Fables Comics Reading Order: Where To Start With Vertigo’s Fables Universe?

Fables is remarkable, both in scope and longevity. Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham transformed what could have been a conceptual curiosity into the longest running Vertigo comic book series, full of depth, emotion and a lived-in world.

The storybook characters of Fables prove such ample ground for comics that the Universe actually spawns spinoff series for 50 issue Vertigo runs, in Jack of Fables and Fairest.

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Fables Universe Reading Order

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book One

Collects: Fables #1 to #10, Prose Story #1

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Two

Collects: Fables #11 to #18, Fables: The Last Castle, Fables: A Wolf in the Fold

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Three

Collects: Fables #19 to #27

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Four

Collects: Fables #28 to #33, Original graphic novel Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Five

Collects: Fables #34 to #45

Jack of Fables expands the fables universe

Jack of Fables Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape

Jack of Fables Vol. 2: Jack of Hearts

Collects: Jack of Fables #1 to #11

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Six

Collects: Fables #46 to #51

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Seven

Collects: Fables #52 to #59, #64

Jack of Fables, Vol. 3: The Bad Prince

Collects: Jack of Fables #12 to #16

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Eight

Collects: Fables #60 to #63, #65 to #69

Jack of Fables Vol. 4: Americana

Collects: Jack of Fables #17 to #21

Jack of Fables Vol. 5: Turning Pages

Collects: Jack of Fables #22 to #27

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Nine

Collects: Fables #70–82

Fables Universe expands with Fables the Wolf Among us comic

Fables: The Wolf Among Us Vol. 1

Fables: The Wolf Among Us Vol. 2

Collects: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 to #16

Jack of Fables Vol. 6: The Big Book of War

Collects: Jack of Fables #28 to #32

Fables: Deluxe Edition Book Ten

Collects: Fables #83–85, The Literals #1–3, Jack of Fables #33–35 and Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland

The Great Fables Crossover Reading Order

Fables #83

Jack of Fables #33

The Literals #1

Fables #84

Jack of Fables #34

The Literals #2

Fables #85

Jack of Fables #35

The Literals #3

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Eleven

Collects: Fables #86 to #100, prose story “Pinocchio’s Army”

The Fables Universe adds Cinderella miniseries

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

Cinderella: Fables are Forever

Collects: Two six issue miniseries starring Cinderella

Jack of Fables Vol. 7: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack

Collects: Jack of Fables #36 to #40

Jack of Fables Vol. 8: The Fulminate Blade

Collects: Jack of Fables #41 to #45

Jack of Fables Vol. 9: The End

Collects: Jack of Fables #46 to #50

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Twelve

Collects: Fables #101 to #113

Fables Universe expands with a new series called Fairest

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake

Collects: Fairest #1 to #7

Fairest Vol. 2: Hidden Kingdom

Collects: Fairest #8 to #14

Fairest Vol. 3: The Return of the Maharaja

Collects: Fairest #15 to #20

Fables The Deluxe Edition Book Thirteen

Collects: Fables #114 to #129

Fairest: In All The Land

Collects: Original graphic novel

Fairest Vol. 4: Cinderella – Of Men and Mice

Collects: Fairest #21 to #27

Fairest Vol. 5: The Clamour for Glamour

Collects: Fairest #28 to #33

Fables Farewell

Fables Deluxe Book 14

Collects: Fables #130 to #140

Fables Vol. 21: Happily Ever After

Collects: Fables #141 to #149

Fables Vol. 22: Farewell

Collects: Fables #150

Unwritten Comic Book Series

The Unwritten/ The Unwritten: Apocalypse

For the most part, The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (the same creative team behind Vertigo’s Lucifer) is an entirely self-contained brilliant re-imaging of the Harry Potter ethos in modern times. Nonetheless, a later crossover with Fables (issues #50 to #55), and overlapping sensibilities lands Unwritten in this section of the guide.

Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

The Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man

The Unwritten Vol. 3: Dead Man’s Knock

The Unwritten Vol. 4: Leviathan

The Unwritten Vol. 5: On to Genesis

The Unwritten Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words

The Unwritten, Vol. 7: The Wound

The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice

The Unwritten: Orpheus in the Underworld

The Unwritten Vol. 9: The Unwritten Fables (Issues #50 to #55 crossover with Fables)

The Unwritten Vol. 10: War Stories

Collects: The Unwritten Apocalypse #1 to #5

The Unwritten Vol. 11: Apocalypse

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