[1], Legends in Exile

Willingham, Bill

(Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In Fabletown, where fairy legends live alongside regular New Yorkers, the question that people talk about is Who killed Rose Red? But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case, and along with Rose's sister Snow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.
Publisher: New York :, DC Comics,, [2002], ©2002
ISBN: 9781563899426
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Wi
Characteristics: 118 pages, 11 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Jan 18, 2015
  • pagetraveler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I really liked the letter at the beginning and the story telling at the end, but was unimpressed by the content of the comic. I think I'll try out the next in the series, hoping for a little more complex plot line.

May 26, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fantasy creature live in the modern world as a result of some conflict with something called the Adversary. Now they live together, outcasts from their own worlds and lands and do their best to get by. There's a government of sorts, there are characters taking the time to reform, and there are those who still up to their old tricks and expect things to work out.

The art reads like an older mystery comic, which is fitting since this volume deals with the murder of one of these characters, but the whole thing really hinges on the world more than the mystery. You're given some very small clues but the big parlour scene reveal at the end spells it all out for you. I'm curious more about the world. If you're into fairy tale retellings or modern fantasy I'd give this a go.

Feb 28, 2014
  • BrianLaBelle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully creative look at how the "Fables" of yesteryear are living in the modern world. Beautifully illustrated with a very well crafted story. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Jan 18, 2014
  • Nakkid rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gah, I loved this book! It was soo awesome! I love the twists put onto the character stories, and the modernization of it all. I especially love the chemistry (or lack thereof) between Snow and Bigby. ;) The one complaint was that I figured out the whodunit a little after halfway, and it wasn't as compelling or fantastic as I was hoping. =( Regardless, this is a great read!

Sep 20, 2013
  • dylankemp rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love this whole series. Bill Willingham, the writer, is a very very clever man. It's a lame premise, (which I remember every time I try to explain it to people), but its so well written you forget that pretty quick. It's also beautifully drawn. I recommend it. In sequence. (PS the spinoffs written by other people are lame. Avoid.)

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very creative re-imagining of fairytale characters in NYC living no-so-happily-ever-after lives (and way more interesting and darker than the tv series "Once Upon a Time"). That's most of the fun. The actual mystery plot is very mundane.

Jul 16, 2012
  • alanebrown rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great graphic novel.

Jul 05, 2012
  • xod_s rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Man I feel bad for not giving this a chance before!.I've heard about but thought the premise was strange.It's nice though.To me at least it gives the vibeof a living in secret community sort of like how the X-men are at times.What's more like it has loads of material to work from with mostly European stories and folklore.I got me some catching up to do!.

Apr 28, 2012
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Legends in Exile is the first entry in Bill Willingham’s Fable series, and this one sets the scene and explains how these refugees from over a hundred magic worlds ended up in New York City, living their lives out beside the mundane, as they call humans.

Some of my favorite fairy tale characters appear in this volume, from the scoundrel Jack (of Beanstalk and Giant Killer fame), the devastatingly beautiful sisters, Snow White and Rose Red, and the world-weary Big Bad Wolf now destined to act as sheriff for the storybook community.

The plot revolves around the disappearance, and supposed murder of Rose Red, and we follow along with Mr. Wolf as he investigates, interviews his suspects, and then, much to his pleasure, stages the unveiling of the actual crime, at the yearly Remembrance Day Ball, Fabletown’s grandest event of the year.

A quick, fun read, and a great start to a series that I anticipate enjoying.

Mar 30, 2012
  • Ashley Chen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This comic was a brilliant read! The murder, the lies, the suspense, and the alteration of our favorite childhood fairytales twisted into 119 pages of comics.

The graphics had the classic comics drawing. Each characters had their own spice. They were all different from the characters we remember as our childhood fairytales. The plot was breath-taking; I was at the edge of my seat. When the murder was solved it had the moment of "Holy crap! I didn't expect that! Look at all the details! How could I not seen that!" Pure magic, kind of remind me of the Detective Conan comics where you just fan girls at the detective skills.
There were gory scenes and sexual contents but it won't be a good comics if there weren't any.

I'm pretty sure the show Once Upon A Time was sort of influenced by the Fables comics. But I personally enjoy Fables better because it is not cheesy and typical. It actually have substance.

I cannot wait until I get my hands on the second book. :)

✩✩✩✩✩ 5 glossy, shiny, golden stars out of 5 stars!

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Jan 18, 2014
  • Nakkid rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Bigby Wolf: Anyone who's ever fancied himself a detective, openly or secretly, longs for the day he can do the famous parlor room scene.


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