Writer: Bill Willingham
Artist: Lan Medina
For those unfamiliar with the story, fairy tale characters, led by Bigby (The Big Bad) Wolf and Snow White, inhabit a New York City subculture known as Fabletown. They were driven out of their Homelands by The Adversary and are now doing their best to make a go of it in the mundane world. Legends in Exile (issues #1-5) is a murder mystery. Jack of beanstalk fame runs into Bigby's police detective office to report that his girlfriend, Red Rose, has gone missing, her apartment drenched in blood.
At first, I was resistant once again. The setup felt a lot like Watchmen - a member of the team is killed, apparently by one of their own. One sees this plot structure over and over again in comic books, everyone imitating the Alan Moore masterpiece. But the story plays out differently, more along the lines of a classic mystery tale. I guess I prefer my cliches on the older side.
I can't deny that I'm a sucker for the trappings. Just as with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, I'm inspired to go back to the source material in order to better appreciate the characters. Just as the narrative keeps me interested, I'm ever eager to see who from folklore will pop up next. The comic book series is coming to an end soon. #150 will be the final issue, set to publish in 2015.