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Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill…

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

by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham (Illustrator)

Series: Fables (18)

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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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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 |

Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge | Task 38: A book that made you cry ( )
  Bodagirl | Nov 10, 2015 |
Tough to read parts of this one but good when it's finished. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | May 22, 2015 |
Description: For years, Snow White and Bigby Wolf's cubs have grown up knowing that one of them was destined for a much greater, more grave role amongst the Fables community. But no one knew how soon it would come.

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? FABLES VOL. 18: CUBS IN TOYLAND is the latest epic from New York Times best-selling author Bill Willingham's hit series FABLES, as the Bigby Wolf cubs learn that adventures in the land of misfit toys is much less fun than it sounds.

Thoughts: HOLY SMOKES! After a series of less than amazing volumes, Fables felt like it was coming back a bit in the last issue. This one brought it back WITH A VENGEANCE.

The prophesy from Fables, Vol 17: Inherit the Wind begins to play out in this one, with dark twists and dire consequences. Think the Island of Misfit Toys from the Rudolf movie was charming? Well, Toyland is NOT like that and these misfit toys have a much more sinister story. Therese is stolen away to become Queen but there was no preparing this reader for what was to come, even after 17 other volumes of twisted craziness.

Let me just say, this tale, like many before it, is not a carefree romp. It is dark. It is violent and disturbing. It's sad. But it's amazingly told and the pacing is actually spot on. It will break your heart while also impressing you to bits.

There is one chapter of regular Fables business that seems quite out of place just alone, smack dab in the middle of this other story. I don't really understand why it's there or what it's setting up for the future. There is also a mostly unconnected story at the end, but that's pretty typical and this one was good.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this volume of my favorite (and yet so unpredictable) comic series.

Rating: 4.1

Liked: 4
Plot: 4.5
Characterization: 4
Writing: 4

http://www.librarything.com/topic/148412#3864215 ( )
  leahbird | Jan 17, 2015 |
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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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