Thursday, 17 April 2014

Fables, Vol 1: Legends in Exile, by Bill Willingham

4 stars

A graphic novel in which fairytale beings live in New York? And the Big Bad Wolf is a private dick? It's like someone wrote this excellent introduction to the Fable World (in which the aforementioned Bigby Wolf investigates who killed Rose Red, the sister of Fabletown's deputy Mayor, Snow White) just for me...

It was fun to see new takes on familiar characters - apart from the Big Bad Wolf and Snow White we also meet Old King Cole, Bluebeard, Jack (of the Beanstalk fame, now a grifter) and Beauty and the Beast (whose marriage troubles made me snigger).

The plot itself was straightforward and enjoyable, if not mind-blowing, but I love the world that's been set up and I can't wait to read more.

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