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Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm (Fables #2)

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Ever since they were driven from their homelands by the Adversary, the non-human Fables have been living on the Farm—a vast property in upstate New York that keeps them hidden from the prying eyes of the mundane world. But now, after hundreds of years of isolation, the Farm is seething with revolution, fanned by the inflammatory rhetoric of Goldilocks and the Three Little ...more
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Published August 1st 2003 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2003)
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It has been quite awhile since I read the first volume out of this massive series, but it did not really matter as the previous happenings were shortly recapped before continuing the telly tales, which again makes it possible to keep longer breaks between multiple volumes.

It is clear that the world building in Fables is complicated, it is not happening over night, but relays on a slow and delicate creating that is often a trademark of any longer fantasy series without pictures in it.

It is also c
J.G. Keely
Nov 12, 2010 J.G. Keely rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, fantasy, reviewed
I'm trying to get through this series, but it isn't getting any better. The dialogue is so wooden, and everyone has the same personality and tells the same lame jokes. There's no character to these characters, and the art isn't helping. I'm getting the distinct impression that Willingham doesn't have a very good grip on his world and as such, there's no gradual reveal of details.

The conflict in this arc is painted in broad strokes, dividing good guys and bad guys cleanly, but Willingham never re
Jan 12, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
I'm finally continuing with the Fables Series and I have to say I am very excited to be doing so! I have had the next couple since September and just never got around to them last year, but I knew I would enjoy them when i did and this was certainly one I did enjoy.

Fables is a story following all sorts of fairytale, storybook and fable characters from all sorts of cultures and tales. We have a few major character so far including Snow White, Rose Red and Bigby the Wolf, but there's a lot of diff

What if fairy tale characters existed in our world? And what if they had ways of not revealing themselves to us per their magic? This popular series focuses on such a concept. It has the usual archetypes and characters taking some liberties but always trying to make things interesting. Note that the focus is typically upon European fairy tales with a smidgen from other regions.

As of 2012 this series has won 14 Eisner Awards, most notably Best Writer, Best Short Story and Best Series.

Aug 27, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it
This second volume of Fables deals with the Farm that was already mentioned in the previous volume. The Farm is the place they keep all the fairy tale characters that cannot pass as humans (like the three pigs, all the animals from Jungle Book and so on). It's quite big, remote, protected by spells and not just a farm but has individual housing for every character there.
Nevertheless, there are tensions since the Fables are not allowed to leave the Farm (there's a law about the Fables not making
Aug 28, 2015 Jonnie rated it really liked it
Ah! I have an intense, borderline creepy love for this series *heavy breathing*

Animal Farm is one solid story arc in the Fables series (issues 6-11) and if you've read Animal Farm by George Orwell, it will come as no surprise to know that this particular arc is about a revolt at the Farm: a property in upstate New York where non-human fables live, and ones who can't afford a glamour to disguise themselves as human beings are sent. Contrary to the light, fluffy fairytales we are read as childre
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Animal Farm

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Brief Introduction:

After reading the first volume in Bill Willingham’s popular “Fables” series, I was a bit interested in reading the second volume of this series, hoping to find out more about the Adversary who took the Fables’ land from them. But in “Fables: Animal Farm,” we are actually introduced to a revolution on the Animal Farm where Fable characters who are not human or cannot maintain a human form reside. “Fables: Animal Farm” is a great follow up to the
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I will start this review with a confession. I've never read Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies, two literary classics that this volume of Animal Farm alludes to. However, even in my casual acquaintance with both books, I can see some parallels in the story.

Animal Farm is more serious than Legends in Exile, the first volume. It deals with the question of the Fables who cannot blend into society like their more human counterparts. Snow White takes her sister Rose Red up to the farm to do her twice y
Nov 10, 2010 Stephen rated it it was ok
2.0 to 2.5 stars. I feel pretty much the same way about this installment as I did about Volume 1 of this series. I really like the concept (characters from fables "outside of their stories" and in modern times) but the story itself is just not very interesting and the execution not very compelling. For example, I liked the concept of the character of Goldilocks as a radical revolutionary (and married to the grown up Baby Bear) but after her introduction her character never became compelling.

Jul 28, 2015 Alistair rated it really liked it
This was much better than the first one. I suppose the first one was a bit slow because they had to introduce the story world and many different characters.

This volume set the action going. Snow White takes her sister rose red into fable town, the country outskirts where all the "non-human fables" live, i.e. The three little pigs, the three bears etc. as part of her community service punishment. However, when they get there they discover a revolution being conducted.

This means Snow White is stu

Fables has to be one of the most inventive ideas to have been created in terms of comics and graphic novels in recent years. Thanks to the recommendations of university friends reading the series on my trip to the States I picked up the second book (who begins at the beginning these days?) and thoroughly enjoyed the concept. So of course I have to go through and read the rest now that I enjoyed this first foray into the graphic novels. The real problem for me, coming in when plenty has already b
Sam Quixote
Feb 25, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
Snow White, the Deputy Mayor of Fabletown, and her wayward sister Rose Red venture out of the city and into the country to visit the Farm. This is where all of the Fable creatures who don’t look humanoid – the various talking animals, three giants and a dragon – are kept and whose presence is masked through enchantments. However this means they’re unable to leave the land without being seen by the mundys (slang for humans – as in “mundane”, ie. “normal”). This limiting of their freedom for hundr ...more
This was a very weak 3 star rating for me. I liked the first book (a compilation of the first four comics) a lot. I thought that the fables that were introduced showed a lot of depth to their characters and an appealing edginess. The story was engaging, and even if the mystery wasn't much in the end, it did keep me curious throughout. But this book was really very different. None of the new characters showed any depth to their characters, they were all either who they were in their fables or a t ...more
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3.75 stars.
Apr 15, 2016 Rosie rated it it was amazing
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Oct 18, 2011 seak rated it liked it
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This was better than the first with better hints of things to come. Even though I'm sure it will be good after all these hints come to light, I don't know if I can hold out that long. Pigs and farm animals are just not the coolest of action heroes, although Shere Khan and Baghera were pretty awesome.
Mar 22, 2010 Natasha rated it it was amazing
Fables:Animal Farm is the second volume in the Fables graphic novel series by Bill Willingham.
I recently purchased, Fables: Legends in Exile and was admittedly hooked!
Willingham turns our everyday fables and fairy tales into something life like yet twisted. Bill Willingham is Brilliant!

As for the plot for Fables: Animal Farm goes, it's pretty firm and keeps you on your toes. The fables who now live in New York, were forced out of their homeland by someone named The Adversary. They had to aband
Elijah Kinch Spector
Mar 11, 2011 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it liked it
Shelves: nypl, comics
Probably really more of a three-and-a-half-stars deal for me. In a lot of ways this was a real improvement over last volume -- less exposition, more background characters but fewer hogging the spotlight, a story with much better momentum -- but there were a few things that bugged me.

In all, it was great to see the world expanded, and I like that the series has some central characters but seems ready to switch around its protagonists at any point. The story worked well and, for the most part, mad
May 12, 2010 Bry rated it really liked it
This story line was much better than the first novel, I guess since more could be devoted to the plot instead of world building. Also I much more enjoyed the political aspects behind this installment more than the high bred squabbling of the first volume. This time the story is straight from the mind of George Orwell but brilliantly adapted to the Fabletown universe.

As with the first in the series the art is wonderful. There are so many details! Nothing is considered too small to be insignifica
Jun 11, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it
Basic plot: Snow White takes her sister Rose Red with her to return a troublesome piggy back to the Farm and discover a revolution brewing.

First of all, the references to Lord of the Flies(one of my favorite books of all time) and Animal Farm made me squee in true English teacher glee almost from page one. This graphic novel proves as well as Neil Gaiman's Sandman series that the genre can be extremely literate, deserving the attention of both scholars and casual readers. The dynamics of the fab
Afro Madonna
Jul 28, 2015 Afro Madonna rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
And they lived happily ever after. Or not!!!! Goodness I liked this volume wayy better than the previous.Dying to know what other crazy shenanigans the creatures of fabletown will come up with next. This volume had a very nice blend.
Sep 18, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Good: This series is comparable to the Once Upon a Time TV show, except it's a little more messed up. It pushes the envelope more, taking the well known characters into darker places. And that's pretty awesome. Some very good twists in this edition. Definitely plan on continuing on with Fables.

The Bad: Animal Farm wasn't quite as good as the first volume, but that's probably tied pretty closely to my dislike of the George Orwell book of the same name. This volume loosely follows the happenin
Apr 26, 2016 Sud666 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Fables: Animal Farm is the second volume of the acclaimed Fables series. In a play on words the second Fable community of the Farm descends into the idiocy of communist revolution in order to cause the invasion of their original home. Not all the residents of the Farm are involved, but with communist-revolutionary idiot Goldilocks leading the group that consists of the Three Pigs and other notable famous animals they take over the farm. But Snow White is not without her skills and recruits allie ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Cecilia rated it really liked it
A bit creepy but really good.
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Nov 13, 2011 Stella ☢FAYZ☢ Chen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I liked this one more than the first volume. The first one was too heavily based on on introducing the characters while this one had more of a plot to it.

Speaking of the plot, I loved the Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies reference thrown in with the myths. Although I still don't particularly like Snow White or Rose Red, other minor characters make up for that. I will surely continue with this series.
Aug 12, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
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After being pretty lukewarm on Volume 1 of Fables, Vol 2 really took me by surprise by actually making the work a bit more accessible than the previous installment.

I could be wrong and making this up, but I feel as if the art direction changed a bit, things not being quite as busy in the backgrounds (thus making it easier for the reader to follow the action going on in the foreground).

The plot was fantastic as well, as we're wrestling with a few ongoing plot lines: things back in New York with
Jul 23, 2014 Ferdy rated it liked it
Slightly better than the first volume… The story and artwork were still rather average, but the world and the majority of the characters were for the most part entertaining. It was interesting to see the 'animal farm' and all the non-human looking fables. Goldilocks was a bit of caricature but all the other new characters were pretty good, especially the fox. I absolutely hated Rose Red, she was hundreds of years old yet acted like a petty, self-centered, little brat… Her hatred for Snow was bey ...more
Feb 10, 2012 syrin rated it really liked it
"Animal Farm" is one of my all-time favorite books, so I had great expectations for the Fables' take on this classic. And boy, did it not disappoint. The story is actually better when you read it the second time around, because so many of those lovely details that got lost during the first reading (which, if I'm not mistaken, happened in late 2007...) are now front and center.

The original story by George Orwell left me devastated, and Bill Willingham's version, although not as gut-wrenching, st
Nov 28, 2014 R.J. rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, magic
Since all of my friends seemed to love this, I think it's possible I'm having trouble doing the whole separating the artist from the art thing after hearing an interview with Bill Willingham that left me with a bad impression. But it could also be that his themes were just more novel and exciting when this came out, and now that "fairytales in the real world" is so worn, the flaws are too clear.

I really didn't like this! The clunky dialogue that made the first volume a just-ok read is mixed in v
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In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many ...more
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