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Fables, Vol. 14: Witches

(Fables (Collected Editions) #14)

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Toil and Trouble
In the wreckage that was once Fabletown, the sinister Mister Dark is building a web of fear and anger that threatens to ensnare any Fable that strays too close. Cut off from the Woodland building's business office and its trove of magical weapons, the exiled free Fables now must turn to their oldest and most powerful members
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Paperback, Trade, 192 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Vertigo
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
The Fables series is back on track after Volume 13 Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover, which was one of the first volumes in the series I didn't rate five stars in a long time. When I considered this book, I knew I was being extra-picky not to give it five stars. The story really is excellent, and some of the profound questions I've had about the Witches on the 13th Floor are starting to be answered. The reveal on Frau Totenkinder is deeper than I thought and was written so poetically. ...more
David
This was a great return to the old Fables style after the mediocre distraction of The Great Fables Crossover last volume. In fact, there was a lot in this book that is what I loved about this series in the first place. Previously minor characters suddenly rise in importance. Comic relief sidekicks take A Level of Badass. We get some background information about the Empire, old threads in the storyline we thought forgotten are brought back into play, and the main story arc moves forward (albeit ...more
Rizwan
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1
After the absolute epic disaster that was Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover and the somewhat underwhelming Fables, Vol. 12: The Dark Ages, oh how wonderfully relieving and refreshing it feels to rate another volume a most deserving 5 stars out of 5 stars again... HELL YES, Fables is back in business!
Sud666
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Fables Vol 14 follows up with a strong volume. The Empire has fallen, but terrible creatures kept in check by the Empire are now loose. Mr Dark has a foothold in the mundy world. He seeks to regain his full power so that he can feed on the teeth of any victims of his. Meanwhile, Baba Yaga is also on the loose and trying to find her way back to the normal world. But Bufkin the monkey heroically attempts to stop her, aided by the magical artifacts still trapped in the Fabletown business office ...more
Jonathan Terrington

This is perhaps the second strongest volume in the Fables series - that I have read - as it follows on from the introduction of Mr Dark (view spoiler). It is in general a grand reminder of what I find so appealing about these as graphic novels.

I tend to read different genres differently. To me I personally perceive graphic novels as in a slightly realm of fiction due to their unique combination of visual as well as written mediums. As
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Patrick
Another great volume. This is what makes Fables such a great story. Too bad Graphic Novels are so expensive or I would gladly buy the whole series to reread again.
Ritinha
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The shark is unjumped. Even Colin gets a cameo!
Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This one's mostly setting up for later arcs, but Bufkin's glorious triumph is worth a whole star all on its own.
Eclectisism Incarnate
Bufkin is the best.

Honestly, there was a lot in this one, and it was all fairly interesting (and let's face it, I love me some crazy-comic-urban-fantasy-with-talking-animals), but Bufkin just stole the show. Okay? Okay.


Like I said, Bufkin is the best.
A B
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Aside from the introduction of Ozma (sweet!) and a somewhat amusing but unexciting Bufkin sequence, there isn't much to this volume other than setting the stage for the next volume. Rose Red is still whinging, Gepetto is still a jerk, the Frog Prince is still saintly, etc. More like watching someone setting a table for a meal with the understanding that it's equally possible a Michelin 3 star restaurant or Taco Bell will be providing the food. In fact, the denouement of a bonus tale of a ...more
Mel Sunshine
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, comics
"You've managed to make an enemy of Bufkin, the monkey, once he decided he needed to destroy you, you were basically doomed."
"I've never heard of such a creature. What are his powers?"
"He reads. He reads everything."


This is one of my favorite lines in all the Fables volumes but it's not one of my favorite volumes of Fables.
Matt
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was pretty good. I feel that I may be rating it a bit higher than my enjoyment level will allow but it was so much better than the Crossover, which felt like a waste of time. The stories contained within are fun, particularly Bufkin’s. I am starting to grow tired of the side stories though. After 14 volumes now, it’s start to become old hat. Just give me the main story and be done with lol. There’s no need to push another 50 pages or so down our throats haha. But with all that being said, ...more
Natalie
Mr. Dark, you're such an a-hole.
Bufkin, you're the greatest flying (erm...formerly flying?) monkey ever.
Bigby, I miss you. Come back to me.

Always a good time when there is death, depression, a trial, dark magic, and a pregnancy - not necessarily in that order.

This one was not my favorite, but it still felt good to get back in the swing of things after that crossover/volume 13 crap. This was probably more of a 3.5, but I'm tired and crabby and giving it 3 Stars.
Bry
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Yet another awesome installment in the Fables universe! The collection of comics focused on The evolution of the circles of witches with Totenkinder's disappearance, issues happening in Haven, and the Dark Man continues plotting away and waiting for the Fables to come to him.

Definitely a good set up for some big future events!! Now to get my hands on #15!
Vincent Stoessel
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid! This was so good I have to retroactively lower my rating on the previous volume. All is forgiven and we can pretend The Great Fables Crossover never happened.
Helen White
Things are moving again. Big evil to be faced. The mirror and monkey are the unexpected heroes.
Eda Louise
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite volume in the series. Hail Frau Totenkinder!
Ricky
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tome-treasure
Such a special issue. Finished it exactly a year after I had shelved it.

After the disappointing elements (OK...to be fair, a series this big will have its ups and downs, and that is fine) in Fables #13: The Great Fables Crossover, this volume was deep and dark and engaging. It may not be too soon to say that this volume is among my ABSOLUTE favorites (even Rose redeemed herself...so, we know, it was Jack-o-No-Good all along in Fables vol #13, who should have been erased in the very first draft,
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Scott
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Mister Dark is still holding Fabletown and all of the Fables are at the Farm....so what to do?
Bring on the witches and warlocks who once occupied the 13th floor of the Woodland.
Who should lead? Totenkinder? Or Ozma? Could there be power struggles? (yes)

As always - the best art out there.
As always - the best characters out there.
The story - meh. Dragged a little, left a lot unresolved. I was a little disappointed.

Four stars.
Still the best set of graphic novels ever made and my highest possible
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Kris Ritchie
The opening arc was really great, did not care as much for the 2-issue King Ambrose back-up at the end.
Jonathan Maas
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Standalone tales from Bill Willingham tend to be his best, yet Fables, Vol. 14: Witches takes it to yet another level

I love Bill Willingham and his Fables tales, and have felt that his best tales are the ones that take a quick left turn, and aren't a direct part of the overarching saga.

This one is something like that - the Adversary is somewhat tamed, and a new villain arrives.

Regardless - it takes you in from the beginning - Willingham's series does not ever seem to run out of ideas - and it
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Fizzgig76
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it

Reprints Fables #86-93 (September 2009-May 2010). Mister Dark has taken over Fabletown and the Fables have fled to the Farm. Now the sorcerers of the Fables are trying to determine how to stop Dark and a battle is brewing between all the witches on how it should be done. Geppetto has returned and is trying to get the Fables of the Farm to revolt. Plus Bufkin wages a war against Baba Yaga in the wreckage of the Fabletown offices. Can the Boxers who originally trapped Mr. Dark stop him again?
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Karissa
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourteenth book in the Fables series and finally takes us back to the storyline started in book twelve. Finally we learn more about what Mister Dark is up to and what happened to Baba Yaga. It was very good installment in this series; I enjoyed it a lot.

The first part of the book goes through the history of Mister Dark and how he was trapped in the first place. Then we go to Fabletown where the witches are preparing to smackdown with Mister Dark. Ozma is trying to throw out Frau
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David Caldwell
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Issues 86 to 93 of the Fables series is collected in this 14th volume of the Fables graphic novels.

After the events of the Great Fables Crossover, we return to the regular Fables storyline. The magical Fables ramp up their preparations to face the Dark Man. But there is power struggles developing between Frau Totenkinder and Ozma. Geppetto is also on hand stirring up trouble.

There is also a backup story about Flycatcher in his first real challenge in dealing with his decision to mix Gobs into
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Bonnie
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Fables. It's so nice to have you back after the unsatisfying interlude that was Fables: The Great Fables Crossover. That was basically the Jack series with cameo appearances by Bigby and Snow. And the Jack series is far inferior to Fables.

One of the things I love most about Fables is that characters that seem like they're harmless/comic relief/side characters get to shine and show that they're way more badass than you'd ever given them credit for. This time it's Bufkin's (the flying
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Out of all the installments of the main series and the spin-offs, this HAS to be one of my absolute favorites! The title for this collection is more than appropriate, and I sincerely hope that Ozma's past is explored more in future issues so we can see how she is so powerful, and why she chooses to maintain such a youthful - even child-like - appearance.

One thing I was more than satisfied about was learning more about Frau Totenkinder. We learn more about her abilities and power, and a few
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Wealhtheow
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The Adversary has been defeated, but at great cost--not least, financial. With their usual magical sources of money tapped, the Fables are fast running out of money to fund all the things that keep them hidden from the mundanes. Frau Totenkinder vows to solve this problem, but meanwhile Ozma makes a play for her seat and Baba Yaga is freed from her magical prison. Despite the epic witches involved in this story, its all resolved in pretty anticlimactic ways.

In a short story that follows these
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J.M. Hushour
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
A damn sight better than the preceding story arc "The Great Fables Tossoffer". Indeed, if one simply ignores that entire floppy shenanigan, than "Witches" segues into one's literary lap quite nicely. Drawing out the Mister Dark (a bore, really) story arc even longer and with minuscule plot development, Willingham here focuses on the magic users of the former 13th floor and what they're planning to do about Mister Dark (who doesn't really do anything). Frau Totenkinder and Ozma are the only real ...more
Kathy Wheeler
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love the Fables graphics novels but I didn't particularly like this one. Through the entire series they've built Baba Yaga up to be very scary, yet the plotline with her, in this particular book, was just silly and I found that irritating. I hope that is not going to be the case with the Dark Man, since he's quite creepy now.

Oh and the baseball sideline story -- the authors would have made better use of that space to bring some resolution to the Dark Man plot.
alana
It's been awhile since I've read any Fables, and I'd forgotten about the little evil man, to be honest. However, spotlights are on both Frau Totenkinder and Buffkin -- two of my Fables favs -- so Witches was a fun read despite me being out of synch with the Fableverse. This volume briefly introduces the Boxers, a group of men who can capture magical beings. Two issues also take us back to Haven, Flycatcher, and goblins gone wild.
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