Saturday Issue Review: Fables Volume 1 – Legends in Exile

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Fables Vol 1Source: Borrowed
Publisher: Veritgo Comics
Series: Fables #1-5
Edition: eComic, 128 pages
Genre: Fairy Tale Graphic Novel
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

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 (Bigby 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.

As most of my readers know I’m a fan of fairy-tales and I love when someone gives me a new and fresh take on stories so old. Fables: Legends in Exile does just that. This collects the first five issues of the series as we as a prose story called ‘The Wolf in the Fold’.

I have picked up this book so many times in bookstores in the past and I always put it down. I was drawn to the premise but no the art and I never really gave it a chance, until a few weeks ago when my boyfriend bought a game based on them. He bought the comics and we both devoured them in a few days. Williagham takes the stories we know so well and puts them in the middle of New York city. They are exiled from their storybook world and now they have deal with the reality and grit of living in a place that doesn’t really belong to them. Now to make matters worse there has been a murder which threatens their secret existence and starts pulling at the already tension filled nerves.

This follows the ‘sheriff’ Bigby Wolf (get it? Big B Wolf *giggle snorts*) as he tries to sniff out just who killed Rose Red. We get to see a side of the big bad wolf that we don’t really get a chance to in the short stories from our childhood and instead of just being a jerk of a wolf, he proves to be somewhat intelligent and capable of empathy…though he’s still kind of a jerk and really gruff. We also get to see just how famous characters like Snow White, Prince Charming, Belle, and Beast are coping with the change and how their relationships are faring. Beast and Belle are my favorite fairy tale characters so it was awesome to see them again, and even though their part in the story is not a big one I still loved seeing them.

I appreciated that this wasn’t just a straight forward fairytale retelling and that there was the added mystery element that took the forefront, because in some ways that made me pay attention to the tiny details even more. It was also a really good excuse to brush up on some fairy-tales I’m not entirely familiar with like Bluebeard. I can’t wait to see what everyone is up too in Volume 2.

4 stars

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