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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
Tags:american literature, fiction, graphic novel, based on folktales

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Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham



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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 |
As the plot thickens, it left me wanting to get on to the next volume! ( )
  LouisVillains | Mar 13, 2014 |
"Fables" can be hit and miss, and looking at the table of contents this looked to be one for the second category. Thankfully, I was mistaken.

The four-part "Sons Of Empire" Arc is basically a clever way to depict two massive battles, without there being actual consequences. Along the way more mythical characters are introduced (none of them frivolously), and in between the parts/chapters we get short slices of life from other Fables which lighten the mood.

You might be tempted to skip the Christmas tale, but it is quite amusing -- and on top of that it is part of the ongoing storyline. We then learn more about Bigby Wolf's father in the two-parter "Father And Son", and the book ends with a collection of short (one/two-page) illustrated answers to several readers' questions.

Yes, the story is fragmented, and clearly this volume spends more time talking about possible scenarios and setting up future plots, but in this volume it works. One minus point however is the artwork for "Father And Son" which is quite frankly below par. ( )
  Bert.Cielen | Oct 16, 2013 |
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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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