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A comic book series published by Vertigo and created by Bill WIllingham

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Fairytales for Grownups

  • Jul 10, 2010
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The best part of fairytales is how they grow and change with us.  Willingham and company have done a wonderful job updating our favorite characters to match our modern era.  Their origin stories were only the beginning.  Since the era of once upon a time, the characters went off into new directions, fulfilling their characters in new ways.  Cinderella became a spy and agent of Fabletown when happily ever after ended too soon.  Little Boy Blue from a minor nursery rhyme became the greatest swashbuckler hero of all fairytales.  The frog prince worked part-time as a janitor when he lost his kingdom.
Even better is how the different fable characters interact with each other.  Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have lunch together to trash-talk their husband: Prince Charming.  Rose Red and Boy Blue became closer than friends, and the wicked witch and big bad wolf from every fairytale serve are the go to people when it comes to the protection of the other minor fairytales.  The series offers fan fulfillment with the interaction and friendships developed between the different characters, and you don’t have to be familiar with the myriad of source material to appreciate the story.
The writing for the series is spot on.  Individual issues carry you through the overarching stories. In every volume, each character is highlighted and goes through an arc that takes them through the plot.  The art is less comic and more realistic to support the modern twist of the source material, but the frames for the different panels keeps that fairytale feel.  The series is multifaceted and offers a wonderful collection of “what ifs” for any fan of the original fairytales.

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July 12, 2010
I love it. Well written review! Thanks for sharing.
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Quick Tip by . September 30, 2010
I confess to being a bit late getting around to reading this comic book series, but I'm certainly glad I did. The concept is inspired and Willingham's writing is sharp. The art is solid and well detailed, if a little uninspired at times. I've only read the first graphic novel collection (Legends in Exile) so far, but I'm certainly looking forward to reading more tales from Fabletown.
review by . June 18, 2010
I stumbled upon this fabulous series at my local comic book shop, and as soon as I scanned the first few pages (in order to make certain I liked the art and writing styles), I was enthralled. This lusciously illustrated series centers around an exiled community of fairy tale characters, some of whom currently reside in a community in the middle of New York City and others who live on a farm outside of the city. I immediately fell in love with the characters, who were all cleverly reimagined …
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I love this series. The fairy tale characters you grew to love as a kid, now presented in a delightfully mature reading style - incredibly creative and innovative.
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
review by . March 05, 2009
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review by . December 12, 2008
Fables: Legends in Exile
Fables is a fourteen- time Eisner award- winning comic book series that deals with well- known characters from folklore that have been transplanted to modern- day New York.  Some story arcs include: Snow White becomes the Mayor of Fable Town, Cinderella as a Spy, Gepetto creating a massive army of puppets, and the history of the Big Bad Wolf. Never has a single comic book series brought me tears, laughter and so much adventure.   
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Author: Bill Willingham
Genre: Comic Books
Publisher: Vertigo

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