Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights

Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights

Winner of Fourteen Eisner AwardsCulture ClashWith the identity of the Adversary finally revealed to the citizens of Fabletown, it's time to begin making preparations in earnest for the defense of their stronghold in the mundane world - and that means forging new alliances with whoever remains unconquered by the Adversary's legions. But the arrival in Fabletown of a...

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Title:Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights
Author:Bill Willingham
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Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights Reviews

  • Brent

    More great stuff from the (Vertigo) Fables team.

    Maybe some time I can read the end of these... What a well-crafted run of comics.

    Recommended.

  • Sud666

    Another excellent volume in the Fables series. The Arabian Fables have sent Sindbad as a visiting emissary to speak with the Western Fables about setting up a Fabletown East. Unfortunately there are some differences between the Arabian and Western Fables. The Arabians still keep slaves, which goes against the anti-slavery laws of Fabletown.

    Sindbad tries to emulate the Western Fables (Prince Charming and the former Mayor) and this causes his Vizier, Usuf, to think that Sinbad is becoming an

    Another excellent volume in the Fables series. The Arabian Fables have sent Sindbad as a visiting emissary to speak with the Western Fables about setting up a Fabletown East. Unfortunately there are some differences between the Arabian and Western Fables. The Arabians still keep slaves, which goes against the anti-slavery laws of Fabletown.

    Sindbad tries to emulate the Western Fables (Prince Charming and the former Mayor) and this causes his Vizier, Usuf, to think that Sinbad is becoming an infidel. Usuf summons a Djinn and gives it three commands. First to kill all the people who support Sinbad; second kill all the Fabletown leaders and third to grant Usuf a wealthy and powerful life. This might seem bad save that Frau Totenkinder knows what's going on. She changes Usuf's words to the Djinn and wreaks havoc with his plans and ends in his painful demise. But the former Mayor is made into the Ambassador to Arabian Fables.

    The second part of the story has to do with one of Gepetto's wooden soldiers. He falls in love with a wooden girl and requests that both be turned into flesh. Gepetto agrees but in return the two must carry out a mission for him. They are infiltrated into the Mundy world and now act as spies and occasional assassins for the Adversary. But spending time among Mundy's, and expecting a baby, they begin to question their future.

    As with the rest of these volumes, it is beautifully illustrated. A smooth, fast paced story. There are too many different subplots and stories to list in my review. That's why this is such a great series. The events play out over volumes and that gives it a grand scale. Still while this grand tale is being told Fables has a remarkable ability to make even the subplots and side stories (that may take up an issue or two) become some memorable moments. It is also becoming clear that even the little stories may have a large effect down the road. That is good writing. The addition of the Arabian fables is a cool idea. But as varied as this motley collection is by far, my most favorite character is Frau Totenkinder. She always seems this nice, old and frail grandmotherly type sitting in her rocking chair and knitting. This hides one of the most powerful, devious and skilled magic users in this world. Period. Her utter destruction of Baba Yaga was proof enough, but her brilliant ploy to destroy Usuf's plan was truly superb. Hats off to Frau Totenkinder a great character and one of my favorites in any series. Fables is a gem that I recommend to any one who is interested in good art, great writing and a large cast of characters.

  • James DeSantis

    Fables is finally clicking with me. This volume was filled with a lot of great moments.

    The stuff in fabletown is all about political affairs and the main thing is about a nation of people, Arabian, and how they will conflict with ideas that are placed in Fabletown. On the flipside we get a little bit more information on the farm, what's happening with snow white, red, and boy blue and of course the little kids. Last but not least we have a two issue story of one of Geppetto creations, or two of

    Fables is finally clicking with me. This volume was filled with a lot of great moments.

    The stuff in fabletown is all about political affairs and the main thing is about a nation of people, Arabian, and how they will conflict with ideas that are placed in Fabletown. On the flipside we get a little bit more information on the farm, what's happening with snow white, red, and boy blue and of course the little kids. Last but not least we have a two issue story of one of Geppetto creations, or two of them, falling in love and wanting to become human. It sounds silly but by the end...wow.

    Good: Loved the very end. It was powerful, scary, and well done. The fabletown political stuff was solid, interesting, and pretty entertaining. I also loved anything to do with Snow White's children as they are all interesting and fun.

    Bad: Not enough boy blue!

    Overall this was another great entry. While not AS good as the last it's still pretty damn high up there. I want more!

  • Patrick

    I really like how this series explores every perspective, both good and bad. It was interesting to see the Adversary start to conquer the Arabian Fable lands once all the European lands were conquered. It was cool to see all the Arabian characters and beasts that were introduced. What I really liked was near the end where the two wooden people fell in love and journeyed home to become real so they could start a family together. However a twist of fate makes them do the unthinkable.

  • Calista

    I love that Sinbad comes to visit Fable town and brings his Vizier and a Genni with him. I love the Arabian Nights and it's nice to see a little bit of that. It becomes a political thriller and Prince Charming actually makes some good decisions. The witch from Hansel and Gretel is pretty awesome in each story too. You don't want to cross her. She is powerful and read.

    The first 3 chapters about about the Arabian story line. The final chapters are about some wooden soldiers under the adversary.

    I love that Sinbad comes to visit Fable town and brings his Vizier and a Genni with him. I love the Arabian Nights and it's nice to see a little bit of that. It becomes a political thriller and Prince Charming actually makes some good decisions. The witch from Hansel and Gretel is pretty awesome in each story too. You don't want to cross her. She is powerful and read.

    The first 3 chapters about about the Arabian story line. The final chapters are about some wooden soldiers under the adversary. They have reached the Arabian party of the myth world and it is a fierce battle. We see why the soldiers are so good. The don't get a hurt being wood. I wasn't really into until until the end when we see what is going on.

    This continues to be a great, every expanding story. I really enjoy this one. I'll be going on.

  • Jason

    One of the weaker Fables trades so far. The Arabian Nights arc is good. As some reviewers have mentioned it did feel like it was praying on fears of the "scary" Arabs. I feel like it started that way, but didn't end that way. I thought it was a good example of showing that one person could ruin others impressions of an entire group. If you look back on the story it actually showed how a group of people can be different and still be good. Plus, you have to remember this is a book of FABLES. There

    One of the weaker Fables trades so far. The Arabian Nights arc is good. As some reviewers have mentioned it did feel like it was praying on fears of the "scary" Arabs. I feel like it started that way, but didn't end that way. I thought it was a good example of showing that one person could ruin others impressions of an entire group. If you look back on the story it actually showed how a group of people can be different and still be good. Plus, you have to remember this is a book of FABLES. There are many exaggerations placed in these stories to teach lessons. If you look at the original fables they were MUCH more violent then the watered down version most of us know today. Some of the American Fables actions (throughout all the stories) may have been questionable, but I think the writers are trying to show (over a very long story arc) how the Fables society with the best intentions is not always fair to the individual ; possibly moving the society to a place it never intended to go. Look around the world today….good allegory. I love these stories. They are a great interpretation and modernizing of stories and characters most of us know. I love the idea of making adult commentary using children's fairy tale characters. Of course you don’t have to approach these stories that way at all. You can just sit back and enjoy a well written and well paced story.

    Now you may ask, Why 3 stars? The last 2 stories in the trade are from the point of view of 2 of the Wooden Soldiers. The 1st of which is told by the male, in the form of a letter. It is ill paced and honestly very hard to get through. This in itself dropped the rating down, it was that annoying. The 2nd is told from the other wooden soldier who is female. While still not paced very well, it is much easier to get through. In the end, I was glad the story was told because I can see how it can be used as a very interesting plot device for future stories. I just didn't enjoy the way it was written. Also, the art in these stores was different and did not feel up to the quality and atmosphere of the preceding stories.

  • Jelinas

    They say that too many cooks spoil the broth. I would say that, sometimes, it's too many ingredients that spoil it.

    fell a little flat for me. I was excited when Willingham started including characters from the

    world. But the storyline involving them wasn't all that captivating. Also, one of the characters kept calling Sinbad, supposedly the head of this royal retinue, "sirrah." I gathered that he meant it as a term of honor, but I couldn't get over the fact that,

    They say that too many cooks spoil the broth. I would say that, sometimes, it's too many ingredients that spoil it.

    fell a little flat for me. I was excited when Willingham started including characters from the

    world. But the storyline involving them wasn't all that captivating. Also, one of the characters kept calling Sinbad, supposedly the head of this royal retinue, "sirrah." I gathered that he meant it as a term of honor, but I couldn't get over the fact that, in English, it has a negative connotation. If what they're saying in Arabic is going to be translated into English, then shouldn't that term be translated, too?

    The one thing I will say is that Frau Totenkinder is pretty ossom. She's the wicked witch of "Hansel and Gretl" fame. Her name is German for "dead children," and she's ossomly creepy, and Willingham uses her well.

    There was a vaguely interesting secondary plotline involving a wooden soldier from the Adversary's armies. Rodney, a wooden soldier, falls in love with June, a wooden "medic" -- she repairs damaged wooden soldiers' limbs. Together, they travel to find Geppetto and ask him to turn them into flesh so that they can marry and raise children. It's a sweet, little love story, and a reminder that the soldiers in the enemy's army are people, too, with cares and lives disturbingly similar to ours.

    It's a nice aside, but I still hope that the next volume gets back to top form again.

  • Kaitlin

    Another 3.5* volume becuase this one has two storylines which I enjoyed. The first focuses on the Arabs who are coming to Fabletown for refuge from the Adversary and who bring a Djinni with them (seen as an act of war by Fabletown) and the second is the story of two Wooden Soldiers who wish to become human so they can marry and love one another truly.

    I really enjoyed some elements of this volume and I particularly liked the wooden soldier stories as they were easy to empathise with. Another

    Another 3.5* volume becuase this one has two storylines which I enjoyed. The first focuses on the Arabs who are coming to Fabletown for refuge from the Adversary and who bring a Djinni with them (seen as an act of war by Fabletown) and the second is the story of two Wooden Soldiers who wish to become human so they can marry and love one another truly.

    I really enjoyed some elements of this volume and I particularly liked the wooden soldier stories as they were easy to empathise with. Another solid storyline, 3.5*s

  • Joy

    So basically: Frau Totenkinder is a boss. Assistant deputy mayor Beauty is the epitome of girl power. And the wooden are all very messed up.

    Overall, this volume of

    fell a little flat with me. Hope they step it up in the next one!

  • Celise

    I was

    excited for this one. I've been adding a lot of Arabian inspired things to my read and watch lists, so seeing that this was the title of the next Fables volume, I raised my expectations WAY up.

    And... meh. It was quite boring.

    I never watched Sinbad as a kid so I didn't really have much of a connection to that. I really thought they'd include Aladdin, but they just passingly mentioned his name once. Then there was a genie which I thought would be such a cool storyline for the volume, but

    I was

    excited for this one. I've been adding a lot of Arabian inspired things to my read and watch lists, so seeing that this was the title of the next Fables volume, I raised my expectations WAY up.

    And... meh. It was quite boring.

    I never watched Sinbad as a kid so I didn't really have much of a connection to that. I really thought they'd include Aladdin, but they just passingly mentioned his name once. Then there was a genie which I thought would be such a cool storyline for the volume, but that lasted for an issue.

    The last two issues of this volume also followed two new characters in a sidestory that I didn't care about, and found painful to read due to the cursive font choice.

    This one was definitely a miss for me.

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