Fables: Legends in Exile Volume 1

Fables: Legends in Exile Volume 1

Book rating: 04 Paperback Fables (Paperback)

By (author) Bill Willingham

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  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 256mm x 14mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 140123755X
  • ISBN 13: 9781401237554
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 3,363

Product description

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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Author information

Bill Willingham is the award-winning writer and creator of "Fables." He has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years on titles including "Elementals," "Coventry," "Proposition "PLAYER and "Fables." With Matthew Sturges, Bill co-wrote the "Fables" spinoff "Jack Of Fables," as well as "House Of Mystery" and "Justice Society Of America." His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards, plus the International Horror Guild award.

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By 365 Graphic Novels 18 Oct 2013 4

The creatures from stories, fairy tales in particular, have fled an invader of their homelands and arrived in New York City. The more human looking ones integrate into society and establish their own secret community.

This is a really neat idea and you get to see what characters such as Snow White, Jack the Giant Killer and Cinderella do after their tales end and the kind of people they become. All of the characters are well realised with depth, complex human values, emotions and aren�??�??�??�??�¢??�??�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t just paper stereotypes. It is fascinating to see them out of their usual settings yet remaining true to their nature.

The plot is a murder mystery which is a great way to hook your interest and introduce you to a diverse cast. It is very well executed and the parlour scene at the end will have you nodding along sagely. The dialogue is good and although there are chuckles along the way you are laughing with these people not at them.

There are a couple of recaps as the story goes on, which is necessary for a new comic book that is still attracting readers, but redundant in a graphic novel. Cleverly these recaps are presented in different styles and contain additional information for the continuing reader so you don�??�??�??�??�¢??�??�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t mind. The book is full of neat little touches such as each chapter having a little summary, as was typical in literature of the period when these characters were originally created.

The art is good solid stuff, very traditional in layout and format. Plenty of detail and good colouring that makes the most of the matt paper characteristic of Vertigo books. A great idea is that flashbacks are contained in elaborate oil-painting style frames as if a past moment has been captured.

This is a very encouraging start. A great premise, well drawn and written, that won�??�??�??�??�¢??�??�?�¢�¢?�¬�¢?�¢t let you down. Thumbs Up!

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"The writer, Bill Willingham, surprises at every turn and the art, particularly that of Mark Buckingham, is top-notch." The New York Times "[A] wonderfully twisted concept...features fairy tale characters banished to the noirish world of present-day New York." The Washington Post Winner of 12 Eisner Awards"