[2 December 2009]
You know a few graphic novel geeks, we all do, but when it comes the time for gift-giving, they can prove a tricky crowd since you don’t know what they already have and what they don’t. There’s always Vertigo’s pleasing Deluxe editions for the discerning giver, particularly this year’s collection of first ten issues of the fabled Fables series, wherein fairy-tale creatures make do in modern-day Manhattan. Snow White is a bureaucrat, Goldilocks a Trotskyite revolutionary, and the Big Bad Wolf is a cynical cop investigating the murder of Rose Red. The sketches and extra material are almost beside the point, what with the handsome binding and sharp color printing, but it all adds up to a superb presentation of an iconic modern comic series.