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Fables: Les Loups
Bill Willingham
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Fables: Les Loups (Fables #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 June 6th 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.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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

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
Eric Mesa
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This volume is all over the place. There is a Christmas interlude, we learn of Rapunzel’s plight, and a series of reader questions answered as 1-2 page comics. But the bulk of the volume is about the eye of the storm in the Fabletown and Adversary relations. Each has wreaked devastations upon the other and now Fabletown must see if their Israel Gambit will succeed.

The volume is also a
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
Nov 05, 2007 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Now we get the opportunity to see how the Fables are going to handle the Adversary. Don't worry I won't reveal who the adversary is because I don't want to spoil it for people who haven't read this volume yet. However, I loved how we received the opportunity to see how each side will handle what seems to be a brewing war. The only aspect that I genuinely had to adjust to was the different art styles. Depending on the issue different artist were given the opportunity to illustrate the comic. Some ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sons of Empire gets back to the current story arc and in it we get to see what is happening with the adversary and with Bigby and his family. We also get a back story for Bigby, who is my favorite character so I quite enjoyed this one. As always, the artwork is well done. In this volume, the tension is building for confrontation between the adversary and the refugees. There is also a charming Christmas story in this volume that I enjoyed. Another good read for fans of graphic novels and the seri ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc-vertigo, 2007
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
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
Dec 12, 2008 Randy rated it liked it  ·  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
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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
Hit or miss this volume, if I loved the characters more or read this as it came out maybe I'd care about the side stories and unanswered questions issues...but that's not the case. The main plot of the adversary destroying the world has my attention, but nothing else does. I don't like the domesticated Bigby or care about his million kids, that left maybe 3 issues that were allright, the rest didn't interest me.
Apr 19, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book centered mainly on Bigby and his and Snow Whites kids.It was funny and exciting.Their was a good bit of action moments but also a good mix of light hearted ones as well.By the end of this one you can begin to see that the Adversarys plains to invade Fabletown are going to come to fruition in the not too distant future.
Mar 23, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy
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
Jun 14, 2007 Korynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2010 Icats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This volume contains several stories as the Fables face an inevitable war against the Adversary. The Adversary, who is still keeping his identity hidden from masses of the Homeland, calls a meeting with his highest-ranking officials to plan the best strategy to not only defeat the Fables but also the mundane along with them. We also learn the back-story of Hansel and Gretel. Let’s just say not the sibling love that we are use to in other stories.

Another main story is Bigby and Snow taking the c
K. F.
I still loathe the main characters, and find the writing to be questionable more often than not, but I would be lying if I said I hadn't read nine volumes of this, with the intention of reading more.
Apr 03, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were deffintely some funny parts in this one. And I love the part when with bigby's children in it. Defintely a series to continue to read
No Geppeto, you can't invade the Mundy World just yet because reason.
Sep 12, 2015 Mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Not my favourite in the series, but not bad. On to volume 10!
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, Will ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh God, this has too many stories, and the shorts really mess with the tone of the individual issues. Then there's a bunch of shorts that are based on reader questions, half of which just end in misogynistic gags. Now, going in order of when they start. I may adjust the score later, because I just went over the answers to the reader questions.

First, we have the titular Sons of Empire. After Bigby and Ghost’s mission, Gepetto is pissed and wants to destroy Fabletown. The Snow Queen has a plan to
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
Finally continuing the series after almost 2 years hiatus when I found the right volumes in the library (and I got 6!). As expected I've forgotten a lot of the details, but the main story line and characters are still pretty clear.

Since vol 8 I have also played the Fables game by Telltale, so I mixed up a little about what happens in the books and what happens in the game - though this isn't a big problem as they seem to go along each other and one doesn't contradict the other.

In vol 9, we see
Dec 31, 2010 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 11, 2016 JA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot happened.. Sons of Empire, Jiminy Christmas, Fathers & Sons, Burning Questions and other short stories in between like the three blind mice, etc. But I was hoping it could do more Adversary. Anyway, the cubs are growing wonderfully and becoming more adorable than ever. I'm so intrigued to know all about Flycatcher! And the Burning Questions were hilarious..

Aug 16, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tale of father and son is a strong tale, believe me I have raised my own son for 5 years now. This tale goes a long way into developing a relationship between wolf and cub, and lays a base of trust and love that was much needed after so long apart. The only thing I could ask for is to try and understand where the 7th son is in all of this? He never breaks his silence, he hovers and never experiences things as part of the group or tale. Also, Santa's magic list seems to not even be able to de ...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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