Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (Repost)

19 Aug

I am reposting my original review for Legends in Exile to count for my Fables Series Reading Challenge.  I reread the volume, but didn’t have anything to add to my review.

Title: Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile

Author: Bill Willingham

Publisher: Vertigo 2002

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 128

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Support Your Local Library; April Read-a-Thon; Fantasy; A to Z Authors: W; Fables Series Challenge

How I Got It: borrowed from library

Another graphic novel to add to my growing comic addiction.  This one intrigued me because of the subject matter: fairy tale characters.  I love anything with fairy tale stories or characters.  And this one did not disappoint.  A pulpy detective story featuring the murder of Rose Red.  I loved the inclusion of all kinds of various characters (my fave: Prince Charming who married and divorced both Snow White and Cinderella).  Each had a very different personality than their original story, which is definitely a good thing.  I find most old versions of fairy tales very flat when to comes to characterization.  This volume had loads of personality.

As to the story line, I like the premise and most of the execution.  The only part I didn’t like: the ending.  Having the killer of Rose Red be exposed in during a party felt way too staged.  I wasn’t buying the staged wrap-up of the story.  It was a bit of a let down after a great story.

Fortunately, this was volume one of the Fables series.  I didn’t even realize it when I started reading.  Now I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.



Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Book Reviews


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