Fables Volume 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham et al.
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #1 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2002
The Short Version:
All your favorite fairy tale characters are living in New York and it looks like one of them killed Rose Red.
Why I Read It:
When I first started reading graphic novels last year this was the series everyone recommended and I knew I wanted to start it but I decided to catch up with the shorter Unwritten series before I started Fables. Now I can immerse myself in this series
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-5 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society-within an exclusive luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side-called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Bigby, Fabletown’s sheriff, and a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the culprit is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.
Well, let me put it this way. As soon as I finished this I handed it to The Hubster and told him to put his current book aside and read this before I had to take it back to the library.
I am so looking forward to continuing with this series. This is what comics for adults should be. There’s mystery, adventure, humor and while the characters are familiar they’re presented in a wonderful way that takes their stories far beyond the fairy tales I knew.
Snow White is divorced from Prince Charming and he’s an absolute cad. Bigby Wolf (as in Big. B. Wolf) is probably my favorite character at this point. He’s the sheriff of fabletown and it’s up to him to find out what happened to Rose Red. He’s a bit of a compilation of some of my favorite mystery detectives. He’s clearly troubled and I’m looking forward to learning more about him.
This volume about the mystery of what happened to Rose Red is also an introduction to the characters, their history and setting. It definitely is a stage setting volume and I absolutely want more. Luckily there are about a gazillion volumes and spin-offs to keep me going for a while.
The story is fun and entertaining, the artwork both tells key parts of the story and sets the mood and atmosphere. Characters are portrayed in a way that’s true to how I knew them from the original stories yet wholly original and completely new.
If you don’t think you’d want to read comics, think again and get yourself to a library or bookstore and pick up this book.