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Jack of Fables: The Bad Prince (Jack of Fables (Collected) #3)

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Collecting JACK OF FABLES #12-16! Jack's now a wayward Fable in the heartland of America. Follow his extreme road stories as he reveals the secret of his former relationship with the illustrious Snow Queen (when he took her powers and became known as Jack Frost).
Paperback, 125 pages
Published 2008 by Titan
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Tfitoby
Jack is such a great character to spin off from Fables and this book made me laugh far too much for a surreptitious read when i should have been working.

It's been a long time since I read book 2 but as always they do a good job of recapping the previous volumes so I didn't feel like I was missing out by having a bad memory.

At times it verges on being silly but overall there is a great sense of fun and some intelligent playing with words, literature and storytelling that more than makes up for t...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

This entire volume except for the last chapter is devoted to the title story arc "The Bad Prince". Jack has a run in with Excalibur and learns a shocking truth about his existence. All the regulars are here and it was great to see the return of Paul Bunyan and Babe from Vol. 1, though they've been shrunk down in size as punishment for their part in the Great Escape. A new character is introduced and an old character from Fabletown shows up. This is a minor...more
Natasha
3 1/2 Star review! Original review on A Great Book Is The Cheapest Vacation!

Bill Willingham knows how to put together an interesting read. His dark twist on the classic fairy tales are always engrossing. This read was no different!

The Fables series is a long running, fantastic ride. Animal Farm has so far been my favorite, but all of them are great. This series is a spin-off of the Fables tales, following the many trials and failures of "the famous (and infamous) Jack of Fables".
As always, th...more
Cathy
Surprisingly entertaining again, something about this series is working better than the main Fables series for me at this point. It has a wry humor, but more importantly a clear focus that seemed missing in a lot of the other series. The growing Revise tale has a great twist in this volume. There is some stuff with Babe the Blue Ox that's just great. At first I felt bad when I saw that she got shrunk down to a size that's smaller than even my greyhound, but her imagination is so large, size does...more
[Name Redacted]
Dagnabbbit. My OCD/completionism compels me to read the whole spin-off so that i won't miss anything when it crosses over into the regular series. Thank goodness for eBay!

Jack is NOT charming, he's NOT clever, and he was introduced to readers of "Fables" as a pathetic loser of a con-man, an interesting background or minor character, but hardly a "leading man". It seems they've tried to retcon him into a more solid trickster character, but it just doesn't work. He simply comes off as arrogant, se...more
Justin
I really enjoyed this one. While Jack's spin-off series is...somewhat expected, this one was extra clever. We learn a lot more about Pathetic Fallacy (aka Gary), and it's his presence that really livens up what would be an otherwise straightforward story arc with somewhat static-seeming characters. The writing is excellent, as usual, but it seems to me that the characters of Jack, Wicked John, the Page sisters, and Mr. Revise don't really develop much. Gary however, really holds everything toget...more
Paul Finch
My attempt to catch up on 20 years of back comics continues.

I was never really sure why Jack was so popular a character in Fables. He was cool enough, I guess, for what he was, but there were so many others that made more of an impact on me. So when it was him that got the spin-off, I was perplexed. Still, these guys know what they're doing, I guessed.

Three collections in and I can say yes, they definitely knew what they were doing. Freed from the constraints of the main Fables title and able to...more
Daniel Butcher
There was a time when I thought, who would ever want to read a series about Jack. Jack is really not that interesting. Well I have been proven wrong.

I've never seen a plot point about having a sword stuck in you be so dang effective.
Jordan
The continuing adventures of Jack of Fables! Fresh from his misadventures in Vegas, Jack and Gary (AKA The Pathetic Fallacy) are on the road once again, broke but upbeat. Of course it's not long at all before they are recaptured by the Golden Boughs Librarians, crash the van into the Grand Canyon, meet up with Jack's double (or is it the other way around?) Wicked John, and Jack has Excalibur stuck through his chest. Yes, you read that right. Just roll with it. Featuring the origin of Jack of Fab...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Foarte, foarte slabut volumul. Numerele cuprinse in acest volum m-au plictisit ingrozitor. Povestea mi-a lasat impresia ca este fortata ici colo doar ca sa fie o rasturnare spectaculoasa de situatie.
Jack cel bun si Jack cel rau mi se pare o gaselnita usor gratuita pe care nu am gustat-o absolut deloc.
Insa sunt si lucruri bune in acest volum. Pathetic Fallacy este un personaja care-mi place din ce in ce mai mult si este dezvoltat foarte bine de autori si cu foarte mult umor.
Acolo unde Jack dar ra...more
Fran
Jack continues to be an unlikeable bumface, and the best bits are still the Gary/Kevin parts which carry on what was started in Fables. When Kevin first cropped up in Fables it looked like it was going to rehash the earlier reporter story, and it's a pleasant surprise in this arc that it's actually not.

It was mildly satisfying to learn that Jack is the copy, but the story seemed to contradict itself. Jack says he remembers charming his way out of the afterlife, even though that was John, and th...more
Jess
Jack of Fables, Volume Three: The Bad Prince explores more of Jack's questionable past. On the run again, Jack and Gary find themselves kidnapped by Priscilla Page and thrown into the Grand Canyon. After being stabbed with Excalibur, Jack and the gang settle in for a round of campfire stories, this time Jack's connection with his doppelgänger, Wicked John.

What elevates Jack of Fables above the series from which it originated is the level of self-awareness and playfulness that it shows in regards...more
Scott Lee
This volume, like the first in this Fables spin off, involves a slew of Fables not associated with Fabletown, as well as dealing with the family of magical beings revealed as The Literals by Kevin Thorn for the first time herein. Having read the entirety of the Fables run to date, including the issues collected along with a slew of Jack of Fables issues in The Great Fables Crossover, I know bits of the Literals story already, but getting it here as it was first presented is proving quite interes...more
PurplyCookie
Even though Jack is perhaps my least favorite Fable in the wonderful imaginative universe that Willingham has created, I once again have underestimated what Willlingham and Sturges can do. This addition to the sequence features some truly wonderful twists. There are also a number of additions to the overall Jack narrative that significantly increases the complexity of the tale.

The big surprise is that the revelation that Jack is the not the original of the Jack/John stories, but the copy. If yo...more
Stein
This time Jack and his sidekick Gary, the Pathetic Fallacy, have left Las Vegas and are headed for Nevada and Arizona. They get intercepted by Pris Page, in the service of Mr Revise and his Bagmen who are out to trap and rid the world of all Fables. Jack meets his erstwhile "twin" Wicked John whom he hates because he is so much like him. They have an accident and fall down into the Grand Canyon where they encounter an ancient oracle who pierces Jack with the sword Excalibur. As an adjunct we are...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints Jack of Fables #12-16 (August 2007-December 2007). Jack and the Pathetic Fallacy (aka Gary) have just been caught by Priscilla Page of Golden Boughs and are on a one-way ticket back to the facility along with their fellow escapee Wicked Jack. When an accident lands them at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and Jack becomes impaled with the legendary sword Excalibur, Jack is about to find his real relationship to Wicked Jack. Meanwhile, a man named Kevin learns that what he’s discovered abo...more
Brad
Jack once again runs into one of the Page sisters, who try to take him back to Golden Boroughs and take him off the Fables map.
The Jack v. Borough conflict is starting to get a bit tired, but the rambling adventures of the most egotistical fable besides Prince Charming is becoming a more enjoyable book than Fables. While the main title is dealing with more epic stories like The Good Prince, the spin-off The Bad Prince can bring in more fairy tale and legendary characters as bit players in Jack'...more
Jaimie
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Meredith
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Busky3
Terrible stuff here as the plot gets stupidly meta and it turns out that Jack is a copy of some guy we've never heard of before and the whole storyline is literally nailed down as nobody can go anywhere or do anything because Jack's has a huge sword impaled him. He's the stone of the "sword in the stone" because he's making himself the center of all stories which never feels like a thing that's actually happening.
Heidi Wiechert
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Anna
Issue 12 - Most of the beginning story in this issue wasn't particularly thrilling, but the last page sure was a kicker.

Issue 13 - A very interesting turn of events, but I'm still not as engaged with this storyline as I was with the last one.

Issue 14 - Kudos to Gary! I loved the ending of this issue and its metaphysical nature. I also can't wait to see the rest of Gary's story.

Issue 15 - Found the events in this issue to be more interesting, especially the parts with Kevin and Jack and John's re...more
Jeff
Jack of the Tales is back and this time he and the Pathetic Fallacy have a dangerous encounter with Mr. Revise's minions at the Grand Canyon. This leads to the return of a familiar face and a surprising reveal about Jack's past. Meanwhile, Hillary Page is up to something and is trying to enlist Paul Bunyan's help. All in all, I wished the pace would have moved a bit more quickly, but being able to take this book in directions that would not necessarily work in the original Fables series gives pr...more
Jeff Raymond
Alright, Jack, you roped me back in.

Jack finds Excalibur, wackiness ensues. That's the elevator pitch, and if you've enjoyed this or Fables at all, you can probably see where this is going. I liked the conceit behind Excalibur in this universe, I loved how Jack handled the issue, and it made me really dig this series all over again, which is nice. Solid overall.
Craig
No sooner are Jack and his sidekick, Gary, out of Las Vegas then they find themselves captured by one of the head librarians of the Golden Boughs Retirement Community. A scuffle in the van between Jack and another Fable, Wicked John, causes the van to go off the road and plummets down into the Grand Canyon. And it's there that the truth about Jack is revealed.

This series continues to grow on me as does the character of Jack. I'm glad that Golden Boughs Community and the characters introduced the...more
Joan
Since I actually had time today, and still being a bit tired from my incredible trip this weekend, I sat down and started this for probably the third time. I had been a bit dissatisfied with the Jack series but this one did redeem it as Franz promised me. It explains the origins of Jack and part of why Jack is such a jerk. It was hilariously funny in places. I'm looking forward to more volumes of this nutty series. It is just about impossible to explain why this volume was so good without giving...more
David Caldwell
This is a collection of Jack of Fables issues 12-16.

Jack and Gary have taken to the road again after their exploits in Las Vegas.Unfortunately they are quickly captured by the Page sisters again.Wicked John has also been captured.Along the way an accident traps everyone at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.Naturally tales are told.We find out a little bit more about Gary.Also we find out the connection between Jack and his look-a-like Wicked John.We even get to see Excalibur and how it ties in with...more
Neilie J
Jack's a douchebag, but he's an entertaining douchebag. When he takes over the narrative I generally crack up, and I also find the concept of a pontificating miniature blue of amusing. Sue me.
Jeffrey
Finally, Bill Willingham has given mea reason to keep reading this series. That reason is Babe, the Blue Ox. Trapped in diminished stature and neglected by Paul Bunyan, Babe has created elaborate fantasies that far outstrip anything Jack has come up with.

Oh, I guess I should cover the majority of the volume. Jack is somewhat humbled in this volume and that makes for better reading than the past two. In part, it's becuase of his literal run-in with Excalibur, but also because the origin of Wicked...more
Danna
What I wrote about Volume 2 continues to be true for Volume 3. Now we're introduced to The Literals and learn more hints about the origins of Revise and The Pathetic Fallacy. (Note: The word 'pathetic' in this use is related to 'empathy' and is not pejorative. The term was coined by the critic John Ruskin (1819–1900) in his 1856 work Modern Painters , in which he wrote that the aim of the pathetic fallacy was “to signify any description of inanimate natural objects that ascribes to them human c...more
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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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