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Fables Vol. I by Bill Willingham et al.

July 29, 2012

Fables: Legends in Exile sets the story of the fables, creatures from fairy tales and fables living in the modern world. They retain the same strengths, weaknesses, and supernatural powers they had in the original stories, but they live among the humans, so they have to be careful what they do in public so as not to arouse suspicion.
This first collection of the comics does a good job of setting up the world and telling a story. The story is that of Rose Red, Snow White’s sister, who has disappeared from her apartment, with her blood spilled all around. Bigby Wolf, the fabletown sheriff, investigates what looks to be her murder, and also has a big crush on Snow White, who is second-in-command to the mayor of fabletown.

Already Fables sounds more complicated than it is, with all the relationships between the different characters and where they were at in traditional stories versus  in this version, but it is incredibly clear in the actual book what is going on. The artwork does a lot of the heavy lifting, giving the different characters strikingly different looks.

I am definitely going to continue to read this series, as I think it has a lot to offer. Clearly Bigby Wolf and Snow White are being set up as main characters, and I think they are both interesting; however, I am intrigued by the fact that the story can spin off in so many directions and include so many different characters.



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