Jack of Fables, Volume 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape

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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.

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Overview

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.

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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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In Willingham's "Fables" series (Vertigo), Jack Horner was kicked out of the magical realm for selling his life story to Hollywood. Homeless and trying to figure out the next step in his immortal life, this Jack is kidnapped and imprisoned in the Golden Boughs Retirement Community, a jail run by power-mad librarians who want to make the human world forget about magic. Along with the help of other fabled characters like Goldilocks and Mother Goose, he devises a wild plan to escape. In "Fables," Jack is the character readers love to hate: arrogant, self-serving, and totally pompous. But in this storyline, he is at the bottom of the barrel, forced to use all his strength, scheming, and luck to crawl back out. Akins and Pepoy's art is fairly realistic, but with some quick dips into the cartoony. They are particularly adept at communicating subtext through facial expressions and use those skills to foreshadow some important plot twists. With its brief nudity, sexual situations, and portrayals of death, this graphic novel is for older teens.
—Matthew L. MoffettCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401212223
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Jack of Fables Series , #1
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 444,442
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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