Recommended Reads – Fables

Here is the latest addition to my Recommended Reads list. Tomorrow I will be launching a Table of Contents page so you can cruise through all of the titles quickly.

This one is another graphic novel and it is full of characters that everyone knows and not of one them is a superhero.

The characters are “Fables” and each one of them is straight out of the fairy tales stories we all know and love.

The twist here is that these characters live among us in the modern world.

The characters have been living among us for decades but much like the world of Harry Potter, the “Mundys” are unaware of the existence of Fabletown.

Fabletown was set up as a refuge after the Fables were forced out of their magical homeland by the Adversary. In this fourth edition of the series, the battle comes to a head as the Adversary’s forces storm Fabletown.

I like how the Big Bad Wolf is able to take human form now and he acts as Sheriff. He’s been completely reformed and now goes by the name of Bigby Wolf.

Snow White is the deputy mayor and seems to run the town. Bigby still carries a torch for her though.

It’s interesting to see Prince Charming, Pinocchio, King Cole, Jack Horner, Boy Blue, The Three Bears, and many many more familiar characters in a completely different setting than what we are used to.

The characters aren’t one-dimensional like they often were portrayed in the old fairy tales. The writing brings them all to life.

Here are the books that I have enjoyed thus far,

Volume 1: Legends in Exile

Volume 2: Animal Farm

Volume 3: Storybook Love

Volume 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers
written by Bill Willingsham
art by Mark Buckingham, Craig Hamilton, P. Craig Russell, Steve Leialoha, Daniel Vozzo, Lovern Kindzierski, James Jean, and Todd Klein.

It’s a really well done series and well worth checking out. That is what Recommended Reads is all about.

8 responses to “Recommended Reads – Fables”

  1. Hi Chase .. thanks – something I probably wouldn't have looked at – though I'm not aware and if I see it in a shop somewhere I can have a quick look through – also your table of contents will show more tomorrow – thanks Hilary

  2. Hi Jeannette,

    It is pretty awesome isn't it. There are some spin-off books as well. I'm definitely going to be reading more of this series.

    Hi Hilary,

    I think it is a good idea to step outside of what you'd normally read every now and then. I did that and read "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks and was very pleasantly surprised by it. It's even been made into a movie and is opening this week. Perfect date movie, I'd think.

  3. Hi Ela,

    I actually got them from the public library. I have noticed though that a lot of mainstream bookstores now sell graphic novels. That being said, comic book stores really do need your business more so than big chain stores.

    Pretty much every city has one main comic shop. I recommend you find the one in your area and visit it. They often have a good selection and sometimes you can even find some great sales or deals there as well.

    Good luck!

  4. This book can be a bit mature at times. There is nudity, violence, and sexual content in it so I would say that it's best for older teenagers or adults.