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Books 26-27: Fables 9 Sons of Empire and Fables 10 The Good Prince by Bill Willingham

Book 26: Fables Vol #9- Sons of Empire.
Author: Bill Willingham, 2007.
Genre: Graphic Novel. Re-told Fairy Tales. Myth and Legend. War.
Other Details: Trade paperback. 200 pages.

The Volume 9 collection contains Fables Issues 52-59 and is something of a mixed bag. Sons of Empire (#52-55) sees the Adversary calling a meeting with his top people to discuss what to do about Fabletown. They come up with a plan that also threatens humankind. Issue #56 contains a Christmas-themed tale. Father and Son (#57-58) has Bigsby visiting with his father, the North Wind, in an attempt at reconciliation. Finally Issue #59 Burning Questions features Willingham's responses to various unanswered questions submitted by readers.

While I found the middle sections a little patchy, the title story provided a major shift in terms of the impending conflict. Hansel of Hansel ad Gretel fame emerges as the Adversary's emissary to Fabletown and we learn of his history in the Homelands and Fabletown as well as Gretel's fate. The final issue was quite amusing with its short vignettes.

Book 27: Fables Vol #10 - The Good Prince.
Author: Bill Willingham, 2008.
Genre: Graphic Novel. Re-told Fairy Tales. Myth and Legend. War.
Other Details: Trade paperback. 238 pages.

This collection contains Issues #60-69. The Good Prince (#61-63 & 65-69) relates the story of Flycatcher, aka Ambrose the Frog Prince, who undertakes a personal mission to the Homelands. Ambrose has recently emerged from his supporting character status to take centre stage. I had adored Ambrose from his first appearance with his shy demeanour and quirky tendency for him to wear a frog baseball cap. I would also comment that the decorative edges to the main panels are fascinating in themselves. This was a fantastic story and I also loved the inclusion of Arthurian legend.

The one-off story, The Birthday Secret (#64), shows preparations for war at the Farm and the cubs also celebrate their 5th birthdays and learn a family secret. This issue featured a guest artist and I wasn't really keen on their style.
Tags: fairy tales, fantasy, graphic novel, myth and legend, war, werewolves

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