Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Fables #1) (Fables Universe #1)

Much like Saga, Vol. 1, Fables has been on my list to read for the longest time. I have a soft spot for genre mashups, so the idea of taking Fairy Tales and having them alive and well in a hidden corner of our real world? Wonderful!

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile introduces us to the setting and the characters, taking the guise of a classic murder mystery and throwing a few Fairy Tale specific wrenches in along the way.

I love the art style–more traditional comic book style than Saga was, the characters–they’re all the names you’d know and love, but often done in a much more gritty ‘real’ style, and I lvoe the story. The Fables have their own problems to deal with along with those in the real world.

That being said, it is not a particularly child friendly story. Right from the beginning, it’s chock full of adult language, nudity, and violence. It’s a very adult take on what were once children’s cautionary tales. You have been warned.

Overall, it’s a great introduction to a fascinating world. It looks like each volume has it’s own internal story with an overarching plot across the entire series. I look forward to it!

A few individual parts I loved for various reasons (here be minor spoilers!):

01-01-Once-upon-a-time

Once upon a time… Fables in New York. I think I fell in love with the idea in this very first frame.

01-02-Pinochio-problems

Pinocchio problems… but more seriously, now we know that the Fables are more or less immortal and somewhat unchanging. And in some cases, that kind of sucks.

01-02-Snow-White-Director-of-Operations

Snow White, Director of Operations. I love it.

01-03-NSFW

Ah, yup. Prince Charming is having sex with Mundys (this world’s word for non- Fables).

01-04-Tardis

So… basically the Tardis? I wonder if stories like that are in this world?

01-05-Murder-training

The Big Bad Wolf going by Bigby, being the town Sheriff, and Snow White basically learning how to be a murderer? A wonderful scene.

01-06-Jabberwocky

SNICKER SNACK!

01-07-The-Adversary

What I was saying about the backstory. There’s a lot of depth here, but nothing that we have to know about just yet. Just a reason the Fables are here and a plot to stretch across 20+ stories.

01-08-Dating-your-boss

Oh man. Don’t date your boss.

01-09-The-Parlor-Room-Scene

I do love the title cards for the chapters. A wonderfully dry sense of humor. Bluebeard (in the back) is one of my favorite characters, although I’m not yet sure if he’s going to be a/the villain or get a redemption arc… Why not both!

01-10-Whodunit

Yup. It’s a whodunit!

01-11-ROSE-RED

le twist

I mean, once you saw what sort of tale this was, it was one of the obvious answers. But it’s still pretty exciting.

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