I’m pretty sure in my 30 years of existence, I’ve never once read a comic. If I did as a young kid, it obviously wasn’t memorable as I can’t recall. While at Barnes and Noble last week buying something nerdy, I also decided to have a peek at the comic/graphic novel area. I had no clue what I was looking for, but admittedly, the girlier something looked, the more likely I was to pick it up. I saw a copy of Fairest and thought it sounded like the perfect place to start – somewhat familiar characters (from fairy tales) made it incredibly interesting to me.
Upon working some Google magic, I realized Fairest was an offshoot of Fables…and Fables has been out for quite some time so I had some catching up to do.
I figured it was wise to try the library first as I didn’t want to buy anything without knowing I’d like it. Thankfully the library system here is full of awesomeness and has all of them at multiple locations AND they deliver right to your house – score. I requested Fables: Legends in Exile which includes issues 1-5. As soon as I saw Snow White’s title on page 8, I knew I’d be reading for the next however long it took to finish.
Side note: While I have a serious love for Alice in Wonderland, Snow White is my spirit princess, if you will. Lover of animals, hangs with the boys, and occasionally likes to eat some forbidden fruit. I mean, sure she had the whole Prince Charming having to rescue her crap (or at least according to the powers that be at Disney), but I saw this as a chance to really redeem herself as a bad ass.
Not to mention she was the only princess I wanted to dress up as when I was a kid and have done so on a few occasions as an adult.
I finished the first one in one sitting yesterday while my son napped…and I needed more. Thankfully he’s in summer camp this week so I decided to hit up the Library and grab the next 4 volumes in hopes to last me through the weekend.
I absolutely love how Bill Willingham has shaped and developed the characters. I already made it through Volume 2 and am having a hard time resisting diving into Volume 3. These are who I’d want these characters to be outside of the typical happy and rainbow filled fairy tales, specifically the princesses. They’ve got sass and certainly aren’t waiting for Prince Charming to come as save them (as he has apparently been divorced from at least one and has made his rounds with others, if you catch my drift). I can’t wait to see where the series goes and how it ends this year – and I’ll be sure to check out the spinoffs and POSSIBLY the video game as well.
Any other comic book suggestions for what I should tackle after I finish this series?