The Literals #1

The Literals #1

Writer: Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Artist: Mark Buckingham Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: April 29, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 2
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Part 3 of "The Great Fables Crossover"! If you're a reader of JACK OF FABLES, then you're familiar with The Literals an extended family of characters who literally embody literary notions. It's also very possible that one of The Literals may have created all of the Fables plus the universe in which they reside, unbeknownst to our beloved Fables.The full story on this enigmatic crew of characters begins here, the first in a 3-issue miniseries and Part 3 of "The Great Fables Crossover," an epic, 9-part tale spanning the pages of FABLES and JACK OF FABLES. The story kicks off when Jack reveals the existence of The Literals to Fabletown, and things quickly get chaotic from there. Fables don't like the idea of having a living god who can wipe them out with the stroke of a pen, and have thus decided to get rid of The Literals. Will they succeed in erasing their creator from existence, or will he literally rub them out first?

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans May 4, 2009

    Writing-wise, my only niggling concern is just how necessary this whole crossover is. Right now, there are just too many disparate elements, which leads to some things being left forgotten on the backburner. The Jack Frost segment was just weird and out of place and needs to be made relevant FAST. Also, having Kevin Thorn and Mister Dark as adversaries at the same time is just odd, as focusing on one leads to the other's being forgotten, and the existence of one threatens to dilute the threat of the other. It seems the comic has chosen to focus more on Thorn, but that leaves Dark as the elephant in the room, and it's awkward. For instance, Bigby is revealed to become more feral when in the same state as Mister Dark. This issue, he's right in New York City but experiences no difficulties whatsoever. Huh?The Bottom-line: Despite my nagging, as an individual issue, this is fantastic. It's witty, funny, and clever as all hell and it's Mark Buckingham drawing. As a Fab Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 29, 2009

    So yes, I'm having fun with "The Great Fables Crossover" so far. I'm just not seeing what's so "great" about it at the moment. The first chapter was pretty darn exciting, but the past two issues have proved comparatively underwhelming. I sincerely hope this won't be one of those crossovers that only ever thrives in one specific book. Otherwise, what's the point of having a crossover in the first place? Read Full Review

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