Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review:: Fables: Legends in Exile, by Bill Willingham

Title: Fables: Legends in Exile
Author: Bill Willingham
Series: Fables, #1
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I think I read this a long time ago? Closer to when it first came out. Regardless, it was quite enjoyable, and less predictable than most plots I come across. The premise is also a fun one that allows for good morality play and tension.

The premise of Fables is that The Adversary kicked all the fairy tale creatures out of The Homeland and so now they're holed up in New York City, trying to govern themselves and stay covert from the mundanes. Because they no longer have their lands or fortune, they have to survive on other means to try and make it day-to-day.

This volume in particular is a who-dun-it. Red Rose, Snow White's sister, is missing. Her apartment is trashed and coated in blood. The Big Bad Wolf (or Bigby as he's often called) is called upon as sheriff of Fabletown to figure out what happened.

What I liked the most is that a savvy reader who's keeping along can clearly see a lot of the hints and tell that something's not quite right, but without spoiling the ending. There's also the tension of being a villain in a world where you now have to abide by the rules, which has its own charm. Needless to say, there's a lot of handling of morally grey issues.

I'd definitely recommend Fables to anyone who enjoys well-written comic books and fairy tales. I thought this volume was well-compiled, and probably more readable as a graphic novel than as single comics. After all, it's a bit tough to follow a mystery if you're waiting for the next book.

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