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Bill Willingham – Jack of Fables, Vol. 5: Turning Pages

June 10, 2009

68. Jack of Fables, Vol. 5: Turning Pages by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Russ Braun, Tony Akins, José Marzán, Jr., Andrew Pepoy, Steve Leialoha, Daniel Vozzo, Todd Klein, Brian Bolland (2009)
Jack of Fables, Volume 5

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
– Jack of Fables, Vol. 3: The Bad Prince
– Jack of Fables, Vol. 4: Americana

Length: 144 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel; Fantasy

Started: 06 June 2009
Finished: 06 June 2009

Where did it come from? Library.
Why do I have it? Have I not explained already about the Fables junkie-itude?

Too much backstory.
Never thought I’d say it, but:
Too much backstory.

Summary: Turning Pages consists of two three-issue story arcs. First is “1883”, in which Jack is posing as Smilin’ Jack Candle, leader of a notorious gang of outlaws in the Wild West, and in which we finally learn why Bigby Wolf really dislikes Jack so much. The second arc is “Turning Pages”, in which the Page sisters’ cousin (who is herself a Literal) tells us a little about each sister in turn, about their history, and their role in the aftermath of the events we’ve seen in previous Jack of Fables volumes.

Review: Not one of the better Jack of Fables volumes. I’m okay with installments where not a lot happens, plot-wise, as long as we learn something new about the characters or the history… and in this one, we just… didn’t. I mean, I like Westerns well enough, andas happy as I was to see Bigby show up, I didn’t realize that the animosity between him and Jack really needed explaining. I’d always assumed that Bigby hated Jack because Jack is an insufferable, obnoxious nuisance… and it turns out I’m right. And while the background on the Page girls was interesting in its own way, it wasn’t enough to carry the volume, especially when there are so many pieces to keep in motion at one time – something Willingham is usually pretty good at. So, while I’ll certainly keep reading, this volume didn’t exactly leave me crying for more. At least the writers are playing to the crowd a little bit, and included plenty of Babe the Blue Ox. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: One of the weaker volumes so far, but there’s enough little snippets of interest that it’s worth reading… plus true Fables fans can’t *not* pick up this latest installment.

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First Line: Looking back, anyone would have to admit that 1883 was a strange and wild year, and not by any definition a good one.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2009 1:29 pm

    I really have to finish up Fables so I can read these!

  2. June 15, 2009 12:46 pm

    Kailana – I just realized that this was the last of the Fables that’s out in graphic novel format (instead of single issues) until November, I think, so no more Fables for me until then. What am I going to do?

  3. Dex permalink
    June 29, 2009 2:04 pm

    Yeah, it was a pointless volume IMHO. Blame Mathew Sturges – he’s running Fables (and Jack of Fables) into the ground with his second rate writing. Oh, I miss when Bill Willingham wrote the comics without Sturges’ help!!!

    (hey, if you agree that the quality has dropped suddenly, you can actually tell Bill on his website message boards. I did – very politely!)

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