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#CBR4 Cannonball 8: Fables, Volume 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham

Fables, Vol. 6: HomelandsFables, Vol. 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This volume of Fables revolves mostly around Boy Blue. Unlike in the nursery rhyme, he’s actually a fierce warrior in addition to being a talented bugler.

His mission is to return to the Homelands, which have been taken over by the mysterious Adversary, and to rescue Red Riding Hood, the woman he loves, or die trying.

There’s plenty of adventure and subterfuge involved. Blue has stolen the Witching Cloak, a magical cloak that can teleport you to different places and hide items until you need them, and the Vorpal Sword, of “Jabberwocky” fame, which can vanquish any foe. He goes riding through the Homeland until he finds and confronts the Adversary.

We also get a short tangent about the life of Jack Horner, the “Jack” of all the fairytales and nursery rhymes. After the Battle of Fabletown, he steals a bunch of treasure from the Fabletown coffers, moves to Hollywood, and starts a production company (“Nimble Pictures”), which he uses to make a movie trilogy about “Jack.” The second movie, interestingly enough, is called Jack the Giant Killer. So, did I miss the first movie or what?

This volume is full of twists and turns, from the Adversary’s identity to Blue’s reunion with Red Riding to the truth about Blue’s quest into the Homelands. This series is going strong.

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Cannonball 47: Y: The Last Man, Volume VI: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughan

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on GirlY: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Girl on Girl was probably my least favorite volume in the series.

In this volume, Yorick & Co. cross the Pacific Ocean in their quest to recover Yorick’s monkey, Ampersand, who may hold the key to curing the plague that wiped out the “man” half of mankind.

There are some random subplots here, and Vaughan’s twists and turns in this volume are rather two-dimensional, which is a disappointment considering how artfully he was able to turn societal conventions on their heads in some of the earlier volumes of this series.

There are pirates and spies and I felt rather beat over the head with the whole idea of “Yorick can’t trust anyone,” and, yes, yes, I get it, he has to be careful. There’s also a whole lot of “fair is foul and foul is fair” — the ally turns out to be a villain but then turns out not to be as villainous as she was believed to be. I’d call that a spoiler, but it’s such a thin device that watching it unveiled leaves you with an overwhelming sense of “meh.”

This volume doesn’t do much to advance the series, but the worst volume of this series is still a sight better than the best volumes in some others, so it’s still worth reading.

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