Jack of Fables Vol. 4: Americana by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges with art by Russ Braun and Tony Akins

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Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Series: #4 in the Jack of Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 128
Source: Library

 

 

The Book:
This volume 4 is a compilation of issues 17-21 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

FRONTIER LIVING

Though he can never seem to hang on to the riches that fall into his lap, that doesn’t stop the famous (and infamous) Jack of Fables from continuing to grab at them with both hands. Now, with the annoyingly persistent agents of his former jailer Mr. Revise still barking at his heels, Jack is on the trail of a fortune that promises to dwarf anything he’s ever managed to get his mitts on before. Finding the treasure, however, means venturing into the nearly forgotten lands of Americana, home to a dizzying array of colorful characters – as well as (naturally) one of the few figures even more dangerous than Mr. Revise!

My Thoughts:
I have figured out that the only thing I really don’t particularly like about this spin-off series from Fables is the main character. As I have continued with the series most of the story surrounding Jack (and his enormous ego) and his quest for wealth is actually pretty entertaining. I just wish Jack wasn’t in it. I do giggle a bit every time one of his great plans gets thwarted however.

Actually in this volume (it started in volume 3) my favorite parts are the daydreams of Babe the Blue Ox. For reasons explained in previous volumes, Babe is currently the size of a large dog. Periodically while the other characters are busy doing things Babe gets leashed to something to wait. His daydreams are hilarious.

Humpty Dumpty plays an important role in this one and he’s amusing me at this point too.

I liked the detour into the world of the American Fables who included Huck Finn and Natty Bumppo. The new villain who appears is definitely a danger fo Fables of all kinds and I’m actually looking forward to where the story will go next.

I just wish it could go without Jack.

78db5-rating_3stars Rating 3/5