Fables: Sons of Empire Volume 9Paperback Fables (Paperback)
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- Publisher: DC Comics
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 257mm x 18mm | 295g
- Publication date: 13 June 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1401213162
- ISBN 13: 9781401213169
- Sales rank: 9,292
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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By 365 Graphic Novels 18 Oct 2013
From the thickness and the crowded Ã¢â?¬Å?whoÃ¢â?¬â?¢s whoÃ¢â?¬Â? 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 BigbyÃ¢â?¬â?¢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!
"Probably the smartest mainstream comic going . . . a memorable, uncomfortably amusing treat."