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Fables Deluxe Edition HC Vol 03 [Hardcover]

Tony Akins , Jimmy Palmiotti , Steve Leialoha , Mark Buckingham , Bill Willingham
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17 Aug 2011 Fables
When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly reappears in these stories from issues #19-27, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells espionage and subversion. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? On sale AUGUST 10 - 232 pg, FC, $29.99 US - Mature Readers

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe ed edition (17 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230975
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 19.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 19 May 2014
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Excellent story, high quality book, up to par with the ones I buy from the comic book store at about half the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fables 8 May 2014
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I have gotten into the fables stories since WOLF AMONG US came on the scene and I can't get enough. I would recommend this to anyone who likes graphic novels or comic books. One of the best purchases of the year for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars graphic novel 17 May 2013
By jayp
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Bought this for my hubby as he loves his graphic novels, he sometimes prefers to get the book with all the stories in one rather than the individual comics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar! 6 Sep 2011
By Axel - Published on Amazon.com
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As the last review indicates, this is a stellar collection of stories from one of the true masters of the artform still working today. The basic premise of the series has been covered by the previous reviewer, so I'll focus some quick comments on the contents of this volume. In "March of the Wooden Soldiers," an ally long thought dead with a strong romantic attachment to one of our more likeable characters makes a miraculous escape from the Homelands to seek sanctuary in Fabletown. Unbeknownst to the community, a group of dangerous minions of the "Adversary" have also escaped, and are heading straight for Fabletown, intent on its destruction.

Bigby Wolf, our suspicious and intrepid sheriff, senses something is amiss and goes on a dangerous mission to seek answers. In his absence, the Adversary's unbeatable army launches an all out assault, while our beloved heroes seem powerless to stop it, and are betrayed from within.

On its face, it would be easy to assume that the conceit of Fables - mythical characters living in the real world - would be so ridiculous as to be easily dismissed. You'd be very wrong. The writing by Bill Willingham here is some of the strongest he's ever done in his long, distinguished career, and the characters leap off the page in a way that, surprisingly, makes them seem quite flesh and blood indeed. One of the more intriguing aspects of the series is the way Willingham's writing inverts traditional expectations normally associated with fairytales on their head, by having the characters display or discuss very human, sometimes crass, sometimes enobling, and sometimes quite mundane traits and issues. The contrast between the 'reality" of the so called 'real' or mundane world and our magical creatures, is often surprising and hilarious, while also grounding the series in a way that makes it incredibly relevant.

The artwork by Mark Buckingham is pitch perfect for the series, although a warning should be sounded for anyone looking for fine comic art. Bunckinham's pencils are competent and serve the series extremely well, managing to bring both a comic and realistic sensibility to the characters in just the right doses. In fact, the art is pretty good, but anyone expecting the fine and delicate pencils of traditional fantasy artists should leave those expectations at the door. Buckingham is creating a distinct visual language for Fables, and while I wouldn't want him anywhere near traditional superhero fare, I would probably be very sad indeed if he departed Fables for other shores. Together with Willingham, Buckingham is producing some of the finest comics currently being published today. In doing so, they are managing to make a sly if perhaps unintentional(?) post-modern commentary on the loss of innocence and general cynicism of western societies.

The quality of these deluxe editions are just right for the price, and are actually pretty good. My major complaint with them is that they should offer more issues per volume, and DC should publish them more frequently. Prior to this year, the good people at Dumb Company (DC) comics were only releasing one deluxe Fables volume per year. But considering how vital and strong this work is, I would think they would be anxious to release them at least twice yearly, as they smartly did with Ex Machina and Y The Last Man, two other excellent series. I see that volume 4 is already listed at being scheduled for February, so perhaps the folks at Dumb Company have come to their senses and realized that you can't keep a good series back and when you're producing good product, you need to highlight it properly.

I can't recommend Fables enough. I think anyone interested in good mature comics, Sandman, Starman, Y, Ex Machina, fantasy, who has fond memories of Beauty and the Beast with Ron Perlman, (lol), or is looking for non-superhero fare with a mature quality, should check Fables out. The tpbs will bring you up to date if you aren't too concerned about format, but the deluxe editions are worth the wait if you want something sturdier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdly creative 26 Sep 2013
By sergei kochkin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absurdly creative graphic novel equal in calibre to the works of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. The oversize deluxe edition with gorgeous dust cover is a fabulous way of reading this sweeping epic of fable fantasy for mature audiences, especially if you are a first time reader like me. When you consider the price of comics these days, this is a high value way of collecting this series since each edition has close to 10 comics and can be found on Amazon at about 40% of MSRP (or around $16 each + shipping). The comics are printed on high quality paper and the print quality is superb. The binding is glued which is not a problem given the size of the publication; it is of course problematic for the larger DC omnibus or absolute editions. Sometimes the comic is printed a little too close to the binding making it difficult to read, but these occurrences are rare. This a much high value product than the DC archives series which retails for $49.95 or higher. My only real complaint is the use of multiple artists on the same fable character across this epic. This normally would not be a problem if the artwork were equal across artists and if there was little variation in how the characters are portrayed. Some artwork is brilliant and some downright crude. Finally some of the stories are trite and should have been omitted. But overall we can ignore these disappointments. I definitely will collect the entire series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 30 Aug 2011
By Raven2827 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just starting reading the Fables series so I decided to go ahead and buy the 3 deluxe edition hardcover volumes. These volumes are excellently bound, with vibrant colors and top-notch artwork that more than does the series justice. The basic premise of the series is that the childhood fables that everyone knows and loves [snow white etc.] are actually real, and this story chronicles their existence in "our world" aka the normal world. The arcs are amazingly thought out and wonderfully written with great attention to the characters' emotional struggles and their triumphs. There is action, mystery, drama, romance [one of the best parts i think], and the story isn't convoluted with excess "garbage" much like what i've come to expect from basic DC and Marvel publications. I recommend this series to anyone and everyone [except for some younger individuals as some of the themes explored are a bit too mature i think [though that depends on the level of an individual's maturity]].
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Art Great Story 29 April 2014
By Vanessa - Published on Amazon.com
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I was originally introduced to Fables through the Play Station game The Wolf Among Us. I liked it so much that I wanted to read the comic. When I saw that there were special addition hard cover copies I jumped at the chance to get them. I always prefer hardcover books to paperback for two reasons. 1. They are far more durable, and 2. they just look cooler and more sophisticated. I absolutely love these books. The stories are amazing and the artwork is beautiful. There are funny moments and extremely dramatic moments in the stories that will keep readers hooked until the very end. I know I could not put this book down!
5.0 out of 5 stars What to say without spoiling it?!?!?!? 28 April 2014
By Edwin Malave Maldonado - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to get this is because you have read the other ones before.... And if you have read it and want to buy this one you shouldn't need a review, you have proven to be one smart SOB loving Fables as much as all of us mundies.... get your money ready because you know you will end up buying it anyway..... just keep repeating with me.....Fables Fables Fables Fables Fables Fables Fables Fables Fables Fables
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