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Fables Volume One: A Disappointing Mystery Set in a Great Fantasy World

Updated on September 8, 2016

Fables Volume One by Bill Willingham

Fables Volume 1

So I have a confession to make. I like comic books. I read them a lot when I was teenager for a spell. Then apparently I discovered girls apparently weren’t supposed to read them and it paint a target on my head with bullying. But now many years later with a kindle at hand, I thought I might go back into that world to see what I missed. And you know what I did miss? It’s Fables. I have heard so much about the comics Fables. So I decided to check out Fables Volume One by Bill Willingham.

So what is Fables? It’s a tale focusing on fairy tale creatures who escaped a world plagued by war in order to take refuge in a small community in New York City called Fabletown. The story follows Fable town sheriff Bigby Wolf who is investigating an apparent murder of Rose Red, Snow White’s sister. Snow White tags along with the investigation with Bigby to find her sister’s killer. Also attached it the end, is a short text story about the invasion, their escape, and how the wolf was put into human form.

The good? Well the art was fair, but there’s nothing extraordinary. And for a good portion of the story it is a great mystery that really looks like it’s going places. Also the short story at the end is fantastic. This is a very interesting world to be engaged in as well.

The bad? Well it’s disappointing. The story ends up going nowhere and has a cop out ending. It made the whole story feel useless and all the reader learns is the social drama of the citizens of the community. The add on short story at the end is far more superior to the comic, which is a shame.

Overall, this was such a disappointing dull read. It builds up to something great and then drops the ball on everything. The most exciting part was the short story at the end, which is a add on, and that is very sad. This is not worth the asking price at all. But if you happen to come across it at a very discounted price then check it out. This is clearly not for everybody.

2 smoothies out of four.

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    • Cee-Jay Aurinko profile image

      Cee-Jay Aurinko 19 months ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Amazing review Samie! Sorry that the ending was a bit disappointing. This comic sounds like it has a good plot going and I like the idea of the author creating a sister for Snow White. Red Rose, that's creative thinking right there.