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Fairest, Volume 1: Wide Awake

(Fairest #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,026 ratings  ·  370 reviews
New York Times bestselling, award-winning creator Bill Willingham presents a new series starring the female Fables. Balancing horror, humor and adventure in the Fables tradition, Fairest explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others
The first 6-issue tale follows the misadventures of Briar
Paperback, Trade, 160 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Vertigo
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Megan Baxter
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had fallen out of touch with Fables. I read through the set of graphic novels covering the fight with the Adversary, and then wasn't paying attention as my husband got the other ones out of the library.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
[Name Redacted]
Well, i was not expecting THAT.

"Fairest" is a series designed to explore the lives of the various female Fables (largely princesses & queens so far) from Willingham's larger series, "Fables". It's the second such spin-off, improving (so far) on the rather tiresome antics of Jack of Fables (whose spin-off series concluded in 2011 with the title character's death and what I now suspect was a parody of all the big "world-changing" "event" comics DC & Marvel have been shoveling down the lin
April Cote
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm sad to say that I wasn't blown away by this first volume of Fairest. I thought the art work was ok, of course every woman was drawn perfectly built and even fully clothed looked naked. Another thing I could that bugged me; every time a person was talking there was always a word HIGHLIGHTED. EVERY single time. It was VERY distracting and UNNECESSARY. It's ANNOYING isn't it? Also, I just couldn't get into the plot as much as I wanted. The only reason it's getting 3 stars is because I did like ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I fear for when I finish the Fables series. I love it that much. I am glad there are some spin-off series that I can enjoy, although I'm not too in love with Jack as a character, so I probably won't read that one until I'm desperate. However, when I looked on Bill Willingham's website, I saw that he has a reading order and I was cool to start the Fairest series even though I haven't finished Fables yet. So I read this one on Saturday.

Overall, I really liked it. I'm having trouble concentrating o
This one focuses on Ali Baba and his love for the Snow Queen and Rose Red, taking place shortly after Gepetto loses. It's done well, the artwork is at it's usual height and there are some interesting themes on love and how the Fables are impacted equally by it in comparison to "mundies".

OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus. .
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, fantasy, tales
If, like me, you thought these were going to be the stories of the women of Fables, you will be EXTREMELY disappointed. In fact, it turns out to be about men in the Fables universe viewing and living the women's stories. I mean, I knew, Fables wasn't much of a feminist universe, but COME ON !! Couldn't we at least avoid some of these sexist stereotypes ?

The worst thing is the stories are quite cool, they just completely miss the point. Yes, it's nice to see Briar Rose again, but couldn't we have
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Why is the main character of the series about the women of Fables a dude??
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've not been enjoying Fables very much recently, and I hated the spin off Jack of Fables. This first volume in a new series came as a pleasant surprise, though. It picks up a lot of threads left danging throughout the main story line and weaves them into a very nice tale of its own.

While the story is supposedly about the women of Fables, the bulk of the first story is taken up by Ali Baba, prince of thieves, and his never ending quest for treasure. The treasure his find this time though consis
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I like the idea that this series spins off into standalone stories about individual fables. I'm not sure it needed to be the female fables in particular, or that having chosen that mission, it lives up to it. The first volume consists of two stories: a main arc concerning Ali Baba, Briar Rose, and the Snow Queen, and a single issue story concerning Beauty & the Beast.
The odd thing is that both of these stories ostensibly about fable women start out with male POV characters. Both hinge upon d
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
What happens when you combine fairy-tale characters?

With the help of a genie, Ali Baba rescues Briar Rose with a kiss, even though he'd planted a smooch on another girl just mere seconds before. Does true love actually exists?

Let me start by saying that I've never read Fables. I had no clue what I was getting into. It's quite entertaining to see these flawless (talking about the Disney version) characters with faults. The illustrations are fast paced, with arguments and fights at every two page
Kris Jou
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I can't review this book by divorcing it from the context of its creation. Fairest, as solicited, is a Fables' spinoff that focuses on female characters, and yet it ended up indistinct from its flagship. The cover depicts every Fables women -- and they're gorgeous depiction courtesy of Adam Hughes -- but nearly all of them are absent. Instead, we get by-the-numbers heist plot and some sorcery fights so prevalent in Fables. Ali Baba and a djinni of sorts, both of them men, have more scenes and di ...more
William Thomas
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I left Fables a long, long time ago. It completely ran out of steam around issue 70 and was just puttering about, wading in its accolades and praise for a while before that. I did read the Great Fables Crossover, which isn't even worth mentioning and just had me shaking my head in confusion.

The reason I picked up Fairest was because Lauren Buekes was writing it ( starting at issue 8 I think, and I started getting the single issues ). This volume before LB took over, Willingham wrote a few one a
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I actually think this is better than Fables.
Better stories, better art.

Only thing is, I am currently reading Fables as the Deluxe edition hardcovers come out, so I'm a little late on whatever "current events" that are happening in that world.
This book contains some major spoilers to the Fables stories which wouldn't even count as spoilers were I read up on Fables.

Too bad the powers that be didn't publish this as a Deluxe Hardcover as well.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This review of Fairest No 1 (Wide Awake) in the Bill Willingham Fables series would be a 2 star review except for the exceptional art work. Mine is the large size paperback copy. I can speculate that Black and White cannot serve the artists as well as a full color edition. Individual panels can be cluttered and over drawn but the best achieve an almost 3 D effect. The artists tend to the tease on the subject of nudity but the various implications, sex and violence suggest that the books are not ...more
David Stewart
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this spin-off of the Fables universe more than any of the main series run. I say this despite being put-off by the overly super-hero style of the artwork. I like Briar Rose as a character, and I wonder if knowing her eventual fate in the series - which is non-traditional and heroic as hell -
influenced my liking of this piece. I have also always been a fan of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, despite its misogynistic overtones, and this really dives into that and probably enhances
Emily Green
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Fine. I admit it: I am a comic book junkie. Especially now that I am teaching five different classes at three different universities and reading tons of student essays and Literature (“L” capitalized purposefully) I am even more voracious for my popcorn reading, comic books. So I had a coupon from Barnes & Noble*, so I thought I would try the second spinoff series from Fables, even though the first spinoff series, Jack of Fables, was not only painfully awful, but also painfully sexist. So, I ...more
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Note this is based on reading Fairest #1-6. The actual TPB when released will contain the first seven issues of the series.

The recent publication of issue 6 of Fairest marks the end of the first story. Fairest is the latest spinoff from Fables and will focus on the female characters in the original series. This first story was written by the main man himself, Fables creator Bill Willingham. The truly fabulous interior art was pencilled by Phil Jimenez and inked mainly by Andy Lanning with som
It was a fun, a happy surprise. Admittedly my standards were a bit low, I just haven't been enjoying the series very much lately. Or at least it's awfully variable, I just never know what I'm going to get. But the first part of the book, the Fairest story, was fun. Briar Rose was strong and brave, this Sleeping Beauty was no wilting flower. The imp was pretty funny, especially at the beginning. And it was great to finally see Lumi, the Snow Queen, shine. She's been one of the most interesting ch ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
IDK why I thought this might be better than Fables in it's handling of women but at least now I know not to expect much improvement from what we got there. If anything, the misogyny is just allowed to take center stage, and the quality of storytelling has gone down so much that there's nothing to distract from it.

Most of the development of the "plot" centers around interpersonal relationships that haven't been established, much less >seen< by the reader (SQ loves AB so much he's become her
Jean Menzies
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
So I'm a great lover of the Fables graphic novel series of which this is a spin off series. The premise of this series, as I was aware, was that it concentrated on specifically female characters of the fables realm (aka fairytales). For the first 50% (a rough estimate) of this graphic novel however I was particularly underwhelmed by the 'female centric' plot, in fact I felt as though the main character for a lot of this story was a man. The fairytale characters who are covered in this book are S ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rather

Good lord, I love me some fairy tales, and these were definitely inventive - with gorgeous art to boot! Can you stand how beautiful the cover art is?! This first collection (Wide Awake) focuses mostly on Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose, but then we also have the Snow Queen (did they totally predict the Frozen fever??) and Ali Baba,a genie, and a little madness. Issue #7, "Lamia," is better a surprise, but I felt like it was a bit Neil Gaiman inspired. (Which is terribly good!) I don'
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid start to another companion series of Fables--I didn't care for Jack of Fables, but this more female-centric spinoff looked more worthwhile. A mix of the Snow Queen, Ali Baba and Briar Rose? I was sold pretty quick. It was nice delving back into the Fables world but with some new origin stories to read.

The Beauty and the Beast one-shot issue at the end was a a real surprise. I hadn't expected such a twist of the origin to that, and it will be interesting to go back to Fables with this new
Julie Bettina
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

I started reading Fairest last year, but when I found out it was a "spin-off" of Fables, I started that series instead. Now, hungry for news of my favourite Fables, I return. Love-love-loving the artwork (still), and I got so much more out of Wide Awake now that I know the background story.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this story was charming and the art work was exquisite. Fantastic addition to the Fables Series! Loved it!!
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I enjoyed this even though I'm just starting this series.
Kudos, to the illustrator on not making these ladies all slutty looking.
I'm looking forward to reading more.
Kelly (Kailana)
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally read January 18, 2013
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-fantasy
The story jumps ahead with the last page of more than one issue, only to fill in the blanks in the following issue. The flow isn't really broken, in fact it's humorous. Pretty much every character has funny moments, a thing made funnier considering several of them have destructive magical abilities. The artwork has a great deal of detail, like the Fables series has gotten its readers used to. The pages don't have any adornments, but the overall graphical effect is still pleasant. I was barely ab ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the artwork on this, the plot was pretty interesting, and the concept of this work was fun. Overall an easy graphic novel read.

Ari Eris
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty picky when it comes to spin-off series. The Sandman derivatives do nothing for me and I'm probably the only Hellboy fan on the planet who isn't interested in B.P.R.D.. Spin-offs end up being major bummers because they just don't seem to ever live up to the originals. So I wasn't expecting much of this companion to Vertigo's ongoing series Fables. But its almost impossible for me to resist a book with an Adam Hughes cover, so I decided to give it a go and hope that it was at minimum to ...more
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sleeping Beauties, Ice Queens, Bottle Imps
This is the first volume in another Fables spin-off. A lot of the Fables spin-offs have not been great, and I was a little worried about Bill Willingham focusing on "the ladies" of the Fables series, since he's turning into a bit of a right-wing crank with a stick up his butt about Political Correctness and all, and you can see where that's likely to go. However, I was pleasantly surprised that at least the stories in this volume were quite good, with a lot of the old magic of the best Fables st ...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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