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Jack of Fables Vol. 1: The Nearly Great Escape [Format Kindle]

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The first five issues of the popular FABLES spin-off series are collected in this amazing new volume! Last seen hitchhiking from Hollywood, Jack's now a wayward Fable in the heartland of America. His extreme road stories and encounters with other notorious, renegade Fables are just a few of the situations in store for this fan-favorite character.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 La (presque) excellente histoire 14 octobre 2009
Dans le tome Fables vol. 6: Homelands, Jack Horner est banni à tout jamais de Fabletown. Le présent recueil commence à cet exact moment et Jack est en train de faire de l'autostop sur une autoroute américaine avec pour bagage un attaché case contenant un million et cent mille quarante deux dollars. Il est rapidement pris en stop par un groupe de sacs plastiques menés par une jeune femme accorte et emmené dans un centre de détention pour Fables. Là il retrouve plusieurs Fables dont une bien connue des lecteurs de la série de Bill Willingham. Et il ne lui faut pas longtemps pour organiser une évasion (presque) parfaite.

Attention, si vous êtes un fan de la série Fables, celle de Jack ne sera pas forcément votre tasse de thé. Cette série dérivée possède sa propre voix et n'est ni une copie à bas prix, ni un décalque. Cette première histoire aborde l'américanisation des contes européens. Le méchant de l'intrigue est une caricature de Walt Disney (1901-1966) qui s'est fixé comme objectif de rendre les contes inoffensifs en les abêtissant. Willingham et Sturges utilisent cette métaphore pour pointer du doigt les versions dégénérées des contes européens réécrit pour se conformer aux critères politiquement corrects des dessins animés des studios Disney.

Jack Horner est un héros pourvu dans solide sens pratique mais d'une intelligence sélective.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Liking Fables does not guarantee liking this spin-off 5 décembre 2008
Par K. Sullivan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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All customer reviews posted at the time of this writing would have you believe that if you enjoy Fables, you will necessarily enjoy its spin-off Jack of Fables. Not so fast! I want to encourage you to at least proceed with caution.

I only recently discovered Fables and have quickly read the entire series. I love myth, fairy tales and fantasy and I think the Fables series is wonderfully entertaining (though it arguably features more intrigue and mystery than standard fantasy fair). Bill Willingham's characterizations are believable and endearing, his stories are sweeping and epic, and the artwork and design are remarkable (paneling and layout are unlike anything else I have seen).

Other reviewers note that Jack may be the least likable of the Fables characters in the original series. But whereas he is self-serving and self-pitying in Fables, there was something underneath that made him tolerable if not likable. Yes, he was a jerk, but he was not devoid of all merit. Through the first two books of this series, his jerk factor has really escalated. Perhaps it's just because the focus now resides so squarely on him. Perhaps even more likely it's because these tales are primarily narrated in a first person voice. You get inside Jack's head and thoughts and his arrogance and braggadocio are just overwhelming. He constantly tells the reader how much better he is than everyone (including the reader), he closes each story with a teaser for the next in which he lauds himself and insults the reader or where he tries an infantile trick or insult to get you to read on. Whereas I assume this is supposed to be humorous, it falls completely flat for me. It lacks wit and seems amateurish.

And this brings me to the real problem plaguing this series. Both Bill Willingham and Matt Sturges are credited as writers. Whereas I do not know what actually occurs, I had to wonder if Matt Sturges wasn't the primary or almost exclusive writer. Willingham may have editorial control or input (and it is certainly his character), but I cannot believe that he is directly responsible for this. Willingham has amazing talent as demonstrated in Fables, but it is not in evidence here. The plotting feels telegraphed and the pacing is frenetic. Aside from the writing, the beautiful artwork and design of the original are also missing.

In fairness, some of the magic is still here. You meet more fairy tale characters which has its own inherent fanciful appeal. Plus you get some back story and tie-ins to the Fables series. The idea of the Golden Boughs Retirement Community and its mission to remove all magic from the world (fable or otherwise) has wonderful potential. In fact, if that plot device were rolled into Fables, I imagine we would have a great story. But the writing and presentation here are just sub par.

I got and read the first two books but I will not be getting any subsequent volumes. Whereas the vocal few seem to love this series, it is not a foregone conclusion that liking the original Fables means you will also like this spin-off. By all means proceed to look into this series for yourself, but do so with caution.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jack of Fables 9 avril 2007
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Jack of Fables gets his own spin-off series! I have to admit, at first, I was sort of like, why? But, now I understand. It's because Jack kicks butt! In case you don't know, Jack also goes by Jack of the Beanstalk, Jack B. Horner, Jack of the Tales, and apparently Jack Frost in colder climates.

When we last saw Jack in the Fables comics, he had become a huge player in the Hollywood scene, with fame, money and lots of girls, only to have it all taken away from him by the sheriff of Fabletown, The Beast (from Beauty and the Beast, of course). Left to fend for himself, we meet up with Jack as he walks along a highway with the million dollars Beast let him keep. Suddenly he is picked up with a strange woman and two bagmen (men who are, well, bags, it's weird I know) and taken to a place called The Golden Boughs Retirement community. There he finds Goldilocks (missing from the Fables comics for awhile as well) and other various and sundry fable characters many of whom are very obscure. Someone did their research! Among them are Mother Goose, the Pathetic Fallacy, and a quick little guy called Sam. There are also cameos by Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Toto, and many others.

There Jack meets a rather nefarious guy called Mr. Revise who runs The Golden Boughs. Mr. Revise's mission is, apparently, imprison fairy tales until the world at large forgets about them, making them less magical. Mr. Revise's sinister intent is to do away with them and rid the world of magic forever

As I said before, I was surprised when they decided to spin-off Jack. Now that I can see where the story is going, I totally understand. This series looks to be completely separate from the Fables universe (no Adversary, none of the regulars from that comic) and has a great story going. The parallels to our own world and the issues we face with censorship are expertly addressed in the story arc with Mr. Revise and the Golden Boughs. I can't wait to see where Bill Willingham and crew go with this in the next part of the series.

And, as always, the art was simply amazing, especially James Jean's beautiful covers. And, I would advise catching up on the Fables comics, not because this can't stand alone because I think it really can, but because they are just so fantastic they need to be read too!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Tour de Force 7 mars 2007
Par Michael E. Hill - Publié sur Amazon.com
The "Fables" series never ceases to amaze me. The brilliance of Bill Willingham and Co. consistently maintains a level of high quality. The title has the word "(Nearly)" in it. It should be removed. The title should say, "Jack of Fables: The Great Escape".

For those of you not familiar with the Fables universe, here is the premise. The people and creations of folklore (Goldilocks, Prince Charming, Snow White, etc.)really exist. They have been forced into our world after being run out of theirs by the mysterious Adversary. Settling in our boring, mundane world they secretly establish Fabletown. The enclave in Manhattan is for those that are able to appear human. The none-human Fables (Thumbelina, Mr. Toad, the Three Little Pigs, etc.) live on "The Farm" in upstate New York.

Of course the story isn't quite what really happened....

These characters are virtually immortal as long as the "mundanes" tell their tales. In fact the more popular they are, the more difficult they are to kill. One of these is Jack Horner. He's also the guy that grew a magic beanstalk. :-) His character is that of a con man and trickster. By nature he is a jerk.

This brings us to this new series where Jack is the star. He's been exiled from Fabletown because one of his schemes went too far. After being busted, he is hitchhiking when he is kidnapped by a beautiful woman and her non-human henchmen. He is transported to a very comfortable, remote prison camp. In this prison are other fables like Alice, Mother Goose and the mysterious Sam. They are all there so that they may be 'forgotten'.

Well nobody locks Jack up! Thus begins his great escape....

I'd love to tell you more but I would spoil the story. Fans of the series will see this as a worthy addition to the Fables universe. If you're new to Fables, you will be cuirious about some of the back stories of characters like Goldilocks and get hooked yourself.

I'd never thought all that much of the Jack character before, but he fills out nicely in his own series. The inventiveness and the creativity of this series is wonderful. Mr. Willingham is a fine student of folklore and mythology as well as clever. Several times he sent me to the Internet to find out more about his characters. Especially the mysterious Sam...... I know we will see more of him.

This was money well spent.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Run, Jack, Run 12 avril 2007
Par Tom Knapp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Bill Willingham's "Fables" series has already taken some of the world's best-loved characters in a new and thoroughly modern direction. Now, Jack of the Tales -- a.k.a. Jack the Giant-Killer, Jack Horner, Jack Frost, John Trick and Jack B. Nimble -- has broken with the fold (OK, he was banished) and is out on his own. It doesn't take him long at all before he's tossed unwillingly into the Golden Boughs Retirement Community, where the dread Scissorman keeps story characters captive until they fade from the collective subconscious and lose their power.

On the bright side, the revolutionary and homicidal maniac Goldilocks is there, not at all dead as previously believed, and without Baby Bear to sate her, she's willing to get kinky with Jack. (There's nothing explicit, but this isn't a book for youngsters.) But Jack wants to escape the inescapable, and with the help of Humpty Dumpty, a handful of fairies, a large flock of birds and an elderly Sambo, he just might do it.

Anyone who enjoys the "Fables" series will love this. And since everyone should enjoy "Fables," you might as well pick up your copy now.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm shocked (but delighted) that I liked this so much 9 avril 2008
Par Robert Moore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm a huge fan of Bill Willingham's FABLES series, but I was rather loathe to give the Jack books a try. Why? Of all the characters in FABLES, Jack was easily my least favorite. I found nothing about him to be at all interesting and in fact found him to be quite unlikable. So, I figured that this would be an unlikable, unpleasant book.

Was I ever wrong! To be honest, I still don't like Jack, but the book introduced a whole new collection of Fables, many of American origin (like Paul Bunyan and Babe or Dorothy and her buds from the WIZARD OF OZ). Maybe of the others seemed to be of more recent origin, like the several characters from Lewis Carroll who populated the story, including Alice. The most surprising fable was Sam, who for the life of me I couldn't identify until very late in the book, when he ran so fast he turned tigers into butter. Very few people today are familiar with the widely reviled former children's classic LITTLE BLACK SAMBO, but Sam turned out to be that story's title character. Goldilocks was back and we learned about her unpleasant (though deserved) fate after her attempt to kill Snow White and Bigby Wolf. All in all, this was just a great collection of characters and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of their story.

So if you are like me and don't like Jack, no worries. If you love FABLES, you'll love this. It has all of the magic, originality, humor, and charm of the main series. Even before I had finished reading this I had run to my computer and ordered the second Jack book.
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