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4.0 out of 5 stars hopefully they don't ruin something that has potential to be enjoyable., 6 Jan 2013
This review is from: Fables: Legends in Exile (Vertigo) (Paperback)
Fables Legends in Exile brings us a brand new look at all the old children stories you were told as a child, unless of course you were born after 2000 in which all you were given to grow up to was Mr Tumbles, which is better than those in the 70s who had Jimmy Savile. The background to this new parable is that some bad guy known as the Adversary (probably because opponent, rival, enemy, antagonist, and opposer were after it in the dictionary) decided to take over all the old lands, causing some of our most loved fables to join together to escape their Homelands to our Homeland, a pretty simple back story explaining why some of these characters who were classed as bad guys became good guys.

I admit that I do like how Bill Willingham has changed the characters from how they are normally portrayed, and in this first volume we see who we believe are to become the main protagonists in this series. Firstly we meet Jack and the Beanstalk, who isn't just a cheeky chap, but a known conman and wanted for murder. Now Mr and the Beanstalk is set up as a kind of down-on-his-luck kind of guy that you are meant to like, but I do think that he just needs a good slap, and by no means the best character they created (why he gets his spin off show is beyond me, a bit like why they made the Cleveland Show when Family guy was so awful). Jack is obviously not the killer of Rose Red, the woman believed to have been killed. Rose Red is famous for being Snow White's sister (not the snow white starring Bella from Twilight in case you were wondering, not a good film), but in this case is jealous of her sister, and the usual sister rivalry follows their backgrounds, one get a handsome prince, the other sleeps with the handsome prince (its almost like an episode of Jeremy Kyle).

The characters that do stand out to me in this first instalment is Bigby (Big Bad) Wolf, well known hard ass who has all the Fables that are animals, which live on a farm, hating him, but he has become the sheriff of Fabletown and is portrayed as a kind of Clint Eastwood role but with claws instead of a magnum. I like Bigby because you get the feeling that no one wants to mess with him because he is someone who doesn't take any rubbish. The end of volume 1 has a few pages about Bigby back in the Homelands and how he came to join the other fleeing fables, which I really liked, because there are so many characters it is nice to try to give them a decent background to understand. Sadly this doesn't continue in further instalments, which I found a shame.

Vol. 1 isn't a bad start to the Fables series, sadly they are now getting ready for Vol.18, dragging this story out, but it is a good strong start, hopefully they don't ruin something that has potential to be enjoyable.
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