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(Newsarama)   After 13 years and 150 issues, Bill Willingham is ending the greatest comic book series of the 21st century, Fables, as well as concluding its spinoff Fairest. Even fairy tales have to end sometime   (newsarama.com ) divider line
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2013-11-02 08:28:35 AM  
Every good story has to have an ending. Sure they might throw an epilogue out in a few years, but a good ending helps define what the story was all about.

/Plus they can sell "Essential" volumes in a few years like the Sandman series
 
2013-11-02 08:42:12 AM  
Well, thanks to Professor Schwartzman we now know that dogs and fax machines are saying the same thing!

/obscure?
 
2013-11-02 08:42:54 AM  
Bah! wrong article!
 
2013-11-02 08:45:20 AM  
Greatest? No, that would be Sandman. And I didn't think much of Fables, it seemed to me the characterizations of the Fables were arbitrary. Plus there was the poorly conceived Fabletown = Israel thing.
 
2013-11-02 08:50:01 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Greatest? No, that would be Sandman. And I didn't think much of Fables, it seemed to me the characterizations of the Fables were arbitrary. Plus there was the poorly conceived Fabletown = Israel thing.


Sandman ran from 89-96, aka the 20th century.

I haven't read Fables, maybe I should, but I couldn't miss a chance to be a pedant.

(Maybe you could make a case for Sandman since they just started the prequel series.)
 
2013-11-02 09:01:11 AM  
Pretty odd to make the decision right after the game comes out and it's getting some pretty good coverage and praise all around.  Would be a bit sad if they got a lot of new fans only to stop, unless they plan on working with Telltale on more games.
 
2013-11-02 09:09:31 AM  

bonkmeist: I haven't read Fables, maybe I should, but I couldn't miss a chance to be a pedant.


I got turned onto it by a buddy in college. It's definitely a series worth pursuing; I will be honest, though, I wait for the trade paperbacks to come out instead of hunting down the individual issues. And Willingham just released the Fables Encyclopedia.
 
2013-11-02 09:10:30 AM  
If only "Once Upon a Time" had even a tenth of "Fables'" quality and brilliance.
 
2013-11-02 09:57:05 AM  

Dhusk: If only "Once Upon a Time" had even a tenth of "Fables'" quality and brilliance.


I had hopes for the show, but that's not the audience that they were going for. I accept that, and good luck to them. They've got their first spin-off, and more power to them for finding their audience. I'm not really in that demographic, but I'm not going to begrudge folks for wanting to do their thing.

Even BSG, which I wasn't a fan of--because of the writing style, which got mired in the "twist of the week" sort of retconning that a LOT of series got caught up in to deliver faux-"mystery". Lost, Heroes, and a few other shows hopped on that bandwagon, and they lost me with it, because I prefer shows with much tightly woven plots, that aren't mining message boards to confound fans to "deliver." That was a case of really lazy writing, but they found their audience, and while I don't share their passion for the product--and it was product--if folks find their audience who is enthusiastic about it, good on them. I don't have to like the thing, to appreciate that some folks like what I don't.

I am looking forward to playing Fables: The Wolf Among Us with my daughter, because I love what Fables did to the genre, and what Vertigo does with the DC universe. She's old enough now that I am starting to slide books her way, and the Fables comics are certainly among the ones that I'm dropping on her. Because.
 
2013-11-02 10:43:48 AM  
Your headline sucks, Subby.

I mean, calling Fables the "greatest series of the 21st century" is so far off base, you might as well be calling Rob Liefeld the greatest comic book artist of the 20th century.

It's a damn good book, the last real Vertigo book still being published, and the book those shiatty network shows ripped off, but it's nowhere near "the greatest".

/Also, Sandman is nowhere near the greatest comic book series ever, you emo, goth, Gaiman fanboy twats. Go back to writing bad poetry, listening to My Chemical Romance, and stay away from comic books.
 
2013-11-02 10:59:43 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Greatest? No, that would be Sandman. And I didn't think much of Fables, it seemed to me the characterizations of the Fables were arbitrary. Plus there was the poorly conceived Fabletown = Israel thing.


Yeah, our LCBS owner has a huge boner for Fables, and gave me a couple of the trades for a few dollars off.  I didn't like it at all.  The characterizations were thing, and came from the Mark Millar school of writing (hey look, the Prince is a total asshole!) only without the profanity.  The plots were ... well, not really plots at all.  Just some characters getting together and biatching about things.  Some people doing some stuff, and so on.  It reminded me of a PG version of Raven Gregory's books: damn the writing, get Riding Hood in scantily-clad clothes!

It did have some interesting moments, but ... not greatest.  Not great.  Just ok.

\Y: The Last Man is up there, I would think
 
2013-11-02 11:07:47 AM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Tyrone Slothrop: Greatest? No, that would be Sandman. And I didn't think much of Fables, it seemed to me the characterizations of the Fables were arbitrary. Plus there was the poorly conceived Fabletown = Israel thing.

Yeah, our LCBS owner has a huge boner for Fables, and gave me a couple of the trades for a few dollars off.  I didn't like it at all.  The characterizations were thing, and came from the Mark Millar school of writing (hey look, the Prince is a total asshole!) only without the profanity.  The plots were ... well, not really plots at all.  Just some characters getting together and biatching about things.  Some people doing some stuff, and so on.  It reminded me of a PG version of Raven Gregory's books: damn the writing, get Riding Hood in scantily-clad clothes!

It did have some interesting moments, but ... not greatest.  Not great.  Just ok.

\Y: The Last Man is up there, I would think


Y: The Last Man would have been great except for the "I'm going to call a foreign agent (who is mentally unstable) to search for my son, who may be the last male on Earth, and think that when she finds him she'll return him to me" thing. I understand the need for an antagonist, but that was ridiculous.
 
2013-11-02 11:33:05 AM  
I don't really get all of the love for Sandman. I mean, the dialog approaches George Lucas levels of awkward and non-authentic. Unlike in a Hulk comic, the dialog is pretty important for this type of comic.
 
2013-11-02 11:36:05 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Tyrone Slothrop: Greatest? No, that would be Sandman. And I didn't think much of Fables, it seemed to me the characterizations of the Fables were arbitrary. Plus there was the poorly conceived Fabletown = Israel thing.

Yeah, our LCBS owner has a huge boner for Fables, and gave me a couple of the trades for a few dollars off.  I didn't like it at all.  The characterizations were thing, and came from the Mark Millar school of writing (hey look, the Prince is a total asshole!) only without the profanity.  The plots were ... well, not really plots at all.  Just some characters getting together and biatching about things.  Some people doing some stuff, and so on.  It reminded me of a PG version of Raven Gregory's books: damn the writing, get Riding Hood in scantily-clad clothes!

It did have some interesting moments, but ... not greatest.  Not great.  Just ok.

\Y: The Last Man is up there, I would think

Y: The Last Man would have been great except for the "I'm going to call a foreign agent (who is mentally unstable) to search for my son, who may be the last male on Earth, and think that when she finds him she'll return him to me" thing. I understand the need for an antagonist, but that was ridiculous.


Y: The Last Man came recommended to me by the local shop owner with the caveat along the lines that "The last 10% of it really sucks but the rest is totally great." I'd have to agree with that assessment. Loved the series to death until about halfway through the last book and it got pretty dumb towards the end. Lots of implausible explanations for major story points. I still recommend the series to friends because most of it really is great, I just give them that same warning.

I've read Sandman and Transmetropolitan (loved them both) and am looking for more comics in the same vein. Less people-in-underwear, more story-focused writing. What other recommendations would Fark make? Trade paperbacks preferred.
 
2013-11-02 11:43:50 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Your headline sucks, Subby.

I mean, calling Fables the "greatest series of the 21st century" is so far off base, you might as well be calling Rob Liefeld the greatest comic book artist of the 20th century.

It's a damn good book, the last real Vertigo book still being published, and the book those shiatty network shows ripped off, but it's nowhere near "the greatest".

/Also, Sandman is nowhere near the greatest comic book series ever, you emo, goth, Gaiman fanboy twats. Go back to writing bad poetry, listening to My Chemical Romance, and stay away from comic books.


so what, of the last 13 years, do you think compares?
 
2013-11-02 11:53:29 AM  

Soltris: Tyrone Slothrop: whizbangthedirtfarmer: Tyrone Slothrop: Greatest? No, that would be Sandman. And I didn't think much of Fables, it seemed to me the characterizations of the Fables were arbitrary. Plus there was the poorly conceived Fabletown = Israel thing.

Yeah, our LCBS owner has a huge boner for Fables, and gave me a couple of the trades for a few dollars off.  I didn't like it at all.  The characterizations were thing, and came from the Mark Millar school of writing (hey look, the Prince is a total asshole!) only without the profanity.  The plots were ... well, not really plots at all.  Just some characters getting together and biatching about things.  Some people doing some stuff, and so on.  It reminded me of a PG version of Raven Gregory's books: damn the writing, get Riding Hood in scantily-clad clothes!

It did have some interesting moments, but ... not greatest.  Not great.  Just ok.

\Y: The Last Man is up there, I would think

Y: The Last Man would have been great except for the "I'm going to call a foreign agent (who is mentally unstable) to search for my son, who may be the last male on Earth, and think that when she finds him she'll return him to me" thing. I understand the need for an antagonist, but that was ridiculous.

Y: The Last Man came recommended to me by the local shop owner with the caveat along the lines that "The last 10% of it really sucks but the rest is totally great." I'd have to agree with that assessment. Loved the series to death until about halfway through the last book and it got pretty dumb towards the end. Lots of implausible explanations for major story points. I still recommend the series to friends because most of it really is great, I just give them that same warning.

I've read Sandman and Transmetropolitan (loved them both) and am looking for more comics in the same vein. Less people-in-underwear, more story-focused writing. What other recommendations would Fark make? Trade paperbacks preferred.


Preacher, Resurrection Man (1997-1999 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Chase, Bloodhound, Ex Machina, DMZ, Chew, Animal Man (1988-1994 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Shade The Changing Man, Sandman Mystery Theater, Saucer Country, HERO (2002-2004 series, 22 issues), Hard Time...
 
2013-11-02 11:54:26 AM  
I like "Fables", but it really *should* have ended at issue 75.

They've just been squeezing the toothpaste tube since then. It's still entertaining, but it's pretty obvious the story that they wanted to tell ended with 75.

Bigby is a good character, though. Obviously inspired by Wolverine, but a much more thoughtful and interesting version of Wolverine, in my opinion.
 
2013-11-02 12:19:41 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Your headline sucks, Subby.

I mean, calling Fables the "greatest series of the 21st century" is so far off base, you might as well be calling Rob Liefeld the greatest comic book artist of the 20th century.

It's a damn good book, the last real Vertigo book still being published, and the book those shiatty network shows ripped off, but it's nowhere near "the greatest".

/Also, Sandman is nowhere near the greatest comic book series ever, you emo, goth, Gaiman fanboy twats. Go back to writing bad poetry, listening to My Chemical Romance, and stay away from comic books.


Well, they all can't be Fearless Defenders, so don't be all butthurt.
 
2013-11-02 12:44:17 PM  

Zombie DJ: FirstNationalBastard: Your headline sucks, Subby.

I mean, calling Fables the "greatest series of the 21st century" is so far off base, you might as well be calling Rob Liefeld the greatest comic book artist of the 20th century.

It's a damn good book, the last real Vertigo book still being published, and the book those shiatty network shows ripped off, but it's nowhere near "the greatest".

/Also, Sandman is nowhere near the greatest comic book series ever, you emo, goth, Gaiman fanboy twats. Go back to writing bad poetry, listening to My Chemical Romance, and stay away from comic books.

Well, they all can't be Fearless Defenders, so don't be all butthurt.


Actually, the funny thing about mentioning My Chemical Romance was that another book I would recommend to guy who posted a while back is Umbrella Academy, which was written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance.
 
2013-11-02 12:46:04 PM  
Fables is one of my all time favorite series and I've been collecting the trades since the beginning but I'm not sad that it is ending now. I have lost a great deal of enthusiasm over the last few years, not because Fables was being done poorly but because it seemed increasingly superfluous.

I find the idea of Willingham moving on to new ideas much more exciting than getting more Fables.
I love Bigby and company but Fables' sense of mystery and excitement of discovery is greatly diminished now that so many stories have been told.
 
2013-11-02 12:46:09 PM  
I still haven't caught up in Fables but I read all of Jack of Fables and it was probably my favorite comic book series (keep in mind I have not read very many). I always really enjoyed picking up on all the references to old myths and characters

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-02 12:50:09 PM  

realmolo: I like "Fables", but it really *should* have ended at issue 75.

They've just been squeezing the toothpaste tube since then. It's still entertaining, but it's pretty obvious the story that they wanted to tell ended with 75.

Bigby is a good character, though. Obviously inspired by Wolverine, but a much more thoughtful and interesting version of Wolverine, in my opinion.


I lasted until 100 then gave up for a while.  I picked up a couple of the collections a buddy had and was not impressed with anything.  Willingham and his team have a knack for coming up with interesting and "Wow, never thought of that" storylines, but somewhere lost the ability to conclude them properly.
 
2013-11-02 12:56:12 PM  
corky.net
 
2013-11-02 12:57:31 PM  
Moar oldschool Billyness.:

corky.net
 
2013-11-02 01:10:03 PM  
Soltris:
Y: The Last Man came recommended to me by the local shop owner with the caveat along the lines that "The last 10% of it really sucks but the rest is totally great.

From what I understand of that book, any ending other than "some nutterella finally gets a lucky shot in and takes the top of Y's head off, thus dooming the human race to extinction" would come across as wildly implausible.
 
2013-11-02 01:19:25 PM  
I'd love for Willingham to redo The Elementals.
 
2013-11-02 01:35:00 PM  
NOOOOOO!

My favorite comic of all time!!! I know it would end someday, but it is too soon.

/The newest issue left me in tears
//Need to go read the novel now
///Goodbye to Fabletown, the farm, Fabletown east, and everybody
 
2013-11-02 01:50:56 PM  
I read it up to issue 100.  I enjoyed the series, but it's pretty clear they kind of lost steam after issue 75.  Somebody told me it picks up again around issue 120 so maybe I'll get around to it someday.

It's funny to me that the series is ending now with 'The Wolf Among Us' game having just come out and getting the comic more attention.  I guess maybe it'll get people to buy the trades.

hubiestubert:
I am looking forward to playing Fables: The Wolf Among Us with my daughter, because I love what Fables did to the genre, and what Vertigo does with the DC universe. She's old enough now that I am starting to slide books her way, and the Fables comics are certainly among the ones that I'm dropping on her. Because.

Just be warned, the game is pretty adult-themed.  More so than the comic
 
2013-11-02 02:09:54 PM  

Soltris: I've read Sandman and Transmetropolitan (loved them both) and am looking for more comics in the same vein. Less people-in-underwear, more story-focused writing. What other recommendations would Fark make? Trade paperbacks preferred.


Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Mind the Gap, Revival, Morning Glories, and Locke and Key are all really good and have TPBs available. The Boys has people in underwear, but is mocking them. Sex Criminal just started but I really like it.
 
2013-11-02 02:16:25 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Soltris: I've read Sandman and Transmetropolitan (loved them both) and am looking for more comics in the same vein. Less people-in-underwear, more story-focused writing. What other recommendations would Fark make? Trade paperbacks preferred.

Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Mind the Gap, Revival, Morning Glories, and Locke and Key are all really good and have TPBs available. The Boys has people in underwear, but is mocking them. Sex Criminal just started but I really like it.


Funny, pretty much everything you mentioned is an Image book.

Just imagine, 10 years ago before Walking Dead launched, if you had told someone Vertigo would be a virtually dead imprint that no big name creators would dare take an idea to, while Image will be the home of some of the best comics on the market by a mix of big names and great new talent, people would have either laughed at you or seriously wondered about your sanity.
 
2013-11-02 02:35:41 PM  
I stopped buying Fables because Bill Willingham was douchey to me at a comic book convention. That being said, I was a huge fan prior to that. Fables was the only comic book from a DC imprint that I ever bought on a regular basis. I fully recommend torrenting and reading it, since I also think Willingham himself should be disqualified from ever having money again.
 
2013-11-02 02:46:46 PM  
I started playing the demo of The Wolf Among Us, which is based on Fables.

So far it's very "Hey, we need to remind you that this is based on a DC Vertigo comic" so every third word in the dialogue is "Fark".
 
2013-11-02 02:47:39 PM  
And you will all notice that the other suggestions are NOT underwear cop comics.  How I loathe those.

I forgot all about the agent in Y: The Last Man until Michone from Walking Dead showed up.

I stopped reading DMZ, whatever happened?  The story didn't seem sustainable.  I loved The Exterminators too but only have the first 3 books. Vertigo stuff is great.


img.fark.net
 
2013-11-02 02:49:06 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mad_Radhu: Soltris: I've read Sandman and Transmetropolitan (loved them both) and am looking for more comics in the same vein. Less people-in-underwear, more story-focused writing. What other recommendations would Fark make? Trade paperbacks preferred.

Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Mind the Gap, Revival, Morning Glories, and Locke and Key are all really good and have TPBs available. The Boys has people in underwear, but is mocking them. Sex Criminal just started but I really like it.

Funny, pretty much everything you mentioned is an Image book.

Just imagine, 10 years ago before Walking Dead launched, if you had told someone Vertigo would be a virtually dead imprint that no big name creators would dare take an idea to, while Image will be the home of some of the best comics on the market by a mix of big names and great new talent, people would have either laughed at you or seriously wondered about your sanity.


I know. I feel like an Image shill in comics threads, but just about all my monthly titles are from them. They are really on fire right now.
 
2013-11-02 03:11:04 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Preacher, Resurrection Man (1997-1999 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Chase, Bloodhound, Ex Machina, DMZ, Chew, Animal Man (1988-1994 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Shade The Changing Man, Sandman Mystery Theater, Saucer Country, HERO (2002-2004 series, 22 issues), Hard Time...


Thanks for the recommendations, that'll give me plenty to read over the holiday season. I forgot about Preacher, I've read that one too and it was fantastic.
 
2013-11-02 03:22:14 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Soltris: I've read Sandman and Transmetropolitan (loved them both) and am looking for more comics in the same vein. Less people-in-underwear, more story-focused writing. What other recommendations would Fark make? Trade paperbacks preferred.

Saga, The Manhattan Projects, Mind the Gap, Revival, Morning Glories, and Locke and Key are all really good and have TPBs available. The Boys has people in underwear, but is mocking them. Sex Criminal just started but I really like it.


Awesome, thank you. And thanks for reminding me of Saga, I took a quick flip through the first volume when a friend was showing it off and it looks like what I'd be into. I'll give Sex Criminals a try when I go in next too.
 
2013-11-02 03:37:26 PM  

Soltris: FirstNationalBastard: Preacher, Resurrection Man (1997-1999 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Chase, Bloodhound, Ex Machina, DMZ, Chew, Animal Man (1988-1994 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Shade The Changing Man, Sandman Mystery Theater, Saucer Country, HERO (2002-2004 series, 22 issues), Hard Time...

Thanks for the recommendations, that'll give me plenty to read over the holiday season. I forgot about Preacher, I've read that one too and it was fantastic.


If you liked Preacher, there's also Battlegrounds and Hitman from Garth Ennis.

Hitman does involve super powers, but not really. Battlegrounds is a WW2 book.

Also, Ennis did two runs on The Punisher. The first is more lighthearted and includes superhero crossovers (such as Wolverine being pummeled by the midget Mafia). The second run, the Punisher MAX run, has no super powers, and is just about Frank Castle, army trained killing machine.
 
2013-11-02 03:54:52 PM  

Soltris: FirstNationalBastard: Preacher, Resurrection Man (1997-1999 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Chase, Bloodhound, Ex Machina, DMZ, Chew, Animal Man (1988-1994 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Shade The Changing Man, Sandman Mystery Theater, Saucer Country, HERO (2002-2004 series, 22 issues), Hard Time...

Thanks for the recommendations, that'll give me plenty to read over the holiday season. I forgot about Preacher, I've read that one too and it was fantastic.


If you liked Preacher, you may want to check out The Boys. It's about a group on the CIA payroll who are charged with keeping superheroes in line, so you have people in underwear, but it is thoroughly mocking the traditional superhero comics. Garth Ennis from Preacher writes it, so it is incredibly twisted, and the art for the first half of the series is done by the artist from Transmet.
 
2013-11-02 04:01:55 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Soltris: FirstNationalBastard: Preacher, Resurrection Man (1997-1999 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Chase, Bloodhound, Ex Machina, DMZ, Chew, Animal Man (1988-1994 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Shade The Changing Man, Sandman Mystery Theater, Saucer Country, HERO (2002-2004 series, 22 issues), Hard Time...

Thanks for the recommendations, that'll give me plenty to read over the holiday season. I forgot about Preacher, I've read that one too and it was fantastic.

If you liked Preacher, you may want to check out The Boys. It's about a group on the CIA payroll who are charged with keeping superheroes in line, so you have people in underwear, but it is thoroughly mocking the traditional superhero comics. Garth Ennis from Preacher writes it, so it is incredibly twisted, and the art for the first half of the series is done by the artist from Transmet.


And the second half's art is from Russ Braun, who is a worthy follow-up to Darick Robertson, and who also did some art for Battlefields.

/The Boys also holds the distinction of being a book where the subject matter was so hardcore (in their opinion), DC Comics canceled the book after issue #6 and worked out a deal to give Garth Ennis back the publishing rights to it so he could take it to Dynamite and finish the book.
//Paul Levitz, while he was definitely a better head honcho that the idiots running DC now, sure was cautious at times. I mean, one little hamster gets a book canceled...
 
2013-11-02 05:23:58 PM  
Yup, I too can thoroughly recommend Locke & Key and Saga. I'm a readaholic and am on a comic book fixation at the moment so am getting a real kick out of this thread. So many good ideas.

I was friends with Steve Dillon, the artist for Preacher, for a while - nice guy but borderline alcoholic, and there's only so many 4am drinking sessions a man can put up with.
 
2013-11-02 06:08:03 PM  
Ah, yes, comic books. Literature for people with no imagination.
 
2013-11-02 07:01:36 PM  

aerojockey: Ah, yes, comic books. Literature for people with no imagination.


Ooh, look who's edgy!

You're more extreme than Rob Liefeld's pouches!
 
2013-11-02 08:08:44 PM  
I really, really, really liked Fables for a while, but I have to agree with the folks who say it ran its course a long time ago. I stopped reading around issue 110 or so, so it's not hugely fair of me to say that, but the fact that it completely lost my interest means something. Others that I think, overall, wound up being as good or better:

- Y The Last Man (as many have already said)
- Garth Ennis' second Punisher run, which rivals his run on Hellblazer for the "perfect handling of a character" award.
- Scalped
- Ex Machina

But the two I  really want to put on that list count only technically, as they both began in the late nineties but ended in the 21st century.

- Planetary
- Transmetropolitan

Both of those are freaking brilliant.
 
2013-11-02 08:46:10 PM  
I tried out the first Fables TPB. It was good, but not great. The "let's just tell everyone what happened" ending (where they even kept referencing that that was what they were doing) was just lazy.
 
2013-11-02 08:57:16 PM  

Bubblegum Tate: I read it up to issue 100.  I enjoyed the series, but it's pretty clear they kind of lost steam after issue 75.  Somebody told me it picks up again around issue 120 so maybe I'll get around to it someday.

It's funny to me that the series is ending now with 'The Wolf Among Us' game having just come out and getting the comic more attention.  I guess maybe it'll get people to buy the trades.

hubiestubert:
I am looking forward to playing Fables: The Wolf Among Us with my daughter, because I love what Fables did to the genre, and what Vertigo does with the DC universe. She's old enough now that I am starting to slide books her way, and the Fables comics are certainly among the ones that I'm dropping on her. Because.

Just be warned, the game is pretty adult-themed.  More so than the comic


Goddamn that game is good. Telltale is seriously knocking it out of the park since The Walking Dead became one of the best adventure games ever released.

You seriously have ice water running through your veins if the events of Episode 3 and 5 didn't leave you in a pit of abject horror and despair.
 
2013-11-02 09:15:30 PM  
Living under a rock as I have been since my college days, I remembered Willingham for Ironwood. If he'd kept that alive for 150 issues, it'd really have been something.
 
2013-11-02 09:39:34 PM  
Bedlam is my favorite book right now. Revival is good too.
 
2013-11-02 09:41:30 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mad_Radhu: Soltris: FirstNationalBastard: Preacher, Resurrection Man (1997-1999 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Chase, Bloodhound, Ex Machina, DMZ, Chew, Animal Man (1988-1994 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Shade The Changing Man, Sandman Mystery Theater, Saucer Country, HERO (2002-2004 series, 22 issues), Hard Time...

Thanks for the recommendations, that'll give me plenty to read over the holiday season. I forgot about Preacher, I've read that one too and it was fantastic.

If you liked Preacher, you may want to check out The Boys. It's about a group on the CIA payroll who are charged with keeping superheroes in line, so you have people in underwear, but it is thoroughly mocking the traditional superhero comics. Garth Ennis from Preacher writes it, so it is incredibly twisted, and the art for the first half of the series is done by the artist from Transmet.

And the second half's art is from Russ Braun, who is a worthy follow-up to Darick Robertson, and who also did some art for Battlefields.

/The Boys also holds the distinction of being a book where the subject matter was so hardcore (in their opinion), DC Comics canceled the book after issue #6 and worked out a deal to give Garth Ennis back the publishing rights to it so he could take it to Dynamite and finish the book.
//Paul Levitz, while he was definitely a better head honcho that the idiots running DC now, sure was cautious at times. I mean, one little hamster gets a book canceled...


Great. I just managed to repress the hamster in the butt scene. Thanks.
The capes in The Boys make the cast of Watchmen look like the goddamn Boy Scouts. Just a group of drug-addled, fame whoring, incompetent  borderline psychopaths. The pot shots taken at the X-Men and the JLA are hilarious.

I never thought I'd see anything more warped than Preacher....I was proven wrong.

The pot shots taken at the X-Men was hilarious.
 
2013-11-02 11:32:51 PM  

Soltris: FirstNationalBastard: Preacher, Resurrection Man (1997-1999 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Chase, Bloodhound, Ex Machina, DMZ, Chew, Animal Man (1988-1994 series, not the Nu52 shiat), Shade The Changing Man, Sandman Mystery Theater, Saucer Country, HERO (2002-2004 series, 22 issues), Hard Time...

Thanks for the recommendations, that'll give me plenty to read over the holiday season. I forgot about Preacher, I've read that one too and it was fantastic.


Saga & Axe Cop
 
2013-11-03 07:00:43 AM  
I haven't seen it mentioned yet, but "the unwritten" is really good too. I'd almost say it's a blend of Sandman and Fables.
 
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