10 March 2016

Jack of Fables Vol. 3-4 by Bill Willingham

Jack of Fables, Vol. 3: The Bad Prince 



Publication: 2008
# of Pages: 126 
Source: Owned, Trade Paperback


Jack's now a wayward Fable in the heartland of America.  Follow his extreme road stories as he reveals the secret of his former relationship with the illustrious Snow Queen (when he took her powers and became known as Jack Frost).


**Continuation of a series so this review may have spoilers.

Picking up where volume 2 left off, the Bad Prince features one of Jack's attempts at a get rich quick scheme and the revelation of his secret relationship with the Snow Queen. This proved to be my favorite of the Jack of Fables volumes so far. It was clearly written, had beautiful artwork, and had moments where I was literally laughing out loud. What I think I enjoyed most about the installment was that it tied a lot of the information in the main series to the main Fables series. There were some characters in the main arc that I did not understand but were finally explained in this series and specifically this volume. We also got the opportunity to meet Wicked John who is an exact replica of Jack (it's almost like they're identical twins). The relationship between these two is completely hilarious and adds a certain flare to the entire series. I definitely would recommend this volume as the #1 volume thus far in the series. 



Jack of Fables, Vol. 4: Americanah 



Publication: 2008
# of Pages: 128
Source: Owned, Trade Paperback 


Jack hits the road in search of a lost city of gold in this new collection featuring issues #17-21. Aided by his sidekicks Paul Bunyan, Humpty Dumpty, Gary the pathetic fallacy, and the mysterious Hillary Page, Jack's in for the adventure of a lifetime! 


**Continuation of a series so this review may have spoilers.

In comparison to volume 3, volume 4 was not enjoyable. Jack and several other characters spend time traveling to this distance land of Americanah which is said to have some sort of connection to Fables and, of course, treasure.. The dialogue between characters was not as intriguing and humorous as previous installments. I even found myself skimming various parts of the text because it was so dry and boring. For some reason one of the characters is given these weird and strange monologues that have no purpose within the bigger scheme of the volume. These parts were dry and almost made me DNF the volume; however, Jack was able to restore the better aspects of the volume and ended up giving me the push to finish. As always I loved the artwork and greatly appreciated Jack as a character. I just hope that volume 5 is much better and is more humorous than this one. 






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