Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fables #84

Written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges
Art by Tony Akins, Andrew Pepoy, and Dan Green

The Great Fables Crossover takes a turn for the weirder here, as Jack basically takes over the Fables book, and nothing is done to advance the Kevin Thorn or the Mister Dark plots at all. Instead, Jack acts like Jack, and manages to take over the Farm, and Rose Red's bedroom.

The light-hearted feel of Jack of Fables is present throughout this book, as the Farm Fables believe that Jack is the resurrected Boy Blue, to whom they have pledged themselves. There is nice character work throughout, but the issue mostly felt like an interlude in the much larger story that I suppose is going to play itself out in Jack's book, and the Literals mini-series.

One thing that I found very cool was the explanation for the way in which Jack has been breaking the fourth wall from the beginning of his title - he is half Literal, and therefore fully aware of his readership. It's a cool take on an idea that John Byrne started years ago in his She-Hulk run.

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