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Jack of Fables: Americana v. 4 (edition 2009)

by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Tony Akins

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Title:Jack of Fables: Americana v. 4
Authors:Bill Willingham
Other authors:Matthew Sturges, Tony Akins
Info:Titan Books Ltd (2009), Paperback, 128 pages
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Tags:Comics, Fantasy, Fairy Tales

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Jack of Fables Vol. 4: Americana by Bill Willingham

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Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

The first four chapters, which covers the majority of the book, concern the title story arc, "Americana". Jack and Gary now have Humpty and Raven accompanying them on their travels and Humpty has just told them about "Americana" another land of Fables where all the American Fables live. There is a secret horde of gold there and Humpty has a map to the treasure and knows how to get there. Jack's greed readily accepts the journey and off they go to make there fortune. Little do they know that Hilary Page has been studying her maps and finally found the way to Americana herself. Bringing Paul Bunyan and Babe, residents of this land, along with her she secretly takes off from Golden Boughs but it doesn't take long for the two groups to meet up with each other. Using a little blackmail, they are stuck together as a group.

This was just a real fun issue with some new Fables to meet, most just briefly. Most of the story is to simply enjoy the bickering dynamics between the group of characters and we get to know Humpty and Raven a lot better. I like Raven, on the surface he isn't really much better than Jack, but he has his spirit bird who goads him into doing the right things and he does actually have a sense of decency that Jack lacks. There is a story arc that does move the overall plot along, though, that starts when the gang drop by a town inhabited by zombies. The guy in charge here has ulterior motives, causes problems and will be integral to the continuing story line.

The final chapter of the volume is a postscript story that goes back to the days of the Golden Bough before Jack arrived and Gary tried to organize a performance of Hamlet, with himself as the star. This is a fun interlude that stars previously shown but never featured Alice along with Wicked John and it also shows us a completely different side of Gary we've never seen before. All in all a humorous issue that is mainly for entertainment value but does have a small overall story arc that introduces a new bad guy to the series. ( )
  ElizaJane | Aug 29, 2010 |
Couldn't put this one down. It reminded my why I really enjoyed the fables series. The re-casting of familiar faces and aspects of fables and legends is great.

Besides, Babe the Blue Ox makes up for many shortcomings. That and the wonderful spoofiness of the much beloved "Midsummer Night Dream" of the Sandman series.

Wonderful. ( )
  JonathanGorman | Dec 2, 2009 |
It's rare that a spin-off series has any real connection to the original besides a character or two and a branding. Now, Jack of Fables is a whole different animal. Thanks to the nature of monthly comics, both this title and the original Fables are released in tandem. While you need not read both to get the follow the stories, each reveals important aspects of the Fable universe. In this case, Jack has been providing readers with incredible insight into the nature of the Fable world which we have been following for years. Any Fables fan who wants to better understand where it all came from should check out this series.
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As for this volume, I have to say that is is quite a ride. The whole series is a little unusual for its aggressively tongue-in-cheek style and incredibly weak 4th wall. At times, things can move a bit too fast for comfort, but the story is slick, the dialog witty, the design inventive and the art consistently fantastic. A newcomer to Jack of Fables will probably want to start with the first volume, of course, and it may take a little while to get in to (I know that I, personally, wasn't too fond of the series until about half way through the second story arc, and I'm glad for my patience.) However, it is a fantastic expansion of the Fables story and a strong title on its own, which comes with this reviewer's full recommendation. ( )
  Magus_Manders | Jun 2, 2009 |
Summary: Jack of the Tales, his sidekick Gary (erstwhile known as the Pathetic Fallacy), and a newly-reassembled Humpty Dumpty head off to Americana, the homeland of the American Fables, in search of a lost treasure. On their way, they run into Hillary Page, who has broken Paul Bunyan out of Golden Boughs for her own purposes. All is not well in Americana, however - the Bookburner has taken over, and his hordes of zombie policeman are intent on capturing the visiting Fables... and Literals. Also included is a one-off issue starring Wicked John that focuses on Golden Boughs' one attempt to put on a stage show - Hamlet - before everything went disastrously wrong.

Review: Americana is another fun addition to the Jack of Fables library. I've pretty much accepted that clues about what's really going on, and bits of the overarching plot are going to be doled out to the readers much more slowly than in the main Fables series, but we do get some more hints about who the Literals are and what they want as things move forward. My main problem with this volume was that it felt like a lot of wasted potential. Jack and company's adventures in each region of Americana (Antebellum, Gangland, The Big City, the Frontier, Idyll, etc.) passes by in two or three pages, when there is enough material that each of them could easily have filled an entire issue. Also missing was any mention of what's going on in the main Fables volumes at this point in the storyline - not even a word about why the Adversary hasn't invaded Americana (presuming that's true). Still, I enjoyed seeing a previously underrepresented branch of characters turn up in the Fables universe, and Jack's narration is as funny as ever - although once again, the delusional Babe the Blue Ox stole the show. ("The abyss, as it turns out, just HATES having its pupils dilated.") 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Hopefully this is just an introduction, and not the last we'll see of these characters and introductions - but I'm going to keep reading to find out, of course. ( )
  fyrefly98 | May 12, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bill Willinghamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Akins, TonyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Braun, RussIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Leialoha, SteveIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Pepoy, AndrewIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturges, MatthewAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Jack hits the road in search of a lost city of gold. Aided by his sidekicks Paul Bunyan, Humpty Dumpty, Gary the pathetic fallacy and the mysterious Hillary Page, Jack's in for the adventure of a lifetime! --publisher's website.

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