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Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile (NOOK Comics with Zoom View)

Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile (NOOK Comics with Zoom View)

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by Bill Willingham
     
 

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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

Overview

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, 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.
AWARDS:
YALSA: 2004 annual recommended list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
·Willingham, Bill. Animal Farm (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo.
·Willingham, Bill. Legends in Exile (Fables series). DC Comics: Vertigo.
YALSA: 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
·Willingham, Bill, Todd Klein, and others. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. 2006. DC Comics/ Vertigo
As of 2008, Fables has won twelve Eisner Awards.
·Best New Series in 2003
·Best Serialized Story in 2003, 2005 and 2006 (Legends In Exile, March of the Wooden Soldiers and Homelands)
·Best Anthology in 2007 (Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
·Best Short Story in 2007 (A Frog’s Eye View, by Bill Willingham and James Jean, in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall)
Hugo Award Nomination 2009:
·Fables: War and Pieces was nominated for the first Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This elaborate fantasy series begins as a whodunit, but quickly unfurls into a much larger story about Fabletown, a place where fairy tale legends live alongside regular New Yorkers. Years ago, fables and fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella "were a thousand separate kingdoms spread over a hundred magic worlds," until they were invaded and driven into hiding and, eventually, into modern-day Gotham. And so, on the city streets we find Beauty and the Beast in trouble with the law and Prince Charming reduced to a broke cad auctioning off his royal title, while his ex-wife, Snow White, rules over the de facto kingdom the fables created. When Snow White's sister, Rose Red, disappears from a blood-soaked apartment, the Wolf, reformed and now the kingdom's house detective, is assigned to the case. Willingham uses the Wolf's investigation to introduce readers to Fabletown's dissolute, hard-luck inhabitants, and he is at his best here, relishing one-liners and spinning funky background information of a world where fairy tale characters spend their time fretting about money and thinking up get-rich schemes. The mystery seems mostly an excuse to delineate Willingham's world, as the caper is easily resolved-in true fairy tale fashion-during a massive ballroom celebration. Willingham's dialogue is humorous, his characterizations are sharp and his plot encompasses a tremendous amount of information with no strain at all. The art, mostly by Medina and Leialoha, is well drawn and serviceable, if somewhat unremarkable, with occasional flares of decorative invention. But it's Willingham's script that carries the tale. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Banished from myriad kingdoms spread over a hundred magic worlds, fairy-tale characters are forced to live surreptitiously among mundane humans in New York City, where any oddity blends in without notice. Should they reveal their true nature to humans-breaking their most vital law-they are sent upstate to the "Farm," where unspeakable indignities occur. Favorite storybook and nursery rhyme characters face human frailties and the ultimate insult of living without the accustomed wealth and lavishness of yore. Then a heinous crime shakes the fragile essence of their world when party-girl Rose Red's pad is found in shambles and covered in her blood. It seems likely that she is dead, but who killed this flamboyant character? Was it Jack, of Beanstalk fame, with whom she publicly ended her affair? Or was it Blue Beard, a character with whom she has a secret engagement contract? Even her sister, Snow White, is a potential suspect. Fable Town Sheriff B. Wolf, a chain-smoking gumshoe, seeks to find "whodunit" before the annual social event of these displaced spirits. There is no denying that the lure of this format is at an all-time high, especially among more reluctant readers. With such cleverly written text, although often sprinkled with expletives, and exciting illustrations, this one is sure to be a hit. Although Ole' King Cole, now the mayor living in an Upper Westside penthouse, remains a jolly old soul, it is a great comfort to learn that Snow White did not live "happily ever after" with Prince Charming-the unfaithful rogue-and that Beauty would love to ditch the Beast. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult~G). 2003, DC Comics, G128p,
— Cheryl Karp Ward
Library Journal
Long ago, the Adversary conquered all of the various lands of Fable, and the survivors escaped to exile on Earth. With all past grudges forgiven, the Fables formed their own community in the United States. Some live on a remote farm, but those who can pass as human live in New York City, hiding their extraordinary nature from the world. King Cole is the mayor of Fabletown, but the real work is done by his no-nonsense deputy, Snow White (whatever you do, never mention the dwarves!). When Snow's estranged sister Rose Red goes missing, detective B. Wolf (Bigby for short) is called in to investigate the crime. The suspects include Rose's boyfriend Jack the giant-killer; Bluebeard the pirate, with whom Rose had had an affair; and Snow's ex-husband, Prince Charming. Writer Willingham ties everything up in style, and the realistic full-color art by Lan Medina and others fits the tale well. Fans of urban prose fantasies should find this highly entertaining. Part of DC's Vertigo line for "mature readers," this is strongly recommended for all adult collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401236021
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Fables Series , #1
Sold by:
DC Comics
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
87,081
File size:
77 MB
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Meet the Author

Bill Willingham has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years. During that time he’s had work published by nearly every comics publisher in the business and he’s created many critically acclaimed comic book series, including Elementals, Coventry, PROPOSITION PLAYER and FABLES. Along with FABLES and JACK OF FABLES, Willingham wrote the miniseries DAY OF VENGEANCE and currently writes SALVATION RUN. His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards and the International Horror Guild award. He lives somewhere near a good poker room.

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