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Jack of Fables Vol. 3: The Bad Prince [Paperback]

Bill Willingham , Matthew Sturges
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July 8 2008 Jack of Fables (Book 3)
Collecting JACK OF FABLES #12-16! Jack's now a wayward Fable in the heartland of America. Follow his extreme road stories as he reveals the secret of his former relationship with the illustrious Snow Queen (when he took her powers and became known as Jack Frost).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked good! Feb. 26 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just the fable of Jack and Ol' Scratch alone is worth the cost on this one. Best of the series to be sure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious farcical tale of Jack Horner Sept. 3 2010
By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Volume, Best So Far for Jack, imho Aug. 4 2010
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

This entire volume except for the last chapter is devoted to the title story arc "The Bad Prince". Jack has a run in with Excalibur and learns a shocking truth about his existence. All the regulars are here and it was great to see the return of Paul Bunyan and Babe from Vol. 1, though they've been shrunk down in size as punishment for their part in the Great Escape. A new character is introduced and an old character from Fabletown shows up. This is a minor character who pops up now and then, though he has caused trouble in Fabletown, and in this volume we learn his true identity, which is a bit of a shocker and questions are answered in this series "and" ones that have been posed in "Fables" are also being answered.

I really enjoyed this volume. The story arc is a lot of fun. Jack is not able to take advantage of anyone this time around as he is the one getting the short end of the stick through out. But in a twist of events, this time, he's the one who wins in the end. A bit of a turn around on Jack's usual plights. The volume ends with a single Hallowe'en issue where Jack reminisces about the past and tells the story of how he came back from the dead, bargained with the devil and got the name Jack o'Lantern. A fun story. Loved this volume and am on my way to place an order for Vol. 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant continuation of the Fables' Universe July 27 2008
By Robert Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though Jack is perhaps my least favorite Fable in the wonderful imaginative universe that Bill Willingham has created, I once again have been completely blown away by one of his collections. This addition to the sequence features some truly wonderful twists. There are also a number of additions to the overall Jack narrative that significantly increases the complexity of the tale.

The big surprise is that the revelation that Jack is the not the original of the Jack/John stories, but the copy. If you've read any studies dealing with European folktales, you have undoubtedly encountered the idea of Jack stories (very similar in Native American folklore concerning Coyote stories). There are a host of stories centered on this character, more of a type than a specific individual. Here the idea is introduced that through the Powers that Be, Jack was a copy of John, insted of the other way around. The stories were actually about John, whose memories Jack has been provided.

The real meat of the story, however, lies elsewhere, as we learn a great deal more about Mr. Revise and hints about the particular kind of being that he is, as well as the revelation that there are others like him. I am not buying the individual issues of this series as they come out so I have not checked to verify this, but I suspect that the next group of issues focus on this. Suffice it to say that this book is crucial in introducing essential plot twists to come.

The book also ties in rather nicely with Volume 10 of the FABLES story, in a couple of ways. First, this volume is entitled JACK OF THE FABLES 3: THE BAD PRINCE, while the other is FABLES 10: THE GOOD PRINCE. Second, in the Jack volume a sword is rammed through his chest by someone who appears to be Merlin. In the FABLES volume we learn that the sword may have resulted from more than just that.

All in all, another great addition to one of the best ongoing comics series around. If you love comics, you should definitely add this to your collection, but only after you've added the previous FABLES and JACK releases.
4.0 out of 5 stars The mythology expands in an unexpected way Jan. 8 2014
By Matt Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
** spoiler alert ** This volume of Jack of Fables introduces a deeper part of the mythology that I wasn't expecting. On pages 86 and 87, we are shown panels of a human hand writing the stories that would become the well-known fables. More than that, this mystery person is writing characters into existence...characters that we now know as the Fables. In fact, this volume shows us exactly how and why Jack was written into existence in the first place.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Volume, Best So Far for Jack, imho Aug. 4 2010
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

This entire volume except for the last chapter is devoted to the title story arc "The Bad Prince". Jack has a run in with Excalibur and learns a shocking truth about his existence. All the regulars are here and it was great to see the return of Paul Bunyan and Babe from Vol. 1, though they've been shrunk down in size as punishment for their part in the Great Escape. A new character is introduced and an old character from Fabletown shows up. This is a minor character who pops up now and then, though he has caused trouble in Fabletown, and in this volume we learn his true identity, which is a bit of a shocker and questions are answered in this series "and" ones that have been posed in "Fables" are also being answered.

I really enjoyed this volume. The story arc is a lot of fun. Jack is not able to take advantage of anyone this time around as he is the one getting the short end of the stick through out. But in a twist of events, this time, he's the one who wins in the end. A bit of a turn around on Jack's usual plights. The volume ends with a single Hallowe'en issue where Jack reminisces about the past and tells the story of how he came back from the dead, bargained with the devil and got the name Jack o'Lantern. A fun story. Loved this volume and am on my way to place an order for Vol. 4.
2.0 out of 5 stars Subdued July 24 2010
By graphik_persona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The adventurous spirit of the prior two volumes set the bar for me going into this volume. I wasn't expecting to find deep characters or a 'profound' plotline going on as I started this trade, but I did expect to be entertained. I felt this volume was a little weak compared to the prior two, just for lack of 'action'. To be honest, Jack seemed to be in a state of meloncholy through most of the edition, and the Jack/John dynamic was somewhat dissapointing to the character himself. The backstory that the volume developed was less original in its humor than what I had come to expect.

I would like to give points to the last episode in the book though, with the 'multiple-devil's' and the artwork for that short. It was an original, creative and humorous account, one that was on par with the prior two editions; a good read overall.

However, I've been impressed enough by the series so far to take a look at the Fables line that this spin-off is from.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, but not as good as the previous volume. Jack of Fables continues to be a Spin Off worth reading. July 8 2010
By Enrique Trevino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This volume has two stories. The first one consists of four issues and it is hard to describe. It does a lot in terms of giving the series more depth. It gives us more background on Revise, it shows us a lot of Jack's past by having him cross paths with Wicked John (a very similar guy to Jack in personality and in looks, the only difference seems to be the color of their hair). It introduces the notion of "Literals" which will have repercussions later and it gives a big spotlight on Gary, the pathethic fallacy. Even though this story seemed to not be very plot driven, I think it was very good, mainly because it has a ton of humor. Almost every page has a funny scene in it. In the volume, there are three pages that focus on Paul Bunyan's pet, and this pet is hilarious. Each one of those pages consists of the pet having delusions, such as being the inventor of graham crackers or a kind pirate.

The second story is one issue long. Another fairy tale kind of story. Doesn't have a huge impact on the overall story arc, but it is a nice short story involving Jack. This time it is about his time as Jack O'Lantern. Jack makes a deal with the devil and ends up being in our world without being alive. It is hilarious to see how reckless Jack is. This story is much weaker than the Jack Frost story in my opinion, but it is still worth telling. I really like the side stories that Willinghma gives us. It's been a great joy reading stories from his FABLES universe.
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