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Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland (edition 2013)

by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham (Illustrator)

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Title:Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland
Authors:Bill Willingham
Other authors:Mark Buckingham (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (2013), Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, fractured fairy tale, graphic novels/trades, series

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Fables, Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham



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inwhich Willingham pauses to meditate on magic, myth, kingship, and the notion of destiny, casually re-inventing a number of fantastical worlds, including but not limited to his own, along the way, while airily rewriting some fairy tales and the heroes' journey with a stroke of the pen, as he sheds a little more light on the Big Bad Wolf's own journey, past, present, and future. ( )
  macha | Dec 22, 2016 |
Creepy toys, prophecies fulfilled, and an indulgent Bigby backstory. I didn't hate this volume, and I admire what it tried to do, but almost everything in the book felt out of place. ( )
  amazedemon | Oct 15, 2016 |
As much as I enjoyed the previous issue, I disliked this one.

I enjoy the lighter, fractured fairytale aspect of this series so I wasn’t prepared for the extremely dark turn that the series took in this volume. Perhaps this is an effort to modernize the series, but I personally prefer the charm of the earlier volumes to the bleakness in this one. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 4, 2016 |
Assuming that you have read all of the previous volumes (and if you haven't, why are you reading this?), this volume possessed one of the most tragic scenes in all of the Fable stories (that is, Boy Blue, in my personal opinion, being the hardest death to deal with; this volume was a very close second for emotional feedback).

This volume pretty much only focuses on the cubs, Therese and Dare the most; with a side story at the end about another piece of the Big Bad Wolf's (AKA Bigby)'s past. This is where the prophecy revealed in the previous volume quickly start playing out and we start to witness some intense events that will leave a permanent mark on everyone. The emotions played out can really strike in the core when the relationships between the sibling cubs start showing their true colors and how Dare finally interprets what being a "pack leader" truly means. In the end, punishments and/or rewards (depending on how some people choose to interpret) are accepted and it's just simply not a happy ending... just acceptable.

The wait for the next volume (Christmas?!) is going to be a bit painful as there are still SO MANY unanswered questions (which is why it makes this so damn good, they know how to pace and give you some... but keep away many). ( )
  ShayLRoss | Mar 16, 2016 |
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When Snow and Bigby's cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer, this red plastic boat magically takes her on a journey to a desolate place known as Toyland. Will Therese be their savior? Or their destroyer?

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