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Fables Vol. 9: Sons of Empire (edition 2007)

by Bill Willingham, James Jean, Mike Allred (Illustrator), Joelle Jones (Illustrator)

Series: Fables (9)

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Title:Fables Vol. 9: Sons of Empire
Authors:Bill Willingham
Other authors:James Jean, Mike Allred (Illustrator), Joelle Jones (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (2007), Paperback, 200 pages
Collections:Your library, Hylla: K2d, Read in 2009, Read in 2012
Rating:****
Tags:american literature, fiction, graphic novel, based on folktales

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This is a bit more like it, and for the first time, I appear to be reading the series I was expecting from Fables: there's a big council of villains in this volume, and - naturally - they come from different books and legends. (Special points for including L. Frank Baum's Nome King.) The Snow Queen's plan to destroy the Fables is remarkably OTT, but it is entertaining. Unfortunately, the second storyline, involving Bigby, Snow White, and their children visiting the North Wind, is hampered by weak art. However, in terms of writing, it's probably Willingham's strongest attempt at interpersonal relationships so far. ( )
  saroz | May 17, 2016 |
The Adversary calls together the leaders of the Empire to decide what to do to Fabletown. The Snow Queen proposes killing all the mundies to leave the escaped Fables defenseless, but Pinnochio points out that the mundies have technology that might overpower the Empire's magic. To buy time, the Adversary sends WitchFinder Hansel to Fabletown to negotiate a treaty.

There are far too many mini-stories in this book. Reading a long section about Santa Claus, or what a lethario Jack is, is cute, but detracts from the building danger. To make matters worse, the art direction has begun to fall apart. The story of "Father and Son" is poor, but the art is even worse. I don't expect art to be consistently as excellent as "Porky Pine Pie", but it would be nice if the characters looked like themselves. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
While the Empire plots against Fabletown and Fabletown spies on Ambassador Hansel who the Empire has sent to negotiate, the reader is treated to a number of different and varied stories that let us get to know some more residents of Fabletown. We spent Christmas with Snow White, Bigby Wolf and the Cubs and learn more about Bigby Wolf’s family. Also, we learn that Flycatcher (Prince Ambrose) will have an important role to play in the future.

A series of one questions by fans is answered by one page mini-stories at the end of the book and the enjoyment here is learning more about the characters and their background, lots of humor here. I enjoyed this volume a lot. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jul 12, 2015 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | May 9, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bill Willinghamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allred, LauraIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allred, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckingham, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de la Cruz, EvaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ha, GeneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leialoha, SteveIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Loughridge, LeeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miranda, InakiIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pepoy, AndrewIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jean, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This volume marks my 20th anniversary as a professional comic artist, which seems like the perfect moment to thank those who were with me at the beginning. My old Stoke gang: Dribbs, Yok, Drew, Chris Ski and especially Shane Oakley and Matt Brooker. The Best of Friends. The Best of Times. This is also for Neil Gaiman. The Best of Best Men.

— Mark Buckingham
This volume is dedicated to Steve Graves, treasured old ghost.

— Bill Willingham
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That summer there was a great fire in the restricted hills, northwest of the Imperial City.
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"Pinocchio suffers seriously divided loyalties between his father, the evil Adversary, and his fellow Fable refugees in New York. Plus, Bigby Wolf reluctantly decides it's finally time to square accounts with his long-estranged father, the North Wind, and makes a journey with Snow White and their kids to find him" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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