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A question to those who have already read the Fables novels...

posted by Hellowerewolf on - Viewed by 3.9K users

I own the first two but have not opened them as I know TWAU is a prequel. Well, I don't want to wait a year to finish the game just to start the books. My question is, am I better off waiting or does knowing the universe a little more add more depth to the game. Thanks.

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  • I think that knowing the universe definitely adds more depth to the game. I don't think that there's really any reason to wait. It's an amazing series and well worth the read. Actually, catching up on the series is the one thing that's made the wait between episodes one and two a little easier for me. The main "spoiler" that you gain from reading the books (as far as I can tell) has been discussed at length here on the forums ---->

  • Reading the books gives u much more insight and a love for the characters and once u understand the world u can understand the wolf among us much better and once u do that it does not ruin the prequel for u

  • Read them. The comics have absolutely no tie-in or mentions to the events of the game, as the game wasn't even thought of at the time of Fables' creation. However, if you have a sharp eye, you can spot a multitude of little easter eggs and nods to the comics throughout the game. It really does add a lot of depth to the characters you see on screen, and it's something to tide you over between episodes.

  • Besides the spoiler Zephyr mentioned, there's no reason not to read the comics from what I've seen. While waiting for the second episode of TWAU I've read the first 11 volumes of Fables (up to issue #75), and it's been interesting to see where the characters go.

    I do wonder if I'll experience playing Bigby differently now that I'm more familiar with his character, but as far as I can tell the options Telltale are giving are all broadly within character.

  • I'm reading the books now and I'm really enjoying them!

    :D

  • And If you want to know more about Bigby and read an amazing Fable comics read Werevolves of The Heartland. It was pretty epic almost made me cry.

  • I've read most issues up to #129 in a week waiting for Ep2.

    Although i find the occasional creeping in of Bill Willingham's political preferences disgusting (American Civil War is called "Northern War of Aggression, Blatant Pro-Life Abortion, Pro-Israelism, Conservative BS, Gallophobia, and much more).

    It think you should give them a go.

    • Sounds horrible.

      Is he also sexist, racist and homophobic?

    • How does the Pro-Israelism look there, BTW? Read just up to #27 already, I think, and while I read about aforementioned Pro-Israelism from Wikipedia beforehand, I just fail to realize how it makes any connection with Fables. (Other than possibility of some Fable giving rant.) So I wondered about it.

      • Bigby specifically is very pro-Israeli, going in so far as to support their...i'll stop here before a flame war starts.

        Whilst it wouldn't pose much of a problem on it's own, it's a very sensitive issue, especially to those who are Pro-Palestinian.

        • Oh, OK. Wasn't try to bait a flamewar. It just struck me as not-so-fitting.

          I get e.g. Bigby's being very much pro-life, as this was evident by his story with Snow. Moreover, while I certainly strongly disagree with Willingham ideologically, I get that it makes some sense for Fables to be pro-life (especially with wolf packs' instincts), conservative (hey!, they were around for a few hundred years!), etc. It was just that Israel that struck me entirely out of place.

          Now, with yours and shaggyrand responses, I know how it got here! Thanks! (Though it's a pity, as Fables are better as 'just a comic' as opposed to political statement.)

  • For everyone reading the comics for the first time read a wolf in the fold it's in the first collected edition it's the story of how bigby saved snow and rose and just about every other fable u have seen including faith, it also explains how bigby became the sheriff of fable town.

  • I've been reading Fables for about a week now. And frankly, I don't know... I loved TWAU without having any previous knowledge of Fables, and was able to play Bigby like I wanted to without any prior knowledge about his character. Apart from, you know, the whole big bad wolf thing.

    I heard Jack will be appearing in TWAU, normally I wouldn't know him - now I do, so if there's a surprise concerning him, I probably already see it coming. So in a way, I might've liked a clean slate more.

    That being said, I've gone nuts and read about fifty issues in a week time, once I managed to track them down in my country. The comics are excellent, and there's some thoroughly awesome characters besides Bigby who I'd be delighted to see in the game. I guess there's something to be said for either upside. Need to track down Wolf in the Fold however, not been able to find it so far.

    • Like I said before it does not hurt to read The comics, The wolf among us works as a standalone inside of the Fables world but if you do read the comics you get to learn about the characters and discover there individual histories and there united histories and you will most likely get a or a couple of favorite characters u will also fall in love with the world of Fables, reading the comics makes it a much better experience when playing the game like when u see a character that u like or some one talks about something that u can only understand if u have read the comics but most of all it gives you a much better understanding of the world like the way glamours,spells,how hard that fable is to kill or the way that they can come back to life, etc. for all the new readers do not forget to read the wolf in the fold, the great fables crossover, the unwritten fables. For any help please feel free to ps message me.

    • I don't know but the characters are so different from TWAU. For starters, Bigby isn't the redemptive type we see in the game but is actually an immense dickwad in the comics.

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