Title: Fables Vol. 6: Homelands
Author: Bill Willingham
Publisher: Vertigo 2006
Genre: Graphic Novel; Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: Fables Series
This clever, enjoyable series written by Willingham, has a rather ingenious premise: what if all the characters of fairy tales lived, loved, schemed, and fought in a modern-day city of their own? This installment contains two fun story arcs. One, a cute satire of contemporary Hollywood, stars Jack, of beanstalk fame, portrayed as a rather unsavory trickster. Making his way to Hollywood with a fistful of cash, he becomes a wildly successful producer of films based on his own mythological exploits. Eventually, though, his ruthless business practices and unsavory past catch up with him. In a longer story, Little Boy Blue goes on an epic quest to find and kill a shadowy tyrant.
Another amazing Fables volume! I just can't get over how much I adore this series. I can't wait to get the next volume and speed through it. This one had two great stories. Usually I liked one of the stories more than the other one, but not this time. Jack has always been one of my faves and I'm glad he got his own story. Plus he has a whole spinoff series (don't worry, I got the first four volumes from the library already!). Jack in Hollywood, just seems natural. Plus we get to meet Jill (you know, of Jack and Jill). She's an interesting side character. I really hope we see more of her in the future.
Then the big story: Homelands. We know from the previous volume that the Adversary is continuing to expand the empire. We actually get to go the Homelands and see the expansion. And we meet the Snow Queen (Sigh! She's so evil, I love her). And we meet Gheppetto (sp?). And we remeet Red Riding Hood (kinda saw that one coming). And the Blue Fairy (I feel so sorry for her). And Mowgli (interesting character, hope we see more next volume). And Frau Totenkinder (she's becoming my absolute fave!). All in all, a great collection of new and relatively new characters to tangle with. I saw who the Adversary was a mile away, but it's still a great story. The series is really going now...