The year is 1990. I got my first comic book that year, starting a lifelong love affair with this medium. Like any other love affair, I fell out of love with comics when I was about 25. After following hypes, being disappointed by my favourite books and different interests, my love died out.
In place of it came different things. But I never forgot about comics.
Fast forward a few years, I visited the local comic book shop (Señor Hernandez) and asked for some suggestions. The owner named some titles, gave me a few descriptions, and two of them stood out. One of them was Scalped, a masterpiece I’d like to talk to you about in the future, especially since there is going to be a TV series soon.
The other one was Fables. Let’s talk about this beautiful piece of art right now.
What is Fables about?
The hook of this series: Imagine all fairytale characters are real and they live in our world. Yes, I know there is a TV series about this. But Once Upon a Time can’t fill Fables shoes, especially since Fables was first published in 2002.
These fairytale characters live in New York after having been driven out of their homelands by an evil force, rightfully named The Adversary. Meanwhile, they try to remain undiscovered by both the Adversary and the normal humans (us). This series has everything a comicbook fan wants; murder mystery, intrigue, twists and turns, sacrifice, magic, even superheroes. Above all it contains great characters you already know about in one way or the other, but who wil endear themselves in a major way. A few minor spoilers, just to get you excited; the Big Bad Wolf is the sherrif (he’ll track any scent down), Cinderella is a secret agent (she’ll take her pumpkin spice latte stirred, not shaken) and Snow White is debuty mayor of their little town in the Big Apple.
The series is completely finished by now, so if you have not started it yet: no cliffhangers while waiting for the next issue! The only limitation being how much money you are willing to spend to read everything at once.
It’s a well-crafted universe with characters you might know or want to learn more about. Comic books don’t have to be about super heroes and just for boys. Fables is for everyone. After you have read the main series, there are some spin-offs as well, so you can keep on reading. You will probably end up rereading the entire series, because you’ll want to experience this masterpiece over and over again.
And they lived happily ever after.