Had you read any of the Fables comics before starting The Wolf Among Us?

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Posted by BeachThunder (11948 posts) 11 months, 8 days ago

Poll: Had you read any of the Fables comics before starting The Wolf Among Us? (287 votes)

Yes 23%
No 61%
*Just show me the results* 16%

Personally, I knew next to nothing about the comics before starting the game. I suppose I'm just a crazy person that just trusts Telltale implicitly...

#1 Edited by Sinusoidal (1518 posts) -

I've been reading the comic for years, but I got kind of sick of it about 40 issues in. This is the first I've heard of the game.

#2 Posted by Milkman (16802 posts) -

Nope. I knew absolutely nothing about it.

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#3 Edited by Bocam (3755 posts) -

The game made me want to read the comics and some old fairy tales

#4 Posted by Draugen (650 posts) -

Yes, I've read most of it, so I'm pretty familiar with the world already. I can imagine the whole thing being fairly impenetrable if the game is all you have to go on, though.

#5 Posted by development (2350 posts) -

@draugen: Not at all. I had no idea the comic even existed and I loved it. It's all explained as well as it needs to be (no spoilers, please). That kind of thing is gonna be highly subjective, though.

#6 Posted by Dimsey (954 posts) -

I read the first issue some years ago but liked it though I did, I never got around to following up on it. Just didn't have time at the time, probably.
After playing this I feel inclined to pick up where I left off, though I didn't find the game hard to follow regardless.

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#7 Posted by alternate (2707 posts) -

It has been years but doesn't the first trade pretty much spoil the first ep of the game? Very familiar premise.

#8 Posted by Morningstar (2163 posts) -

Nope.

#9 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (1618 posts) -

@draugen said:

Yes, I've read most of it, so I'm pretty familiar with the world already. I can imagine the whole thing being fairly impenetrable if the game is all you have to go on, though.

whys that? As someone that doesn't know the comics the story seemed good but not overly complex.

#10 Posted by StarvingGamer (8250 posts) -

Nope. Nothing crazy about that.

#11 Posted by Sessh (818 posts) -

I bought the first trade paperback a week or so before the game's release, because I kinda wanted some foreknowledge.

Since it's pretty good, I'll probably pick up a few more.

#12 Posted by gaminghooligan (1447 posts) -

Nope, but as soon as I finished the first episode I ordered the first trade.

#13 Posted by Snail (8606 posts) -

Yes, I got really into them. You should check them out, they're pretty great. Only wish I had kept on reading them more than I did. But buying comics is an expensive habit.

Looking super-forward to playing this game, I got into the Fables series after Telltale announced it.

#14 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5828 posts) -

No, but I'll probably read them after playing all 5 episodes.

#15 Edited by edsone (268 posts) -

I recommend the comics BUT I haven't read a single issue for about two years :(

#16 Edited by Catarrhal (835 posts) -

I personally have not, but the premise has always seemed kinda cool. I have an older brother who's been a Fables fan for years; he's read the entire series and all its spin-offs. He even convinced my mother to read it--the whole damn series. Unfortunately, he quit playing video games about six or seven years ago, so I doubt he'll even take a look at this.

#17 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

I knew absolutely nothing about the comic and as soon as the game is complete I guess I will read it. I will not start now because I fear of some sort of spoilers which I think I already saw a pretty big one. So I will wait with that.

#18 Posted by Sykdom (49 posts) -

No but after playing the first episode I'm buying a few trade volumes.

#19 Posted by Doskias (308 posts) -

After I saw the first trailer for this game, I took an interest in the comics and have been steadily borrowing the volumes from my public library. I've gotten up to Volume 6 - Homelands so far, and enjoying the heck out of it. It's quality stuff.

#20 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (3401 posts) -

I hadn't but after playing through the first couple of acts it made me borrow the first couple of volumes from a friend. Really digging the series so far.

#21 Edited by JimiPeppr (308 posts) -

I haven't but will probably check it out next time I'm at a book store. I thought the premise of "gritty fables in New York" was interesting enough to warrant buying the game.

#22 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

I'd heard of the comics, but never read them. Is this game a retelling of the comic, or is it a different take like the Walking Dead?

#23 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

What the fuck? Bigby has a game?

#24 Posted by Elwoodan (831 posts) -

I picked up the first of the collected books (#1-5 I think) and decided to read through them just to get a taste of the universe first. Really enjoying them so far.

#25 Edited by SonKite (70 posts) -

Yes, I'am collecting them as well.

#26 Edited by mrcraggle (1938 posts) -

Nope. I didn't read TWD either but I've been a long time fan of Telltale and I've played most of their releases aside from that Wallace and Gromit game and the Poker Night games.

#27 Edited by Grixxel (766 posts) -

@draugen said:

Yes, I've read most of it, so I'm pretty familiar with the world already. I can imagine the whole thing being fairly impenetrable if the game is all you have to go on, though.

You're the sheriff of fairies that live in NY under a spell that makes em look human and if they don't use it or they fuck up, you send them away to a fairy concentration camp. Also you used to be the big bad wolf. Yup, impenetrable alright.

#28 Posted by nonekjr (63 posts) -

I've read all of them and a few volumes of the spin-off "Jack of Fables" (which is not as good as the main story). It was in a bit of a slump a while back after wrapping up a big story arc, and that went on for a few volumes, but I think it's picked up a good pace again. I'm finding it highly enjoyable. It often goes to interesting places and it's not afraid to explore darker themes.

#29 Posted by JayEH (533 posts) -

I ordered the first volume yesterday and will most likely read them before I start playing the game. It seems like a really interesting world.

#30 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

The fucking first storyline is awesome. It's also like a million issues long. I think I dropped off shortly after the 100th issue, plus I read a bunch of Jack of Fables. Regardless of where the book went after they defeated their enemy, that story was goddamn amazing. Boy Blue motherfuckers.

#31 Edited by ahab88 (240 posts) -

I fail to see how having "Just show me the results" as an option makes for an accurate poll.

Oh, and I've been reading Fables for almost 10 years now. I've gotten a bit behind, but I've read the first 12 or so trades. Amazing world, amazing stories. Highly recommended. About to start on The Wolf Among Us.

#32 Posted by redsoundwaves (17 posts) -

I read 1001 Nights of Snowfall which depicts snow white as the main character. I loved it and want to read more, but what really surprised me about the game was how fast they killed her off, because she seemed like such a major character in the series.

#33 Posted by bkbroiler (1626 posts) -

I haven't read them, considering maybe picking one up after the whole first season of the game is finished. But I dunno, I'm not that big into comics so I probably won't. World and set up for the whole thing is pretty cool though.

#34 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

I haven't read them, considering maybe picking one up after the whole first season of the game is finished. But I dunno, I'm not that big into comics so I probably won't. World and set up for the whole thing is pretty cool though.

Writing off an entire medium isn't a good idea, especially when it's the medium that's been ripped off constantly by the others for over a decade, and has been inspiring them since the 60's. Unless it's a price thing, cause yeah, comics are expensive for what they are.

#35 Posted by bkbroiler (1626 posts) -

@mideonnviscera said:

@bkbroiler said:

I haven't read them, considering maybe picking one up after the whole first season of the game is finished. But I dunno, I'm not that big into comics so I probably won't. World and set up for the whole thing is pretty cool though.

Writing off an entire medium isn't a good idea, especially when it's the medium that's been ripped off constantly by the others for over a decade, and has been inspiring them since the 60's. Unless it's a price thing, cause yeah, comics are expensive for what they are.

I mean, I've read Watchmen, a lot of Sin City, and a bit of Y The Last Man. They're just not my thing. I don't like how reading them I feel like I'm either skimping on reading the text or looking at the pictures. I don't have the brain for it.

Basically I can see myself buying the Fables comic and reading 10 pages of it and never touching it again. I'm not writing off the whole medium, though. I'm not discriminating against comics.

#36 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

Well you read some good comics, so I can't argue.

#37 Posted by JazGalaxy (1576 posts) -

@draugen said:

Yes, I've read most of it, so I'm pretty familiar with the world already. I can imagine the whole thing being fairly impenetrable if the game is all you have to go on, though.

whys that? As someone that doesn't know the comics the story seemed good but not overly complex.

Well it's weird insomuch as it never explains why the fables are in Fabletown, from what I'm seen of it so far.

That's like a page 1 panel 1 thing in the comics. It's kind of the whole underlying point of the series. I think it's fascinating how much of it won't really matter for The Wolf Among Us.

I read fables pretty consistently for a long while, but the thing about the book is that it is INCREDIBLY uneven. Which, I guess, makes sense in the context of a bunch of random fairy tales all crammed into the same world. But the tone of the game, the noir detective tone, is the tone of the first couple of stories in Fables, and then it moves on to other things. But still, when the book begins to focus on characters you don't care about and scenarios you don't care about, it really starts to drag.

#38 Edited by JeanLuc (3585 posts) -

I hadn't read it before but I want to now.

#39 Posted by bkbroiler (1626 posts) -

@mideonnviscera said:

Well you read some good comics, so I can't argue.

Don't worry about it man, I'm not trying to knock comics/graphic novels or anything. I just know myself, I tend to get excited about things and then buy them and never follow through on them. I am legitimately interested in the Fables universe though, but I think I'm just going to hear the story The Wolf Among Us is going to tell and see if I want to learn more after that.

#40 Edited by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

@bkbroiler I can tell you now Fables drops off after the first story arc, but it's very long and great.

#42 Posted by bkbroiler (1626 posts) -

@mideonnviscera: Well maybe I'll give it a shot sometime then, if there's an endpoint to the storyline that might help even!

#43 Edited by JazGalaxy (1576 posts) -

@bkbroiler I can tell you now Fables drops off after the first story arc, but it's very long and great.

Engh, I dunno. I really liked the first Farm story. The Last Castle, or whatever, was also extremely good. The one where Boy Blue holds down the last bastion so the Fables can escape on the last boat out of the Homelands.

#44 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

@mideonnviscera said:

@bkbroiler I can tell you now Fables drops off after the first story arc, but it's very long and great.

Engh, I dunno. I really liked the first Farm story. The Last Castle, or whatever, was also extremely good. The one where Boy Blue holds down the last bastion so the Fables can escape on the last boat out of the Homelands.

It's been forever since I read it so I basically count issue 1 until they take out the Adversary as one story. Then the Dark Man or whatever was second? Maybe that crossover with Jack came first.

#45 Posted by JazGalaxy (1576 posts) -

@jazgalaxy said:

@mideonnviscera said:

@bkbroiler I can tell you now Fables drops off after the first story arc, but it's very long and great.

Engh, I dunno. I really liked the first Farm story. The Last Castle, or whatever, was also extremely good. The one where Boy Blue holds down the last bastion so the Fables can escape on the last boat out of the Homelands.

It's been forever since I read it so I basically count issue 1 until they take out the Adversary as one story. Then the Dark Man or whatever was second? Maybe that crossover with Jack came first.

Oh, well, crap. I consider the first story to be like the first four issues.

After the Adversary is where I basically stopped reading it regularly.

#46 Posted by JazGalaxy (1576 posts) -

Incidently, if you're new to Fables, then let me introduce you to the single best thing about Fables, which is James Jean's ASTONISHING covers. The interior art looks nothing like this, but this guy's covers are the best in the comics industry. He's also a fine artist. He's also borderline insane. Seriously.

#47 Posted by SASnake (339 posts) -

The game is set before the comics, so I guess it is a good place to start, in a way

#48 Posted by MikeLemmer (554 posts) -

They said the game was canon, right? Well, in the comics they do mention the more popular a Fable is, the harder she is to kill, so Snow White is probably just Mostly Dead.

I read 1001 Nights of Snowfall which depicts snow white as the main character. I loved it and want to read more, but what really surprised me about the game was how fast they killed her off, because she seemed like such a major character in the series.

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#49 Posted by MideonNViscera (2257 posts) -

I forgot about that. That's almost certainly the case.

They said the game was canon, right? Well, in the comics they do mention the more popular a Fable is, the harder she is to kill, so Snow White is probably just Mostly Dead.

#50 Posted by jamesyfx (69 posts) -

I had absolutely no prior knowledge about Fables, I bought the game on impulse as I noticed it was a Telltale game. Definitely feels like it'd be worth looking into them now.

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