Bill Willingham

Comic book writer and artist Bill Willingham has achieved Wordcandy-status based on the sheer awesomeness of Fables: Legends in Exile, his current series for Vertigo. In Willingham's Fabletown, an assorted group of fairytale and nursery rhyme characters--everyone from the Big Bad Wolf to Old King Cole--are attempting to live quietly among ordinary New Yorkers. Unfortunately, when Fabletown's Deputy Mayor Snow White's hard-partying little sister Rose Red goes missing and her apartment is discovered splattered with blood, Fabletown's semi-functional existence is threatened.

While the first graphic novel in the Fables series works beautifully as an entertaining little noir-ish mystery, much of the fun of the book comes from Willingham's descriptions of the trials and tribulations that fill the day-to-day lives of immortal fairytale creatures--Snow White, for example, divorced Prince Charming because he couldn't keep his pants zipped, and whenever Beauty and the Beast have a fight the Beast starts to revert back to his monstrous appearance (which makes it very hard to hold down a job), and "Bigby" Wolf (now a man and sheriff of Fabletown) is still getting guilt-tripped by the three little pigs into letting them crash on his couch.

The artwork is, at best, adequate. The covers are nice, though.

Comic shops or online ordering only.

Other Recommendations:
The Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm

The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett

The Books of Magic series, by John Ney Reiber

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Posted by: Julia


06 Mar, 2005 12:59 PM @ version 0

It's cool to read a comic book with a romantic plotline that doesn't suck like a black hole. The relationship between Snow and Bigby isn't exactly warm'n'fuzzy, but it's tons of fun to read about.

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