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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (June 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227128
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 17 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 18 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

I've never liked Jack of Fables as much as the original Fables series but it has been more than interesting enough to keep me reading. A lot of fans were somewhat disappointed with a "Great Crossover", however I was not one of them. I was very excited to read this new volume of Jack, knowing that a whole new story arc would be starting from the remnants that remained from the "Great Crossover". The new Jack, Jack Frost, is a lovable character, so unlike the original Jack Horner that I was greatly expectant to see where he would fit into the new storyline.

The volume opens with Jack H. and Gary sitting in a diner where Jack tells Gary a story from his past that he had never told before about landing on an island full of fabled apes and helping them with their troubles where he eventually became king of the jungle for a while. There he met such fables as George, the ever curious, a gorilla by the name of Magilla and of course the great Kong. This was fun old usual Jack stuff.

Then we moved onto the titular story arc with the remaining four chapters which switch back and forth between Jack and Gary and Jack Frost who has set off to be a hero with a wooden owl as his sidekick whom he names MacDuff. Jack is in great trouble as it seems that he is transforming into something, he starts gaining weight, his skin goes all pimply and he's losing his hair. His T-shirts are hilarious! As he continues to transform into some large creature he has an instinct to reach a certain place before the transformation completes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Now with 80% more idealism. July 3 2010
By Sean Curley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Jack of Fables" launched some years ago as a spinoff centred around Jack Horner, the Jack in numerous fictional stories (the giant-killer, the beanstalk-climber, etc.), who had been a regular in the "Fables" ongoing series as a self-centered, amoral jerk. Given his own series, which was markedly more comic than its predecessor, he soon found himself in the middle of a vast new area of the Fables mythology involving meta-concepts such as the Literals. The "Great Fables Crossover" storyline resolved the main ongoing arc of the series with the Literals (apart from Gary, the Pathetic Fallacy, Jack's sidekick), and brought into play Jack's son by the Snow Queen, also called Jack. With the crossover out of the way, writers Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham take an arc to dramatically reorient the series, in what I would provisionally call an improvement. Spoilers follow.

There are four issues collected here, the first of which is a standalone story about one of Jack Horner's adventures in the past: in this case, finding himself in darkest Africa in the late 19th century, in the company of a variety of ape and monkey Fables beasts. This issue is gently amusing, but there's not a whole lot to it, apart from the final in-joke about how all these stories later, in garbled form, became the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Enjoyable, but not remotely groundbreaking or memorable, even for what it is.

The final three issues, on the other hand, form the main body of the story, and are much better. The story is split between Jack Horner and Gary, who while wandering find that Jack is undergoing a major transformation, and Jack the younger (briefly Jack Frost, but he renounces those powers as a rejection of his evil mother's legeacy), who decides to try and redeem his jerkish family legacy by becoming a genuine hero. Jack Sr.'s story is essentially a grand karmic comeuppance, as his millennia of bad behaviour finally comes back to bite him, writing him out of the series (for now, anyway). Jack Jr., by contrast, comes across Gepetto's wooden owl, and goes about on his first case as a hero for hire (though he doesn't really charge anything, which makes paying the bills difficult; someone really should get this kid a Puss in Boots). The adventure itself is fairly unremarkable as a plot, but the younger Jack is a refreshing new lead character, and one can tell that the writers, Matthew Sturges and Bill Willingham, are enjoying the contrast between his idealism and the outright narcissism of Jack Horner. His banter with the wooden owl MacDuff is quite nicely handled.

As far as new directions go, this volume establishes a promising one, and I look forward to the further adventures of Jack the hero, which could go in many interesting directions (including, perhaps, encounters with his parents). Recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fairly enjoyable June 29 2010
By M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Anyone who has read the Fables/Literals crossover in Fables Vol. 13 will remember the Deus Ex Machina in the end - many of us were disappointed with how it ended. This has its ramifications for this story, and doubtlessly it will for the next Fables volume as well. I'm still reeling from that Deus Ex Machina, because it was so terrible.

Fortunately, this book is better in other aspects. Jack Frost is a very likable character, and it's hard to not want to cheer him on as he goes on his hero quests to try to find out who he is and discover his own inner strengths. Jack Frost turns out to be a rather enjoyable character, and those of you who paid attention to the bit in Fables where Frau Totenkinder talked about Geppeto's puppets and the brushes she put a spell on will make a connection between the owl that befriends Jack and this bit of information.

It was also cool seeing the Pathetic Fallacy stand up for himself and get into Jack (Jack Senior/Jack Horner)'s face and yell at him and give him a what-for. It's hilarious to see the shirts Jack wears as he is going through his transformation. I was sad that Lumi didn't actually make an appearance in this novel - I was expecting her to be since she was on the cover. But overall, this is a pretty nice read, but it definitely would have been better if the Deus in the crossover had never happened.
Lame. Really lame. Really, really lame. Jan. 9 2014
By Matt Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lame. Really lame. Really, really lame. This is not the "Jack" that I know and love, and I can see that this was the beginning of the end for the soon-to-be-cancelled series.
Awesome! A New Direction Jan. 18 2011
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

I've never liked Jack of Fables as much as the original Fables series but it has been more than interesting enough to keep me reading. A lot of fans were somewhat disappointed with a "Great Crossover", however I was not one of them. I was very excited to read this new volume of Jack, knowing that a whole new story arc would be starting from the remnants that remained from the "Great Crossover". The new Jack, Jack Frost, is a lovable character, so unlike the original Jack Horner that I was greatly expectant to see where he would fit into the new storyline.

The volume opens with Jack H. and Gary sitting in a diner where Jack tells Gary a story from his past that he had never told before about landing on an island full of fabled apes and helping them with their troubles where he eventually became king of the jungle for a while. There he met such fables as George, the ever curious, a gorilla by the name of Magilla and of course the great Kong. This was fun old usual Jack stuff.

Then we moved onto the titular story arc with the remaining four chapters which switch back and forth between Jack and Gary and Jack Frost who has set off to be a hero with a wooden owl as his sidekick whom he names MacDuff. Jack is in great trouble as it seems that he is transforming into something, he starts gaining weight, his skin goes all pimply and he's losing his hair. His T-shirts are hilarious! As he continues to transform into some large creature he has an instinct to reach a certain place before the transformation completes. Meanwhile, Jack Frost is having a tough time finding anyone who needs rescuing or the the real services of a hero until he advertises and a young woman comes to him to help save her town from the night walkers, man-eating monsters that live in the forest. As he sets out to take care of the night walkers they in turn seek him to save them from an evil sorcerer and Jack has the potential to save two clients all in one go.

I love, love, love the new direction Jack of Fables has taken. Jack Frost is a welcome addition to the cast and is going to be a much more fun character than Jack ever was. It isn't clear how (or if) the old Jack in his new form will be part of the story arc now so that remains to be seen. If he is still going to remain in constant play I think he'll be much more interesting this way! The only thing that disappointed me was the cover (which is really cool!) but not representative of anything that happens in the book. The Snow Queen, nor any of those cool characters make an appearance in this volume.
an improvement in the Jack tales Oct. 13 2010
By audrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A while back author Bill Willingham created a spinoff series from the Fables graphic novels, and focused his energies on Jack, one of the most powerful fable characters due to the fact that he's so well-known; of course Jack uses his powers for no-good, being a vain and greedy guy. In this 7th outing for the fabled narcissist, we get a standalone tale of Jack in the jungle with talking apes, which started out promisingly but ultimately went nowhere; the tale of Jack and Gary walking through the desert as Jack undergoes a remarkable (and karmic) transformation; and the tale of Jack (Frost) as he renounces his icy powers and begins his new life as a hero. The transformation story has funny graphic touches but goes nowehere, leaving the Jack Frost storyline as the clear winner here -- an idealistic young man out to save the world one damsel at a time.

I was disappointed that the cover doesn't seem to have much to do with any actual story, and got this mainly to keep the collection complete; though I'm pretty sick of the Jack stories, Frost seems to have perked it up a bit.

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