Jack of Fables 5: Turning Pages – Bill Willingham

Jack 05This is a superb return to form after the doldrums of the last volume. We have two three issue stories, both of which are excellent.

The first concerns Jack’s history in the Wild West and his confrontation with Bigby that started their feud. Unusually this volume is played as a straight western and works surprisingly well. The artificially injected humour with the blue ox really falls flat and feels out of place.

Then we have three issues concerning the Page sisters (one each) in which we learn more about them. This volume also moves the present day timeline forward and we build up for a giant and exciting battle next time.

The art is great. Each story has a separate artist who sticks with it for all parts. The Wild West setting provides strong landscapes and interesting period/ flashback techniques. The Page trilogy is more straightforward but with no less detail and energy.

Double Thumbs Up!

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