- Publisher: DC Comics
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 256mm x 16mm | 358g
- Publication date: 9 February 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1401225721
- ISBN 13: 9781401225728
- Sales rank: 14,636
When Jack discovers the existence of The Literals and their leader, he must leave his own adventures behind to warn Fabletown. Collects FABLES #83-85, JACK OF FABLES 33-35 and the 3-issue miniseries THE LITERALS. Advance-solicited; on sale February 3 o 224 pg, FC, $17.99 US o MATURE READERS
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By 365 Graphic Novels 15 Nov 2013
ItÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¬Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¢s a crossover which is just a big scam to con money out of you by making you buy comics you donÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¬Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¢t want and leaving you confused about who these characters are you have never met.
But this is a Fables Crossover which actually means that it isnÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¬Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¢t too bad. It primarily crosses over with Jack of Fables which is the spinoff miniseries following what scrapes Jack has got himself into since leaving Fabletown. And it is good to have him back. He brings his unknown retinue with him which whilst confusing does intrigue you enough to want to check out his series.
There is a massive Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¬Ã????end of the worldÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¬Ã???? threat which is quite a unique one and features a lot of comics and literary in-jokes. Unfortunately this does interrupt the previous Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¬Ã????end of the worldÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â¬Ã???? threat that was just kicking off last issue making the whole thing look rather farcical. Which is maybe the point. The fourth wall is broken but as it is largely Jack doing it we forgive him.
The art is top quality stuff with multiple artists. However all are working hard within a shared style so you could easily believe this is Buckingham all the way.
Despite the confusion and the ditching of sincere emotion for clever literary gags this does get a Thumbs Up! Now back to the real Fables.
By Nicola Mansfield 12 Dec 2010
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
First thing I couldn't help but notice was that a-zon dot com has an average rating of three for this and that means there must be quite a few unhappy reviews out there. I won't read any until I'm done my own review, but what can I say. I love Fables! I guess I'm a pushover and not that hard to please because I thought this issue was great; the only storyline I don't like is the one of Rose Red. Otherwise, this volume felt special and the balloons on the cover really worked with the celebration it felt like with the combination of Fables and Jack of Fables together in one volume. This book contains 9 issues: 3 each of Fables, Jack of Fables, and a mini-series titled The Literals.
So here we have the "bad guy" from Jack of Fables reaching his ultimate point and the entire book focuses on the fight of the Fables and the Literals joining together to hopefully defeat him. We are briefly reminded of the Dark Man occupying the ruins of Fableland at the very beginning but otherwise that storyline is set aside for the one involving The Literals. It was pretty much a "day in the life of" for the Fables and when vol. 14 continues the plot will pick up where it left off. This is a whole different story for Jack of Fables though. The story that has been working up in the previous 6 volumes is culminated here, so it is essential that Jack of Fables readers read this volume whether they regularly read the original Fables books or not. Without giving any plot away, I'm excited about the direction the new Jack of Fables will take. The new Jack is a very promising character, the story could go in any direction, but enough old characters have been left in play that we'll still see familiar faces.
All in all, I loved the story. The writer's block was creepy and brilliant at the same time. There are a lot of mini storylines to follow and while I liked some (the addition of the Genres as characters) more than others (the depressed, I'm-not-worth-dirt Rose Red), I found it all very entertaining with a great climax to Jack of Fables, and another major battle in the life of the Fables. I'm ready to proceed with both titles now and I just have to catch up with that novel "Peter and Max".