Synopsis: 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.
This is a cool concept. “The Adversary” took over the Fable Realm so all of the familiar characters like Cinderella, Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf) escaped into the human world where they live in Fabletown and hide their non-humanity. All “Fables”, as the people are called, were granted amnesty for anything they had done back in the Fable realms. Now one of them has gone missing, and one of their own is to blame.
It’s cool to see Bigby Wolf as the sheriff and Snow White as the mayor. All of the airhead princesses have legitimate jobs and purposes which is kind of cool. Even some non Disney-fied fables are present, like Bluebeard. It’s also neat that characters with the same name in various fables have been combined into one in this graphic novel. Both Cinderella and Snow White had “Prince Charmings”, so in this series they both have the same man as their ex-husband. And he’s total trash.
Before reading this I accidentally picked up the first volume in the Cinderella spin-off series and I can’t say I was enthralled. This one makes me think I’ll like this series!
As a bonus, there’s a short story (in prose) at the end about how Bigby and Snow White first met and how they came to the human world.
Title: Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile
Author: Bill Willingham (Writer)
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Published: 2001 by Vertigo
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