Writer: Bill Willingham
Artist: Mark Buckingham
Issue #11, "Bag o' Bones," tells the adventures of Jack (he of the beanstalk) during the American Civil War. The story gives a sense of how long the Fables have been in our world. It also made me grateful for the time I have spent with the source material since I last visited this series. The tale is straight out of Grimm: Jack wins a magic bag in a card game, then uses it to cheat Death. Disastrous consequences follow.
Issues #12 and 13 are a two-part arc in which the Fables must cover their tracks when a nosy reporter gets way too close to their secret. Just as the Potterverse wizards must hide their true nature from Muggles, so must the Fables preserve the ignorance of the Mundies. The Fables, though, are inclined towards darker, more violent tactics to achieve their ends.
#18 is a Lilliputian story. Jonathan Swift's minifolk play a meaningful role in the Storybook Love arc so it's only appropriate they should get their own tale. "Barleycorn Brides" tells of how the Lilliputians, initially all male, managed to find female mates.
I continue to be impressed by the series and curious about the source material. I'm definitely up for more. Next up, Volume 4: The March of the Wooden Soldiers.