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Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover

(Fables (Collected Editions) #13)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  7,950 ratings  ·  637 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
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Literally a crossover in that Jack Horner, Snow White, and Bigby trade not only books but artists as well. Kevin Thorn has realized he has the power to rewrite our world. Bigby and Snow White team up with the Jack of Fables supporting characters to go stop Thorn. The story is a culmination of a long running plotline from Jack of Fables. While really funny at times, it feels a bit too absurdist for the ongoing Fables story.
I feel like this volume was a reset, or a break in the momentum of the story in many ways. It seemed to be more about Jack Horner than what was really happening in Fabletown. We have that new evil presence that has taken up residence in NYC and no one knows much about him and nothing was done with him.

Rose Red is very depressed and she was punishing herself by sleeping with Jack Horner. I thought that was pretty amazing storytelling. I have heard people say they do just that too.

The series has
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
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
 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
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...
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
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.
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
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
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
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Vol 13 gives us a break from the story arc as we deal with issues in Fabletown, including a fight between Bigby and the Beast, and a somewhat clever "enemy" in the literary writer who can "change reality". Without any more spoilers there is not much to say. It's a good issue, but not to compare with the others. It seems like a break similar to what mangas do. The concept of the writer and the changes he was able to make were interesting. It is also a tongue in cheek "criticism" of this volume it ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
Who would have expected a crossover in the literal sense of the word? But that's just what we get as Jack goes to Fables and Bigby and Snow deal with his Literal problem. I quite enjoy the Jack at the Farm storyline, which is a good continuation of the current Fables storylines. However, the story of the war against Kevin ended up too stretched out, probably because of the inclusion of the Literals title. The metatextuality of the story is also delightful and often funny, though it's not somethi ...more
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
My guess is that money dictated this merging of the story lines in Bill Willingham"s (and Matt Sturges) Fables titles. While the ending was not wholly satisfying, Willingham's admitted use of a deus ex machina fits the tale. In addition, IMO, Willingham takes his shots at multiple generes of fiction through his use of the characters, the literals.
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.
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.
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
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Basic Plot: Jack has (as usual) stirred up trouble, and now a contingent of Fables and Literals must defeat a Literal with the power and will to destroy the entire world.

This volume collected the whole of a crossover series between the main Fables title and the spinoff Jack of Fables. The story was a lot of fun, and even though I haven't read Jack of Fables yet, I didn't feel entirely out of the loop. There were some things that I felt I might have understood more if I had read JoF, but it reall
M.M. Strawberry Library & 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 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
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.
Wing Kee
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The idea of the liberals is great but the ending left me very much annoyed at how very dues ex machina it was. Still worth a read.
May 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Zero stars. What an inane and unnecessary interruption to the story. I can't believe I actually read all of it and expected it to matter in any way.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tome-treasure
Y'know how often in a series you come across one of the ones that the author could have done without...this is one of those in FABLES series. I loved and enjoyed parts of it, but the annoying elements overshadowed that joy too often for me to recommend this volume with absolute confidence. Yet, you cannot have all the good stuff all the time, so go forth and read it (you never know you may feel different than I do).

2/5 because Jack and Rose annoyed me to the point of me (almost) tearing out the
Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I never liked Jack, and skipped most of his spinoff - but I feel that this one would've been quite the dull and unforgettable story even if I had liked him. We've come quite far down from the greatest and brightest heights of Fables.
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