Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile

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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 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 ...

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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563899423
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 1/30/2003
  • Series: Fables Series , #1
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    If you like The Sandman, check this out!

    This is one of the very best comics out right now. If you like fantasy in an urban setting, tight storytelling, intriguing art, and great dialogue you should pick up this book. The first issue from DC is completely sold out! The only way to get this storyline now is to either beg it off of a friend who has it, or to pick up this trade paperback! The premise of the book itself is simple. Characters from fairy tales, folk tales, mythology, and world literature have been chased out of their homelands and are now living in modern America. A large number of the humanoid (or those who can purchase a glamour to make them appear so) live in a community in New York City. Many of the non humanoids live on a farm in upstate New York. This first trade paperback deals with a murder mystery. Rose Red has disappeared under mysterious circumstances and a sinister message "No More Happily Ever After". The Big Bad Wolf (now known as Bigby Wolf) is investigating the case. The suspects include (but are not limited to): Prince Charming, Bluebeard, and Snow White.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    A Stray for the world of Happily Ever After

    I've heard good things about this series and have almost picked it up many times over the past year or so. I finally broke down and grabbed a copy a couple of weeks ago and I'm really glad I did.

    I've enjoyed a lot of the "fairy tale retelling" stories that have been coming around lately, some more than others. What I found even more fun about this premise is that the fairy tale characters have been dislocated from their fairy tale worlds and are now living in our world.trying to 'fit in' but also striving to maintain their own identities.

    The character development and presentation was excellent. I loved the adult depth given to these characters that are otherwise fairly 2-dimensional. Seeing Jack (of Beanstalk fame) as a conniving, lying, scheming, unsuccessful con-man of sorts was great. Snow White as the semi-snobbish clean cut acting-leader felt a little flat at first, but as the story went on and we saw more into her personality, she became even more intriguing. Prince Charming was great as the over-confident schmoozer. But my favorite had to be the portrayal of "Bigby" (as in "Big Bad" Wolf) as a sort of noir detective for the fairy tale folks. Having just recently read Red Harvest, I had a feel for the hard-boiled detective and really liked Bigby's portrayal.

    The art in this novel was well done and a lot of fun. The central art was clean and nice and helped the story along..while at the same time, the artist had a lot of fun along the periphery by adding in small details that added humor or tension to the scenes and may not even be picked up on (I'm sure I missed a lot of the subtleties).

    The story was engaging and very interesting. At the heart of this particular book (the first in the series), there was some focus on introducing us to the characters. By doing it through the course of a murder mystery, it allowed the author to provide backstory without it sounding like contrived monologues. The mystery itself was a lot of fun and very engaging. I wish I could say I had it figured out before the very end.but I can't. I did suspect something along the lines of what happened, but not exactly as it played out, which (in my opinion) is the way a good mystery novel should be framed (the reader shouldn't be able to figure things out too easily, but should feel like they came just inches behind the detective).

    [Photo]I was a little turned off by the amount of swearing in the book (I would love to have been able to share this with my kids, but the language will definitely make me keep it out of their hands for at least the next few years). There were a couple of scenes of violence which were a little over the top (especially for young readers), but weren't overly graphic or offensive. And the one "sex scene" and the couple of suggestive panels we in the PG to PG-13 range. Overall, a movie version of the book would probably receive a PG-13 rating, possibly pushed to R if they decided to overplay the language/violence or expound on the sex.

    Overall, this was a great read and a very fun world filled with wonderful characters. I'm definitely planning to follow this series (from the B&N shelf, it looks like there are 10+ books already). I may have to increase my book allowance so I can catch up more quickly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    I just started reading the Fables series last week and have quickly made it up to the 22nd or so issue, each just as enjoyable as the last. I had no idea what the big deal seemed to be about this series, but as other reviewers have pointed out, it has a very addictive and magical charm to it. Keeping the backgrounds of the characters remarkably intact while thrusting them into a modern world, with much more mature themes, makes for very compelling reading. Excellent writing, beautiful art which makes a perfect fit for these stories. I would highly recommend this title.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    'Disarmingly Charming'

    The simple, addictive, and creative world of fabletown binds the reader not only because of its wonderfully professional script but also with the soft-to-the-eyes yet stunning images created by Lan Medina bringing the characters truly to life with their charm and personalities. A must-read for anyone who enjoys graphic novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    I finally see what everyone's talking about!

    I have heard about Fables forever and have finally read the first volume. While, I;m not in love with it like many others, I did really enjoy it and think its a terrific idea with limitless potential. The art was very basic but worked well with the story. I'm lokking forward to reading the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Hooked on this series

    Love the concept, knocked out by the execution (storytelling, characterizations and art alike), thrilled by the potential. Will be snapping up the rest of the series ASAP.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Not Your Grandma's Fairytales

    Characters from fairytale and legend take on new life in these fabulous graphic series. Fleeing persecution in the magical realm they were born in, a group of fairytale refugees crossed dimensions and settled in New York. Now run by elected officials (King Cole and Snow White) the Fables hide their existence and plot a way home. Willingham breathes new life into ancient characters and creates new relationships and stories that are every bit as compelling as the original tales. Love this series, but there is some pretty mature content, so would recommend for mature readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    In this collection of tales, graphic novel/comic style, fairy ta

    In this collection of tales, graphic novel/comic style, fairy tale/fable characters have escaped to the mundane/human world for safety. In this Volume, Snow White's sister, Rose Red, is missing and possibly dead, Bigby Wolf (aka Big Bad Wolf) is on the case to investigate.

    The graphics are beautifully detailed to add depth to the story and characters. The story narrative is multi-layered with twists to the mysteries and the dynamic relationships of the characters. The relationships and the characters themselves grow as the story progresses.

    The story is rife with action, emotion, and humor.

    Overall, a fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Great stuff!

    Great stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Highly Recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    The title that started an obsession

    I read comics like other little girls in the 80s; a Supergirl here and there, Superman, X-Men... and as a teen I read a few indie comics off and on, with a few manga religiously. I'd loved Sandman in high school, but really wasn't sure where to go from there. I ran across this first issue of Fables while looking for Aesop's Fables, and Bill Willingham returned me to comics with a fervor - I was hooked. I adored the premise and layered story telling, the nuanced art, and the innate sense of humor. This title started a snowball effect in branching out into other titles, and a lifelong love affair into the Western comic industry. This title was that captivating. Even now when I pick up my monthly pull list, I always save Fables - the best - for last.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Highly Recommended

    LOVED IT!!!!! Great twist on some old tales.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Now this was a fantastic read. Fables opens up a world of all an

    Now this was a fantastic read. Fables opens up a world of all and any known beings in any fable, nursery rhyme, fairytale you name it. The ensemble of potential characters that this series can contain is endless. In Volume One: Legends in Exile: it's a who-dunnit mystery. The sister of Snow White, Rose Red has gone missing. There is too much blood in her apartment to make it possible that she survived, but where's the body? Mr Wolf and Snow White take on the case together and start interrogating all the people Rose Red has been known to consort with.

    Volume One contains the first 5 issues of Fables, but contains the whole complete story of Rose Red's disappearance and ends on a very perfect ending to her story. The combination of dialogue vs illustrations was perfect and the introductions to several other characters was not overwhelming and has an opening for several more story lines to branch off.

    Along with the mystery we get an introduction into the world, how the fables came to be living among the mundanes in our world and the desire to want to be able to go back to their homelands one day.

    Interesting side characters that are introduced such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Prince Charming, although we only get a peek into their lives, but the girls take on major kick ass roles. They play an even role against the guys in this story and I loved seeing a new and intriguing way to view Snow White and Cinderella. My favorite character was Snow White, she has a powerful job working for the government, better off divorced and stronger for it, great apartment and can stand up to the more animal side to the guys. By far my least favorite character is her ex husband Prince Charming. He's a cocky, selfish ass.

    This is by far one of my favorites, I do not know what took me so long to look into this serialized story, no wonder it won an Eisner Award in 2003. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    Not Bad!

    A couple of coworkers turned me onto this graphic novel series, and so far I have quite enjoyed it. Willingham creates a clever story based around fable & fairy tale creatures in a more modern, mundane enviornment...each living in disguise amongst the humans of Earth. Volume 1 covers the 1st few graphic novels in the series. I am looking forward to digging into volume 2 very soon. If you like both comics and fantasy, this is a good series to check out.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    Fables

    Fables is one of the first graphic novels I ever read, and it's probably my favorite. I picked it up because I loved James Jean's cover art, but it wasn't long before I was hooked. Fables follows the denizens of folklore, myth, legend, fairy tale, and beloved fiction as they cope with exile from their homeland and work to defeat the shadowy Adversary and find their way back. Well-known characters like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks, and Pinocchio---among others---receive a twist on their characters that both honors and defies their traditional roles, and the graphic novels are so filled with literary references that any lover of fairy tales and folklore can't help but be entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

    I TOOK IT BACK. IT WASN'T AT ALL WHAT I EXPECTED. A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

    I COULDN'T FORCE MYSELF TO READ IT.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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