Fables: Legends in Exile

Over on the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I take a look at the first three volumes of the Fables graphic novels from DC/Vertigo.

From the post:

Before Emma showed up in Storybrooke to shake things up on Once Upon A Time (ABC), or Nick found out his family had a certain, special heritage on Grimm (NBC), fairy tale characters were making a come back in a comic book series called Fables, written by Bill Willingham and published by DC Vertigo. Quickly growing in popularity with comic book readers, the book has kept going for over a decade, and has spawned several spin-offs. Up until now, I’ve avoided reviewing Fables simply due to the sheer volume of material available. I mean – where do you start? Turns out, you just have to start at the beginning.

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I realise that the big news about the 2012 Hugo nominations lies in another category entirely (congrats to the whole SF Signal crew of 2011!), but I thought I’d fire off a reaction to the announcement of the Best Graphic Story nominees.

Those nominees are:

  • Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
  • Fables Vol 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
  • Locke & Key Vol 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
  • The Unwritten Vol 4: Leviathan by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)

The truth is, what I mostly want to do is talk about the one (yes, just one) of the nominees that I can actually say something substantial about, but we’ll get to that in due course.

The Best Graphic Story category in the Hugos has only been around since 2009, and all three of the awards to date have gone to Girl Genius, a webcomic . Its creators, as I understand it, think it’s time someone else had a turn and consequently withdrew their comic from the fray this year, for which I’m inclined to applaud them.
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