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Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Four Hardcover – Feb 21 2012

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; De Luxe edition edition (Feb. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233907
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.8 x 28.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 880 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Petrick on March 5 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy this series.

Be careful however, this cover is from the not yet released Book 5 and the one shown for Book 4 is listed as the one for book 5
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By dakota flett-wapash TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 14 2014
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Bigby and Snow entered a really big story arc, but this doesn't focus on it too much (about only half of the book), the second of half of the book focuses on 1001 Nights of Snowfall, which really bored me and sometimes the art style was too realistic, which, when paired with the comic bubbles, looks terrible. The first half is really great. but the second half, nothing too note-worthy.
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The standard fables stories covered in this hardcover are okay, nothing to write home about. The original graphic novel 1001 nights of snowfall, which is included, was very disappointing, it didn't really feel like fables and it didn't add much to the continuity. Also, the paper is much thinner and waiver than it was in volume 1. Stop skimping on production values DC!
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By guillaume on Nov. 27 2014
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I have bought all the volumes of this series so far, great compilation and great print quality
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Keeping The Excellence Feb. 23 2012
By Bruno M - Published on
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Fables Deluxe Edition Vol. 4 reprints Fables #28 to 33 and the original graphic novel Fables: 1001 Nights Of Snowfall.

The first 2 issues are a tale of Bigby in his World War II combat days, a la Sgt. Rock. It's a great story that digs even deeper in an already wonderfully developed character. Pure gold.

Issues 30 to 33 tells a yearlong story (in the Fables continuity) that begins dealing with the aftermath of the previous volume and ends shaking the series status quo up. And it does it in both serious and excellent ways, making Fables move forward in exciting new directions. It's a truly heartbreaking, bittersweet story, full of character development, a department where Bill Whillingham shines like very few writers.

And then we have 1001 Nights Of Snowfall. Some people are (and will be) angry at Vertigo for reprinting this story, since it was originally published as a hardcover. I can totally understand that. But... personally, I'm just glad to see it included in the Deluxe series, as the original HC has a smaller (standard) trim size and I prefer to have all the Fables stories in this deluxe-oversized format. 1001 Nights features and ensemble of artists of the highest quality, including Brian Bolland, John Bolton, James Jean (yeah, doing interior artwork!), Michael Kaluta, Jill Thompson and Charles Vess among others. Willingham writing is, of course, top notch as usual.

Finally, the edition is great, just as the previous volumes. It keeps the quality of paper stock and printing and features a printed hardback under the dustjacket (unlike the rest of Vertigo and DC's hardcovers that are just plain black). It's a glued binding book, but I don't regard this as an issue since the book reads swell and there's no significant gutter loss. I highly recomend this series to ANY comic-book or literature enthusiast. This is a book of unique and universal appealing.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Lots of content, may be a disappointment... Feb. 24 2012
By Charles T. Pressley - Published on
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These Deluxe reprints of Fables have been a great (and fairly cost effective) way to collect the series and put some good looking swag up on your shelf. Typical Vertigo trades, at least in my opinion, are put out as economical and not-particularly-durable options for readers who didn't buy the individual issues. The Deluxe editions offer a serious, classy alternative without the huge markup normally inherent to hardcover omnibus editions.

Here's my one gripe. Half this collection already exists as a fine hardcover volume. 1001 Nights of Snowfall is an OGN not published within the "main" run of this Series. Frankly, I already own it, and buying it twice is ever so slightly frustrating. That said, it is "oversized" from its original printing, and is worth reading for fans of the series (actually, almost imperative). For those reasons it makes sense to have been included here, but feels like a waste of 100 pages.

As for the rest of the book, if you're a fan and intend to purchase these Deluxe Editions, there's actually little reason not to buy this one. If you're not a fan, but intend to read Fables for the first time in the fanciest way currently possible, the hardcovers are a perfect way to do it. And who knows, at the rate these are being printed you have a real hope of catching up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Absurdly creative Sept. 26 2013
By sergei kochkin - Published on
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This is an absurdly creative graphic novel equal in calibre to the works of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. The oversize deluxe edition with gorgeous dust cover is a fabulous way of reading this sweeping epic of fable fantasy for mature audiences, especially if you are a first time reader like me. When you consider the price of comics these days, this is a high value way of collecting this series since each edition has close to 10 comics and can be found on Amazon at about 40% of MSRP (or around $16 each + shipping). The comics are printed on high quality paper and the print quality is superb. The binding is glued which is not a problem given the size of the publication; it is of course problematic for the larger DC omnibus or absolute editions. Sometimes the comic is printed a little too close to the binding making it difficult to read, but these occurrences are rare. This a much high value product than the DC archives series which retails for $49.95 or higher. My only real complaint is the use of multiple artists on the same fable character across this epic. This normally would not be a problem if the artwork were equal across artists and if there was little variation in how the characters are portrayed. Some artwork is brilliant and some downright crude. Finally some of the stories are trite and should have been omitted. But overall we can ignore these disappointments. I definitely will collect the entire series.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1/2 a book for the full price Feb. 22 2012
By A. Korman - Published on
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As others may have noted, this edition is not a pure continuation of the series in hardback. Instead this title is 50% continuation from the 3rd deluxe edition and then the complete run of 1001 Nights of Snowfall. The Amazon summary seems to neglect thus. This is fairly disappointing as 1001 Nights of Snowfall was already in hardback, and I imagine, already purchased by most of the people who would buy this book. For those who are completionists, you're essentially getting hosed as you'll need this book to complete the series in hardback. Outside of that, this book is of the same quality as the previous deluxe editions.
Strange Compilation May 24 2013
By Art - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As others have pointed out, this book consists of one paperback volume (Volume 5 in the old paperback series) combined with the "1001 Nights of Snowfall" graphic novel.

There's nothing strictly "wrong" with including 1001 Nights as part of this series, but it is not part of the ongoing storyline, it doesn't have anything specifically to do with the events in this volume, and it wasn't published at the same time as these issues.

Also, of course, as others have pointed out, a lot of the potential "Deluxe" buyers probably the original hardcover release of "1001 Nights" already, so while the artwork in this edition is larger, it's otherwise a double-dip.

It seems like a strange choice for this volume since the other stories in this volume flow directly into the "Homelands" story that appears in the next volume.

There doesn't seem to be any specific reason to include it in this volume, except to "stretch out" the "Deluxe" series as long as possible. I think most fans expected to get two paperback volumes per "Deluxe" hardcover in this series, but here, we're up to Volume 4 of the hardcover series, and we've only covered the first five volumes of the original paperback series. The next two volumes after this only cover another three volumes of the original paperback series, so it seems clear that DC/Vertigo is milking the fan-favorite early volumes of "Fables" for every dime, concerned more about potentially selling one additional volume rather than giving fans any kind of value for money.

Combine that with DC's typical cheapness on hardcover editions (using glued bindings instead of sewn bindings), and this "Deluxe" series seems like a questionable value for money.

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