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Fables. 1001 nights of snowfall
Willingham, Bill.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Probably the smartest mainstream comic going, Fables usually concentrates on the contemporary activities of characters from children's stories who now are living as secret refugees in New York. This collection gives glimpses of their individual backstories before the armies of the brutal Adversary drove them out of Fairyland. Readers will learn, for example, what spoiled the Big Bad Wolf's disposition and what happened to the witch after Hansel and Gretel pushed her into the oven. It would be relatively easy to do clever, merely cynical readings of the fairy tales, but Willingham is after something much more interesting. Like Neil Gaiman and Tanith Lee, he's reimagining the old stories, trying to see why they have survived and also to point out the aspects they somehow neglect: it's only natural that Snow White would take revenge on the seven little rapists who abducted her, but the independent way she goes about it casts doubt on her subservient relationship to Prince Charming. Willingham reminds readers of how much they ignore in their anxiety to believe that all stories end happily ever after. Artists like Charles Vess, Mark Buckingham and Jill Thompson work up to the level of the perceptive scripts, making this a memorable, uncomfortably amusing treat. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Old King Cole and Snow White are the head honchos of Fabletown, an underground society of fairy-tale beings ("Fables") who relocate to New York City when driven out of their homeland of legend by the Adversary. Many manage to pass as human with spells and contrivances; those who cannot must live on a farm upstate. This series saga twists and turns unpredictably-and often disturbingly-around characters' tropes. Cole and Snow's right-hand man is the Fabletown sheriff, the Big Bad Wolf, now reformed as a Humphrey Bogart type under the name of Bigby Wolf. Bigby is in love with Snow, and the emotional tension between them underlies the overall plot through the ninth volume. Finally in Wolves, their romance becomes mutual, and a satisfyingly fairy-tale (literally) wedding ends the book. The unnumbered 1001 Nights prequel fills in backstories during the time of Adversary attacks, starting when Snow visits the Arabian Fables to gain a defense alliance. Unexpectedly, she is forced into the Scheherazade role, which serves as a frame for tales about Snow's past and the trials of other Fables characters. All story arcs and tales in this series are inventive, edgy, sometimes amusing, and-with nudity, sexual subthemes, and strong language-distinctly not for children. For example, the Seven Dwarves are revealed as rapist goblins, not Disney darlings, and Snow takes her bloody revenge. While the art is uneven-a number of artists have collaborated with Willingham-the series has won numerous Eisner Awards and is recommended for adult collections for wonderfully skilled plotting and characterizations.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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