I always say to myself, "Nah, I'm done with Jack." But another paperback comes out gathering the comics issues, and again, I am drawn to the rascal.
It's hard to describe how likably unlikable he is. I mean, he's selfish, vain, greedy, thoughtless, ill-tempered, yes, but he's also clever, energetic, funny, and outrageous.
In this adventure (we've seen him as a Hollywood mogul, in a concentration camp of sorts for Fables, in Las Vegas with Lady Luck), he's on the road...again. As an escapee from Golden Boughs (where storybook characters go to be forgotten, against their will), he's got a sidekick in the Pathetic Fallacy (this development cheers my English Lit degree heart to no end), who has memory issues. Mr. Revise is making sure the forgetting continues, and that includes erasing the memories of escapees so they forget Golden Boughs.
He and P.F. are captured by the Page sisters, but things go, as they will around Jack, quite wrong.
There are a couple of fabulous plot twists--the one with Excalibur and the one with Wicked John, and be careful of one of the following reviews which has serious spoilers, in case you care about surprises that way--and there is a nice bit of humor.
There is also an inclusion of a flashback tale that's intended as a Halloween season treat. Devilish goings on are both funny and dark. Just right for the holiday.
The whole Fables franchise is a delight. I've read all the ones available in bound-paperback form. And I still await the next adventures of the Fables folks, including wascally wicked Jack.
Just plain fun, and with good dialogue to boot(unlike soem of the comics I read this week.)