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Thursday, June 12

late to the Fables table

So for years I've been wanting to read Fables, and feeling guilty that I didn't love the first trade enough to carry me along. I know, everyone says "it gets better after the first trade". So I'm re-reading Fables: Legends in Exile, starting with my friend Jack of Fables racing to tell Bigby Wolf about the blood stained room of Rose Red. (yet another stunning redhead comic character). I have the second trade on hold so I can roll into that.

I love Willingham's take on the Fable and the "Mundane" world- his writing is witty, smart, dramatic, with sexy women and men but not bimbos and himbos. The art style of Medina's pencils in Fables: Legends in Exile is full of emotion and expression with unique framed panels that give that old dusty book feel.

There was once a Fables vs. Y the Last Man debate, and the Fables fans were more adamant about their title. Any big Fables fans out there? I am a believer in Jack of Fables.

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At 6:46 PM, Blogger Alec Peden said...

Welcome to the Fables cult. I don't know if I'd say it was better than Y but its up there.

I don't think you've had much exposure to Cinderella yet, being only 2 trades in, but she is easily my favorite character to read in any comic.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger lauree said...

my comment has nothing to do with the comic, but my immediate thought when I saw your post was, is Fable ok? and then, Fables of the Reconstruction of the Fables....


At 6:03 AM, Blogger Nick said...

Fables is one of those series that gets progressively better and better each trade.

Best trade in the series so far: Fables Vol. 6 - Homelands.

Best story arc - The Last Castle...which comes in around Vol. 4.

Hope you go for the second trade and get hooked. (The first volume really is just an appetizer)

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Ragtime said...

Y is essentially a long mystery, following Yorick and company on their quest. It starts with an immediate hook, and if you get hooked (like I did), you can't help but following it through to see "what happened."

Fables is less about "story telling," and more about "world building," I think. Volume 1 is a pretty trite murder mystery, but really it's just "Meet the Fables!" Once you know who all of the characters are, the rest of the series plays out lots of the different strings and three or four volumes in there is an entire world created.

I think that I enjoyed reading Y:TLM more, but enjoyed RE-reading Fables more.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Yeah. The first FABLES trade is okay, but it really hits a stride with the second one, and after that, the effect is cumulative. All great from then on.

At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Audrey said...

hi. i've been following your and Shore Turtle's exploits for years through his blog. you two are the cutest! thx for the kind words related to my jaw injury. you two are very kind.

hold down the fort in NJ for me! i love it there!

At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a bunch of the Fables trades you can borrow. No need to spend money. I've really gotten into them. I I've read up to Trade 5 so far. I'm probably going to pick up #5 today.


Also, I need to lend you The Punisher by Garth Ennis. I picked up the 1st trade last week.

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, just ignore my typos. I'm picking up #6 today. - Phillygirl

At 4:45 AM, Blogger Novice said...

I love Fables! I re-read mine all the time. A friend got me the first book for Christmas three years ago, and I have been hooked since.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger The Nerdy Bird said...

I love Fables. It was actually the first comic I really got in to. It's amazing how much has happened in the series. And bit stuff is about to happen now so I'm glad you're reading it.

Bigby is my favorite character. I really liked Jack in Fables but I don't like him as much in his own series. Though I do love his rather new companion, Babe the miniature blue ox. :)


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