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Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire

(Fables (Collected Editions) #9)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  17,550 ratings  ·  467 reviews
Winner of Fourteen Eisner Awards

The best-laid plans.
The free Fables living in the mundane world have struck a decisive blow against the Adversary, destroying one of his most valuable assets at the very heart of his empire - and setting the stage for an all-out war between the worlds in the process. Now, while the ruler of the Homelands licks his wounds and gathers his forc
Paperback, Trade, 200 pages
Published June 13th 2007 by Vertigo (first published June 6th 2007)
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I always enjoy these stories. They are getting thicker though, and it takes longer to read them. They are no longer a quick read and Vol. 10 gets even thicker.


We see both sides making plans to defend against the other side. Ghepetto sent a diplomat to Fabletown who is Hansel and he hates witches. We learn something interesting, almost about Frau Totenkinder. We also go to Bigby's mansion and see Christmas with the cubs and there is a flying carpet. They fly to the land of fables to
"Hold the jar upright, Snow. Don't spill my brothers."

As always, Bigby and Snow are adorable, especially with their kids, but there was just something lacking in this volume. I felt like any organization was pretty nonexistent. None of the plots really flowed well with the others, and I still don't get why this volume is called "Sons of Empire". Honestly, I don't even think the separate stories were very strong on their own. The script and the art weren't as good in comparison to previous volume
In which we learn more about the relationship between Bigby and his dad ; questions are answered. I love the stories involving the wolf cubs!

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.
Jonathan Terrington

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
Sylvester Kuo
Sons of Empire focused on Adversary's plan to rule the mundy world and Bigby family celebrating winter. With some unnecessary short stories in between.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Wing Kee
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A story of sons and fathers.

World: The art is always great, sure there are some great artists here but mainly Buckingham and his art is amazing. He's responsible for a lot of the love I have for this world, it's full of character and the creativity is wonderful. The world building is pretty great with the continuing story of the war between Fabletown and the Emperor, it's building towards something bigger and setting the stage for it. Then there is the world building where it's about characters
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
After a long break, I have drifted back to Fables to finish it off. I really shouldn't have taken the break. This was very good.

Without being too spoilery, let's just say this volume shows the preparations for the Emperor's invasion of Fabletown and the utter destruction of the Earth. I am, personally, glad that the Emperor also has plans for rescuing Baba Yaga. But the Empire also sends out a Diplomatic Envoy. It turns out Hansel (from "Hansel and Gretel") was scarred by the events of his witch
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The things I've been missing in the past few volumes have returned (in 2007, but I'm here now)!
I really loved the Christmas special and the focus on my favourite characters.

The art in issues 57 and 59 made me cringe a little bit. I'm sure Michael Allred is a skilled artist, but I don't know if his style really suits the style of the series. It would have been nice to recognize the characters, but it looks like he made them up all on his own rather than basing them off of what they've been establ
James DeSantis
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fables keeps up the momentum in this title about planning and murdering.

So as we can see the Adversary is building his army. Creating plans to take fabletown and the whole world. Why not, right? he already took the homelands for the most part, what's another world to him and his people? So we see a lot of planning on their side but also some planning on the side of Fabletown, including even Bigsby growing as a father and also a great assest to his people. This is mostly a set up volume, but a d
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Colin gets a cameo. A creepy cameo.

I miss Colin.
Kayla (onthefritz)
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, comics
Glad to be back in Fables! As with many Volumes this one had a fragment of plot progression and a majority of random side stories.

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Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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 questi ...more
Oct 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tome-treasure

Fables series is not bad for a light read. I enjoyed Volume #9: Sons of Empire, though not as much as its predecessors.

Don't get me wrong. I am being super-critical because it is such a good series, I have come to expect much from it, ergo the rating. The opening chapters are centered around enemy's war council and goes on to some catch up with Fabletown-in-the-meanwhile. More of Bigby's relationship with his father is revealed. There are some side-stories concerning other Fables
Sep 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Eric Mesa
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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 abou
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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 kill; ...more
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Still the best graphic novel series ever written and this is no exception.

After Fabletown struck back at the Adversary in the last volume this volume has everyone taking a breath. Plans are hatched, forces put in place, moves made. And there are about 10-12 short stories that give us background on a lot of the "players".

Hansel - what a great bad guy.
Bigby - such a bad ass.
Flycatcher - can't wait till the next volume to see where this goes.
Boy Blue & Rose Red - hmmmm

Highest possible recommendatio
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
The last volume of this series was quite explosive, with some dramatic events which echo through this volume. The Adversary, refusing to be set back by the events of late, decide to launch an basically all-out attack against the Fables and even the innocent Mundys. The title is a hint to the events in this book, and wow, what a volume it is! Pinocchio plays a central role in this arc.
Quentin Wallace
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but this was another great volume. The adversary and his minions start the planning of a huge attack on our world. We see Bigby Wolf take the children to meet his father, and his brothers as well. We also get a christmas tale and several questions are answered.
Helen White
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I'm reading these out of order. Ah well. It's Christmas! That means gifts and surprises.
Timothy Pitkin
I really liked that we got to meet and see the leaders of the Empire along with seeing how the empire actually works. And I really can't wait to see where this is heading as right now it seems they are building up to a bigger war with Fabletown. Also nice to see that Bigby will still have a role to play with Fabletown.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Snow Queen (Lumi) is not a nice lady.
Hansel is not a nice man.
The Three Blind Mice bit was a little hilarious.
Poor Rapunzel with her hair that grows four inches each hour.

This one is a little forgettable to me to be honest, but it leads up to a GREAT Vol 10.
Matt Glaviano
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Ashley Pierce
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
For me, the first few volumes were great. Now, there's so many short stories that can be skipped and I'm losing interest as a whole. Tapping out of the series after this one.
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it
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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