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Jack of Fables: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Tony Akins, and Andrew Popoy

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This is the first book in a spin-off of Fables: Legends in Exile by Willingham, Medina, Leialoha, and Hamilton - tales of fairytale characters living in our modern world after their own worlds were destroyed.

In case you can't read it in the picture, Jack is wearing a T-shirt that reads, "Ensemble Books Are For Losers". He is. . . Jack. In the "world" of the Fables, he is all the characters called "Jack" in all the tales you've read: Jack who killed the giant; Jack Horner; Jack Frost; and Jack who jumps over candlesticks.

Perhaps that last one is the most appropriate. He is handsome - yes - rich - often, and as arrogant a bad-boy as fiction can cough up. There's something about that perpetual brought-it-on-himself hard-luck story that is just irresistible. Perhaps it's magic.

The art is very consistent with the main Fables series - confusingly complicated covers followed by great inside art. You can't help loving and hating Jack, and OF COURSE he'd be the one to get his own (ongoing) series. All glory and no responsibility. He suffers consequences plenty of times - but they never stick. Because he's Jack.

Certainly not for kids!

Rating: ★★★★☆
Published: 2007

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