
Fables, why don't I like you anymore?

I'll continue to stick with you though, in hopes that I will one day enjoy you like I use to.
Jean Ramsay
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Every time I come back to Fables I wonder why I had gone away from it for so long. Outstanding story telling, unpredictable characterizations and beautiful art.
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great fables book.
Fables finally goes to war with the Adversary. This is pretty much the tie-in that everyone wants to know and now I am interested in seeing what happens afterwards.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I might be obsessed.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I liked it a lot.
Finally, just a few more volumes and I think I am done with this series.
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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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