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Fables Volume 1: Legends in Exile

Bill Willingham

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. But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown's sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose's ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

Recommended by Rachel

I got into graphic novels and comics far too late in my life and I thoroughly regret the fact I dismissed them as 'silly' for so many years. While the first graphic novel series I read was Angel: After the Fall (thanks to the TV series ending so abruptly), it was Fables that made me fall in love with the format.

Legends in Exile is the first volume in the Fables series which tells the story of all your favourite characters from fairy tales, legends, fables and myths living in modern-day New York after escaping the evil Adversary who has conquered their homelands. This first volume is the perfect introduction to the characters and world they now live in, as we see the now reformed Big Bag Wolf (or Bigby as he’s now known) investigating the murder of Rose Red.

Fables is the perfect combination of fast-paced storytelling, beautiful artwork and a thoroughly original interpretation of some of the greatest character in literature. Throughout the series it showcases magic, action, fantasy, romance and even some James Bond-style spying, so there really is something for everyone!