An interesting start to a new storyline, and introducing the new 'big bad' who I assume will be around for the foreseeable future. Perhaps even the ne...moreAn interesting start to a new storyline, and introducing the new 'big bad' who I assume will be around for the foreseeable future. Perhaps even the next 75 issues?
I'd peeked at the end of The Unwritten #49 before I started on this Fables reading task, and my thought was to keep reading Fables either as long as I was enjoying it, or for as long as I need to know all the characters who'd be players in the crossover. The Unwritten #50 came out this week and I had a flick through that, even though I knew I hadn't met all of the characters shown at the end of #49, to see just how much of the Fables world will crossover with The Unwritten. The answer is a lot. It seems I can't really read The Unwritten Fables and understand what I'm reading without having read the main Fables story. My advice, if you're an Unwritten reader, is if you don't want to read all of Fables (and it's a lot) then you can probably get away with reading a summary of Fables up to this point, and then reading this volume onwards (and maybe skipping over Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover, but I'll confirm that after I've read it) to make sense of The Unwritten Fables.
This was a bit of an inbetween volume, but not in a bad way. It tied up things from the end of the war, while also introducing our new big bad and setting things in motion for that story. Both of those things were interwoven, and I feel like some things that happened in this volume are going to have significance some time down the line. The Fables future looks promising, but in the mean time I'm going to have a little break. As I'm reading these in publication order, the next thing up for me is Fables: Peter and Max, but before I read that I was to finish off the book I'm currently reading...therefore, a break.(less)
Mostly an action piece, but quite a fun ending that leaves our heroes in a sticky situation with only two issues left to resolve things. Exciting time...moreMostly an action piece, but quite a fun ending that leaves our heroes in a sticky situation with only two issues left to resolve things. Exciting times!(less)
I enjoyed this. It worked well as an illustrated prose story and was a nice addition to the Fables world. The ideas of Peter Piper and the Pied Piper...moreI enjoyed this. It worked well as an illustrated prose story and was a nice addition to the Fables world. The ideas of Peter Piper and the Pied Piper story were thought out well, and tied together well with the larger Fables story - although the pickled pepper was rather awkwardly shoe horned in. Overall, quite good, I wouldn't be averse to seeing more Fables prose stories. The art fitted well within the story and I'm glad it was in there as it's more fitting in a book that comes from a comic series, it would've felt odd without it I think.
There's a couple of references to the main story too - e.g. the cubs, and (view spoiler)[what Clara was up to in the war against the Adversary, which I'd always wondered about so it was nice to see it in here (hide spoiler)]. I hope that Peter and Bo appear again in the main Fables story at some point, that'd be fun.
Now it's back to Jack of Fables for me (mores the pity), and the the Fables Crossover.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A pretty weak instalment in the 'visual companion' series. The majority of this spends time giving us recaps and no new information at all. The only p...moreA pretty weak instalment in the 'visual companion' series. The majority of this spends time giving us recaps and no new information at all. The only pages to hold anything of passing interest are in the latter half, on Beorn, Mirkwood and it's characters, Lake-town and Smaug but even those don't really give you anything of interest if you've been following the film news as I have. The majority of the images are either from AUJ, or have already been seen - either taken from trailers or stills already seen online. There's very little new or of interest in this book for fans.
The best things in this book are Richard Armitage's well written introduction, and the photo on page 69 that shows us John Howe and Alan Lee's cameos (they're dressed as members of Lake-town's brass band/heraldry). (less)
For those curious about the 'collector's edition' hardback version of the Movie Guide that's being published this year - I asked Brian Sibley about it...moreFor those curious about the 'collector's edition' hardback version of the Movie Guide that's being published this year - I asked Brian Sibley about it. Here's his reply:
Just a bit more bling on the dust-jacket I believe, otherwise the same content. The hardback was added because a number of collectors regretted that there wasn't one as there had been for my LOTR books... They will be limited in number, I believe...
So it seems that the cover image will be the same (as currently advertised on the HarperCollins website at least), but 'bling' seems to imply that it'll be foiled or sparkly in some way and not a totally unique cover like the LotR hardbacks had.(less)
I wasn't expecting much, after the previous shockingly poor volume, but the first half of this is three quite good, Fables-standard, issues with Bigby...moreI wasn't expecting much, after the previous shockingly poor volume, but the first half of this is three quite good, Fables-standard, issues with Bigby and Jack. So that was a pleasant surprise. The latter half of this volume has three more not-so-bad issues and this volume almost could've been three stars if it wasn't for the fact that the Page sisters are some of the worst written female characters ever. Prior to this I could very slightly overlook the way they've been written as we've only ever seen them through Bumface #1's eyes (Jack, that is) and he's a sexist turd of the highest order so I viewing it as a case of unreliable narrator and revisionist history. However, the latter half of this volume is narrated by The Fourth Wall (I know) and it seems that it's not Jack's fault at all and these are, in fact, three shockingly written female characters.
This does not reflect well on the writers. I'd never much like Bill Willingham's work prior to reading Fables, which is why I'd never chosen to read it prior to needing to read it for The Unwritten crossover. However, after getting past the poor start that is the first couple of volumes of Fables, I have quite enjoyed some of it. It's never going to be high art, and I'm frankly a little baffled why so many people seem to declare it amazing and it's been quite so critically lauded, but it has its moments.
This Jack of Fables series, however, is reminding me exactly why I never liked Bill Willingham in the first place and why I was always so reluctant to pick up Fables - even though it's exactly the kind of premise I should enjoy. I get that the whole series is really just a platform for the Literals story, but that doesn't mean there's a need for Jack to be such an odious character. This series and the Literals story had potential and could've been so much better executed. If you enjoy the metafiction references and the concept of the Literals story, then you really should be reading The Unwritten (if you haven't already), it blows Fables out of the water and JoF simply isn't even in the same league.(less)
This series has never been great, but this volume was just a shocking mess. I stopped caring about half way through, but I did make it to the end. I g...moreThis series has never been great, but this volume was just a shocking mess. I stopped caring about half way through, but I did make it to the end. I guess that means that the Fables crossover that's coming up is going to be a mess too as it seems like it's mostly stemming from the story lines in Jack.
The literal zombies are the best thing about this collection, but they're not even explained. Just thrown in there randomly while something that was potentially a good idea (Americana) goes absolutely no where because it's just so terribly written. I don't even have the energy to write properly about all the bad things in this series because this volume totally drained me.
I shall suffer onwards, because I'm still actually mostly enjoying the main Fables story so it seems I'll need to read these. And then, once I've got to past vol 6 and read the crossover, I'll feel obliged to finish the final three volumes; at least they're fairly short and quick to read.(less)
Well, that's an end of a chapter. It'll be interesting to see what's next for the Fables and Fabletown. (view spoiler)[I can't imagine that Geppetto i...moreWell, that's an end of a chapter. It'll be interesting to see what's next for the Fables and Fabletown. (view spoiler)[I can't imagine that Geppetto is going to be readily accepted into Fabletown. Nor does it seem that, after centuries in out world, many of the Fables want to give up our modern inventions and entertainment. So, even though they could potentially all leave our world and start making their way back to their homeworlds and rebuilding there, I suspect the majority won't. (hide spoiler)]
I didn't know what I expected from this. The atmosphere on the ship got a little smug and satisfied at the mid-point. Briar Rose's sacrifice was touching (I wonder how long it'll last?). Charming's come a long way since his introduction, but I found his part in the story oddly unaffecting. You knew the ease of the campaign wasn't going to last, but it never actually got as brutal and gory as some of the earlier Fables was, which I found curious. At the end (view spoiler)[there were casualties, of course, but no-one that I really cared about or felt attached too. There was just Fables (mostly animal Fables) who've never been part of the story being killed, and then a mass graveyard (statue of PC dominating).
A little bit meh, but not the worst that Fables has ever been. Just a little bit of a let down after Ambrose's tale. It'll be interesting to see where this goes next, but I've got two Jack volumes to suffer through first! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)