Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile
by Bill Willingham (2002)
When the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, the inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own secret society in an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown.
When Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it’s up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to find the killer.
Graphic Novel Review
Fables is a fun fairy tale retelling, with the Big Bad Wolf and Snow White taking center stage. Volume 1: Legends in Exile introduces readers to the setting and characters through mystery tropes. Characters are introduced as suspects, witnesses and investigators. It’s a fascinating way to be introduced to a new world, and the case ties up with a satisfying resolution at the end.
There’s much more to know about Fabletown and future volumes may not follow the same pattern. But with fairy tales, retelling is half the fun. Legends in Exile adapts itself to the mystery genre well. I’m looking forward to whatever this series has next!
Recommended for fans of:
* Fairy tale stories, from both the most popular and lesser known tales
* Modern day retellings, where classic characters live in the modern world
* Good old-fashioned mysteries, with a gruff detective and a dramatic reveal
Read for the Fables Buddy Read & Blog Tour
Come join in the discussion for this volume! This discussion is hosted by Brianna @ The Write Stuff 123. I’ll be hosting volume two’s buddy read discussion here on July 13, so it’s not too late to catch up and join us! (You can host too, if you’d like.)