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Fables - Book Two

(Fables: The Deluxe Edition #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  4,505 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Bill Willingham's acclaimed series gets the deluxe treatment in this volume collecting issues #11-18 of the Eisner Award winning series, along with FABLES: THE LAST CASTLE. As Snow White recovers from a bullet to the brain, she and Bigby spend a lot of time in each other's company. But when they announce that they'll be vacationing together, all of Fabletown is shocked. Th ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 259 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Vertigo
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Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was just as good as the first time I read it. The first time I read them as single trade paperbacks and I loved them. I was so happy to finally get back into the world of fables and read more about the characters. If you haven't picked up this series then I would definitely recommend picking it up as soon as possible. ...more
I'm still pretty meh on these new deluxe editions...I say after reading only the second one.

Like Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1, re-reading this was much less enjoyable than reading those stories had been the first time around.
I'm still blaming Saga, Volume 4. It ruins everything.

There were some stories in here I still enjoyed. There were some I didn't.
And the Wolf Meets Snow And Her Sister story at the end of this volume, wasn't it illustrated when it first came out? Like, in comic format,
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-indy, comics
Bag O’ Bones. This American Jack story is a lot of fun. I would have much preferred to see these in the Jack of Fables series than what we got [7+/10].

Two-Part Caper. Another fun story, particularly for its intro of Briar Rose and for seeing a bunch of characters work together who we usually wouldn’t expect to. (I really miss Jack in the Fables comic!) Unlike the caper that kicks off Legends in Exile, this one feels important to the comic as a whole (though still a different sort of story than w
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
FIRST THOUGHTS: I just ship Snow and Bigby with my whole being, okay? Also, Boy Blue's story ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Solid sophomore effort, the second volume. A combination of some progression of the main plot (learning more about the Adversary or how far the Fables will go to protect their secret community in the mundy world), but a larger focus on world-building and character development of characters, such as Boy Blue, Jack of Tales, Prince Charming, and Bigby. The art remains very good, but the revolving cast of illustrators places an unnecessary burden on readers as characters look different in different ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2015, dutch
*4.25 stars
pretty fucking great.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-indies
Really good second volume, these next 10 issues don't go much into progressing the main plot rather than doing some world-building and character development of main and second protagonists. It was interesting, both the sub-plots of Boy Blue and Jack of Tales, the small scrpit at the end about Bigby's background was excellent.

Enjoying this series so far through and through. Only reason I didn't give the 5 out of 5 is the continuous change of illustrators. It'll take some time for me to oversee i
Feb 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla
An even more entertaining set of twisted tales than the first Deluxe Volume.

I am arriving very tardily upon understanding why the series is held in such high regard!

His intentions, gentle reader, were anything but honourable...
Having finished the second Deluxe installment in Fables, I can now safely say that I am 'into' this series. By which I not only mean that I am really enjoying it, but also, that I am immersed enough to really feel compelled to continue. The story lines in this second book are less coherent as a whole--although they do continue the overall plot arc--but they work really well to expand the scope of the world and give you great (and wonderfully tangential) background on a lot of the characters. Jac ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2015
This edition contains issues 11-18 (volume 3 - Storybook Love) of the series, as well as 'Fables: The Last Castle' and "A Wolf in the Fold'. A special introduction from the author is also included. There was not a single weak point in any of the tales within this fancy hardback. The collection of stories is of a good variety and I enjoyed them all very much.

'The Last Castle' is a graphic novel, whereas 'A Wolf in the Fold' is an illustrated short story - both provided an interesting look into t
Beth Anne
Nov 11, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022
The Last Castle?!? That one really got me. HATE a creepy pregnancy arc though
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, I was not completely taken with Jack of the Tales' story at the beginning of the book. Something about him puts me off, as I expect it's meant to. However, I really loved everything that followed it: Briar Rose - even if I thought even Bigby's "peaceful" resolution of the situation beyond creepy; Snow and Bigby's vacation - his wolf shape is gorgeous, and one of the panels showing the wolf and Snow sitting under a tree was my favorite of the whole collection; the Barleycorn brides story - ...more
Vlad Rusu
3.5/5 stars

This was great, if it isn't compared to the first volume. I enjoyed the hell out of it, but it was missing something, that something that made the story whole. This is the best I can explain it.

Finally, Goldilocks was dealt with. I've been waiting for this moment since 'Animal Farm', but I didn't even hope for such a gruesome, gory ending. Also, I thought this volume contains 10 issues, not 8, so I got a bit of a sneak peek on Red Riding Hood, and I'm HYPED for the next volume.
Amanda K
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I liked it, but half way through the style of the illustrations changed, the colors got a lot brighter, and the pictures became a lot less detailed. To me, that style didn't go as well with the story, it was too cartoony, I guess. ...more
Tommy Demsky
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The second volume starts with a story about Jack set in civil war, in which he gets outed as much more sinister as his 'rougeish' persona suggested before. It wasn't a bad story, just nothing too special. 2,5/5

The second story in this volume is a bit more interesting. It shows how the Fables deal with humans who found about their secrets and it provided a lot of characterization for some of the Fables, which was nice. 4/5

The longest story in this book - The Storybook Love - had some good moments
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series so far. I find it so entertaining to see all the fairytale & childhood characters brought into a more modern, contemporary setting. The noir spin on it just adds a layer of grit that I absolutely love.
Alex Sandom
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to get to these for years and glad I finally have. A collection of wonderful, dark takes on classic fables with an engaging overarching story. Excited to see where it goes! ...more
Feb 07, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storybook Love is 5 stars - I adore Bigby and Snow! However, the other side stories feel lack luster in comparison and the art is not as good as the gorgeous main story art.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not used to review graphic novels, but I'll try
This book contains of different stories, but all the characters are well-known fairy-tale characters.
They live in our world and have their own secret community and don't forget that there were not only good characters in fairy-tales. So they are actually trying to live (almost) normal live here, in our boring world. The first book was not so dark, but this one seems a bit hectic for me. I enjoyed Bigby&Snow White story though
Oh and I must say a
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Although I really enjoyed the second of these deluxe Fables editions, I wasn't as taken with the stories within this volume as I was with the first. Maybe because the novelty of the characters being real life and bitchy as hell has worn off? I don't know. However, as usual I'll break down the individual sections for y'all.

Bag o' Bones - 2 stars.

I'll be honest here, I just don't like Jack o' the Tales. I really don't. I find him self-centered, irritating, not that bright and just an all
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: moco-library
The only problem with reading comics in their original single-issue format is that, if you're like me and disorganized and somewhat absent-minded (and thus, the kind of person who finds Goodreads a godsend for its ability to help me keep track of what I've read and what I haven't,) a lot of times, you don't remember whether you've read this or that issue or arc, especially if your comic-reading heyday was also when you moved around a lot a/o had to put books in the rather dubious care of family ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
ok, I'm finding these entertaining enough. they're not knocking my socks off but they're better than sandman. I mean, sandman was more original but so damn pretentious. I may have liked the art in sandman better; the art in fables just seems pretty nondescript. I'm moving through them pretty quickly. ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Building on the previous volume we see the next steps in some plotting to take control of the Fables community and a fantastic retrospective tale of Little Boy Blue and why he plays the blues. There is also some background on the Wolf and why he likes Snow White that really developed his character and made me a fan.
Christina Pilkington
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars

I had always been curious why the fables had to leave their homeland and come to our world, so I was excited to learn that this volume would go into those details. I found it fascinating! There is so much more depth to this graphic novel series than I had expected, and it makes me eager to read the next volume in the series very soon.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book Two collects a couple of longer stories and three, shorter, standalone adventures.

The first story is a heist caper that's started when a newspaper reporter reveals that he's been watching the Fables community and thinks he's figured out their secret. He threatens to expose them, but when he presents his evidence to Bigby Wolf (hoping to get more details in an interview), it's clear that he's on the wrong track. He knows the community is immortal and has some kind of supernatural abilities,
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fables-unwritten
It's amazing how consistent Willingham is with these stories. Even the single-issue tales have a grand scope that sucks you into his thoroughly-imagined world. ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The second deluxe edition was great! Snow is now pregnant with Bigby ' s child or children. Can't wait to see how the next section works out. The first story wasn't that great. ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second deluxe edition of the Fables series collects a few short stories in the series as well as a longer story dealing with Bluebeard and his attempts to get rid of Snow and Wolf. We start with Bag o'Bones, a story about Jack, set during the American civil war. It's a fun piece showing off Jack in full trickster and shyster mode as he deserts from the Confederate army. From there, we return to the series 'present' as a journalist attempts to blackmail the Fables and the caper they get up to ...more
Joseph Born
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vertigo
This second deluxe oversized hardcover collects Fables 11-18 and a six page prose story titled A Wolf In the Fold. Bill Willingham continues his creative modern fairy-tale, this time focusing on expanding on his characters and worldbuilding while delivering a fun arc focused on Bigsby and Snow.

We get an issue which gives Jack some backstory, and is surprisingly quite enjoyable. Another issues details "the Barley Corn Brides" and is a solid read. The two issue arc about an overzealous journalist
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