Peter and Max

Peter and Max

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by Bill Willingham
     
 

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The critically acclaimed first-ever prose novel published by DC/Vertigo — now in trade paperback.

Set in the imaginative realm of the award-winning comic book series FABLES, the book takes place long ago, in the deepest dark of The Black Forest. Two brothers — Peter Piper and his older brother Max — encounter ominous forces that change them both

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The critically acclaimed first-ever prose novel published by DC/Vertigo — now in trade paperback.

Set in the imaginative realm of the award-winning comic book series FABLES, the book takes place long ago, in the deepest dark of The Black Forest. Two brothers — Peter Piper and his older brother Max — encounter ominous forces that change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day, when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern day Fabletown.

PETER & MAX: A FABLES NOVEL features the prose of award-winning comic book writer Bill Willingham and the lush ink drawings of FABLES artist Steve Leialoha. The novel also reveals secrets of some of the regular FABLES series cast members including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep. Also included is an 8-page sequential story by Willingham and Leialoha that serves as a bridge to the FABLES titles.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Unmissable, especially for lovers of fairytale revampings and extrapolations." - Booklist

"Dark, fast-paced, moving and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way." - Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Understanding Willingham's new novel (the first from comics house Vertigo) doesn't require knowledge of the comic it's based upon, but it certainly helps; Fables follows a population of fairy tale characters seeking shelter in our world after their enchanted lands were conquered. Familiar figures like Snow White, Rose Red, the Beast and Belle, the Big Bad Wolf (a human PI in the “mundane” world) and others fill out a cast led by Peter Piper and his brother, Max. Sibling rivalry, magical flutes and, yes, pickled peppers factor in the clever, adventurous plot that sees Peter pursuing Bo Peep. Fans will find all the charm and in-jokes of the Fables universe intact; like Neil Gaiman, another acclaimed comic book author, Willingham writes without the help of thought bubbles and keeps everything clear enough that readers new to the series won't be confused for long. Though it toys with notions of mythology and its origins, this work still keeps true to the spirit of the Brothers Grimm: dark, fast-paced, moving and entertaining, with a few surprises along the way. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—Willingham's "Fables," a comic book series that brings characters from myths, folk stories, and tall tales into the present day, steps into the world of prose with a charming stand-alone fantasy novel. The story begins in modern Fabletown, a magical village hidden in New York City where many of the immortal Fables now live. Peter Piper—the same Peter who picked a peck of pickled peppers and challenged the great wolf—is warned that his evil brother Max, aka the Pied Piper, has been causing problems out in the world. Peter heads for Hamelin, Germany, to challenge him and put a stop to his dark ways for good. A series of flashbacks then take things back to medieval times and set the stage for the final conflict. Fantasy readers new to "Fables" will get a nice taste of Willingham's rich and satisfying world while fans of the comics will find themselves treated to cameo appearances by popular characters like Bigby (aka the Big Bad Wolf), the Beast, and Peter's wife, Bo Peep. Leialoha's black-and-white drawings smartly enhance the fairy-tale feel of the story. Those willing to dig past the slow start required to explain the extensive background of the author's inventive world will find an action-packed adventure built around two absolutely captivating characters.—Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401225377
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Fables Series
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
874,618
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 11.22(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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