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Fables: Legends in Exile (Fables #1)

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When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. B ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published 2002)
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Basil Godevenos No difference in content as far as I can tell. This is just a collection of the first 5 issues. You get all of the single issues in one volume. And…moreNo difference in content as far as I can tell. This is just a collection of the first 5 issues. You get all of the single issues in one volume. And you get each single issue's cover art, without the graphic overlay (so no "FABLES" title or anything like that, just a painting).(less)
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J.G. Keely
Nov 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy, reviewed
I remember being somewhat taken aback the first time I read an original Fairy Tale. They aren't child-friendly, in fact many of them were written to unnerve and frighten children. The characters in fairytales are usually half-mad, murderous, sexually-charged, and grotesque.

Authors have returned to them again and again for inspiration, exploring the history of storytelling, moralizing tales, propaganda, and archetypes. Gaiman's 'Sandman' is notable for some remarkable insights into the nature of
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Emily May
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
I'd been wondering why lately I've had such bad luck with books. Almost everything I picked up went back down again and more than half of what I read through and reviewed was a disappointment. After reading this first volume of the Fables series, it hit me all of a sudden - Tatiana. Or lack of Tatiana and her excellent book-recommending skills. Thanks for the rec, T, I knew you'd get it right ^_^

The Fables series has been one I've wanted to start since I first heard of it. Adult retellings of cl
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Sh3lly ✨ addicted to reading ✨
This seems like a solid start to a series. The fairy tale characters' homeland has been taken over by an enemy called The Adversary and have fled to the mundane world we live in. Snow White is a politician who works for the Mayor, King Cole, and The Big Bad Wolf is the sheriff.



Snow White's sister, Rose Red, has apparently been murdered and the crime must be solved. The solving of the crime and big reveal wasn't really anything special, but there is a great premise set up with a lot of potential.
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Felicia
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely lovely lovely.
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ by: Sean Gibson
Because Gibsy said so.....

I paid good money for these Gibsy. You and your pasty skin better hope you didn't steer me wrong.
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Luckily, for Gibsy and all his friends acolytes, he will not be meeting an untimely demise via shrimp death.


Because I really liked this book.

The art is some of the most stunning art I have ever come across. And I'm not talking about Lan Medina's drawings which tell the story, though it was amazeballs too. I'm talking about James Jean's gorgeous wo
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* by: Sean Gibson
Shelves: lets-get-graphic
3 Stars

So this Graphic Novel was very reminiscent of 'Once Upon a Time' for me. Our fairy tale creatures have been thrown into modern-day world and basically just have to deal with it... Awesome!! I love that shit.

Beyond being our introduction to the characters within the world, and some personalities that maybe don't exactly meet expectations, this first volume is a murder mystery.



Rose Red has disappeared, leaving behind an apartment splattered with blood and a big old mess.

Our unlikely Sher
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Lyn
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham and a team of illustrators begin the Fables series of adult graphic novels.

This is a very imaginative extension of fables such as Snow White, Old King Cole, the big bad wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc. The idea is that the fables were exiled from their home lands by a common enemy, The Adversary, and relocated to New York but maintained a community of exiles called Fable Town.

Very entertaining and creative. One of the best scenes is a self-pitying monologu
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Hershey
Welcome, queer folk of the modern age, welcome!

The queer folk of the Fabled lands of legends are now living as exiles in your very queer world indeed and they seem to have adapted very well by creating this very secret society called Fabletown. Oh, don't bother looking for them for you will never recognize them.

From wearing pretty gowns and armour, from fighting against evil and saving princesses, these folks have changed tremendously. They have lost their touch with magic and true love for your
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Trish
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm a huge fan of fairytales from all over the globe, it was just a matter of time before I started this charming comic series about a number of fairytale characters living in our world in exile after some "adversary" took their kingdoms (yes, all of them, one after another).

This first volume introduces us to the colourful and diverse community they have established which is basically run by Snow White. The day-to-day routine is interrupted when one of the Fables, as they call themselves,
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destiny ☠ howling libraries
I positively love fairytale retellings, so friends have been recommending this series of graphic novels to me for quite a while, and I finally decided to pick up the first two volumes from the library. I wasn't sure at first how much I would enjoy it, as it's drawn in a very "comic"-esque art style, which I'm usually not a big fan of (I typically prefer more artsy styles, circa the Saga or Monstress series). That said, this was a really fun read, and I loved how many classic characters were repr ...more
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In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many ...more
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