Fables: Sons of Empire [vol. 9] by Bill Willingham, et al, 200 pages
Fables: The Good Prince [vol. 10] by Bill Willingham, et al, 228 pages
Fables: War and Pieces [vol. 11] by Bill Willingham, et al, 177 pages
These three volumes comprise the final build-up-to-war section of the Adversary arc in Fables. The first focuses on two father-son combos: Gepetto and Pinocchio, and the North Wind and Bigby. These pairings are somewhat fraught (particularly Bigby and his estranged father), but how they are handled is excellent. The Good Prince is almost entirely Flycatcher's story, which includes plenty of King Arthur parallels, as well as a hefty dose of biblical metaphors. That said, it's presented well and it's nice to see a peaceful bit in the midst of all the war preparations. Finally, War and Pieces. The war between Fabletown and the Adversary has finally come, and it's great to see how all of the fables' powers and plans come together. The narrative for this volume is split between two of my favorite characters, Cinderella and Boy Blue, which makes it plenty of fun for me.