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

posted by Hellowerewolf on - Viewed by 3.7K 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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  • 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.

  • I just finished reading "Fables: Legends In Exile" (Volume 1) on my iPad Air and it was great. You would be doing yourself a favor if you read the comics. They're awesome from what I've read so far.

  • Don't forget that this a prequel to the comics bigby might of saved all the fables from the homelands ,but bigby is still proving himself to all of them they are all waiting for him to turn back into the big bad wolf , bigby had held back his wolf side and nature for so long so when his eyes transform in front of faith and when bigby goes wolf-man in the bar this is really the first time in hundreds of years that he let go of his control, this case is what most likely cements the trust of all the fables and Snow White in him and this is why his attitude is so different in the comics because he no longer has to prove himself to them.

  • The comic is great. I think the trades are in book 19 or 20 right now. It gives you more insight on how the characters interact with each other. It does create a weird void knowing what happens to these characters latter, but it makes this game that much better too.

  • If you have them on hand by all means read them. In addition to being amazing they'll really enhance your appreciation of what telltale has done with the game.

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