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Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm (Fables (Collected) #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
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2003)
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StoryTellerShannon
THE SERIES

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.

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Keely
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
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Ronyell
Animal Farm…

Animal Farm

In comic form!

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 fir
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
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Jonathan

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
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Stephen
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.

Any
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Sam Quixote
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
Seak (Bryce L.)
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.
Cathy
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
Natasha
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 a
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Elijah Kinch Spector
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
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Bry
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
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Kat
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
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Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
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.
Ferdy
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
syrin
"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
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RJ
Jul 24, 2013 RJ rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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Karissa
This is the second graphic novel in the Fables series. This was another excellent addition to this series. A complex and intricate story along with wonderful drawings and some interesting inclusion of fairy tales made this a joy to read.

Rose Red is due for punishment after the events in the first Fables novel. Snow White decides that as punishment she will be taking Rose Red upstate to the farm where the non-human fables dwell. Little does Snow White know that the non-human fables are sick of li
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Sil
Me encanta!! Realmente necesito una lectura ligera y amena en estos días, y Fables cubre a la perfección esos requerimientos, incluso logrando sacarme alguna que otra risita por varias situaciones geniales en el medio del fuego cruzado.
Fue el turno de la Granja, donde los personajes no humanos del reino de las Fábulas tuvieron que ir a vivir, dado que no pueden mezclarse con los seres de este mundo.
Varias sorpresas y comportamientos que nunca creí leer en los tiernos personajes de las historia
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Nikki
I didn't like this as much as the first volume. For a start, Snow White has a case of the plot-necessary stupid, there isn't enough of Bigby, and I'd really rather have followed Rose Red around during this volume. It's very predictable, especially if you've read George Orwell's Animal Farm. There are some interesting translations between fable and "reality", like Goldilocks the revolutionary, and it's good to see that part of the Fable world, but... ehh. Not excited.

Still, reserving the third vo
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[Name Redacted]
Wherein we are introduced to the "Other" Fable community, learn the real reason for the falling out between Snow White & Rose Red, witness a violent upheaval, discover that Goldilocks is a Socialist furry-fancier, and I am made desperately homesick for Upstate New York! With the key elements of the series' mythology established in the first volume, this volume is a marked improvement. The pacing is brisk, the dialogue contains little in the way of hamfist exposition, and a number of new, int ...more
Emma Jolie
Goldilocks you bad little girl. While in cohorts with the 3....excuse me the 2 little pigs and the many other irritated animals left to live on the farm, the revolutionaries have come up with a plan to take over Fabletown and claim their status in society once more.

On a mission to rebuild their sisterly relationship, Snow White and Rose Red set off on a little vacation to the farm in upstate New York. Here they find that things are not like they should be and something nasty is stirring up in th
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Cheryl
Feb 09, 2008 Cheryl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mature graphic novels
Shelves: graphic-novel
I like this series. This issue was bit violent for me. Good story. Now I'm off to look up a few of the fables.

Bigby has great taste in winter jackets - Shearling, eh? Am I wrong or did his features become edgier, more course in this arc?

Very engaging!

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Snow-White and Rose-Red :)

Little Snow-White
Gavin
Volume 2 of Fables focuses on 'The Farm' a place where all the creatures of fable/fairy tale/other worlds who cannot pass for human are living. Snow White and her sister Red Riding Hood take a trip up there to check on things, and to work on re-connecting as sisters.
But they find themselves showing up at the wrong time, the storyline riffing on Animal Farm as well as Lord of the Flies. Very interesting as to who some of the 'bad guys' are here, as well as a surprise shock ending to one of the bo
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I really liked this second volume of Fables alot.
I'm still waiting for Snow White and Bigby to hook up.
Suprised that didn't happen.

That Pinocchio character sure cracks me up.
Craig
The second storyline of the series follows Snow White and her sister, Rose Red, as they go to The Farm for a semiannual inspection. The Farm is where all the story land characters go that can't pass for human. Upon arriving at The Farm there is no sign of the administrator, Weyland Smith, and the women stumble across the animals having a meeting in the barn. Snow White's life is in danger as it turns out that a portion of the animal population feel imprisoned on The Farm and are planning a hosti ...more
annik
За последнее время я познакомилась со многими прекрасными образчиками графической компоненты литературы, то есть комиксами, и честно пообещала себе вернуться ко второму и последующим томам разнообразных историй. Как оно сложится в будущем – не знаю, ибо хочется всегда больше, чем можешь охватить. Фэйблс сами виноваты – второй том был у меня на руках и не окунуться в этот потрясный мир было бы настоящим преступлением. Beware of spoilers!

Еще в первом томе нам рассказали, как сказочные персонажи ос
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PurplyCookie
After the staged murder of Rose Red, solutions and punishments have been doled out and everyone was left unhappy. Jack of the Tales (who won the Remembrance Day lottery became a prince for one whole day) is on janitorial duty as part of his community service, under the supervision of Flycatcher. Rose Red's punishment is being meted out by her sister, Snow White and the latter has decided to bring her along on her trip as a way to maybe straighten out their disaster of a sisterly relationship.

The
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Mrs W
Jul 20, 2013 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
In volume 1, we were introduced to the fable characters living in New York City. In volume 2, we go to the farm, where the nonhuman fables are hiding out. We follow Snow White as she tends to her annual business there, taking with her Rose Red as part of Rose’s punishment and an attempt to rediscover their lost sister-love.

When they arrive, they interrupt a meeting of revolutionaries who are frustrated at what they see as their imprisonment on the farm. And the revolutionaries have a point—they’
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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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