Jack of Fables Vol. 5: Turning Pages by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges with art by Russ Braun and Tony Akins

Nutshell Review: Jack of Fables Vol. 5: Turning Pages by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Series: #5 in the Jack of Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 144
Source: Library


The Book:

This volume 5 is a compilation of issues 22-27 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

Westward Ho!
Jack of Fables has been around for a mighty long time, and he’ll talk your ear off about his adventures if you give him half a chance. One particular episode, however, he probably won’t mention. It happened back in the momentous year of 1883, and involved guns, posses, and a tangle with one Bigby Wolf. Luckily the whole story is now available here, in glorious full color, with none of the bloody or salacious details omitted. What could be better? Well, how about some in-depth history on the hottest trio of librarians since Cleopatra got a summer job in Alexandria– not to mention the possible destruction of the entire Fable race? Do we have your attention now?

My Thoughts:
I actually enjoyed this entry in the Fables spin-off series featuring Jack. This was two main stories. The first half was about Bigby Wolf (one of my favorite Fables characters) tracking down Jack in the American West in 1883. Unlike much of the Jack series it wasn’t narrated by Jack. It was also a bit more serious. There were funny parts but there were also hints of Jack’s darker sociopathic tendencies. More importantly, there were still mini features of Babe the now dog-sized blue ox with a rich fantasy life. These just crack me up.

The second half was more about the Page sisters. It was good to get some background on their histories and this section raised a few questions too. I’m actually looking forward to finding out what happens next.

The artwork in this one was great. I like the way the artists can portray all the versions of Jack yet still have him recognizable. Also with the Page sisters, they have similar appearances but remain distinguishable from each other. There are parts of this one where Humpty Dumpty has same blend of funny yet horrifying as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters.

3 stars Rating 3/5