I have read two graphic novels in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I would review them both together, as both are eligible for the Once Upon A Time Challenge, Library Challenge and the Graphic Novel Challenge.
The first book I read was Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham. This book collects together the first five issues of Willingham's new Vertigo series.
The book is set in Fabletown, where exiled fairy tale legends, such as Snow White and The Big Bad Wolf , live alongside regular New Yorkers. They each wear a glamour which covers up their true identity and live as a small community, trying to fit in with life in New York.
When Snow White's sister Rose Red is believed to be killed,the Fabletown residents are in uproar. Big Bad Wolf and Snow White set out to solve the case of her murder.
Wow, this book was amazing. Every page filled with characters from my childhood, thought they are a lot more grown up in this book. I wouldn't recommend this as a book for children as some of the pictures are a little graphic and you may end up giving your child nightmares about Rose Red in the nude!
The story is gripping and I found that I read the whole book in one session,finishing with a thirst for more. Luckily this is just the first book in the series, so I can't wait to get hold of the rest of the books.
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman by Alan Moore.
Challenges - Once Upon A Time Challenge, Library Challenge and Graphic Novel Challenge.
Oh how I wish I had enjoyed this one as much as Fables. For some reason, I just couldn't wait to finish this book.
The year is 1898, as the Victorian Age draws to a close, the world undergoes some great changes and chaos begins to reign. A new order of champions is needed.
Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Hawley Griffin, Jekyll and Hyde and Mina Murray are brought together to create the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Recruited by the enigmatic Campion Bond, who is under orders from the mysterious 'M', the six adventurers must stop the nefarious Doctor from world domination.
With such a wonderful caste of characters I had expected these comic books to live up to the film, which I thought was fabulous, but they left me bored. Quite a few of the pages were in different languages and there was no translation, so I had no idea what they were saying. The pictures were very dark and just didn't hold my interest as much as Fables did.
Unfortunately this book, just wasn't for me and I imagine a lot of other bloggers have loved it. Let me know what you thought of both of these books.