Fables

Fables

[Vol. 1], Legends in Exile

Paperback - 2002
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The world of storybook and nursery rhyme characters who live side-by-side with humans is thrown into turmoil when Rose Red's house is found in shambles and covered with her blood and suspects range from Jack of beanstalk fame to Blue Beard.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2002.
ISBN: 9781563899423
1563899426
Characteristics: 118 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Legends in exile

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IndyPL_DagnyV Jul 01, 2019

This is one of my favorite graphic novel series. The characters are well written and flawed. In traditional fairy tales readers know who the good and bad guys are. In Fables, it isn't always so clear. Bill Willingham crafts an excellent story in this first volume and subsequent volumes are just as excellent.

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LaNomada01
Dec 13, 2018

In the popular show "The Big Bang Theory" a recurring character named Stuart offers this description of Fables #1 to the female protagonists who are in search of a good comic to read; " If I were you, I'd go for Fables number one. The artwork is sophisticated, it's intelligently written, and it doesn't objectify or stereotype women." I agree with almost that entire statement. I got into the comic book world late, and when I encountered a re-telling of fairy tales for modern day - I was all in. It's everything that Stuart promised and more. Seeing the Big Bad Wolf as rugged detective among all the fallen superior fantasy characters is a delight. My only reservation with this series is two things:
1) I got into a little late, and accidentally started on volume 7. This didn't really impact my enjoyment of the series, but I did feel constantly like I was missing something. When I finally got book number 1 and started from the top - it was amazing to see all the little details that the authors put in over the years.
2) I am not the biggest fan of the artwork in this comic series. It is 'sophisticated' but reminds me of the artwork of Superman in pictures of older comics. And sometimes I would find the way the panels were lined up to be distracting.
These reservations are so small they border on being picky. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like to get started in the comic world.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 06, 2018

Fables is like a darker more adult version of Once Upon A Time. I am loving it so far. The other interesting thing is if you love Fables go ahead and look up "The Wolf Among Us" on your app store. You will be in for a treat!

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OohboiaBook
Feb 03, 2018

I originally started reading this because Telltale made a Game series about it. (The Wolf Among Us) It's good so far, and I'm enjoying it.

JCLSamS Feb 08, 2017

A fun, modern detective story uniquely cast with characters from all of your favorite fairy tales. While the main plot of the first novel did not strongly capture my interest, the characters and how they interacted with each other and managed the challenges of their fairy tale traits in a modern setting were vastly more intriguing. Having now read a few of them, the series is easy to jump into and appealing to any fans of both fairy tales and mysteries.

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shortgoose
Oct 26, 2016

Interesting takes on some classic fable characters and decent art somehow combine to a "less than the sum its parts" experience.

I may check out the next volume as I've heard the story improves...

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rswcove
Dec 10, 2015

Fables is a great series up to Book ten. i would recommend against reading past that. Book ten is clearly the conclusion of the story. The series is amazing and improves with every book. In book one, they are still finding their legs. But the story is nonetheless very entertaining and a highly enjoyable read.

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traceofbase
Nov 16, 2015

Predictable and cliche

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The_Bell_Jar
Jun 30, 2015

This has never been my all-time favourite comic series but it definitely deserves a read.

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pagetraveler
Jan 18, 2015

I really liked the letter at the beginning and the story telling at the end, but was unimpressed by the content of the comic. I think I'll try out the next in the series, hoping for a little more complex plot line.

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LazyNeko
Dec 06, 2011

Bigby Wolf: Anyone who's ever fancied himself a detective, openly or secretly, longs for the day he can do the famous parlor room scene.

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