Fables is a comic book series that was recommended to me by my co-worker Erick. You may remember him from the Pokemon Battledome post where he composed a team that was built to hit hard! To sum up the theme of Fables, if you have ever watched ABC’s Once Upon A Time Series, the premise is similar; Fairy Tale characters are dropped into the modern world. But instead of the quiet, town of Storybrooke which outsiders can neither see nor visit, the characters are living amongst real people in New York City! They take on new identities and try to make their way in the world while concealing their true identities. Sit back and enjoy this multi-series review (Spoiler Free of Course) of Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book One!
Author: Bill Willingham
Artists: Lan Medina, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Craig Hamilton
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Number of Pages: 248
Published Date: July 2002
Once Upon A Time… Imagine that all the characters from the world’s most beloved storybooks were real – real, and living among us, withall of their powers intact. How would they cope with life in our mundane, un-magical reality?
The answer can be found in Fables, Bill willingham’s celebrated re-imagining of the venerable fairy tale canon. From Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf to Goldilocks and Little Boy Blue, the folk tales of old are reborn here as exiles living in the magically camouflaged New York City neighborhood of Fablestown.
Story# 1 – The Book One series consists of 10 stories that seem to all connect. The first story introduces us to a few characters that are assessing their problems. We join the detective B. Wolf on his investigation of a missing person’s report. Jack’s (from Jack and the Beanstalk) girlfriend is missing and he enlists the help of Detective Wolf. Along with the investigation, other members of the community show their cards and their assumed persona in this new world.
Graphics & Art: One of my biggest draws to the comic is the artwork. There are 4 different artists that contribute to drafting and creating the Fables world. The comic looks less like a comic and more like an art exhibit when you turn each page.
“But YOU try being married for almost a thousand years without a few ups and downs along the way.” -Belle
“Never Mention, The Dwarves!” – Little Boy Blue
“Nothing more to eat or drink miss. But we;ve shared such a nice flirtation this afternoon that I’m tempted to ask you for your phone number.” – Prince Charming
Final Thoughts: What I love is that each character has a job and a role in their community of fairy tale creatures. I feel like the Big Bad Wolf is an excellent detective with his primal instincts. Think about it. In interrogations he can use his instincts and intimidation to get confessions and he is a bloodhound so sniffing out clues would be super easy. We also meet Snow White, Belle and the Beast in this first story, each having their own problems and concerns. What has happened to Jack’s Girlfriend? Who is behind the mysterious disappearance (if anyone)? What can we expect from series 2?
- An exciting comic on fairy tale characters
- If you enjoyed the Once Upon A Time series
- Easy to follow and a quick read
- If you prefer the traditional personalities of the characters (altered and more modern)
- If you like to have the backstory up front
Goodreads – 4.3 out of 5
Amazon – 4.7 out of 5
Barnes & Nobles – 4.6 out of 5
Since I am reviewing all 10 chapters, I will hold off my overall rating of the comic until the final chapter has been reviewed. Have you read the Fables collection? What comics are you currently reading? Let’s talk comics!