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Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile [Kindle Edition]

Bill Willingham , Lan Medina , Steve Leialoha , Craig Hamilton , Sherilyn van Valkenburgh
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"FABLES is a must-read for any aficionado of fantasy in a contemporary setting." - The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "We hope this series lasts happily ever after." - WIZARD "Instantly compelling." - "Looks as good as it reads." - Comics Buyer's Guide "Every fan should take a look." - The Fourth Rail

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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. Collects FABLES #1-5.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 52165 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064W667Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mister Wolf on the case 3 Aug 2003
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This collects the first 5 issues of Bill Willingham's Fables comic. The run covers Bigby Wolf's investigation into the apparent killing of Rose Red in Fabletown - a community made up of refugees/exiles from the the lands of myth and fable. On paper the idea surely can't work but somehow it does by using characters that are imprinted on most children's consciousness from an early age. This is adult fare though even taking into account real fables propensity for the bloody and the macabre. It all fits together cleverly with a strange kind of natural symmetry. I n execution the comic walks the same paths of style as say Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen even down to the prose fairytale prequelling events at the back of the book, written and illustrated by Willingham. As with Moore's League it's all very much tongue in cheek. Bigby wolf is a good character noiring his way through the mystery complete with parlour denouement. Entertaining and well executed with some pretty neat art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fables in hiding 24 Mar 2010
Imagine if all the legendary story characters were living secretly in New York -- and they weren't quite fairy tale material?

In short, Prince Charming is a thrice-divorced lech, the Big Bad Wolf is now a werewolf cop, Snow White is an embittered government manager, and some very peculiar other residents crashing in a modern city. "Fables Volume 1: Legends in Exile" does an excellent job smoothly introducing the world of Bill Willingham's series, even as he spins up a pretty solid little murder mystery.

The daily business of the hard-nosed Snow White (a Fable government official whom everyone comes to with complaints) is interrupted when Bigby Wolf brings her some ghastly news: her estranged, wild-child sister Rose Red has been murdered, and there's no sign of her except for buckets of blood all over her apartment. The most obvious suspect is Jack, whom Snow White helps interrogate when she isn't dealing with her womanizing, impoverished aristocrat ex, Prince Charming.

But some of the details about Rose Red's death don't add up -- and as Bigby investigates further into the people who knew her well, he begins finding aspects of her life hidden from everybody. Not to mention an irate fiancee who wants revenge on Jack. As the Remembrance Day approaches, Bigby puts together the clues to a very bizarre case where not everything is what it seems -- and not everyone is doing what they claim.

Bill Willingham is an expert in taking beloved characters from legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes... and then turning our perceptions of them on their heads (example: Beast and Beauty's marital troubles cause his curse to reassert itself).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I realise I am rather late to the Fables party, but am definitely glad I finally arrived. The simple premise of fairy tale creatures living amongst the 'mundies' in contemporary New York seems ripe for a kids book, however this is far from child's play. A dark and rich story of murder and intrigue unfolds within the beautiful artwork that has at once the feeling of classic illustrations and modern comic art at the same time. There are a few moments as the Big Bad Wolf prowls through his list of suspects where the story can be a little clunky, although I am convinced these teething issues will be ironed out in the future issues.
Overall this is a fantastic book, and hopefully series. I'll be sure to let you know soon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good way of using fairy tales. 31 Jan 2004
I was fascinated when I first learned of the fact that most of the best-loved fairy tales had been rewritten so as not to shock the parents. This book brings back the edge and violence to those old stories, The Big Bad Wolf as the detective on a murder scene, Prince Charming as a sleazy opportunist. It's so refreshing to see the life and vigour once hidden behind the cuteness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time... 18 Jan 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Rose Red is dead - who killed her? It's up to Bigby Wolf, Fabletown's gumshoe, to track down the killer.

What I really like about the first volume of Fables is that it doesn't read like a first volume of a multi-volume series - it reads like a standalone book. I'm sure Rose Red plays a big part later on but this book is concerned more with the done-in-one murder mystery than it is in explicitly detailing to the reader all about the world of the series, etc.

The genius of this approach is that Bill Willingham introduces the cast of the series, gives us their characters and their situations within the self-contained story, so it manages to do everything a first volume should while also presenting itself as a standalone book, meaning everyone from casual readers looking for a good story to those who're in for the long haul can get something out of this first volume.

I'm not usually one for crime dramas/police procedurals, and the reveal at the end isn't at all original, but the story in this first volume is an entertaining whodunit thanks to its colourful cast. Our grizzled (and he is grizzled!) detective is Bigby Wolf (aka the Big Bad Wolf) who, along with Snow White, Deputy Mayor of Fablestown and sister of Rose Red, sets out to bring Rose's killer to justice.

Rather than meeting a series of nondescript characters during the investigation, you're introduced to someone you'll remember from your childhood in each scene - it's Beauty and the Beast! Is that... Bluebeard? Jack - like Jack and the Beanstalk? Willingham's taken their character and twisted it just so, so that they're familiar but new at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Arrived quickly and nicely packed. Excellent story, great art to support it. Definitely worth a read for those above the age of 16 as there is some swearing and adult content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I played the videogame version first and then began reading these, really worth a read, seemed a bit slow compared to the videogame version but I think it will speed up
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good comic
I went into this comic after playing the very well known Wolf Among Us Xbox 360 game.As the game
is based around the same characters and set in the same world I had known some... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars fables
i bought this book as a gift for granddaughters husband so i can't comment oersonally but i know he was delighted with it
Published 2 months ago by squibs
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I hadn't read this sooner
An excellent series, and this is a great introduction to some of characters you already know from childhood, only they might not be exactly as you remember them!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Absolutely brilliant! I'm not usually into comic books, but I was convinced and it's the best thing I've read in a while, will definitely be buying the rest!
Published 4 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This story is an absolute must for all lovers of fairy tales. Clever, witty, and true to the original characters it is captivating from the very start. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Amazing, a must read for all comic book fans. Once you finish it, you'll be reading volume 2, that's a promise!
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