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Fables, Vol. 01: Legends in Exile (2002)

by Bill Willingham, Lan Medina (Illustrator)

Other authors: Craig Hamilton (Illustrator), James Jean (Cover artist), Todd Klein (Letterer), Steve Leialoha (Illustrator), Sherilyn van Valkenburgh (Colorist)

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Series: Bill Willingham's Fables (Vol. 1, Issues 1-5), Fables 2002-2015 (#1-#5)

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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 have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose's ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.… (more)
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Decent graphic novel but it falls a little short of introducing what seems like a potentially very interesting concept. Instead of using the concept to it's full advantage the plot reads like a fairly standard crime noire story. ( )
  capincus | Jul 13, 2024 |
A decent read. The dialogue was pretty good and the art was solid throughout, though not notably so. I'm always interested in a good secret society/fairy tales are real story, but this was more of a detective yarn than anything else. In the end, I couldn't help shake the feeling that this was a bit of a Dresden Files copycat. ( )
  Library_Guard | Jun 17, 2024 |
expired from the library. hard to read. my first graphic novel
  cfulton20 | Nov 13, 2023 |
The most uneven of the series, to be expected in a first book where characters are still being explored. A good introduction to the tone and general premise of Fables, but not really representative of the later arcing storyline of Fabletown and the Adversary.

#1 is a little too banal and self-impressed with its premise (you almost want to shout "get over it already" to a few characters who have supposedly been living for several human lifetimes in the real world). As with many graphic novel series, it won't hit its stride for another book or so.

While it could be considered "skippable," #1 does set the stage and it's satisfying to look back later in the series at how much some of the characters have changed and grown. ( )
  TheKroog | Oct 18, 2023 |
I've been meaning to read Fables for years! I'm so glad I finally got around to it! I usually love any kind of fairy tale retelling so I was excited to get into this. It is full of violence, sex, murder, interesting characters, grown-up politics and has a decent mystery at the heart of the story. Whats not to like?

I have played The Wolf Among Us so I was a little worried that it would be repeating the same story, but this focuses on a different murder mystery to what Bibgy solves in the game, so I didn't notice any overlap. The character are also a little different.. Bibgy is more of an ass, and Snow is a lot tougher.

The inhabitants of the fairytale world had to evacuation to the mundane world and create their own secret community in Fabletown after their realm was invaded by the Adversary. This hardship has forced them to work together, although their is significant friction for various different reasons. There was a general Amnesty in which it was agreed that all previous crimes would be forgotten in the new world. Many of them lost their fortunes in their evacuation and are now having to scrape by, while those who can't pass for "mundy" (mundane) humans (or afford charms to make them appear human) are forced to live in seclusion on The Farm.

Bibgy (The Big Bad Wolf) is the Sheriff and he is investigating the disappearance or possible murder of Rose Red, Snow White's wilder estranged sister. Snow herself also has to balance the politics of trying to keep people happy in a broke government, and her con-man ex-husband Prince Charming is in town.

I really enjoyed it, and burnt through it all in a day. It's dark, murky and funny. The characters are memorable too. I love the take on Prince Charming as a parasitic con man! I want to know more about Belle and Beast's marriage (one of the few to last a thousand years), and Blackbeard is so weird.. I definitely need to spend more time in this world.

I appreciated the short story at the end of this edition that tells of how Bibgy got the position that he did, as he is traditionally a villain who eats people/little pigs/grannies (and nobody has forgotten that)!

I gave it four stars because I wasn't quite at the OMG I need to tell EVERYBODY level when I finished this, but I really enjoyed it. Leaving room for improvement! ( )
  ImagineAlice | May 8, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Willingham, BillAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Medina, LanIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, CraigIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jean, JamesCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leialoha, SteveIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
van Valkenburgh, SherilynColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bond, ShellyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buckingham, MarkCover artistsecondary 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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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 have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose's ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

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