Fables: Les Loups
Bill Willingham
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Fables: Les Loups (Fables (Collected) #9)

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Collecting FABLES #52-59! 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.
Published 2010 by Panini comics (first published January 1st 2007)
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What if fairy tale characters existed in our world? And what if they had ways of not revealing themselves to us per their magic? This popular series focuses on such a concept. It has the usual archetypes and characters taking some liberties but always trying to make things interesting. Note that the focus is typically upon European fairy tales with a smidgen from other regions.

As of 2012 this series has won 14 Eisner Awards, most notably Best Writer, Best Short Story and Best Series....more

I'm going to come right out and say it: Fables is one of the most remarkably consistent graphic novel or comic book series that I have ever read. It has intriguing characters (characters to love, characters to hate, characters that sit idly in the background) - and it should since they were drawn from other stories, fairytales and mythology. There I would love a studio to get their hands on these and turn them into a television series or a movie franchise.

This particular volume's story focuses o...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Sons of Empire was my last Fables installment before I stated a voluntary hiatus from the series. Fact is, I love this series, and I am not eager to get burned out on it, or to be devastated when it's over. So I am going to take a break and investigate other graphic novel series for a little bit. Truth is, I doubt I'll stay away for long. So let's get to the review.

This was an excellent installment to the series. It was great because we get to see Bigby and Snow and their cubs as a settled, happ...more
Just as I was considering giving up on the Fables series, Volume 9: Sons of Empire delivered a more entertaining, though still fractured, narrative. The Adversary and his empire hold a conference discussing their plans for Fabletown; Hansel is made the Adversary's special envoy in Fabletown; there are a few short Christmas stories; Snow & Bigby visit Bigby's father the North Wind; and throughout the volume are a number of short character pieces, including some that were inspired by reader qu...more
Graphic Novel. The Empire Strikes Back, Or At Least Holds A Meeting To Discuss Doing So. I just don't know about you, Fables. You've been been getting more and more fragmented as time goes on. I no longer feel like I'm reading a cohesive story with a bigger purpose. In fact, I think my favorite stories in this volume were all less than four pages and had little to do with the main plot. "Hair" is short and bittersweet, and "A Thorn in Their Side?" has some interesting art by Michael Allred and a...more
Like most volumes of Fables, "Sons of Empire" is divided into multiple story arcs. The first is the reaction of the Adversary and his chief council to the special mission Bigby Wolf pulled off in volume 8. We also get a collection of stories about some of the other characters who exist in Fabletown and the Farm. These include Rapunzel and the Three Blind Mice. A stand alone story follows with a tale of Christmas in the Fables world. This leads us into the second arc involving Bigby, Snow, and th...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Summary: Starts of with four issues of the title story where the Adversary has a meeting to describe possible attacks on the Mundy world. Switches are made to Fabletown and the Farm where new plotlines are forming. Each issue ends with a short 3-4 page story of someone outside of Fabletown that we either have never met before or don't know much of. Then we have a Christmas Issue spent on the Farm and with the Wolf family, this starts with a quick flashback...more
Reading this ninth volume of Bill Willingham's Fables directly following the slightly disappointing first volume of his Jack of Fables: The (Nearly) Great Escape was like being served a gourmet meal after an good but not fully satisfying dinner. It fully removed any doubts I might have had concerning Willingham's current writing abilities and strengthened my feeling of what was indeed the points which did not really work for me in Jack of Fables.

The volume clearly centres around the four part st...more
Matt Glaviano
The last volume of Fables I currently have to read, so this will serve as an entry to summarize my brief Fables binge, including volumes six through nine and two spinoffs.

This volume worked particularly well for me. It offers a snapshot of a lot of what works for me in this series. There is some slow development of the coming war between Fabletown and the Adversary, but it’s mixed with a fun Christmas issue, and a short collection of reader-driven “unawswered” questions; so, while you have stor...more
Dec 12, 2008 Randy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone whose parents read to them growing up
So this is what all the buzz is about? This was the first Fables book I have read, and I found myself flipping and skipping through parts of it because I got a little bored. I think it is because this is the middle part of a much larger story that I just don't get. Maybe if I had started at the beginning I would have enjoyed it more.

Having said that, the parts that held my interest really were nicely done. Very polished and not like the irregular stuff I am usually reading. The Fables team prod...more
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
Wherein we witness the aftermath of Bigby's assault on the Adversary; are privy to the Adversary's war council; discover the fate of Hansel & Gretel; realize that Santa Claus doesn't always like the presents he delivers; learn that Flycatcher may be the most important Fable in existence (whether he likes it or not); see what kind of father Geppetto really is; understand why Bigby and his father avoid one another; run afoul of some suspiciously familiar Wild Things; witness the cubs' first ki...more
Jami Zehr
My second favorite volume of the series, I really really liked this one. The interplay between Bigby, Snow White, and Bigby’s father was so interesting. I really like reading Bigby’s back story even if I can’t hardly look at the way his mouth is drawn. Bigby is no underdog, he is a great big monster of a wolf and he doesn’t back down. He takes care of his family, and that is awesome. I also enjoy time in The Homeland watching the Snow Queen try to set up a way to invade Fabletown. Preparations f...more
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 d...more
I eagerly await each of the Fables volume because this is such a character driven series. It has everything one desires: conflict, intrigue, turmoil, drama, passion, violence and little kids that can fly and turn into wolves.
This volume finds the Adversary maintaining his secret identity while planning an invasion of the Mundy world which introduces a new character to Fabletown, Witchfinder Hansel. The second half of the volume focuses on the Big Bad Wolf and his relationship with his father wi...more
Sons Of Empire: In the wake of Fabletown's disastrous attack on The Adversary's most precious resource, Geppetto has decided to accept their offer of diplomatic relations--at least long enough to ensure they cannot cause him any more trouble when he's finally ready to stamp them out. To this end, he's called a council of war to discuss what should be done next.... Meanwhile, in Fabletown, life goes on as they await the outcome of their bold efforts--will it be peace or war? While we wait, Willi...more
Pinocchio, who resided in Fabletown, is torn between loyalty to his father (who is the evil Adversary) and to those who reside in Fabletown. In this volume, his father hosts a conference of the imperial elite to decide what they would like to do with Fabletown.

Meanwhile, Bigby Wolf brings his family to meet his estranged father, the North Wind.
Razvan Zamfirescu
Singurul motiv pentru care acest volum primeste nota 3 este grafica ingrozitoare pe care desenatorul Mike Allred o face in capitolul Father and Son. E pur si simplu horror! Universul Fables se prabuseste in viziunea grafica a acestuia. Personajele sunt de nerecunoscut, lumea inconjuratoare este sumbra si slab reprezentata. Desi textul si scenariul te tin in priza precum un thriller excelent, grafica lui Allred te face sa inaintezi foarte greu.
Bineinteles ca acest lucru nu m-a facut sa renunt la...more
"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 Christma...more
Another terrific volume, and a good choice to read around Christmastime. There is not much of relevance to the overall story progression, but it is an interesting piece on relationships between fathers and sons. Pinocchio and Gepetto, Bigby and the North Wind, Bigby and Ambrose. There's also a terrifying but admittedly brilliant plan to destroy all human life, courtesy of the Snow Queen. For those who've read the Oz series, it was rather fun to see the Nome King appear as one of the bad guys.

Sons of Empire was a little up and down for me, but the little bonus at the end brought the volume as a whole back up to solid ground.

The Fables are continuing to prepare for the possibility of war against the Adversary, and the Adversary is now preparing his hostile takeover of the mundy world (that's our world, y'all). This is especially tough for Pinocchio, who still loves his friends back in Fabletown, even though he's under a loyalty enchantment to his father, Geppetto (also known as the Ad...more
Justyn Rampa
So this was a little too light-hearted for me to REALLY love.

This volume was composed of the major arc, "Sons of the Empire" and lots of little vignettes that deal with some incidental Fables. Additionally, the volume closes with a two issue Christmas story that packs some serious punch.

Sons of the Empire is the meat and potatoes of this volume and unfortunately, it never quite realizes its full potential for me. Perhaps it is the way that the volume is split up with all the whimsical interludes...more
We have seen Fabletown respond to the Empire in a devastating way. We cannot expect the Empire to roll over after just one hit. The first story arc ("Sons of the Empire") shows us how the Empire plans to respond by having their council of war, presided over by Lumi or the Snow Queen herself. What the Adversary and company want is nothing short of the destruction of Fabletown and our mundane world. The main issue is not `should they' but`how should they'. We are then introduced to the main allies...more
And this is how the world will end...

Volume 9 of Fables is spent mostly in enemy territory, where the leaders of the Empire sit around and discuss how to destroy the Fables in our world. That statement makes it sound pretty boring, but the images that go with the discussion are pretty chilling. Luckily for us, Pinocchio is there to point out the fatal flaws in their plans, so leader of the empire Geppetto makes a few more secret plans. There will be war, but on a limited scale and only against t...more
Woo!!! So happy that this was better than Volume 8. This will probably be a short review though since I don't have that much to say. The action picked up a little, but it wasn't as front and centered as I hoped it would be. It was mostly build-up to future conflict. One of my favorite sections was the Homeland's meeting over how to deal with Fabletown. They bounced ideas off of each other and it was fun to see the different possible outcomes for a Fabletown vs. The Adversary war. All in all, thi...more
Miss Michael
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Nancy O'Toole
All actions have consequences. After Bigby's full frontal assault on the Adversary, Gepetto calls in his lieutenants to plan a retaliation that will take down not just the fables, but humankind as we know it. Can Pinocchio manage to talk his father out of his devastating plans? Meanwhile, it's Christmas time back on the Farm, and Snow and Bigby are celebrating with the cubs. For Christmas, Snow wants nothing more than to visit the Homelands, but will the results be too dangerous?

The ninth graphi...more
"You support the good over the bad and thus teach the good. How can you be so bereft of common virtue not to know that much?"

Uhm. These are the people I'm supposed to be rooting for, now and for the rest of the entire series? Really? A pair of insufferably smug, self-righteous, stuck-up squares too busy pounding each other's backs for their moral superiority to ever try on someone else's shoes or even consider the existence of shades of grey? And don't get me started on their saccharine, fatally...more
Issue 52 - I like Ambrose's story better than the stuff going on inside the empire, but perhaps it's just because I don't care for the military stuff that much. I also liked the little short at the end.

Issue 53 - Love the bit with Peter Rabbit, and the plagues at the beginning were pretty freaky. I also liked the porcupine's story.

Issue 54 - I think Hansel is the scariest villain yet to appear within Fables.

Issue 55 - Lovely structure of storytelling in this one. I loved seeing Pinocchio's words...more
Shannon Appelcline
Sons of Empire (52-55). On the one hand, this story is a long digression that doesn’t really go anywhere, thanks in part to two imaginary tales. On the other hand, those imaginary tales are kind of fun, and we get a nice insight into the Adversary’s forces. So, it’s a little slow, but worth reading [7/10].

Jiminy Christmas (56). A nice walk through many of our beloved Fables. It’s overall a fun story, but the foreshadowing of Ambrose’s major Fables arc is particularly great [7+/10].

Fathers &...more
This is the ninth installment in the Fables series. This one progresses the story of the Adversary some, but also spends time with Bigby, Snow and their family. It was a good installment in the series and I enjoyed it.

The first couple issues go over the Adversary and their plans to attack the Fables after the devastation Bigby caused to their Sacred Grove. The remainder deals with Bigby, Snow and their kids. We see Christmas at their house and Bigby et al finally find his father the North Wind a...more
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In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many...more
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