Graphic Novel Review: Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

This week’s graphic novel review is of Bill Willingham’s Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile.

Basic Plot Synopsis: When a mysterious creature called “The Adversary” conquered the lands of fairy tales and legends, the inhabitants sought refuge in the land of the “mundys.” Exiled to New York City, the underground “Fabletown” society tries to manage hiding the magical nature of these unusual New York residents. However, when a brutal murder scene is discovered, it’s up to Fabletown’s sheriff, Bigby (the reformed Big Bad Wolf) to find out who the killer Fable might be… for the sake of the community.

My Thoughts: Fables has long been a favorite comic series of mine. Willingham’s imagined universe of the Fable underground is vibrant and chock full of lore and legend. Each volume offers small details and clues that should delight any fairy tale enthusiast. The first volume does an excellent job of setting the tone of the nature of Fabletown and establishing the roles of famous characters such as Snow White, Prince Charming, etc.

The dialogue is witty and well constructed – Willingham does an excellent job of mastering character development through conversation. Likewise, the illustrations are gorgeous and further add to the creation of the Fables universe.

For those of you who may have played the first episode of Telltale Game’s The Wolf Among Us, that game is a prequel of sorts to the events recounted here in the graphic novels. If you loved that game, or you’re looking for a new graphic novel to read, I highly recommend Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile.

– E.B.

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