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Fables Vol 1 – Reviewed by Tyrone Burns

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Fables Vol 1.

Are you an old school Disney fan? Did Beauty and the Beast both terrify and enchant you as it did me? Does Snow White’s relationship with the Seven Dwarfs confuse you?  Did Maleficent’s harrowing death in Sleeping Beauty haunt your dreams? Do you remember being a child acting as the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk yelling FEE-FI-FO-FUM or was that just me? These classic Fairy Tales were made famous in the last century thanks to family friendly Disney films that were written well before their movie adaptations, and were originally much darker and full of mature themes.

The Fables series continues that dark tone but with a modern twist. The time period is near present day and most of the Fairy Tale creatures we know and love are now living in New York. These famous characters have to live among us non magical folk (Mundanes) in disguise. Pushed out of their magical worlds by an enemy only known as the Adversary and his army. The remaining magical beings were forced into hiding in the only place the Adversary doesn’t seem bothered with; the Mundane world.

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Being a video game fan at heart I remember playing Telltales The Wolf Among Us (based in the Fables Universe) a year ago and loving it. I had been introduced to the world and these famous characters in a new and surprisingly logical light I wasn’t expecting. The game was cleverly done and I remember promising myself I would read the comic series to see if it matches the games intelligent story and fresh approach to old faces.

Who Killed Rose Red? That is the question that starts the comic series off. The who did it, detective/crime vibe I get from the story reminds me of old TV classics like Columbo and Quinsy.

In Vol 1 you closely follow Sheriff Bigby Wolf (the Big Bad Wolf) as he goes on an interesting journey to find out who killed Rose Red (Snow White’s sister).
We meet new and old faces along the way and I can guarantee that there are a couple that are shown in new ways that will totally surprise you. Sometimes I was In shock with how they treated old classic characters to then think and realise …. the new interpretations actually make perfect sense and stay very much true to the original characters personalities.

Fables Vol 1 collects issue 1 to 5 and is a great read if you love old school fantasy or not.

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HAIL – Review by Tyrone Burns

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Are you curious like I am? Are you wondering if there is any good Comic Books written and made by some of us Adelaidians? Then you should check out Hail.

Hail from Local Writer Miranda Richardson follows the story of Lena. A highly relatable girl who though introverted has an eagerness to stand up to the injustice she sees around her. One way she is achieving this is by working as a Lawyer; however being behind a desk for most of her day for leaves within her an emptiness. Lena feels like there is more she should be doing to help people. But what and how?

Within the first few pages of issue one and highly hinted on the cover art, we can see there is more to Lena than meets the eye. She has a power she doesn’t yet quiet understand. Sadly for her,  Lena’s power seems to happen at spontaneous moments.. but if she could control this power, then her dream to truly help people may become a reality.

The Art is beautifully done, simplistic in design but easily conveys the tone, mood and feelings page by page.

Hail’s individual issues are short but they succeed in that they leave you thinking, relating, and eager to see what happens next.

I am impressed thus far and keen to pick up issue 3.

Good Job Writer Miranda Richardson and Artist Rosanna Lam. Adelaide should be proud!

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