Tag Archives: Vertigo Comics

Jack of Fables #32

Jack of Fables #32 apr09-jack32
DC Comics /
Vertigo
(w) Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges
(a) Tony Akins, Jose Marzan Jr. & Dan Green

FC, 32 pgs w/ ads $2.99 US

The Great Fables Crossover is about to begin – the first Vertigo crossover since The Children’s Crusade back in the annuals of all the main Vertigo titles way back when (1993-94 apparently). That being said, those that have only been paying attention to only Fables might be in for some surprises with this crossover. This issue wraps up the last story arc but also reveals some major spoilers. Huge really. In fact, they’re almost more shocking than what’s been happening in Fables lately …and that’s really saying something. Of course those who read only Jack and read Fables in trade might be in for some huge surprises also with what has happened recently there.

Without giving anything away, Jack learns some very important things about his heritage. And some more light is cast on who all these Literals are, particularly Kevin Thorn, son of Gary the Pathetic Fallacy, father of Revise and Bookburner, grandfather of the three Page sisters. This apparently has been mentioned before; Thorn apparently is the creator of the various Fables realms and can still rewrite reality at will. Hopefully there will be some more answers with this crossover, like what all these Literals really are and how Wicked John plays into Jack’s heritage but regardless of whatever actually happens, I’m there. Willingham and Sturges are on the top of their game right now; hopefully taking over Justice Society of America won’t water down their efforts here. (Shane Hnetka)

Unknown Soldier #5

Unknown Soldier #5 mar4-09-unknown5

DC Comics / Vertigo
(w) Joshua Dysart
(a) Alberto Ponticelli

FC, 32 pgs w/ ads $2.99 US

The specific plot of Unknown Soldier is outshined by its setting. It’s 2002 in northern Uganda; it’s a time of war, government corruption, and ethic conflict. Uganda’s president, Museveni tightens his hold on the African country; rebels fight, children are forced into becoming armed combatants, and rape is just as much a weapon as machine guns and machetes. It’s a complete nightmare, and no comic can ever fully capture it. But…Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli try.

The story these gentlemen tell isn’t glorified, it’s an attempt to open eyes. And what I saw was horrible. This team’s fictional tale ties well into an ongoing struggle. Unknown Soldier is the smartest and the brutalist comic on shelves today. Track it down. (Dana Tillusz)