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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing., 12 July 2012
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This review is from: Fables: Legends in Exile - Vol 01 (Fables) (Comic)
I'm not aiming for an in-depth review here, I just wanted to share how I also was quite disappointed with this. I was really intrigued by the premise of traditional folklore characters living in a gritty city setting, and how this would be expressed in graphic novel form. I did think there were plenty of great character ideas, particularly the development (or breaking down) of the relationships between all the "happy couples" such as Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and Prince Charming. There's lots clever little details like this that twist and subvert our familiar conceptions of fairytales (Solinas' review offers a thorough summary), and these did encourage me to keep reading through the whole thing. But I thought the story was tedious and dull - there's all this possibility for something totally unique, and all this intrigue surrounding these characters, but it turns out to be just another murder mystery, nothing much better than the average episode of CSI! I also would have liked slightly more interesting, varied and stylised illustrations, but that's just a matter of personal preference as I feel this way about a lot of comic art.

I'm aware that more of the history will probably be revealed in the other volumes, but I just thought it was a little strange to start such an intriguing series with this story, although it's worth a read to see the amusing little details that hark back to our childhood bed-time stories.
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