Fables Volume 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham et al.
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #2 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2003
The Short Version:
More of your favorite fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters living in exile but this volume focuses on the animal and other characters who can’t pose as humans and get away with living in New York.
Why I Read It:
I’ve been hearing for ages that this series was good and after reading the first I had to continue (as well as convince The Hubster to read them too).
This volume 2 is a compilation of issues 6-10 of the comic series.
From the publisher:
Travel to upstate New York, where the non-human Fable characters have found refuge on a farm, miles from mankind. But all is not well on the farm — and a conspiracy to free them from the shackles of their perceived imprisonment may lead to a war that could wrest control of the Fables community away from Snow White. Starring Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
I thought the first Fables book was excellent and the second doesn’t disappoint at all and is perhaps even better. Now that I’ve been introduced to the idea of all my favorite Fable characters living in exile in New York and hiding their true identities from the Mundies (Mundane people) it was fun to find out what the other characters were up to. The characters who cannot pass for human (or choose not to) live on a well hidden farm in upstate New York.
Unfortunately, things are not going well at the farm. When Snow White and her sister Rose Red make a routine visit, they find themselves entangled in a mutiny. Led by the gun toting Goldilocks, the residents of the farm are conspiring to organize and arm themselves to take back their homeland from the Adversary who led to their exile in the first place.
This one gets pretty gruesome and bloody before it’s over. This is not the comics you remember from your childhood. There are definitely adult themes and dialog. There is also plenty of humor.
The artwork is wonderful and you have to carefully look at the pages to get all the story and often the visual humor. I found myself scouring the scenes with groups of characters to identify the various fairy tale, nursery rhyme and fable characters. It’s not all animals at the farm. For example the old lady who lives in a shoe is there because there’s not a giant shoe available for her and her children to rent in New York.
If you don’t think you’d want to read comics, think again and get yourself to a library or bookstore and pick up the first in this series. You won’t be sorry.