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Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake [Kindle Edition]

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New York Times bestselling, award-winning creator Bill Willingham presents a new series starring the female Fables. Balancing horror, humor and adventure in the Fables tradition, Fairest explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others.

The first 6-issue tale follows the misadventures of Briar Rose immediately after the events of Fables #107(collected in Fables Volume 16: Super Team), in which she was stolen away by the goblin army. Following this first collection, Willingham will serve as a consultant on all story arcs and introduce new writers from other mediums to the Fables mythos.

Fan-favorite artist Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, The Invisibles) returns to Vertigo to pencil the opening storyline. Award-winning cover artist Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Batgirl) provides covers, starting with a wraparound cover on issue #1 that spotlights the lovely ladies who will star in the series.

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    Praise for Bill Willingham's Fables:

    "Wonderful."--LA CITY BEAT
    "The best comic book currently being produced"--IGN

    About the Author

    Bill Willingham has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years. During that time he's had work published by nearly every comics publisher in the business and he's written many critically-acclaimed comic book series, including Elementals, FABLES, JACK OF FABLES, ROBIN, SHADOWPACT and SALVATION RUN. A multiple winner of the Eisner Award, Willingham has also been nominated for the International Horror Guild award. Bill lives somewhere near a good poker room.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 77913 KB
    • Print Length: 160 pages
    • Publisher: Vertigo (27 Nov. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009TH2EL8
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    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enchantingly outstanding 15 Dec. 2012
    By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This Fables spin-off is not only the best of Fables spin-offs, it's actually better than Fables itself. The idea behind it is to tell background stories of the women of the Fables universe with tales of varying lengths. In this first volume we have a 6-parter and single issue story.

    Wide Awake, the main story is an origin (the real one) of Sleeping Beauty aka Briar Rose and it's ingeniously done. Set after the fall of the Adversary in the main continuity, Ali Baba the self-acclaimed Prince of Thieves, frees an effrit, not a djinn as he hoped, who can only offer him knowledge rather than three wishes. The effrit, a highly intelligent and sophisticated imp, for reasons of his own encourages Ali to steal Sleeping Beauty's slumbering body from goblins who've captured her only to find that there are two sleeping women, both of whom he awakens. Unluckily for Ali, one of them is the Snow Queen, former right-hand woman for the Adversary, who has a penchant for listening to stories and she finds that of SB's most interesting.

    What we have have here is, written by Fables mastermind Bill Willingham, a delightful story itself, packed with wit, invention, action, and romance which expands on the background to the Fables stories. The art by Phil Jiminez is to die for. He's emerged from his George Perez lookalike phase as a sophisticated artist in his own right. His men are handsome, his women gorgeous, his monsters and villains hideous. And I must add a note of appreciation for the rich and subtle colouring of Andrew Dalhouse which does so much to enchance the art. It's a disgrace his name isn't on the cover.

    Set in the 1940's, the single-issue story is sepia coloured noir written by Matthew Sturges and illustrated by Shawn McManus.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 8 Aug. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    For a Fables addict like myself, this series is amazing!
    It gives back stories into some of the less prominent female characters of the original Fables such as Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and the Snow Queen.

    Probably a little difficult to follow if you haven't already read the original Fables series (which you *should,* it's AMAZING) but the artwork is beautiful and the storylines are diverse enough to keep you entertained even if you haven't.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 15 Jun. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Fairest tells the stories of the Fables female characters...this story centres on Sleeping Beauty and The Snow Queen each woken by a kiss from Ali-Babba the problem being which one does his heart truly desire...a cracking read beautifully drawn and written and a worthy addition to the Fables series..
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the wait 23 Sept. 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Fables always has a way of turning your expectations on their head and this book was no different. For a long time I thought this was the same predictable story we have all hear 1000 times but I was wrong. The twist as fantastic and I am glad that someone got a happy ending.
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Graphically gripping fairy tales 14 Feb. 2013
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    An exciting, brilliantly drawn, take on two (or maybe three) very old familiar stories. I recommend this book. Read and enjoy.
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