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Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire

(Fables #9)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  16,704 Ratings  ·  437 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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"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

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
*~Lan Lan~*
Things are really picking up in this volume. Hoping to start the next one soon.
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
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.
Miss Akacia .
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-mangas
En realidad le doy 4,5 estrellas a este volumen. Aunque hacía tiempo que había pausado Fables y apenas me acordaba de las cosas, me he alegrado un montón al retomarlo y al volverme a encontrar con todos esos personajes que ya parecen unos viejos amigos. La cosa, además, se está poniendo interesante y el capítulo del día de navidad ha sido entrañable. Nunca me cansaré de decir que Lobo es mi personaje favorito, siempre me acaba sacando una sonrisa.
Estoy deseando conocer la historia de Ambrose.
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
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
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 recommend
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.
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.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Pero que creepy parece Pinocho en la cubierta. 😶

Tomo bastante flojito a comparación del resto.
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 a
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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
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
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
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jami Zehr
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Sam Wescott
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Meh. This was a pretty middle of the road installment for me. Some of the short stories were cute and I am definitely intrigued by what is going on with Flycatcher. But the whole domestic-bliss thing still irks me and Snow and Bigby's children are of absolutely NO interest, so that didn't do anything for me.

I am always excited to see the struggles of the leadership in Fabletown, so the Hansel plot should be interesting. And I definitely enjoyed Pinnochio's long-winded hypothetical about what wo
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is brilliant on one half and just odd on the other half. The core setup for the pending war was gripping and definitely has my pulse rising for this book. Fabletown will have its work cut out in the next pending issues and I hope the series delivers on this promise. Bigby being back is just all sorts of awesome and I don't know why they side lined him for so long, just a great character. The visit to Bigbys dad lacked any real malice and its a subplot I can do without. It was the weakest po ...more
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