I'll admit it. I did a little happy dance when Calamity Jack came in. This is the graphic novel sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge, in which Rapunzel gets bored with her tower and goes to off to the wild wild west in search of adventure. Her braid lasso ropes in a companion in Calamity Jack. He's the main focus of the sequel. I love how the author/ illustrator got the feel of the wild west while injecting some fairy tale characters.
Jack's hometown is plagued by giant mobsters and ant people who knock down what fragile livelihood people have left. Jack's mother is forced in his absence to bake the giant's bread from a mysterious bag of flour. (Hmm I wonder what that's made out of?)
Leave it to Hale to create an interesting batch of characters such as a hat-loving pixie, an invention-happy newspaper editor and a giant who's a rich entrepreneur. The end came a bit too close to mushy for me, considering the mood of the rest of the book, but then who am I to get in the way of young love? This is great for those young fairy tale lovers who wonder what ever happened to that beanstalk after Jack chopped it down?