This time Jack and his sidekick Gary, the Pathetic Fallacy, have left Las Vegas and are headed for Nevada and Arizona. They get intercepted by Pris Page, in the service of Mr Revise and his Bagmen who are out to trap and rid the world of all Fables. Jack meets his erstwhile "twin" Wicked John whom he hates because he is so much like him. They have an accident and fall down into the Grand Canyon where they encounter an ancient oracle who pierces Jack with the sword Excalibur. As an adjunct we are introduced to Kevin Thorne, a Literal (those who under spells compose myths and fairytales), to Young John who apparently was the first to climb the beanstalk grown from the magic beans, and to a normal-sized Paul Bunyan and his pet, the miniaturized sagacious bull, Babe, who ruminates on the puzzles of life's incidental and noteworthy occurrences.
There are conflicts galore and Jack is at his best describing his past heroic'but often less than honourable adventures. A bonus at the end is about Jack as Jack o'Lantern in which he bargains with Old Scratch, a red-suited host of the nether regions, and lives to regret it as he has to outwit numerous legendary and devious pretenders to the hellish realms.
This is a treat for fans of illustrated serialized art that are appreciative of the wry humour. Here we have some of Bill Willinham's best efforts in this genre: contemporary fairytales for adults.