Review: Fables, Volume 1

Read: Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham, penciled by Lan Medina, inked by Steve Leialoha and Craig Hamilton, colored by Sherilyn van Valkenburgh, and lettered by Todd Klein
Stars: Four

Drinking: Green Tea with Mango, Bigelow

Long ago, fairy tale characters, who call themselves Fables, were driven out of their homelands by the Adversary.  Over the centuries, they have more or less adapted to living in the “mundy” world of ordinary people.  Volume 1 introduces the Fables and their society in our world.  It’s also a delightful old-school murder mystery.

The action opens as Jack of the Tales (you know, who climbs beanstalks) rushes into Bigby Wolf’s office to say that Rose Red has apparently been murdered.  Wolf takes on the role of the classic PI, joined by Red’s sister Snow White, to discover the murderer and the motive.  

The art is well done and really brings out the ’50s private eye style Willingham’s story represents.  The world of Fabletown is brought to life with the sure drawings and quirky dialogue.  I’m on Volume 2 now, and I can tell you that Fables is a series well worth reading.


Author: Lisa M Fry

Freelance writer & copy-editor. Book lover. Feminist. American in London.

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