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Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Fables (Graphic Novels)) [Kindle Edition]

Bill Willingham , Lan Medina
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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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.
AWARDS:
YALSA: 2004 annual recommended list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
·Willingham, Bill. Animal Farm (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo.
·Willingham, Bill. Legends in Exile (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo.
YALSA: 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
·Willingham, Bill, Todd Klein, and others. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. 2006. DC Comics/ Vertigo
As of 2008, Fables has won twelve Eisner Awards.
·Best New Series in 2003
·Best Serialized Story in 2003, 2005 and 2006 (Legends In Exile, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Homelands)
·Best Anthology in 2007 (Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
·Best Short Story in 2007 (A Frog’s Eye View, by Bill Willingham and James Jean, in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
Hugo Award Nomination 2009:
·Fables: War and Pieces was nominated for the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story

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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." - Cinescape.com "Looks as good as it reads." - Comics Buyer's Guide "Every fan should take a look." - The Fourth Rail

    About the Author

    Bill Willingham is a writer and artist whose work includes The Elementals, Coventry and The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad. Lan Medina's work includes Aria and Wonder Woman. Steve Leialoha has been a professional illustrator for many years, and his work includes Nevada and the comics adaptation of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 68407 KB
    • Print Length: 128 pages
    • Publisher: Vertigo (9 Dec. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0064W667Y
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Mister Wolf on the case 3 Aug. 2003
    Format:Paperback
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fables in hiding 24 Mar. 2010
    By EA Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    By Jakeisthecoolest TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time... 18 Jan. 2014
    By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Comic
    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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    Excellent writing and art, but the paper quality is very poor. It's like newspaper. Go for the Deluxe edition, it works out the same price, but it's hardback (2 TPB) and on glossy... Read more
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    Plot - excellent - a few detective cliches but I feel they are probably deliberate and a play on the genre.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you're not interested in the whole series, buy this book
    All the 5 issues collected in this book are penciled by Lan Medina, this alone would worth the price! Read more
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