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Willingham first created a contemporary world inhabited by fairy tale characters in his series, Fables. He continues that success with Sturges, who co-writes this recent spinoff. A new story line further develops Jack Horner's escapades in Hollywood and establishes him as the most dangerous Fable loose in the "mundy"—short for "mundane"—world. Jack is forced into the Golden Boughs Retirement Community, a jail of sorts where Fables are imprisoned until society-at-large forgets about them, thereby diminishing their magic powers. Enlisting the support of Goldilocks and a cage full of fairies, Jack plans the entire retirement community's escape. Willingham and Sturges give Jack a bad-boy attitude, making him an everyman hero that readers won't always identify with, but will enjoy watching flub and fake his way to freedom, complete with clever riffs on the Turtle and the Hare, the Toothfairy, Mother Goose and Humpty Dumpty. Readers will enjoy this more if they first familiarize themselves with Willingham's established Fables world (Legends in Exile, Wolves, etc.). Rated for mature readers, the tale includes sex, nudity, corruption, so it's got a little bit of everything that any sophisticated comics fan will enjoy. (Mar.)
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"* "Funny and engaging; original, too." - Time Out * "Great fun." - Booklist * "Instantly compelling." - Cinescape.com * "Looks as good as it reads." - Comics Buyer's Guide * "Tosses traditional fairy tales down the rabbit hole." - Wizard" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Why are they forcing me to review a book in order to read it? This is a broken system. ShamePublished 4 months ago by Vic
The chauvinistic, half-baked adventures of Jack continue in his own series and its fun. Really, really, fun. Read morePublished 9 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 18 months ago 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 19 months ago 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 20 months ago 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 23 months ago by Sir John Jameson
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I have loved Fables nearly from the get-go. Read more