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Jack of Fables Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape Paperback – February 28, 2007
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I only recently discovered Fables and have quickly read the entire series. I love myth, fairy tales and fantasy and I think the Fables series is wonderfully entertaining (though it arguably features more intrigue and mystery than standard fantasy fair). Bill Willingham's characterizations are believable and endearing, his stories are sweeping and epic, and the artwork and design are remarkable (paneling and layout are unlike anything else I have seen).
Other reviewers note that Jack may be the least likable of the Fables characters in the original series. But whereas he is self-serving and self-pitying in Fables, there was something underneath that made him tolerable if not likable. Yes, he was a jerk, but he was not devoid of all merit. Through the first two books of this series, his jerk factor has really escalated. Perhaps it's just because the focus now resides so squarely on him. Perhaps even more likely it's because these tales are primarily narrated in a first person voice. You get inside Jack's head and thoughts and his arrogance and braggadocio are just overwhelming. He constantly tells the reader how much better he is than everyone (including the reader), he closes each story with a teaser for the next in which he lauds himself and insults the reader or where he tries an infantile trick or insult to get you to read on. Whereas I assume this is supposed to be humorous, it falls completely flat for me. It lacks wit and seems amateurish.
And this brings me to the real problem plaguing this series.Read more ›
When we last saw Jack in the Fables comics, he had become a huge player in the Hollywood scene, with fame, money and lots of girls, only to have it all taken away from him by the sheriff of Fabletown, The Beast (from Beauty and the Beast, of course). Left to fend for himself, we meet up with Jack as he walks along a highway with the million dollars Beast let him keep. Suddenly he is picked up with a strange woman and two bagmen (men who are, well, bags, it's weird I know) and taken to a place called The Golden Boughs Retirement community. There he finds Goldilocks (missing from the Fables comics for awhile as well) and other various and sundry fable characters many of whom are very obscure. Someone did their research! Among them are Mother Goose, the Pathetic Fallacy, and a quick little guy called Sam. There are also cameos by Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Toto, and many others.
There Jack meets a rather nefarious guy called Mr. Revise who runs The Golden Boughs. Mr. Revise's mission is, apparently, imprison fairy tales until the world at large forgets about them, making them less magical. Mr. Revise's sinister intent is to do away with them and rid the world of magic forever
As I said before, I was surprised when they decided to spin-off Jack. Now that I can see where the story is going, I totally understand.Read more ›
For those of you not familiar with the Fables universe, here is the premise. The people and creations of folklore (Goldilocks, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc.)really exist. They have been forced into our world after being run out of theirs by the mysterious Adversary. Settling in our boring, mundane world they secretly establish Fabletown. The enclave in Manhattan is for those that are able to appear human. The none-human Fables (Thumbelina, Mr. Toad, the Three Little Pigs, etc.) live on "The Farm" in upstate New York.
Of course the story isn't quite what really happened....
These characters are virtually immortal as long as the "mundanes" tell their tales. In fact the more popular they are, the more difficult they are to kill. One of these is Jack Horner. He's also the guy that grew a magic beanstalk. :-) His character is that of a con man and trickster. By nature he is a jerk.
This brings us to this new series where Jack is the star. He's been exiled from Fabletown because one of his schemes went too far. After being busted, he is hitchhiking when he is kidnapped by a beautiful woman and her non-human henchmen. He is transported to a very comfortable, remote prison camp. In this prison are other fables like Alice, Mother Goose and the mysterious Sam. They are all there so that they may be 'forgotten'.
Well nobody locks Jack up! Thus begins his great escape....
I'd love to tell you more but I would spoil the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashley Silvera
Why are they forcing me to review a book in order to read it? This is a broken system. ShamePublished 13 months ago by Vic
The chauvinistic, half-baked adventures of Jack continue in his own series and its fun. Really, really, fun. Read morePublished 18 months ago by S. Penrose
I got the normal binding of this book, not a used copy or anything else. As soon as I finished my FIRST read-through of it, THE ENTIRE CENTER CHUNK FELL OUT OF THE BINDING. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by EmBee
This spin-off of Fables is a great way to continue the story of Jack. Jack is known as "Jack of the Tales" because of how many different tales have been told about him (for... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Matt Anderson
We pick up our story following Jack's ignominious exit from Hollywood back in Homelands. Where once he was on top of the world, now he's on the road. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by J. Binkerd
Not bad for a book focusing on one character! The cover alone may be worth it. Here we got a prison break story of forgotten fables and unknown fables galore! Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Sir John Jameson