Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fables - Volume 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham


Books Completed: 21
Completion Date: January, 2009
Pages: 192
Publication Date: January 1, 2006

Reason for Reading: Next Book in the Series, Graphic Novel Challenge
Collecting issues #34-41 of writer Bill Willingham's Eisner Award-winning creation, HOMELANDS follows Boy Blue on a mission of revenge as he uncovers the Adversary's true identity! Plus, the 2-part story of Jack's adventures in Hollywood and the one-shot story of Mowgli's return to Fabletown.
Another great book in the Fables series! The book starts off with a look at Jack. Jack left Fabletown back when all the major changes started to occur, and he hasn't been heard from since. It was nice to see what he had been up to while he was apparently living in Hollywood. This also has an appearance from Jill, of Jack and Jill fame. You know, I never noticed before how the same names are used over and over again until I started reading this series! Not just first names, but by just saying 'the wolf' or 'Prince Charming' or whatever. The series just makes it all one character, and I really like the way that they did that! So, Jack climbed the Beanstalk, jumped over a candlestick, fought some giants, went up the hill, and probably other things that I am not remembering! It really is a good idea...

Moving on, after Jack's story is told and we learn that he is gone from Fabletown for good (hence his own spin-off series) we return to plot development in Fable town. Boy Blue has gone back to the Homelands to defeat the Adversary, bring Pinocchio back to his father, and return to Fabletown with the 'real' Red Riding Hood. This is really his story. The identity of the Adversary is also revealed, which really didn't surprise me! I guess there were enough clues in the previous books to deduce his identity, but I don't think I really trusted my thoughts and was waiting for confirmation.

Mowgli also returns to Fabletown and his moment in the spotlight. I think he will become an important character, actually, I know he plays an important role. It is hard to make reviews of these books spoiler-free! Anyway, you probably remember Mowgli from Jungle Book fame. Some of his friends have been included in the series before, but they also make a return in this book.

Another great addition to the series!

4 comments:

  1. i've skipped over the review to ask you a question about "fables".

    i just read book one and while i enjoyed it didn't blow me away. i was like. "hmm... i wouldn't mind reading the next one", but i don't feel like rushing out and getting it.

    did you feel this way about the first one? does it pick up?

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  2. Yeah. The first comic just sort of introduces everyone. The action is in the rest of them. Well, some of them are more for plot development than action, but still. Lots more happens in book two.

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  3. I was so happy to see Mowgli! I love him. And I really want to give my hands on the Jack books now.

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  4. I don't think I have seen anyone review the Jack books, so I will be interested to see what they are all about!

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