Fables TP Vol 01 Legends In Exile (Fables (Paperback)) Paperback – 29 May 2012
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"The writer, Bill Willingham, surprises at every turn and the art, particularly that of Mark Buckingham, is top-notch." --The New York Times"[A] wonderfully twisted concept...features fairy tale characters banished to the noirish world of present-day New York." --The Washington Post Winner of 12 Eisner Awards
About the Author
Bill Willingham is the award-winning writer and creator of Fables. He has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years on titles including Elementals, Coventry, Proposition PLAYER and Fables. With Matthew Sturges, Bill co-wrote the Fables spinoff Jack Of Fables, as well as House Of Mystery and Justice Society Of America. His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards, plus the International Horror Guild award.
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I usually don’t read comics or graphic novels – or haven’t for a while. But I have been playing the game "The Wolf Among Us", and it made me want to read this.
I keep thinking that my opinion on this series might be biased because I already felt attached somehow to the characters from having played the video-game – which was a prequel to the comic book series. This first volume was not what I was expecting: not as dark, not as violent, not as complex. There is also the fact that I am not sure how I’d have felt if this was my first contact with this mysterious ‘Fabletown’.
The book blurb is a bit tricky too: It gives us the background information in the beginning, however very little of this episode is dedicated to the actual background history of the series. If you are curious about the premise, you might be disappointed when you get an episodic murder mystery instead.
The characters are the best part for me. They are nothing like in the folklore, and they have unique quirks (You have to love the Big Bad Wolf). The chemistry between Snow and Bigby is intense, addictive, and even hilarious – but I guess I knew that already. Was this book funny? Yes, it was. I might have a weird sense of humor so take it with a grain of salt.
Overall, I think I was expecting the episode contained in this volume to be darker, more complex, more ‘adult’ perhaps, and to develop a bit more of the original premise. Still, this story is part of a pretty imaginative and creative world, and the series deserve all the credit for that. Plus, you get to spend some time with amazing characters that never cease to surprise you. I know that the world-building has more depth than what it was shown here, and I wonder when is this going to be shown / explained in the series.
In the end, it was a light, fun, and entertaining read, which I believe might turn into something more complex if I continue the series – which I will!
It pains me to say it because I really did want to enjoy this series, but I can't say I recommend buying this.
The style and plot is very different to Saga. Where Saga is a bold, bright fantasy-sci-fi adventure Fables is more of a detective-noir, modern day fairytale. This first volume follows the mystery of what has happened to Snow White’s sister, as investigated by the Big Bad Wolf in human form. As well as being a good, classic whodunnit (Christie style) we are introduced to the wider story arc of the reason the Fables are in ‘our world’ (the Adversary), and a varied cast of characters including Prince Charming, Jack, Little Boy Blue, the Three Pigs, Bluebeard and so on.
Obviously the main characters in this story are Snow White and Bigby Wolf and their introduction, character development, and chemistry is superb. I will be interested to find out whether they will continue to be the main characters in future installments (I suspect yes, as between them they have ideal access to all elements of the community), or whether other plots will follow different characters. To be honest, either would be fine by me, as the world/character building here is fascinating!
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