2010.  99.  Fables: Vol. 1, Legends in Exile

“Once upon a time, ‘Hurry!’"

Fables: Book One, Bill Willingham

       I like graphic novels. I consider them to be as valid as novels and usually as good (though this may be because I only read the most famous comic books that have been republished in fancy graphic novel form, and thus are the creme de la creme - and I read quite a few crappy novels every year).  I like the way the art and words come together to make something completely new.  What I don’t like, though, is that 1) I can read a graphic novel in absolutely no time (like, an hour), so it seems like a waste of money to buy them, and 2) my library never seems to have the whole series of anything.  Accordingly, reading comic books is an exercise in frustration for me, as my cheapness and the crap nature of D.C.’s libraries means that I never ever get to read a whole story.  And some of that is the nature of comic books, which theoretically could go on forever, but the take away is that the stories always seem extra ephemeral to me - interesting, but something I can’t be bothered to get invested in.

        That all having been said, Fables is a pretty interesting concept.  The idea is that the land of stories has been captured, and the storybook characters* are now living in our world.  Some are able to pass among us (the humanoids), others are living in a farm upstate.  There are two stories in this volume - the first is about the murder of Rose Red, which introduces us to what seem to be the main characters - the detective Bigby Wolf and the victim’s sister, Snow White, who is basically running fabletown.  The second story has to do with a rebellion on the upstate farm, where the non-humanoids get tired of their second class status.  The writing is interesting, and I generally love things that play on traditional story tropes.  It’s different enough from superheros to engage a non-comic reader, and I liked the mystery angle. I’d love to read a second volume, if I could put my hands on it (well, for free, see above).  


*This is not the terminology from the book, which is sort of hard-boiled, but I returned my copy to the library and don’t remember exactly the words they used. You get the drift.


Categories:  Library Book, Graphic Novel

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