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Telltale Games To Focus On Fables - Another Comic Book License

New episodic comic-based treats!

Telltale Games has fired over a press release to let us know that they’ve picked up the rights to another DC property. Given their amazing success with The Walking Dead, and the quality of the source material they’re using, this one has a lot of promise.

The comic book series in question is Fables, an ongoing series created by Bill Willingham. The books are set around a secretive community of exiled fairy tale characters living in New York City. It subverts the familiar characters by creating contemporary versions of them, humanised and often altered.

The fairy tale characters, who refer to themselves as “Fables”, have been forced out of their own realm by a mysterious force known only as “The Adversary”.

The game, to be called “The Wolf Among Us”, will be set before the very first book of the comics and follow Bigby Wolf (who used to be the Big Bad Wolf and is now the exiled community’s sheriff). Wolf is tasked by Snow White (who is the community’s administrator – kind of a mayoral figure) to act as lawman and keep the motley group of mythical characters in check.

The books are fantastic, there’s a wealth of potential in the characters available and Telltale Games has a great history with similar projects. This sounds like a winner to me.

The Wolf Among Us is slated for episodic release on PSN, XBLA and PC/Mac but there’s no date attached just yet.

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  1. three_leg_jake
    Since: Aug 2011

    Sounds great. Never heard of the comics but may have to look them up.

    You getting this game, Tuffcub?

    Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 13:39.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      Fables is a really great comic book series. I’ve only read the first couple of collections, might need to go back to it though!

      Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 13:53.
      • RudeAwakening
        Since: Jan 2011

        Yeah same as, found out about it through the psp comic reader. Its a great comic book and i think Telltale could do something fantastic with it.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 21:55.
  2. Taylor Made
    Since: Oct 2011

    If its anything like walking dead & no gameplay no thanks!

    Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 13:47.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever


      Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 13:54.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      Let’s be fair, you didn’t like it but there are so many reasons it was awarded in glorious praise let alone what it’s done for a very stale point & click genre. The storytelling was excellent at times. Even when it wasn’t, the characterisation was sublime. There’s still a drought of characters to truly empathise with in gaming and the industry has a long way to go. The Walking Dead game did a huge amount to help (in relative terms).

      Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 14:03.
      • Avenger
        Since: Oct 2012

        +1. Spot on.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 15:52.
  3. kjkg
    Since: Apr 2010

    Sounds like an interesting premise. Keep telling myself I’d like to get into comic books more, but A) Don’t know where to start and B) Don’t know where to purchase.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 13:58.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      purchase from Amazon (unfortunately, they’re the cheapest and most reliable) for most things, Forbidden Planet for things you’re not bothered about arriving a month later or rare stuff AMZ doesn’t stock. You might have a decent independent store though, some bigger cities do.

      Start by deciding if you want to try the traditional superhero stuff or the more down to earth stuff (or a mix) and then ask someone (like me!) what they’d recommend.

      Watchmen, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Superman: Red Son, Batman: Year One, Marvels and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns are all pretty much essential though, no matter what you’d like to “specialise in”. At least, those will give you a perfect base to decide what you’d like to read more of :)

      Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 14:58.
      • kjkg
        Since: Apr 2010

        Cheers for that. I’ll have a look on Amazon tonight. See what I can pick up.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 16:30.
      • Kris Lipscombe
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Mar 2009

        Y: The Last man and Ex Machina are a bit long for a new reader aren’t they? They’re great, but not good as ‘tasters’. I mean otherwise you could suggest Transmetropolitan or Sandman (both of which are far more important parts of comic history in my opinion). Actually Sandman’s not a bad shout, the volumes are fairly independent.

        I’d also suggest Year One over The Dark Knight Returns really, and maybe All Star Superman over Red Son (although that can go either way). All Star Superman is a bit mental though.

        Something like ‘I Kill Giants’ is a great way to go for an alternative look at what comics are, completely away from most stuff there. I’d also say you can read Fables one collection at a time without losing anything.

        Wolverine: Origins is a good place to go if you’re interested in Marvel, or Ultimate Iron Man. Maybe Old Man Logan. I mean you can go classical with something like Secret Wars, but it might be a bit hard to follow now.

        Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 18:07.
      • Peter Chapman
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        Sandman, certainly, that’s very important in comic history but it’s a bit abstract for a beginner. Transmetropolitan is a good shout too, although not as well known outside of comic culture so perhaps as a second step?

        Y and Ex Machina are both long series but some of the best examples in that style so certainly worth picking up the first trade books for each and then carrying on if you like them.

        Fables collections stand up well as individual pieces too, so just buy the first one of those (Legends in Exile) and carry on with them if you like that world.

        You’re mad about Year One over Dark Knight Returns though, and All Star Superman over Red Son marks you out as a total lunatic.

        It’s a huge question though, isn’t it? Imagine someone who’d barely ever seen a movie asking what films they should start with. Everyone’s answer will be slightly different (and vast!)

        Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 19:00.
      • kjkg
        Since: Apr 2010

        See that’s where I get confused. No idea where to start. I’m looking at Batman Year one. Think I’ll pick that up off the internet this weekend.

        Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 10:43.
  4. Kris Lipscombe
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Mar 2009

    Lots of scope to do a noir game starring Bigby, which the tone of that advert might suggest. That’d be fun.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 14:27.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      yeah, very much like the first book in tone :)

      Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 14:59.
  5. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Interesting. I’ve not heard of Fables and i suspect our resident Comic Book expert will force me to listen to a lecture on it later but it does have the potiental to be an interesting series of game. I’m reminded of that Channel 5 series that features fairy tale characters. But that’s Channel 5, the unwanted son of the broadcasting companies.

    Wonder if they will try to get cameos from certain superheroes that reside in Fable’s Universe? As i’m unsure if DC have decided to give Fables their own universe or made it a part of Batman and Superman’s universe.

    I suspect most people will wait for the entire set to be released to avoid a repeat of SCEE’s piss poor handling of the WD release schedule.

    Comment posted on 28/03/2013 at 18:59.

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