Jack Of Fables Vol. 1 The (Nearly) Great EscapeWriter: Bill Willingham
Artist: Matthew Sturges
Type: Graphic Novels
Publisher: DC Comics, Vertigo
Content: The content is of an adult nature
Review:When I was asked to review this book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I had read a few of the fables comics and graphic novels and wondered how well Jack would do on his todd (English for being on your own).
If you’re not familiar with the fable tales let me recap. Fables takes characters from fairy tales and folklore, isolated them to one modern age community, lights the torch paper, stands back and awaits the explosion. The back drop to the stories are that we (the Mundi’s), are not aware of Fables living among us. The Fables are forced out of their homelands by another fable fraction. The more human like Fables live in New York, whilst the rest are forced to live on a secret farm like Colin one of the three little pigs.
Written by Bill Willingham the Fables books are gritty and dynamite. I have to say I don’t have the same drive for this graphic novel. It starts off with Jack telling his tales of woe and introducing him as a main character rather than his ‘supportive’ role in Fables’. Jack finds himself in a prison camp with other fables such as sassy Cinderella and down and out Humpty Dumpy to mention a few. Jack then plans The Great Escape hence how the story unfolds. The Novel gets off to a slow start and never really speeds up. This is a shame as the original Fables story lines are quite frankly, brilliant.