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Fables, Vol. 6: Homelands (Fables #6)

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Collecting issues #34-41 of writer Bill Willingham's Eisner Award-winning creation, Homelands follows Boy Blue on a mission of revenge as he uncovers the Adversary's true identity! Plus, the two-part story of Jack's adventures in Hollywood and the one-shot story of Mowgli's return to Fabletown.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Vertigo
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This is the strongest addition to the Fables series to date. Perhaps it helps that this was more of an adventure story set in the Fablelands than previous novels and that we also find out the identity of the dreaded Adversary, which is an interesting little twist.

This all reminds me that part of the strength of this graphic novel series to date appears to be in the versatility of genres used by the writers. While the series is in effect procedural with various episodes happing from volume to vo
Wasn't that impressed with Jack's Hollywood adventure, it didn't fit in with the rest of the chapters/story, it was also the same old sort of Jack rubbish, it added very little to his character or the world or the overarching story.

Enjoyed the other chapters with Boy Blue travelling back to the homelands, fighting the bad guys, and finding out the truth about the adversary/emperor.
Feb 13, 2015 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
So this volume collects 3 different threads, woven somewhat together for us.

1) Jack left Fabletown in an earlier volume, here we see him go to Hollywood and make it big in the movies, with stolen wealth from his fellow fables. He's tracked down by Beast, the new Sheriff, and allowed to escape, but never to return to Fabletown. I believe this sets up the whole spin-off series Jack of Fables, which Willingham also writes. This Jack isn't a minor screw up like the previous volumes show, this shows
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This collection of Fables stood out in that most of it takes place in the Fables homelands, other than the edition about Jack's adventures in Hollywood. I gave it five stars because the writing is excellent as always, and the story took my emotions all over the place.

Jack is not a favorite character of mine. He lacks most of what I love in a character. I love edgy heroes, but Jack is 99% rogue with maybe 1% decency in there somewhere. Everything he does is with a selfish motive, even if it ends
Jul 08, 2010 Bry rated it really liked it
Another great installment in the Fables series. So sad to see that this is where Jack's character branches off from the main series. I always liked him, even from the beginning and thought he was a bit under utilized, and now he will be gone completely. Think I will need to read his series Jack of Fables, Volume 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape as well!

Loved the peak into the homelands though with the story behind the Adversary. It was a tab anticlimactic when his identity was revealed though as th
Elijah Kinch Spector
Aug 31, 2011 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nypl, comics
My five stars come with a caveat: they do not include the first two issues. They are a standalone story about Jack, an apparently popular character whose appeal I REALLY don't get. My girlfriend didn't like those issues, I skimmed them, and then moved on to the good stuff. And damn is it good.

In contrast to Jack, Boy Blue might be my favorite character, and watching him move through a story that suddenly jumped entirely into epic fantasy was a delight. It was clever, and bad-ass, and interesting
Aug 30, 2015 Ivan rated it liked it
Weakest Fables comic so far but it's still good comic nonetheless.

I really don't care about Jack of fables, I find him and his story totally uninteresting and completely unrelated with rest of volume 6.Alone I would give it 1.5-2 stars.Luckily it was short enough.

Main story follows Boy blue and his trip to the homelands and we finally se who is the Adversary and I kind of expected more, it was all bit underwhelming.Still good but not up to Fables standard.
Feb 17, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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Miss Michael
Jun 08, 2008 Miss Michael rated it really liked it
This volume has a couple things going on. The first is Jack's story. I liked it, but not as much as the second part, in which we get a glimpse of the homelands as Boy Blue ventures back to face the adversary. Very exciting in the grand scheme of the comic.
Jun 19, 2013 K rated it really liked it
(This review may contain some minor plot spoilers or minor character development spoilers.)

After the slight lull that was The Mean Seasons , Fables picks up the pace again with Homelands. Even the opening story, Jack Be Nimble, while not directly involved in the main story arc, is a good, well-paced story involving Jack's foray into "one of the forbidden professions" in order to establish himself as the most popular fable ever. I enjoyed seeing Beast really coming into his own as Fabletown's sh
John Kirk
Jan 27, 2012 John Kirk rated it really liked it
This is a significant part of the ongoing story, with a lot of revelations. I'd figured out who the Adversary was a while back, but it was still interesting to see why that person came to power.

Unfortunately this story conflicts with "The Last Castle" (reprinted in Fables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers) and there's no decent explanation. One of the characters literally says "I don't know who did that or why they did it." This retcon does lead to some interesting stories later on, but it w
The other John
The center story of this Fables collection is Little Boy Blue's quest in the Homelands. In the previous collection (or issue #31, if you've been following the comic) Blue took the Witching Cloak and the Vorpal Blade from the Fabletown armory and embarked on a mission back to the dimensional worlds from which the Fables came. His objective is to kill the Adversary, the conqueror of their homelands and to rescue his true love, Little Red Riding Hood. (Well, she's all grown up, so I should probably ...more
Melissa (The Lit Queen)
Sep 01, 2015 Melissa (The Lit Queen) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, comics
I've slowly come to the realization that as amazing as these are, they do have one rule you should keep in mind. Don't get used to any of the fables because a lot of them don't stick around long.
Apr 15, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it
A pretty packed volume, but not in all the right ways.

The two-parter Jack tale fits in terms of its narrative mirror to Boy Blue's adventure (Jack is making his character into a fantasy hero, when the real hero is Boy Blue trekking through the Homelands alone), but given the epic nature of the rest of the book, it feels weak.

Boy Blue's Homeland romp is fun, violent and ultimately very interesting. It serves as a nice way to see the state of the Homelands and which Fables have "sold-out" without
Apr 18, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it
Drama! The first volume where I didn't want to put the book down in quite a while.
Jun 16, 2015 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
I picked up Volume 6 of Fables and was happy to see the story on track with plot lines that follow Jack and Boy Blue, one on his adventures in the mundane world and the other on a journey back to the homeland. Both storylines were engaging and held some surprising elements, although the identity of the adversary was not one of them, there had already been many hints that pointed to his identity. There are hints to future storylines that I can’t wait to read. I don’t want to give anything away so ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Jenna rated it really liked it

And Blue is sort of amazing and a much more nuanced character than I had first thought. I also liked the
Callie Rose Tyler
Apr 13, 2016 Callie Rose Tyler rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fables
Very little of this volume takes place in Fabletown and most of the focus is on only a few characters.

First we see what Jack did with the treasure he stole from Fabletown. Unfortunately most of this was told through a third person narrative of a character the reader has no interest or investment in, therefore it is distant and a little boring. (view spoiler)

Then we get the story of what happened to Boy Blue which started out strange and slow with t
Nov 03, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 04, 2009 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Summary: This volume is a turning point in the series; many important events happen which will make the continuing story take a new turn.

Comments: This is probably the most exciting volume I've read to date. I just loved every part of it! We start off with a two issue story solely concerning Jack which is integral to his character's future. A very enjoyable story. Then we move onto the heart of this volume where for the first time the setting switches to the Homelands and we see what life is lik
Sep 07, 2011 Jeffrey rated it liked it
This volume contains two arcs. One explains what Jack did after the battle of Fabletown. It's a fluffy and silly satire of Hollywood, used somewhat in the same way as Brian K Vaughan used the ending arc of Y The Last Man Vol:3 except instead of commenting on the critics, it's commenting on potential exploiters.

This is followed up with a more serious story about Boy Blue's quest to return to the Homelands to save Red Riding Hood. I won't get into deep detail except to say a red herring is a littl
Jan 21, 2012 Jelinas rated it really liked it
This volume of Fables revolves mostly around Boy Blue. Unlike in the nursery rhyme, he's actually a fierce warrior in addition to a talented bugler.

His mission is to return to the Homelands, which have been taken over by the mysterious Adversary, and to rescue Red Riding Hood, the woman he loves, or die trying.

There's plenty of adventure and subterfuge involved. Blue has also stolen the Witching Cloak, a magical cloak that can teleport you to different places and hide items until you need them,
Many subplots from previous volumes have been wrapped up, but plenty of new ones are spawned in this trade paperback collection.

“Jack Be Nimble” is a cute satire of contemporary Hollywood, starring Jack Horner, (of the Beanstalk, of the giant-killing and of many other stories), portrayed as a rather eternally unsavory trickster. Making his way to Hollywood with a fistful of cash, he becomes a wildly successful producer of films based on his own mythological exploits. Eventually, though, his ruth
Issue 35 - Jack is not my favourite character, and I'd really rather read about someone else. But the story itself is pretty neat.

Issue 36 - This arch turned out nicely. I liked how it ended. Decent short story.

Issue 37 - Again, not a point of view that particularly thrills me, but I guess the story will pick up pretty quickly.

Issue 38 - Nice introduction at the end, but still not the most amazing arch so far.

Issue 39 - Much better conflict and movement of plot in this one. Excellent cliffhanger
May 17, 2012 Karissa rated it it was amazing
This is the sixth book in the Fables series; the most recent book will be book 17, Inherit the Wind, which releases in July 2012. This was an absolutely excellent addition to this series. We get to learn a ton about the Adversary and venture deep into the Fables Homelands.

The first few chapters are about Jack and Jill escaping the Farm and starting a production company in Hollywood. The rest of the book is about Boy Blue and how he journeys back to the Fables Homelands to defeat the Adversary.

So, I've been wanting to get my hands on these for awhile, seeing their tantalizingly lovely covers gracing other people's reading lists on this site.

I have to say I was moderately disappointed, but I still enjoyed reading this. I know I didn't read the right one first. This is the only one my library system has. I was honestly surprised they had any. I don't think the library in my area is exactly revolutionary in its choices of holdings.

Okay, so, here's the thing. I really love the cover art
Feb 17, 2012 Neil rated it it was amazing
Graphic novels are quickly becoming my reading material of choice during busy, stressful stretches. This installment of Fables is one of the best in the series, setting up the character Jack in much more detail through a story in which he becomes a Hollywood mogul, and moving the plot forward significantly with a story arc about Boy Blue's trip back into the lands of the Adversary on a mission of vengeance and assassination. Most significantly, readers find out who the shady Adversary really is. ...more
Mar 10, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Jack heads to Hollywood to create a trilogy of movies about himself. Little Boy Blue plunges deep into the heart of the Adversary's empire. And in Fabletown, Mowgli is set on Bigby's trail, to track down the Big Bad Wolf and bring him home.

It's a fun story, but there wasn't any character development here. Jack's story was a cute, self-contained one, although I'm sure his surge in popularity in the Mundy world will have consequences. Little Boy Blue's should have been a nail-biter, but there was
Airiz C
Apr 05, 2015 Airiz C rated it it was amazing
[One of my favorite volumes in the series, where Boy Blue marches in the forefront as a no-nonsense knight; I've always thought not using all the present characters, like Blue, is a waste, but then the creators do something like THIS and I'm completely blown away. A MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND COHESIVE REVIEW TO FOLLOW!)
Jan 20, 2015 Mia rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I found the first half of this one pretty slow and not all that interesting, but the second half picks up again. We find out some interesting stuff about the Empire, and get a little action. No signs of Bigby or Snow in this volume, alas.
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In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many ...more
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