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Bill Willingham – Jack of Fables Vol. 3 – The Bad Prince

May 12, 2009

54. Jack of Fables: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Tony Akins, Andrew Pepoy, Russ Braun, Andrew Robinson, Bill Reinhold, Daniel Vozzo, Lee Loughridge, Todd Klein, Brian Bolland (2008)
Jack of Fables, Volume 3

Read my reviews of:
the main Fables volumes
– Jack of Fables, Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape
– Jack of Fables, Vol. 2: Jack of Hearts

Length: 128 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel; Fantasy

Started: 06 May 2009
Finished: 06 May 2009

Where did it come from? The library
Why do I have it? Because I am a Fables junkie.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? N/A

Jack doesn’t have as
much to do, but it’s still an
interesting read.

Summary: Jack, on his way out of Las Vegas, gets re-captured by one of the Page sisters, but their van crashes into the Grand Canyon before they can get far. Before they can get rescued, however, Jack has a bit to learn about himself, the obnoxiously cocky Wicked John (who strangely looks just like Jack), the mysterious sword sticking out of his chest, and the nature of his sidekick Gary. There’s also a standalone Halloween tale, “Jack-o-Lantern”, in which Jack tells us about his dealing with various devils.

Review: Compared to the first two volumes in the Jack series, it felt like not a whole lot actually happened in this volume. On the other hand, we do learn quite a bit about who Mr. Revise and the rest of the Literals are, what the folks at the Golden Boughs are really up to, and about Jack’s earliest history. There’s also hints that all is not well amongst the Page sisters, and promises of interesting developments to come. So, while it was a little slower than you might otherwise expect from Jack (although still packed with just as much snarky egoism as ever), it’s definitely packed with interesting story points. My favorite bits, however, were the one-page interludes starring Babe, Paul Bunyan’s seriously delusional blue ox. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Like the main Fables series, there is a deeper story going on underneath the tales of Jack’s exploits, and we finally start to get some serious clues about what’s going on.

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First Line: Yeah, I was a god once — or a demigod, or a semi-demigod, or who knows what the correct term is?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. keidalgrim permalink
    May 12, 2009 9:16 am

    Hello:

    I am enjoying your blog. I discovered one day because I believe you visited my blog, or something like that.

    My question is, how do you find time to read and then review all these books? You seem to have a new one nearly everyday and these are not small books.

    How do you do it? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    Keith
    Hear Be Books (http://keidalgrim.wordpress.com)

  2. May 12, 2009 9:49 am

    Keith – Welcome, glad to have you here!

    The current run of one-review-per-day is a) not typical, and b) not reflective of actual reading speed. I participated in the 24-hour read-a-thon a few weeks ago, and by the time I got all of those reviews read and posted, I’d already built up a backlog of *other* books that I’d read and reviewed. I’m coming up on the end of the backlog soon; after that it’ll be back to my normal pace of 2-3 reviews per week.

    (Also, the Jack of Fables books are 128 pages, but they’re graphic novels, so they really only take an hour or two each to read.) I also listen to audiobooks, and oftentimes I can listen to them at work, regaining several hours of reading per day. I haven’t updated my calendar for May yet, but it gives a better idea of my reading rate vs. my review-posting rate.

  3. May 12, 2009 10:32 am

    Babe was my favourite part of this, too. His bits were so random that they had me in stitches.

  4. May 13, 2009 11:02 am

    Memory – I was reading Vol. 4 the other night, and was laughing so hard at Babe’s parts that my housemate had to come see if I was okay. :)

  5. May 13, 2009 4:20 pm

    I am really looking forward to reading this series! I just have to finish Fables first…

  6. May 14, 2009 4:39 pm

    Kailana – But it’s nice knowing that even when you’ve run out of Fables, you haven’t *really* run out of Fables…

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