by KT Pinto
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
by Bill Willingham
Vertigo, 144 pp.
I am a huge fan of fairy tales, myths, and legends. So, when I heard through the grapevine about Vertigo’s Fables—I know, I’m a little behind, since this is the 10th anniversary of the graphic novel—I had to get a copy.
I wasn’t disappointed. At first I thought this would be just a fairy-tale-characters-meet-modern-day-NYC-type story, and that could go really well, or really poorly. But this story went way beyond the basics. There was murder, political intrigue, war, romance, secrets, comedy, and characters from all different fable worlds (with a legitimate reason why they are all there).
The characters who are able to blend in with the “mundys” live in a building called the Woodland, a building symbolizing where they originally came from, with Tardis-like rooms and dead-end hallways and a caste system like the kingdoms in which they once lived.
But then there are the twists; modern-day spins on princes, real boys, animals, and beasts. The dynamics of the characters who may have barely acknowledged each other in the fairy lands now thrown together by tragedy and need are a fascinating way to look at human interaction… so to speak.
From the author’s forward: “You are about to meet some old friends that you haven’t seen in a while. You already know their first stories—their adventurous tales from long ago. Now you get to find out what they’ve been up to lately. Some you can trust. Others you should never turn your back on. But isn’t that always the way of things?”
A great read! I can’t wait to get the next one!