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  • Published: New York : DC Comics, c2002.
  • Year Published: 2002
  • Description: 118 pages : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Graphic Novel

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  • 1563899426 :


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Fables. Volume 1, Legends in exile

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Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Fables

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Malletts Adult

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Originally published in single magazine from as Fables 1-5.

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This is such an excellent series! I highly recommend.


This book was recommended by a fellow student in a Coursera MOOC about comics and graphic novels. I was not impressed - in my opinion, the story was meh, while the artwork was nice but not ground-breaking. I seem to be in the minority with this opinion, though!


I've wanted to start this series for the longest time. However, I tend to run hot or cold on graphic novels and didn't want to buy something without knowing what I was getting into. If the rest of the Fables collection is as good as the first one, I won't worry about getting "stuck" with anything.

All the fairy tale characters were run out of their homelands and ended up in New York. Old King Cole is the de facto mayor of Fabletown, while Snow White is actually the person running the show. It's a modern setting for these very old tales and I like the way Willingham has shown them all adjusting to the strange new world. Looking forward to volume 2.


What if all of the classic fairy tale characters lived among us, hiding in plain sight? Bill Willingham’s comic, Fables shows just that. Driven from their homeland by the mysterious “Adversary,” groups of fairy tale characters were forced to settle in a block of New York City, living secretly in the midst of humans. In the pages of the comic, Willingham shows both how they deal with their day-to-day problems (Jack Horner keeps stealing things, Rapunzel’s hair grows at an alarming rate, Snow White’s sister, Rose Red has gone missing) and their larger fight against the Adversary.

Though some of the storylines are fluffy, don’t expect Disney—Prince Charming is a womanizer, Beauty and the Beast have marital problems, and all animal Fables are forced to live on a farm away from society.



Storybook characters living among us

What if Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Prince Charming and other (mostly) familiar characters were not only real, but were living among us, in exile, having left their "faerie" homelands as refugees? This is the first volume collecting the long-running comic series. Plot lines involve loss, death, war, forms of governance and rebellion, complicated alliances and grievances, and twists on many well-known stories. The Fables stories are generally for mature readers for reasons of language and occasionally for adult relationships and concepts, even more so in the spinoff series Jack of Fables. The novel set in the same universe, Peter & Max, would be fine for even a middle school student, on the other hand, and can stand on its own. 1001 Nights of Snowfall is more of a loveletter to fans of the series than a stand alone story; Don't start there.

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