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Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover

(Fables #13)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  7,406 ratings  ·  600 reviews
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When Fables Collide!
This is it - a story so grand, so epic in scale that no single series could contain it!

As the free Fables struggle to regroup following the destruction of their New York City stronghold, they are suddenly faced with a wholly new menace - one that threatens not only their adopted planet, but all of reality itself!
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Paperback, Trade, 224 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Vertigo
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Rae Ganci Hammers
Sep 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Total filler. You can skip this entire collection and will never know you missed anything in the series. Devastatingly over-done. All the high-brow, fourth-wall, metatextual reference stuff was - oh my god - so boring. This collection may have fulfilled some deep need in the authors to explore and comment on their re-writing of, well, most of the world's folk tradition. But for fans of the Fables series who enjoy it for its whimsy and clever story-telling - snore. To be honest, it was such a dep ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
This volume was OFFICIALLY THE WORST. Uhhh, just uhhhhh. For a while, I almost thought I would check out the Jack of Fables spin off, but this pretty much seals the deal on that never happening. Jack sucks. And it's not just that he's an unrepentant asshole (because I can love me some fictional unrepentant assholes), it's that he's a BORING asshole. His shtick gets old, fast. Jack is written for 12 year old boys, but not even cool 12 year old boys. The worst 12 year old boys. (Example of Jack pl ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fables completists
Two thirds of the way through this half-baked excuse for a story, Willingham makes one of the Page sisters remark, "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing." Sadly, this seems to have been the guiding principle of this installment in the once-brilliant Fables series. The Great Crossover is characterized by a bizarre combination of exaggeration and under-development. Some elements, such as the farcical humor of the Jack spin-off and irregular outpourings of gory violence, are present to such a de ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is the first Fables volume I have given less than five stars in a while. I think it was because I just don't like Jack. He annoys the heck out of me. Much of the dynamic I love about this series isn't there. While I have come to love the Fables even when Snow and Bigby aren't front and center, I just can't stand Jack. I wonder if I am the only way who feels that way. And many of the other characters I've come to know and love aren't in this volume enough for me.

I didn't feel as strong a c
Seizure Romero
I think the Jack of Fables series was losing readership (because Jack is an asshole and even the most hardcore fans are eventually going to tire of reading about a fictional asshole when there are so many actual assholes making life less enjoyable), so the Vertigo crew thought, "Hey! Fables is actually a great series, and since we can't admit we screwed up in flogging the dead horse that is the story of Jack, we *can* cross the two over and people will *have* to buy Jack's comics because, hey, l ...more
William Thomas
Sep 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
I followed Fables through this crossover in single-issue format and stopped as soon as this crossover was finished. This was the end of a brilliant series as far as I was concerned. I hnestly have no idea what Willingham was thinking, but this is far too campy, far too goofy to be considered in the same literary category as the previous 12 or so volumes. There isn't much to say about it. You'll read it anyway if you've been following the series, but don't expect it to feel anything like the Fabl ...more
Arielle Walker
I think it's probably the fact that I haven't read any Jack comics, but this one kinda lost me a little. The idea of the literals is interesting but I just felt that suddenly huge chunks of story around kevin thorn just got skipped (again, probably in the Jack stories) meaning I felt confused half the time. This wasn't fun. There were good bits though. I just... Maybe I'll come back to this another time, when I've read the other series...
Mel Sunshine
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2015

• Bigby's storyline was hilarious and gave me some genuine laugh out loud moments.
• Some days you're the bug, and other days you're the windshield. After reading this, I can firmly say that Jack is always the bug. What a cad, and not in the sexy way either.
• Not as good as the previous issues but solidly entertaining. The levity was nice after so much darkness.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Definitely not the usual five star Fables rating for this one. It was still very very good but the "crossover" between Fables and Jack also meant that we had different artists and an attempt to take the different feel of each book and have it meet in the middle. On some levels it worked but at the end of the day a compromise means a degradation in something.


I just really don't like Jack that much at this point. My feelings for him have changed over the years but this incarnation of Jack just
This was interesting right until the end. That DEX just killed the whole story.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much noise trying (and failing) to disguise the lack of truly good ideas post-jumping-the-shark.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: are you fucking kidding me!
Wow, I would've never guessed my one of the best-read series in recent times could've contained one of the WORST books I've read not only this year but in all my life as well! Holy shit was this book bad or what! Its a total incomprehensible incomparable mess where not only the reader didn't have any fucking idea what the fuck is going on whatsoever (apology for the swearing, but I'm seriously mad in red hot rage right now) the characters themselves didn't have any lick of an idea whats going on ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
I usually love Fables, and I absolutely loved "Peter and Max." But like other readers have mentioned, there's a reason why I stopped reading "Jack of Fables" - so to see it absorb the story so much without necessarily knowing much of the backstory was a little frustrating.

I surprised myself with how much I disliked this particular collection - I kept waiting for the action to get back to something interesting. Similarly, I couldn't muster any enthusiasm for Kevin Thorn or any of the Literals. I
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great number of people have seemed particularly grumpy about this one, especially since it largely pauses the storyline present in 12 (which is then resumed in 14) to follow the Jack of Fables series that broke off [rightly so] from the Fables universe. On one hand, I understand this, as having to wait for the continuation of plot can be annoying and it takes a while to fully understand the "Literals" plot line from Jack of Fables.

On the other hand, this story arc made me laugh out loud while
Feb 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one, which is appropriate given that it's a mix of Fables and Jack of Fables storylines. If you glance over the ratings I've given each of those series, it's pretty obvious that I prefer the main Fables books over the Jack spinoff. The purpose of the crossover was to bring the main Fables characters into the Literals drama, and I was disappointed that the dark villain storyline from Fables almost ground to a halt while all the Literals took over. In the end, I do ...more
This was a filler and completely unnecessary. Take my advice and go from volume 12 to 14 and you would have missed nothing.

Jack was my favorite fairy tale character growing up but this series makes you hate him. Same with Peter Pan. I love Peter but so many spin offs portray him as a villain. All my favorites are branded as bad guys lol.
Kind of falling out of love with the Fables series now, and this collection assembles the big crossover with the Jack spin-off series (which I didn't read past the first couple of trade paperback collections, because Jack is just such a prick.) So, basically this large story arc is a "time-out" from the large one set up in the previous volume with the new Big Bad, Mister Dark, who barely appears at all here. Instead, Jack comes to the Farm to warn the Fables about a new threat to the entire worl ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
This was completely terrible.

The "crossover event" is strewn across a few issues of Fables, a few of its spinoff Jack of Fables (so that's where that character went,) and three issues of a new comic called Literals. It is all terrible.

I honestly can't remember if Jack was such a fucking dick when he was in Fables way back when, but he sure is a dick now and I have no interest in watching him treat people like shit over and over again. Stay in your own book, thanks.

And the characters he brings wi
Guy Gonzalez
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fables is one of the few comics that survived the Great Pull List Purge a couple of years ago, and it's been consistently great since halfway through Volume 3. Volume 13: The Great Fables Crossover is the closest Willingham has come to a misstep, pre-empting an intriguing new storyline while reversing one of the best editorial decisions he ever made in jettisoning the obnoxious Jack from the main series into his own title.

It's the first volume that could be considered for hardcore fans only (aka
Matt Garcia
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad. The artwork and writing were fine but it felt like that was made just to pump out another Fables story arc. It's not bad but it was completely unnecessary and added nothing to the Fables universe other than another storyline.
Orrin Grey
May 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I really am a fan of Fables, in spite of how it would appear by looking over my Goodreads history to this point, but I absolutely hated The Great Fables Crossover. I didn't enjoy the Jack of Fables spin-off series much, and so didn't follow it past the first volume, which left me a little lost when this one started up. That said, I don't think I would have liked it anyway. It was more than a little too meta for my tastes, and I didn't like Kevin Thorn or most of the Literals. I'm not a big fan o ...more
Quentin Wallace
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This Crossover was better than I was expecting. The whole "Literals" thing is still confusing, but I understood enough of what was going on to make this a good read. The every existence of the universe is at stake, and the Fables and the Literals have to band together in order to save everything. There are some funny moments, some pretty scary moments too, and overall a very entertaining crossover.
Jamie Connolly
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This book got a bad rap. It’s more of a side story than a main one. It takes us away from what’s going on with fabletown and the farm and put everything on hold. It’s a brand new plot from beginning to end. Then the next volume picks up where vol 12 left off with the death of boy blue! You can skip this if you want but why would you want? 4 stars.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very creative! Loved it!
Janine Roos
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
A somewhat okay idea with a terrible execution. Next time it sounds like a decent idea to put Jack into anything whatsoever: Don't.
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
I haven't loved Fables nearly as much since War and Pieces ended and, essentially, everything changed. I'm usually not one to complain about change but, in this case, I am. While I still get bits of what I have enjoyed from Fables (reinvention of familiar characters in compelling ways, fairy tale stories retold through contemporary lenses, maturity, wit, and humor), it's not nearly as consistent and engrossing. This collection continues that trend.

The first challenge is that it's much more of a
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

First thing I couldn't help but notice was that a-zon dot com has an average rating of three for this and that means there must be quite a few unhappy reviews out there. I won't read any until I'm done my own review, but what can I say. I love Fables! I guess I'm a pushover and not that hard to please because I thought this issue was great; the only storyline I don't like is the one of Rose Red. Otherwise, this volume felt special and the balloons on the co
It was fun, which is what the Jack series is supposed to be. It was a decent wrap of the Jack/literals story, but just a side jaunt for the Fables tale. I don't really see why adding the main Fables to the literals story made it any better, to tell you the truth, it was just a marketing ploy more than substantive. Snow looking surprised while Bigby changed into odd shapes for a few pages wasn't quite as entertaining as the author probably thought it was. Although Jack teaching the cubs to play p ...more
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
I was really enjoying this book. It was a nice and thick volume - more pages are better! I enjoye3d reading about the Literals and the Genres, and Thorn's struggle with his writing. There's a lot of cool stuff in here. I enjoyed the myth of Boy Blue and the cult that started around him as well as the introduction of the Genres.

I was prepared to give this book five stars... if not for the disappointing ending. The first deus ex machina (Bigby Wolf jumping into the throng of Genres and dealing wit
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hardcore fans of Fables; Jack of Fables readers
If you read the Jack of Fables series along with Fables, make sure you read #6 Jack of Fables, Vol. 6: The Big Book of War prior to reading this volume. If you don't read the Jack series, then all you need to know is that you'll finally learn who the minor character Kevin Thorne really is.

Once again, everyone's least favorite character gets in the way of the beloved Fables and somewhat interesting Literals. Snow White and Bigby team up with Jack and the Literals to prevent Kevin from rewriting t
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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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