09 February 2016

Jack of Fables Vol. 1 - 2 by Bill Willingham

Okay fellow readers and bloggers, I decided to do another mash up review of two comics I read! As you all know I'm a huge fan of the Fables comic series and now the spin-off series Jack of Fables. Keep reading for a review of the first two volumes.

The Nearly Great Escape

Published: 2007

# of Pages: 128

Source: Purchased Copy, Trade Paperback

Goodreads Summary/Blurb:

The first five issues of the popular Fables spin-off series are collected in this amazing new volume! Last seen hitchhiking from Hollywood, Jack's now a wayward Fable in the heartland of America. His extreme road stories and encounters with other notorious, renegade Fables are just a few of the situations in store for this fan-favorite character.

My Thoughts/Review:

This comic picks up where Jack was last seen in the main Fables series. He was busted for using Fables money to make a major movie company. As a result he ends up banished and roaming the streets. I actually liked that Jack got his own series. He's funny, arrogant, and makes the story that much more interesting. He, of course, runs into some issues encountering individuals who are set on kidnapping fables. What I loved was the introduction of new characters like Humpty Dumpty, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy, Toto, etc. There is even an appearance from a Fable that we originally thought was dead. The artwork was beautiful as usual and completely captivating. Instead of being a complete failure like he is in the main Fables series, Jack is pretty successful in this volume. If you do not like Jack as a character in the main series it may be quite difficult to really appreciate this series. Some people go without reading this spin-off; however, once you get to volume 13 of Fables you are going to need the information found in this spin-off to understand exactly what is going on.

Rating: 4/5 

Jack of Hearts

Published: 2007

# of Pages: 144 

Source: Purchased Copy, Trade Paperback

Goodreads Summary/Blurb

In this volume collecting issues #6-11, Jack reveals the secret of his former relationship with the illustrious Snow Queen---when he took her powers and become known as Jack Frost. And in present times, he lands in Las Vegas and meets his lovely new bride, a directionless heiress. Could it possibly be "happily ever after" at last? 

My Thoughts/Review

I loved this volume! It picks up directly after the events of the first volume. Once again new characters are introduced and Jack continues to be just as crazy as ever. What I appreciated about this volume was the fact that Jack illustrated a more sensitive side in terms of being in love. He doesn't have a good track record with this course especially in terms of his relationship with the Snow Queen. An interesting character by the name of Lady Luck plays an extremely significant role in this volume and I could not stand her (this is a good thing as it was the intention of the writer). She's sick, twisted, demonic, etc. But I have a feeling she will continue to play an important role in future volumes. Once again the artwork is beautiful and captivating. The volumes seem to get better as we go on so I definitely will be picking up the rest.

Rating: 4.5/5 




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