Forgotten Friday – Fables: Volume 9 – Sons of Empire


Title: Fables: Volume 9 – Sons of Empire
Written by Bill Willingham, James Jean, Mike Allred, Joelle Jones
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Vertigo (June 6, 2007)
Rating: 4/5
Bought from Amazon

It will be particularly difficult to review this book, as it is 1) Volume 9 of a series and 2) quite pivotal as well.  If you don’t know anything about the Fables graphic novels, the gist of it is that the Fables of old are real and they live in New York.  They have been forced into exile by the evil, blood-thirsty Adversary who has conquered their lands and forced them to flee into ours.  Fables like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Rose Red, and Pinocchio as well as many, many, even obscure ones are among the refuges.

Through the previous volumes, we’ve come to know many of the Fables, popular and obscure, better through their memories, their actions, their alliances and their battles.  Now, the time approaches when the Fables will take up arms against the Adversary.  Also in this volume, we see Bigby and Snow, with their family; make the journey to the north to visit with Bigby’s father, the North Wind.

I can’t tell you how much I adore the Fables graphic novels.  Andi told me about them ages, upon AGES ago, and it was the first graphic novel I read.  I love fairy tales, folk tales, oral histories and the like, so these are right up my alley.  The adventure, the romance, the battles, revenge, retaliations, wars, peace, magic, mystery and more are not to be missed.  The art is gorgeous too.  Really, if you are thinking about trying a graphic novel; start with the Fables.

Also by Bill Willingham:

Oh, my gosh, are you kidding?  Too many to mention!  Just look at the Fables here.

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