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Jack of Fables, Vol. 6: The Big Book of War (Jack of Fables #6)

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It's war! Bookburner and his armies are laying siege to the Golden Boughs Retirement Home, and the only hope rests squarely on the round shoulders of...you know who. Jack loves his new uniform, and he loves giving orders. He's not so keen on being shot at, though, and the total annihilation of the Fables is a big no-no. But with the odds stacked against him - and the Page ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Vertigo
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Brendan Nicholls
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the fables mythology but the jack of fables series isn't as strong or interesting. Mr Revise or the Bookburner don't really add that much malice in the books. I'm merely reading the entire series so it's done once and for all, no returning to do patch up work. I'm not enjoying the series like I should be and that's disappointing in a lengthy series like this.
Anna Rohwedder
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is, as the name suggest, a big war story. All the major events in Jack of Fables lead to this point (aside from bonus stories and flashbacks), a long epic battle featuring almost every character in the series so far. Being a huge fan of war tales, fiction or not, I was really looking forward to this volume. Unfortunately, I found this to be the weakest Jack book so far.

While still engaging in parts and with funny moments, the story seems rushed at times, jumping over some plot elements
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Quentin Wallace
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is getting a little too complicated for me to get into. I liked things when it was the Fables living in a "mundy" world, but now that the Literals have been introduced it's getting too out there. This volume is the battle between the Bookburner and the Fables of "Golden Boughs", and while the battle was entertaining enough and I like the art, it's not nearly as good as it started out. The big crossover is coming up so maybe that will streamline things, but for right now I'm a little disappo ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

I have to say I have really been looking forward to reading this volume simply because it means I can get back to the original Fables series now with the big crossover issue that continues on with the storyline started here. I've enjoyed Jack and will continue to read the series especially since I've inadvertently found out how the plot line changes in the next volume. I still do prefer Fables as a whole though to Jack of...

This Volume finally brings closur
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David Caldwell
The sixth collection of the Jack of Fables series contains issues 28 to 32.

The Bookburner has brought his forces to take over the Golden Boughs Retirement Community from Revise. If he succeeds, he will be able to get all of the original volumes of the Fables stories. Then he could force all of the Fables to be under his command.

The Literals story line continues to progress with more information coming out and connecting the Fables and the Literals. The Jack stories also continue to become sillie
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Harry Lawrence
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, comics-and-gns
Fairly average throughout save for the last issue in the collection (which deserves 4 stars).

Very excited to get back to Fables now, will continue the Jack series since I'm so close to the end anyway.
Fran
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
In which Jack continues to be a totally punchable bumface. The Literals started off looking promising, but it's really just a big mess now. Just the crossover to get through now and then hopefully I can carry on with the main series and pretend all this never happened.
Brian
Jan 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I'm so glad that this series is finally crossing over with Fables proper, because, when that's finished, I can stop reading this dreck.
Steve
Aug 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
REALLY hated this book. I hate Jack. He's not funny. I hate the one page interludes with Babe. They're not funny. And that THIS was how the war between the literals wrapped up was incredibly lame.
Joseph Young
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, you don't get a sense of consequence from this story. Sure fables are shifted into exile, but there isn't that much emotional connection. Jack's loose play with the rules leaves you feeling like not much is really at stake. He beds a Page sister or two, and then goes off without major changes.

Sort of feels like a rehash of previous war stories covered by Fables, but not as satisfying or heroic.
Steven
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Jack of Fables is okay at best. I can't wait to get done reading them. Only doing so to complete all of the Fables material.
Adam
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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PurplyCookie
The Siege of the Golden Boughs occurs in which Bookburner's army attacks Revise's compound. Jack returns not as a prisoner but as its Commander-in-chief, due to the Pathetic Fallacy's persuasive powers exerted on his grandson. The Bookburner reveals who composes his Eidolon army--a Greek concept of a shade or astral double of a living being--at the same time Priscilla Page has betrayed Revise by letting Kevin Thorn claim what may be the most dangerous object/weapon against all Fablekind: his pen ...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints Jack of Fables #28-32 (January 2009-May 2009). The Bookburner is making his move on Golden Boughs and its only hope could be Jack. The siege of Golden Boughs could be the death of all the Fables involved and unless Jack finds a way to unleash their inner power, Bookburner will succeed. Plus, Jack could find the truth about his past and learn his true parentage!

Written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges and featuring illustrations by Tony Akins and Russ Braun, Jack of Fables 6: The B
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M.M. Strawberry Reviews
This is a really exciting installment in the world of the Fables. I was glad to finally learn of Prose Page and a bit more about the Literals, though I'm surprised Prose died at all. I mean, it seems that after a few thousand years (and a few kids) she would have been better able to handle her youngest daughter's birth, and the fact that she lived long enough afterward to tell Revise her secret confuses me a bit more. The story of Prose could have been handled better - if she had been killed by ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, fables
No.

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If it weren't for my love of the original series I would have given up on Jack. It is a truly painful read, with a boring plot, rep
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Razvan Zamfirescu
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I-am dat patru stele pentru datorita graficii si pentru ca povestea, de aceasta data, nu are nicio sincopa in actiune.
Nici nu a fost foarte greu sa se intample asta pentru ca, pana la urma, a fost vorba despre redare conflictului dintre Book Burner si Revise. Desi Jack nu prea este prezent iar poantele sale sunt cam slabute, sfarsitul volumului ii este dedicat si prezenta personalitatii sale ciufute se face simtita cat pentru toate cele 4 numere care sunt continute in The Big Book of War.
Mie mi-
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Jordan
Jack is at it again! The Bookburner and his army have reached the walls of the Golden Boughs retirement community, and the time for war has come! This time, though, Jack gets to be the commander. Uh...it seemed like a good idea to Gary, anyway. Of course everything changes, given Willingham's attitude towards the status quo, and we get some truly huge revelations here. For one thing, the original versions of a number of the Fables you thought you knew were very different. The Tin Man was a war m ...more
Melissa Sodano
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy
How can it be that the volume revolving around war made me laugh harder than all of the others? Perhaps it's because the war is just a secondary action to the family drama unfolding between Jack, the Page sisters, and the other Literals. Family drama, you say? Yes, I won't give anything away, but if you've already read The Great Fable Crossover, you can put two and two together.

Now, in the meantime, Jack seizes power of the fables from Mr. Revise, which quite frankly, isn't too hard as he's impr
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RØB
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, you don't read a JACK OF FABLES trade paperback for six months and all of a sudden there are three more available at the library already! JACK OF FABLES is another reliably-entertaining title in the realm of graphic literature. Really my problem with recounting my exact feelings on graphic novels is similar to my problem with TV shows--I just wanna experience it all at once, but if it isn't all released yet, as with JACK OF FABLES, FABLES, THE WALKING DEAD, et al, I have to wait before gobb ...more
Jeff
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
After the lackluster Volume 5 of Jack of Fables, it was nice to get back to the (at least more) loveable scoundrel Jack. He, Gary, and the Page sisters must help Mr. Revise defend the Golden Boughs from the Book Burner's army of lost Fables. Jack uses his silver tongue to position himself into the role of Commander and Chief of the Golden Boughs forces, but as one could expect, is not necessarily the ideal candidate for the job. Gary finally gets to cut lose and we see how truly powerful the Pat ...more
Joan
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fables addicts
I've been resisting reading some of the Jack tales but the supplier of these graphics convinced me I'd understand the final Fables volume much better if I read them. So I'm working my way through them. In this one, the Literals are on different sides and a war is going on, led by Jack who is mostly Jack Horner in this one. Of course, Jack can be a great number of Fables, one thing that kept him going so strongly in spite of the fact he is pretty unpopular and mostly a jerk. The Fables and the Li ...more
Izlinda
Apr 03, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of Jack of Fables as I am of Fables. However, I was intent on reading this volume as the gap between Fables 5 and the Crossover Fables volume coming out next year. (Cannot wait!) Having Jack suddenly appear at the end of Fables 12 made me more intent on reading this volume. What had happened between Jack and the Literals or the Bookburner?

This volume was big on revelations, about the fables and about Jack's parentage. Some of the narrating, in Jack's voice, was a bit annoying.
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Anna
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Issue 28 - I guess this is the beginning of a war arc. Not too spectacular of a beginning, but I have faith it'll get somewhere.

Issue 29 - I really liked the guys with the scissor fingers. And the ending was a pretty good. Can't wait to see where it goes!

Issue 30 - Ooooh, that was a good issue. Excellent cliffhanger and excellent turn of events.

Issue 31 - Certainly not what I expected to happen...but I am certainly very curious about the three Native American beings at the end of the issue...

Iss
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zxvasdf
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Every General knows to delegate and take credit for it when the battle is won. Jack is no exception. The Fables and Literals battle the Bookburner's eidolons. AS always the writing duo is superb, with the hilarious intermissions of Babe the Blue Ox's rambling speculations in which the punch line comes after a pause.

The ending is a real surprise, and I thought the previous book was suprising...

I really love the idea of Literals. They are literary techniques made flesh, and the Jack of FAbles boo
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Jeffrey
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bill Willingham's first Jack of Fables arc comes to a close as the battle of Golden Boughs rages. While Jack does succeed in rallying the troops, you can expect that ultimate victory will not come because of, but in spite of, his efforts.

Babe's vignettes remains the highlight and Jack remains annoyingly self-absorbed. The big reveal at the end(view spoiler) is actually disconcerting as it provides the opportunity to exacerbate his worst qualities
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A B
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Warning: if you also read the (far superior) Fables series, make sure you read this book prior to reading [book:Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover|6503780.

Extra star given for a few panels with Sam aka Little Black Sambo and Cuchulain, nicknamed "Kooky". Haha.

Otherwise, this big book of war contains a surprising lot of nothin'.

Seriously, the Page sisters, Bookburner, Mr. Revise, etc., have a lot in common with the underpants gnomes from early "South Park" episodes in that there is no ap
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Jenny GB
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book finally contains the big confrontation between Revise and Bookburner. Unlike most of the Fables battles, this one delivers and lasts for several issues. The ending is really a deus ex machina, but the rest of the action was pretty good so I guess I'm not too upset. It was a bit appropriate given the location of the battle, too. Then Jack and some survivors are getting away when a big revelation about Jack's past comes to light. The end of the book says that the Crossover is about to be ...more
John
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it


Bazinga! If only the climactic battle in Fables' War and Pieces could have been this much fun! From Jack playing Patton to even more back story on the Literals to a great battle in which the end really was in doubt (somewhat), this was good times. Willingham's inability to choose epic over metaphor and sarcasm is much better served in Jack of Fables than the mother book, and is storyline shows exactly why. Since Fables has proven its incapable of being truly great, despite it's potential, maybe
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Zeynep Merve
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I have to admit; I just can't love Jack. I know he's funny, he's interesting in a comic book way but no. It just doesn't work for me. And I only read his series for the sake of Fables.
As of this issue, I was really expecting a war based episode and when finished, I was left slightly bit dissapointed. Like everybody else said, this is one of the weakest Jack books ever. I loved how we catch a glimpse of a lot of Fables than usual. And I actually loved how every loose end tie up to conclusion. Thi
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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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