Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Cinderella and the Big Bad wolf get into a cab...

Stop me if you've heard this one... Fables is a story about fairy tale characters who come to live in New York City (or rather, the other way around). Willingham appears to have a pretty wide familiarity with fables and fabulous stories as he crams quite a few of them in there.

One thing that bothers me is his apparent confusion between the Brothers Grimm's two Snow Whites. Still, his characterizations are interesting and compelling, as are his storylines and dialogue. The quality of the art varies, but is typically very well drawn. Not just the characters, too, but a lot of attention has been given to buildings, animals, knick-knacks, and such.

It's not a great book, but it's still very good. It has a lot of interesting what-ifs, and it's nice to see these old characters have new life.

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