12 November 2012

Review: Jack of Fables 3: The Bad Prince by Bill Willingham

If you've been following my Fables reviews, then you know I wasn't all that crazy about the first two entries in Bill Willingham's Jack of Fables spinoff series. I'm so glad I decided to keep reading, though because volume 3, The Bad Prince is one of my favorite Fables installments.

Here are the major plot lines as best as I can do without including spoilers. Jack is on the run from a questionable organization that is out to control the memories of the Fable beings and thus strip the world of magic. The person in charge is named Mr. Revise. In The Bad Prince, we learn more about the background of Revise and his family.

While Jack and his new sidekick, the Pathetic Fallacy (who now wants to be known as Gary), are wandering around the American Southwest, they're picked up by one of Revise's minions. That adventure proves to be an eye-opener for our buddy Jack. He learns something about his origins, and we witness an event of great significance. Jack, however, is so busy stewing over his origins that he hasn't yet realized what happened.

Finally, somewhere in Manhattan, a Mundy (human) may be about to expose the Fables and their Fabletown home to the world at large. Click on the scan to see the first page in this story arc. There are no spoilers on the page, and you'll get an idea of artwork.

As always, there is quite a bit of humor (visual and verbal) in the story. In addition, I like the artists for The Bad Prince, and despite the cover, Jack is pretty handsome in this book.

I'm now looking forward to the next Jack books, the great cross-over book, and my return to the main Fables series.

The story is by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges, and the art team includes Tony Akins, Russ Braun, Andrew Pepoy, Daniel Vozzo, and Todd Klein. The cover art is by Brian Bolland.

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Published by DC Comics / Vertigo, 2008
ISBN-13: 9781401218546
Rating: B+
Source: review (see review policy)
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8 comments:

Kailana 11/12/12, 6:36 AM  

I am glad you are liking this spin-off more. I have to admit I always enjoyed Fables more, but there are some great moments in these comics, too. :)

Zibilee 11/12/12, 9:50 AM  

Oh, it must have been a relief that this book was so much better than the last one, and I am glad that it worked out for you. Now it's time to be excited about the next in the series!

Sandy Nawrot 11/12/12, 12:38 PM  

I know that my son just got a collection of Walking Dead graphic novels that is about three inches thick (yes it will be mine one day). I think this would be the best way for me to dig into this series. I read the first one and I liked it, so that is the green light for me to take it and run.

Marg 11/12/12, 9:18 PM  

I think I am getting to the point where I have to start thinking about this spin-off from Fables.

Vasilly 11/12/12, 9:58 PM  

Great review! I haven't started reading this spin-off just yet. Hopefully, I will once I catch up on Fables.

Julie P. 11/15/12, 8:26 AM  

The artwork looks amazing!

Tif Sweeney 11/20/12, 5:15 PM  

I think I'm going to start this spin-off this weekend! I've been waiting until I was further into Fables and I think the time is right for a little more Jack! :)

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