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Peter and Max by Bill Willingham
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Read in November, 2009

a great *first* for Vertigo, hopefully not the last

first off let me just say that after reading this book, i'm sorely tempted to read it again right now. the writing has this magical lure that brings you right in, letting you really invest in the story and the characters.

now, you don't need to be familiar with the Fables graphic novel to enjoy Peter & Max but i think it's good to know the gist of it...
you'll be acquainted with many of the characters that fill it's pages (Snow White, Bigby the big bad wolf and Prince Charming to name a few). they're the characters from childhood bedtime stories, fairy tales, Disney movies, even poems and nursery rhymes. the premise of Fables is that all of these characters truly existed in some world or other but fled to ours seeking sanctuary from the evil ruler they've come to know as the Adversary.

with that being said, this book tells the story of two brothers: Peter and Max Piper (figured out who they are yet?). the synopsis is pretty much on the nose except not really espionage-y. the bulk of story takes place during the past which has a medieval/renaissance feel to it + magic. the rest of the story takes place in our present modern world + magic. the writing is very light and easy to read but the content is a bit dark at times so i only suggest this to teens and older but oddly enough, it makes you feel like a little kid again. i loved it.

as a side note, you can read a preview of the first and second chapters of Peter & Max on the DC/Vertigo website. and for those who have read & enjoyed this book but aren't familiar with Fables, i implore you to check them out. volume 01 is a good place to start but the 1001 Nights of Snowfall is really good too since they're a collection of short stand-alone stories.
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