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nihilance
04-12-2007, 10:23 AM
My question is...should I start with the prequel 1001 Nights of Snowfall or should I start with the the first trade and read the prequel later in the run?

SteveZegers
04-12-2007, 10:26 AM
I'd wait for the hardcover. The introduction of characters in the regular book is perfect. You won't miss anything starting there. When you get to know them, you can read the hardcover, get a new little peek at them, and appreciate them a little bit more.

Either way though, it's a really great series.

PatrickA
04-12-2007, 10:27 AM
And it seems like it comes out every week too, which is nice.

KingMob
04-12-2007, 10:28 AM
boy blue is the shit.

bradical
04-12-2007, 10:29 AM
i'd read the first few collections first and read snowfall when you get to the arabian nights arc. you'd be safe either way, but it only serves to amplify snowfall when you already know the characters as they are now.

Kefky
04-12-2007, 10:30 AM
Just start with the regular trades. And you have no idea what you've been missing out on. It's great shit, probably the most consistent book in the market right now.

Changeling
04-12-2007, 10:38 AM
Love Fables. Read it now.

PatrickA
04-12-2007, 10:40 AM
Over on Millarworld someone started a thread about if you could only read one comic the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fables is the number one choice.

Generic Poster
04-12-2007, 10:41 AM
Do not read 1001 Nights until after you read the Arabian Fables arc. 1001 won't have the same impact otherwise.

nihilance
04-12-2007, 10:42 AM
Over on Millarworld someone started a thread about if you could only read one comic the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fables is the number one choice.

What were the others?

Thanks for the input everyone.

PatrickA
04-12-2007, 10:44 AM
What were the others?

Thanks for the input everyone.


It was a pretty wide spectrum of things after that, but I would say 60% of the people who answered said fables.

It's really top notch, and the stories are so varied in style and substance that it is never repetitive or boring.

nihilance
04-12-2007, 11:20 AM
It was a pretty wide spectrum of things after that, but I would say 60% of the people who answered said fables.

It's really top notch, and the stories are so varied in style and substance that it is never repetitive or boring.

I'm just afraid it might not be my cup of tea. Like I really don't enjoy Sandman, yet most say that's the best Vertigo series ever.

Bill Nolan
04-12-2007, 11:30 AM
I'm just afraid it might not be my cup of tea. Like I really don't enjoy Sandman, yet most say that's the best Vertigo series ever.

Well, Fables has the huge advantage of having consistent (and consistently good) art...

Criden
04-12-2007, 11:31 AM
I'm just afraid it might not be my cup of tea. Like I really don't enjoy Sandman, yet most say that's the best Vertigo series ever.

I don't like Sandman at all, but I love Fables. Also, you and I usually have similar tastes.

For the record, I'd read 1,001 Nights right between issue #55 (Christmas) and issue #56 (Father and Son Part 1).

The Hodag
04-12-2007, 12:29 PM
A) Definitely start with the first regular trade.

B) Fables is much, much more approachable than Sandman. Willignham doesn't seem to be shooting overtly for the literary peaks Gaiman was so much as just wanting to spin some great yarns.

The Roman Candle
04-12-2007, 01:00 PM
Just don't give up on it after the somewhat weak first trade. It gets really good right after that.

nihilance
04-12-2007, 01:09 PM
I don't like Sandman at all, but I love Fables. Also, you and I usually have similar tastes.

For the record, I'd read 1,001 Nights right between issue #55 (Christmas) and issue #56 (Father and Son Part 1).

Thanks Criden...that's the type of advice I needed to hear.

Generic Poster
04-12-2007, 01:12 PM
Just don't give up on it after the somewhat weak first trade. It gets really good right after that.

I was hooked from start. I thought the first trade was fantastic. It's a mystery, and it actually provides you all the clues you need to solve it.

That said, it does just keep getting better.

bradical
04-12-2007, 01:18 PM
I was hooked from start. I thought the first trade was fantastic. It's a mystery, and it actually provides you all the clues you need to solve it.

That said, it does just keep getting better.

really like the bigby prose piece at the end as well.

JHickman
04-12-2007, 01:20 PM
I was hooked from start. I thought the first trade was fantastic. It's a mystery, and it actually provides you all the clues you need to solve it.

That said, it does just keep getting better.

Yeah, but the book doesn't really hit it's stride until Buckingham comes in to do art.

Then it's just amazing.

The Hodag
04-12-2007, 01:24 PM
I was hooked from start. I thought the first trade was fantastic. It's a mystery, and it actually provides you all the clues you need to solve it.

That said, it does just keep getting better.

Right with ya. I've heard a fair number of folks who weren't wild about the first trade but got really into the series with the second, "Animal Farm", but I was pretty much onboard from the get-go. Hitting that second trade does begin to showcase the breadth of the series, though. If you read only the first one, you might think the series was strictly a fairy tale noir riff.

Generic Poster
04-12-2007, 01:28 PM
If you read only the first one, you might think the series was strictly a fairy tale noir riff.

Good point.

Bill?
04-12-2007, 01:33 PM
start with the first trade and go from there. it's teh awesome.

MelanieRose
04-12-2007, 01:56 PM
I have to echo the sentiments. It is truely my favorite comic I have ever read. Read it! Do it now! :)

Keith P.
04-12-2007, 01:59 PM
It's really good.

Favorite moment:

The fight between Frau Totenkinder and Baba Yaga



And Bluebeard looked like a gay porn star.

dEnny!
04-12-2007, 02:00 PM
My question is...should I start with the prequel 1001 Nights of Snowfall or should I start with the the first trade and read the prequel later in the run?

Don't start with 1,001 Nights of Snowfall.

UltimateFactor
04-12-2007, 02:20 PM
Good choice dude, and great reading. I just got into it myself a month and a half ago [got all the trades at a buy one, get one free sale except for the latest which I ordered from Amazon.] It's definitely some good stuff. Like many here said, it's very consistant with a dire minimum of filler stories you can live without, and even those are good in their own right.

The Hodag
04-12-2007, 02:33 PM
And Bluebeard looked like a gay porn star.

Anecdote:

Bluebeard was based visually on a guy I was vaguely acquainted with in Austin, TX. I forget the story behind it, but I think the guy was either a friend of Bill Willingham (who used to live here) or Bill Williams (also a pal of Bill's, also formerly - maybe currently - living in Austin.

And Bluebeard was a pretty good likeness of the dude, but I regret to say he didn't dress like a gay porn star.

johnny whiplash
04-12-2007, 02:57 PM
Right with ya. I've heard a fair number of folks who weren't wild about the first trade but got really into the series with the second, "Animal Farm", but I was pretty much onboard from the get-go. Hitting that second trade does begin to showcase the breadth of the series, though. If you read only the first one, you might think the series was strictly a fairy tale noir riff.

That was my experience. The first part anyway. I haven't gone back to the series yet, but will pick up the second trade this weekend. The first trade of 100 Bullets doesn't give a fair indication of where that series is going, so I figure the same may be true for Fables. That, and Fables was so hyped for me that anything other than complete euphoria was bound to be a disappointment.

Looking forward to trying again...

Eric Williams
04-12-2007, 03:04 PM
I got 1,001 Nights of Snowfall as a gift and REALLY enjoyed it. I'm also thinking of getting into the series - I've heard nothing but good things about it.

Howlett
04-12-2007, 03:46 PM
Definitely give it a shot man. It's an awesome book. Best on the stands in my opinion (though that probably means little to you :lol: ).

I'll second what others have said though. Don't read 1001 Snowfalls until after the Arabian arc. After the recent Christmas issue would be a good place to slip it in.

Hock
04-12-2007, 04:44 PM
boy blue is the shit.

Truth. Although Bigby is my favorite character, Boy Blu, and Flycatcher as well, are great characters. And Prince Charming, come to think about it, there are a lot of awesome characters.


I'm just afraid it might not be my cup of tea. Like I really don't enjoy Sandman, yet most say that's the best Vertigo series ever.

Anyone you can borrow the first two trades off of? Or maybe the library? I hate going through the library, but it's a good way to ensure you don't waste money.


Well, Fables has the huge advantage of having consistent (and consistently good) art...

I love the art, and it really fits nicely with the style of the book.


Right with ya. I've heard a fair number of folks who weren't wild about the first trade but got really into the series with the second, "Animal Farm", but I was pretty much onboard from the get-go. Hitting that second trade does begin to showcase the breadth of the series, though. If you read only the first one, you might think the series was strictly a fairy tale noir riff.

The second colume is where the books starts to hit it's stride, but the first arc is still good, and gives you a good introduction to a lot of the characters.


It's really good.

Favorite moment:

The fight between Frau Totenkinder and Baba Yaga



And Bluebeard looked like a gay porn star.

That was pretty awesome.

I'll take your word on that one.


Definitely give it a shot man. It's an awesome book. Best on the stands in my opinion (though that probably means little to you :lol: ).

I'll second what others have said though. Don't read 1001 Snowfalls until after the Arabian arc. After the recent Christmas issue would be a good place to slip it in.

And Bang-)!! Right in the ass.

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.

ERNIE_E
04-12-2007, 04:53 PM
The hardcover is like a tasty dessert after you've had the main course. Same with Jack of Fables which is also excellent but I think you need to get into the main title about 4 books in before the spinoffs really feel like reward-reads.

One of the top ten books being done right now.