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Jack of Fables Vol. 7: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack [Paperback]

Chris Roberson , Bill Willingham , Brian Bolland
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June 29 2010 Jack of Fables (Book 7)
Jack Frost, son of Jack of Fables, has left our world and has decided to make his way to the Imperial Homeworld, where his mother is still trapped under a city of thorns. Along the way he will encounter many fantasy monsters, brigands and troops of roving goblins, and have to battle his way through them.

And while Jack Frost undertakes his quest, Jack of Fables is slowly transforming into something unexpected -- and deadly.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! A New Direction Jan. 18 2011
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Now with 80% more idealism. July 3 2010
By Sean Curley - Published on Amazon.com
"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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly enjoyable June 29 2010
By M - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars The new Jack Frost is generally an improvement over his Dad Aug. 20 2010
By Caleb Parnell Lampen - Published on Amazon.com
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In this volume, we split time between Jack and his son, Jack frost. Its clear they're beginning to focus more on the new Jack, and although at first I wasn't sure how I'd take that, I found myself enjoying it. I think I was forgetting how much I truly hated Jack I. Although he's had fun adventures, he's a character you just can't have much sympathy for. That was a flaw in the original series concept in my opinion.

The new Jack Frost actually wants to be a hero, unlike giving just lip service to it like his Dad. This might sound rather trite as a character and story concept I suppose. What they do here is try to simultaneously embrace the "hero genre", as well as to lightly spoof it. Its a fine line, but so far its been well done.

If there is a flaw, its that the new Jack, while more likable than the old, is more flat. He comes off a little two dimensional. We don't know much about him. This may be fixed through both further adventures, and maybe some much needed flashbacks (we still know very little of the vast majority of his life). However, as the book was trying to split time between the two Jacks, I understand if they haven't yet had time for such details.

Anyways, some problems, but in general entertaining, and a much needed breath of fresh air for the Jack series. I fully support them if they let the old Jack fade out and keep the new Jack in indefinitely, which is probably their intent.
4.0 out of 5 stars an improvement in the Jack tales Oct. 13 2010
By audrey - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars I had such high hopes for this thing Sept. 19 2010
By Tim Lieder - Published on Amazon.com
Somewhere in Fables: Great Fables Crossover (Fables 13), Jack grabs a briefcase and you rarely see him put it down. In this storyline, we find out that it's treasure, but he needs it. Or he thinks he needs it. Regardlass, he's not letting it go. So he gets fat and bald and his skin gets scaly. That's pretty much it for the Jack that we know and like. The rest of the story is about Jack Frost trying to become a big hero and instead engaging in a lot of diplomacy. There's a fight with a wizard that he wins easily because he knows this type from being raised by servants of the Snow Queen but that's about the only humor.

I recently bought a few copies of this series in the monthly series. I find that they aren't just the same. While this book explains how Jack Frost became the main character, it doesn't explain what's going through Willingham's head when he places such a bland hero into the center of the action.

The blue ox is still funny, though.
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