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Fables, book 1 : Legends in exile (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Bill Willingham

Series: Fables (1)

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Title:Fables, book 1 : Legends in exile
Authors:Bill Willingham
Info:New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, c2002.
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Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (2002)

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Instead of being engaging and a fun escape, though, my experience with it is best summed-up as meh. It’s a cool idea that is saddled to a ho-hum plot and flat characters, thereby rendering it a mediocre read.

The basic idea is some unseen Adversary has driven the fairy tale folk out of their land and into exile in our own. In our land, they’ve all agreed to give everyone a clean slate to start over. So far so good. From here though things go from interesting and semi-unique to basically a noir plot we’ve all read before wrapped up in 2-dimensional fairy tale characters. Big Bad Wolf is the hard-boiled detective. Snow White is his lady assistant. A noir version of a fairy tale could have been good, but instead the flattest elements of both genres are mashed together, rather than the best of each. What you end up with is a wolf without his fangs or a hard-boiled detective without his cigarettes and womanizing ways. The grit is just removed leaving an overly-sanitized world.

I do enjoy a mystery plot but I also expect them to keep me guessing. I knew the solution long before the end, and I’m guessing most other readers would too.

The art is mostly good, although the depiction of the talking pig gave me goosebumps in a bad way. He doesn’t really fit in to the feel of the rest of the art. However, the art is colorful and easy to follow, and made reading the story go quickly.

Overall, if a reader loves fairy tales and graphic novels and likes the idea of seeing fairy tale characters in modern-day New York, they will probably enjoy this book. Readers looking for an in-depth exploration of a fairy tale character or to see them more well-rounded in a non-fairy tale setting will be disappointed. Similarly, readers looking for a tough mystery to solve will want to look elsewhere.

Check out my full review. ( )
  gaialover | Jun 9, 2015 |
Nicely told story subtlety introducing you to the world and characters while telling a compelling detective story. Can't wait to read more. ( )
  bhutton | Apr 5, 2015 |
Snow White Vorpal Sword = Epic Win. ( )
  JorgeCarvajal | Feb 13, 2015 |
I think I am really going to enjoy this series as I was pretty impressed with this first volume. I've always been a fan of fairy tales (despite some of their shady moral lessons) so I was interested to see what new life Bill Willingham was going to bring to these classic characters. Overall, I thought he did a great job of bringing a more modern twist to these characters that they desperately needed. Especially on the princess front.

I was most impressed with his modern depiction of Snow White. Snow White was always my least favorite since I always considered her as the weakest of all the princesses. Now, Snow White has stepped it up and become the person in charge of Fabletown. She's a take-charge woman who doesn't allow people to walk all over her, and she knows how to run a town.

It also turns out that Prince Charming is an arrogant womanizer who just uses whatever woman he finds would be most convenient to his needs and desires, and for this, most people in Fabletown look down on him. Especially his various ex-wives and lovers. I found this to be interesting, and rather fitting, since I always felt that Prince Charming was just a little too charming to be genuine.

I am also a fan of the art for this series. It has an older comic book feel that I have always enjoyed. It's the type of art that really helps the story along, but doesn't distract from the story. This is one of those stories that can really carry itself without having overly overt images to keep the reader's attention. The story itself is engrossing, and never once did I want to put it down.

My only issue with this one was that there were a few parts that didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the story. They felt more like an attempt to put as many recognizable fable characters as they could, which I felt they didn't have to do. The characters they chose for the the main story line where enough to make the reader really feel that they were in a world made-up of fairy tale characters. The little extra scenes weren't needed for this. Maybe they were inserted because these characters come up later, but these scenes felt very stand alone, not like there was going to be something more to the story later. They were just random. However, there were very few of these scenes and when they came up, they didn't last long. Maybe a page. So it's really not a big complaint.

In the end, I'm excited to continue reading this series. I find the characters to be intriguing and I thought that the plot was interesting and well-paced. I would recommend this to most graphic novel/comic fan, as well as those who have always had an interest in fables and fairy tales. Even for those you never really liked them, I would give this new adaptation a chance, since it's not just Snow White that goes through some drastic changes. ( )
  kell1732 | Jan 25, 2015 |
Who killed Rose Red? In this noir-ish collection of the first five issues of Fables, that is the central question in Fabletown. Exiled to the mundane world when their fairy tale kingdoms are overtaken by the Adversary, a wide array of characters are forced to make a whole new community for themselves. But when Rose Red's apartment is found covered with blood there's no shortage of suspects for her possible murder.

I've been meaning to get around to this series for ages, and I'm glad I finally did. A tad darker than I had imagined these stories are still well plotted and drawn. If you're a fan of fairy tale retellings, these should definitely be given a try. ( )
  MickyFine | Dec 11, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bill Willinghamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, CraigIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James JeanCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leialoha, SteveIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Medina, LanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bond, ShellyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Shelly Bond - Intrepid Vertigo editor, who insisted on taking FABLES when I was trying to sell her another idea entirely.
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"You try being married for almost a thousand years without a few ups and downs along the way."
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Who killed Rose Red? In Fabletown, where fairy tale legends live alongside regular New Yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case - and, along with Rose's sister Snow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.… (more)

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