Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fables, vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

Long ago, the fairytale lands were conquered by an unknown Adversary. Those members of the fable community who were able to escape have set up a new government within New York City. As Fabletown's Mayor, Old King Cole, is preparing for the annual benefit dinner that provides the government's operating budget, Deputy Mayor Snow White is investigating her sister's disappearance. Rose Red's apartment has been trashed, and her posessions are covered in her blood. Snow must do what she can to help Fabletown's sheriff, Bigby Wolf, uncover the truth of what happened to Rose.

Willingham's take on the classic fairytales is intriguing. Bigby, as the Big Bad Wolf, becomes the hero while Prince Charming is portrayed as a broke womanizer (well, he did marry ALL those fairytale princesses!) who is reduced to auctioning off his title for cash. A must-read for fairytale lovers.

*Note to parents: this is a fairytale book for adults. It's a graphic novel (the literary term for comic book), which means pictures, and there is occasionally nudity involved. You may want to look it over before letting your kids read it.

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