Monday, December 9, 2013

Review ~ Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Legends in Exile (Fables, Vol.1)

by Bill Willingham
illustrated by Lan Medina, Steve Leiahola, Craig Hamilton, James Jean
published by Vertigo
genre: Graphic Novel, Fairy Tales, Adult

Summary (Goodreads): 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.

My Thoughts: I heard about this series while I was looking at reviews for the Sisters Grimm series of books. I tend to enjoy fairy tale retellings  and have started looking at more graphic novels so I thought I would give it a try.
The summary pretty much tells it all without telling you the ending. This felt more like a murder mystery than a fairy-tale, but still a good read.
I liked the illustrations in this more than the previous graphics (not many) I had looked at.  Each panel told the story and really helped the story.
Overall, it was interesting seeing some favorite characters in a different light. While this was definitely adult it wasn't too graphic or dark considering the topic. I will be reading more from this series.

Rating: 4 


  1. I've had this series recommended to me but have not tried it yet. The premise definetly sounds interesting... I'll have to look for these, maybe I can catch up at the library. Thanks for the review.

    1. that's where I'm reading them from (local library system)