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Hi, I decided to do some homework and read some Fables before this game comes out. So far I've read the first three trades (arcs, really. The trades seem to do a great job of compiling storylines in easy to pick up morsels) and can say that I like it. There's another thread on this forum which breaks down every storyline and spoiler tags it all, bu I don't think that does a good job of answering one important question: What should we read?

Thus far, it's all good reading. My recommendation is for the first arc "Legends in Exile." This mystery manages to introduce the reader to the world of Fables and fit in a surprising amount of backstory.

What would you say is not only good reading, but important to the narrative/understanding the world/characters/whatever and recommend to others?

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  • I've only read the first five trades. Loving it so far. Still, I'd also recommend the first volume because it seems the plot is similar to the plot of TWAU. (Murder mystery, Bigby being a lead investigator)

    The further you get into the trades, one of the important things is Bigby and Snow's relationship. If you seem interested in this, I'd recommend reading volumes 2 and 5.

    Lots of important characters and plot points are introduced/developed in the second volume, namely being Rose as well as the introduction of the Farm, where non-human fables stay.

    Anyone who's read Wolves of the Heartland, it is recommended?

  • I heard negative things on the Wolves of the Heartland. Just looking at the forum for Fables and Amazon reviews kind of scared me. I will get it soon.

    Hands down, everyone should attempt to get the first volume. It's only 10$ on Amazon and introduces you to the characters! Try not to fall in love with some of them as the writers pulls a George Martin at times.

  • One of my friends suggested reading until the beginning of Jack of Fables, because they didn't think too kindly of the spinoff. I haven't read too far yet, so I can't say if I agree with them yet or not. I've only read part of the first trade, as well as a promo issue I got at NYCC last year (Signed by Bill Willingham and everything-- he also signed my Cinderella pin-up poster!).

    I'm really hoping to see a lot of the female characters, namely Snow White (mayor, Bigby's partner and love interest) and Cinderella (who is a spy in this series, I think). I really like how tough the women are, from what I've read.

  • @Master of Aeons said: What would you say is not only good reading, but important to the narrative/understanding the world/characters/whatever and recommend to others?



    Outside of the complete run, "Legends In Exile" & "Animal Farm" definitely, along with "1001 Nights of Snowfall" & "Peter & Max: A Fables Novel". My favourite run of issues to date is Volume 6: "Homelands".

    @Master of Aeons said: The further you get into the trades, one of the important things is Bigby and Snow's relationship. If you seem interested in this, I'd recommend reading volumes 2 and 5.

    Anyone who's read Wolves of the Heartland, it is recommended?

    Grab Volume 19: "Snow White", I think you'd like it. "Werewolves of the Heartland" has a bad reputation for some unknown reason to me - it's just different. I can see why someone expecting a traditional "Fables" story could be upset, but as a stand alone "story - story" I liked it.

    @Master of Aeons said: One of my friends suggested reading until the beginning of Jack of Fables, because they didn't think too kindly of the spinoff. I haven't read too far yet, so I can't say if I agree with them yet or not. I've only read part of the first trade, as well as a promo issue I got at NYCC last year (Signed by Bill Willingham and everything-- he also signed my Cinderella pin-up poster!).

    Yeah, I wasn't a fan of "Jack of Fables" either, but i wasn't a big fan of the character when he split from the main series - I actually like him in the series a lot more since "JoF" ended.

  • The fourth book "March of the Wooden Soldiers" is pretty solid too. Lots of action, if you thought the others were slow.

  • Update: I just read Homelands, which reveals the big bad and I don't like the series anymore. When I signed on, I thought this would be the story of something sinister and alien out to destroy the Fables. The Adversary, a figure that uses demihuman armies against the magical and civilized Fables, I assumed would be something similarly monstrous, maybe even Lovecraftian.

    So after reading Homelands, I don't want to read any more. The story isn't what I thought I was getting into. I recommend Homelands - Boy Blue's arc is awesome in this one - but I probably won't read any more after this.

  • @Master of Aeons said: Update: I just read Homelands, which reveals the big bad and I don't like the series anymore. When I signed on, I thought this would be the story of something sinister and alien out to destroy the Fables. The Adversary, a figure that uses demihuman armies against the magical and civilized Fables, I assumed would be something similarly monstrous, maybe even Lovecraftian.



    I thought the reveal of The Adversary was great - I didn't see it coming, and thought it was a great moment in the run.

    I would strongly encourage you to keep reading - like any good story, "Fables" begins an entirely new chapter.

  • @Master of Aeons said: Update: I just read Homelands, which reveals the big bad and I don't like the series anymore. When I signed on, I thought this would be the story of something sinister and alien out to destroy the Fables. The Adversary, a figure that uses demihuman armies against the magical and civilized Fables, I assumed would be something similarly monstrous, maybe even Lovecraftian.

    So after reading Homelands, I don't want to read any more. The story isn't what I thought I was getting into. I recommend Homelands - Boy Blue's arc is awesome in this one - but I probably won't read any more after this.



    Fun fact: The initial plan for the Adversary was to be Peter Pan. Ironically, Once Upon A Time decided to use that and now Fables probably won't use Peter Pan for anything now.

    Anyway, yes Fables decided to reveal what supposed to their only major villain early. Yes this villain isn't that monstrous (minus his attitude). In a sense, I believe he is still a villain just plotting his revenge. However, I promise you that after the war with the Adversary a lot will happen. If you want something sinister, I would skip to the Great Fables Crossover and Dark Ages. You might have some confusion but action packed and definitely more monstrous.

    There have been 3 other villains, one major and two minor. I believe there are plans to introduce a new one soon as a new arc is starting in July (next month is a one shot issue).

  • @holisk said: If you want something sinister, I would skip to the Great Fables Crossover and Dark Ages.



    Is Great Fables Crossover really worth reading? I've heard of it being more of a Jack of Fables book than an actual continuation of the story.

  • I only recommend it if someone wants to see life after the Adversary. It is kind of Jack of Fables but less Jack.

    However, if you are wary of Jack of Fables, I would start with the Dark Ages then.

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