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Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm

(Fables (Collected Editions) #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, 128 pages
Published 2003 by Vertigo
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J.G. Keely
Nov 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, reviewed, fantasy
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
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Sh3lly
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second volume is about a revolution on the Fable farm, started by the non-human looking fairy-tale characters. They are sick of being stuck on the farm and want to be free to live among the "mundys" (humans). We get to see The Three Little Pigs, characters from The Jungle Book, and Goldilocks - who is a villain and was raised by Papa and Mama Bear and has a weird relationship with Baby Bear.

Snow White is sent to the farm to find out what is going on when the administrator goes missing. She
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Calista
This is Fables take on Animal Farm. Snow and Rose head up to the upstate farm to have some bonding time. When they get there they encounter a secret meeting taking place. Things are a little off and Weyland, the care taker, is no where to be seen. All the animals from stories are up here on the farm. The animals from the Jungle Book, nursery rhymes.

Rose figures out what is happening. It's a nicely told tale and the giants are in this one as well. There are lots of moments of whose side is this
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Kaitlin
Sep 03, 2015 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
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Shannon
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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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
In this issue of Fables, Snow White and Rose Red take a trip upstate to the Animal Farm to check on the non-human-passing Fables. Upon arriving, they find that Weyland Smith has gone missing, and two of the pigs have taken over the farm in leading an uprising revolution to take back the Homelands.

This volume was a lot more dramatic than the first, and I really enjoyed seeing the Farm and the less human Fables! As usual, the artwork is beautiful and the plot was fully fleshed out within the
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
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Jonnie
Aug 28, 2015 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
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Celise
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It says "For Mature Readers" on the back cover but I definitely want to emphasize that. This may be about the fable characters we loved as children (and adults, who am I kidding), but some of them are downright violent and cruel creatures in this. There were executions performed by Jack Ketch (which I thought was cool in a really disturbing way), who was an executioner back in the 1600s famous for botching his work. So picture that in coloured illustrations, as he beheads animals.

As caught off
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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
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Daniel
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A golden cage is still a cage. Freedom is always a goal for witch we are ready to do anything. And i like the idea that the fables are half immortal with the level of the masses awareness determining who can survive and who will die. Nice touch.
Trish
Jun 19, 2016 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
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Jonathan Terrington

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
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James DeSantis
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Fable town isn't all that it seems. This time we head to the Farm where the unhuman type Fables reside. Oh shit, who's ready for some Animal Farm type shit?

This volume really focuses on Snow white and Red Rose. They go to the farm to check up on all the other fables. However, things aren't what they seem. Soon after we are shown a lot of the animals are building a army to go back and fight the adversary. However, anyone who gets in their way, will pay the consequences. Who will make it out of
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Stephen
Mar 03, 2010 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.

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توفيق عبد الرحيم
its beautiful
there is nothing much to discuss in the review really
there is only tons of spectacular story telling to enjoy
but it looks like our fables are godly
they get their energy from people who believe in them just like gods in every pantheon of gods
Cheese
Jul 26, 2015 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
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Sotiria
Fables is quickly turning into one of my all time favourite graphic novel series. The second installment focuses on the animal farm, the home of the non human Fables, and the beginning of a revolution. It is packed full of action, drama and secret motives. You will find yourself surprised by the way certain characters are and behave in this volume and you will experience new found respect for others (prince Charming is seriously the best love-to-hate kind of character!). Totally recommended!
RJ
Jul 23, 2013 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
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Misty
I had to push myself through this, to be honest. I want to continue with the story/world, but I could have done without this volume, I think. I said in the last one that my tolerance for unlikable, horrible characters is at an all-time low, and that's basically all this volume was. I get the allusions to Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies, and all that, and I even get why this was an aspect of the Fables that needed to be explored, but I just felt very anxious reading it, and wanted to be done.

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Patrick
This next volume to Fables was interesting to say the least. I liked the new characters. I think it’s cool reading about them in the original fairytales but then to see them differently in another’s work makes it even more fun and engaging. I was cracking up when I saw Rabbit holding an AK-47. The image of rabbits and chickens holding guns bigger than they are for the revolution was pretty entertaining.

The only thing that doesn’t make sense to me is why the three little pigs are still pigs but
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Sam Quixote
Feb 25, 2014 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 ...more
Sud666
Apr 26, 2016 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 ...more
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 ...more
[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, ...more
seak
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
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.
Afro Madonna
Jul 28, 2015 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.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
This one was still cool but it wasn't my favorite storyline ever. I'm still pumped about reading this series though.
Bec (becklepanda)
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
3.75 stars.
Wing Kee
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Buckingham enters.

World: The world of Fables would be nothing without Buckingham and this is his first arc, the look and feel of the world, the character faces and designs all really take shape the moment he comes unto the book and establishes the world visually. From his wife’s face as the iconic Rose Red to the cool hat that Flycatcher wears, these are all things that Buckingham gave to Fables and it starts right here. The world building is also absolutely fantastic. We got an introduction to
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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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