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Bill Willingham
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13 Jun 2007
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. Advance-solicited; on sale June 13 - 192 pg, FC, $17.99 US - MATURE READERS

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (13 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401213162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401213169
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Probably the smartest mainstream comic going . . . a memorable, uncomfortably amusing treat."

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Bill Willingham is a writer and artist whose work includes Coventry and The Sandman Presents. He is currently writer/artist of Shadowpact. Mark Buckingham has worked on many titles, including Death: The Time of Your Life, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Fables and Hellblazer. Steve Leialoha has been a professional illustrator for many years, and his work includes Nevada and the comics adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never lets up! 11 July 2007
Format:Paperback
At the heart of this collection: evil machinations, plans and schemes in the Adversary's Empire; a long-lasting conflict between a father and a son coming to a resolution of sorts. Add to this a very grim twist on the aftermath of the Hansel and Gretel story that makes Frau Totenkinder look almost benign; a hint that the humblest and maybe most tragic of all the residents of Fabletown may turn out to be their savior; little snippets of background material and vignettes on Fables plus one potentially significant non-Fable.

One of the things I like most about the characters is that even the most evil ones do have a story behind them, which reveals the choices and paths that made them become whom we meet here. And the good ones are never quite as clean as we might like to think of them either. Everything has more than one side and Fables makes a point of virtually never letting us forget that.

As always, or maybe even more so, simply brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up! 18 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
From the thickness and the crowded "who's who" at the front you know this is going to be a long read. It is also a good read with a wide variety of narratives.

There are two long stories concerning the conflict with the Homelands and Bigby's relationship with his father. There are also little interludes too providing a palette cleansing break and some Christmas related merriment. Some reader questions have been expanded into mini-stories as well. Several of these will have you laughing out loud. Willingham is at the top of his game working in multiple genres to evoke fear, joy, sorrow and mirth from his reader with a light and practiced touch.

The art gets a real jolt in this volume. Buckingham draws the main story and throws in some unconventional framing to spice things up. There are some fantastic colour choices too. Michael Allred does a pair of stories, one of two issues and one of two pages. Both are astonishingly different in style than we are used to and look superb. Very creative, really eye-catching and in an entirely different medium than we are used to, but wholly appropriate.

There are more than a dozen guest artists tackling the reader questions and interlude pieces. Joshua Middleton makes an astonishing three page spectacle that looks like a vintage Disney watercolour with some technical focus effects that work very well. The covers also need a mention as they have some very distinct styles and dark imagery.

This is a superb volume with excellent imagination, writing and wonderfully bold art direction. The memorable art and hilarious reader questions just tip this into the Double Thumbs Up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Wait to Read It! 27 Jun 2007
By Michael E. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Sons of Empire" is the latest in Bill Willingham's Eisner Award-winning series "Fables" graphics novels. In the previous edition, "Wolves", Bigby Wolf successfully executed a brilliant plan conceived under the leadership of Prince Charming as retribution for the Empire's attack on Fabletown. As payment for this, his years of service as well as Snow White's dedication, they are given a house as well as the valley formerly occupied by the sleeping giants.

Back in the Empire, the ruling inner circle debates as to what to do in response to the Fabletown attack. "Debate" isn't the proper word. 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'.

Anyway Lord Hansel is dispatched to Fabletown as the new ambassador for the Empire. That's `Hansel' as in "Hansel and Gretel" as in the two kids who pushed Frau Totenkinder into her oven. Overnight, Prince Charming and company realize their world will never be the same again. They either step up their game or die.

Meanwhile, Bigby Wolf and family have settled down to domestic bliss in their first Christmas together. However as her Christmas present, Snow White asks that Bigby visit his father with his family. Of course the problem is Bigby blames his father for his mother's death......

At the same time, Pinnochio finds out on a personal level what a monster his `kindly' Geppetto is.

It is interesting in how Mr. Willingham's characters evolve. Prince Charming is proving to be an excellent wartime Mayor of Fabletown. Even when he is angry he is still able to think clearly and act decisively. In this way he is a lot like his wife Snow White. Boy Blue may have the love of his life underneath his nose.... Bigby Wolf is a sensitive, caring father.

But don't forget he's still "the biggest, baddest wolf of all!"

This graphic novel is not at the same level as "The March of the Wooden Soldiers" or "Wolves". What Mr. Willingham is doing is redirecting the series and refreshing it with new plotlines and new characters as well as tying up a few loose ends while building up to a climax. Even so, this is a worthy addition to the series.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't let up! 11 July 2007
By T. Noever - Published on Amazon.com
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At the heart of this collection: evil machinations, plans and schemes in the Adversary's Empire; a long-lasting conflict between a father and a son coming to a resolution of sorts. Add to this a very grim twist on the aftermath of the Hansel and Gretel story that makes Frau Totenkinder look almost benign; a hint that the humblest and maybe most tragic of all the residents of Fabletown may turn out to be their savior; little snippets of background material and vignettes on Fables plus one potentially significant non-Fable.

One of the things I like most about the characters is that even the most evil ones do have a story behind the, which reveals the choices and paths that made them become whom we meet here. And the good ones are never quite as clean as we might like to think of them either. Everything has more than one side and Fables makes a point of virtually never letting us forget that.

As always, or maybe even more so, simply brilliant.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empire Plans, Bigby Relents 6 July 2007
By Joshua Koppel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 shows us how the empire plans to respond and their council of war. Plus we meet, and discover the history of, Hansel who has been made Ambassador to Fabletown. A strong story that sets the stage for much to come.

In the second main story arc we see Bigby and his pack travel to the lands of his father for a family visit. This is the first chance we have of seeing Bigby with Mr. North. An excellent story that includes a Christmas special as only Fables can pull off and one of the best side jokes I have seen in a while. Unfortunately the art on this one is far from the best.

Also included in this collection are a series of short stories that fill in all sorts of little details about the Fables we know and know of. One series of short stories is concerned with answering readers questions.

Two good stories for the price of one plus all the other stuff equals a real bargain in the graphic novel world. An absolute must-have for Fables fans.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Keeps Getting Better! 2 July 2007
By Scott William Foley - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say? Fables continues to be the best comic book series out there--period. Sons of Empire maintains the excellent status quo by setting up a major storyline to come, giving us an interesting Christmas tale, and further exploring the relationship between fathers and sons. Most entertaining, though, is a series of "short stories" throughout the volume that fill in some gaps on lesser characters and events.

Really, if you're not reading Fables, you're missing out on the best series going.

~Scott William Foley, author of Souls Triumphant
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fathers, Sons, Fables 13 Sep 2007
By Stephen Richmond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This great series keeps getting more intriguing as it goes on. This volume treats of the growing sense of doom as the Adversary (who is really Pinocchio's "father" Geppetto) prepares for war on the Homelands. Yet in Fabletown, there's a calm peace as Flycatcher the Frog Prince becomes a frog again and in Wolf Valley, Bigby, Snow White, and their entertainly bratty pack of cubs go for a holiday visit to Bigby's dad, the North Wind. There's even a very special Christmas story dealing with the most magical fable of all, Santa. The characterization is so rich; the plots charm and enthrall; and the creative uses of tons of traditional lore is phenomenal; as I've said before, this is what "comic books" were meant to be. The art of course is great too; I especially loved the handful of pages by SCARY GODMOTHER's Jill Thompson in this collection. If you enjoy great fantasy, mythology, or just whompin' good storytelling, there's a lot to love here. Specifically, if you've enjoyed the books of Neil Gaiman, Robert Aspirin, or the adult fairy tales and collections by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow, or Linda Medley's CASTLE WAITING or Rachel Hartman's AMY UNBOUNDED or Jill Thompson's SCARY GODMOTHER, you'll likely adore FABLES. The entire FABLES series belongs in any collection of graphic literature.
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