Friday, July 29, 2011

Jack of Fables: Jack of Hearts - Review

JACK TRICK HITS THE CITY OF SIN


Jack quickly finds himself in new digs and a whole lot of trouble when he marries the daughter of a casino owner in Las Vegas. What starts off as another bawdy romp for Jack turns into another life-threatening Fable adventure as Lady Luck sets her sights on Jack and his newly acquired estate. It's up to Jack to defeat the evil, get the girls, and make off with as much loot as possible.

Bill Willingham's Jack of Fables series is turning out to be one of the best comic book series I've ever read. Just when you think that Jack can't be more of a lovable scum bag he turns and does something else. It's almost worth it just to get to the caption at the end of every issue where Jack gives his thoughts on what's going to happen next.

This story was a great look into the world and concept of luck and how you can make or break it yourself. Of course it helps to have a magical horseshoe that gives you infinite good luck no matter what you do. I've always believed that luck is something you make yourself, but sometimes outside forces tend to change it with the wind. Jack considers himself the luckiest Fable of them all, and to see him take on the Fable known for luck was a treat. There's also a bunch of wonderful slander about Belgians, which reminds me of many Douglas Adams jokes.

These trade paperback collections are wonderful because Vertigo has essentially put all of the story arc into one easy-to-use collection. It's almost like having a Jack of Fables movie from start to finish. The iconic image of Jack on the side of the road with his empty briefcase is one I would have tattooed on my arm in a heartbeat.

If you're a fan of new takes on old and classic characters, Bill Willingham delivers in his Fables and Jack of Fables series.

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