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Fables, Vol. 02: Animal Farm

by Bill Willingham (Writer), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator)

Other authors: Steve Leialoha (Illustrator)

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Series: Bill Willingham's Fables (Vol. 2, Issues 6-10), Fables 2002-2015 (#6-#10)

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Follows the adventures of storybook and nursery rhyme characters who live side-by-side with humans. This highly imaginative political thriller tells the modern-day story of fairy tale characters as they struggle for their freedom.

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Absolutely brilliant. Loved how they reimagined Goldilocks. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Where [b:Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile|21326|Fables, Vol. 1 Legends in Exile|Bill Willingham|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1375392441l/21326._SY75_.jpg|1138855] was a murder mystery, [b:Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm|167010|Fables, Vol. 2 Animal Farm|Bill Willingham|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1506893283l/167010._SY75_.jpg|1138857] is all about racism, classism, and revolution! The haves and have nots--or in this case, the Fables that can pass as human... and those that cannot.

In a nutshell (heh), some Fables--like nearly all of those we met in Volume 1 can pass as human. But some... cannot. And those all live at a farm in upstate New York. You have talking animals, sentient flowers, tiny mouse-sized people, and all manner of other shocking things. But just because they wouldn't fit in doesn't mean they still don't want to be a part of the world.

We're really starting to build up just how much each of these characters is based on who they were imagioned to be and how much they've grown since them. They don't necessarily feel (to me) like centuries old immortals, but they certainly feel like living breathing characters with all manners of problems--and all sorts of weird and wonderful ways of dealing with them.

It's a crazy world building and a wonderful story--and what's more, it shows much more than Vol. 1 that this is going to be a story with consequences. It may be hard to kill an immortal--but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

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I really like the dynamic between Snow White and Rose Red as sisters and the exploration of their sibling rivalries.

Classism! The seeds of revolution!

Of all the ways they could have done Goldilocks and the Three Bears... This was not what I expected. Man oh man.

Goldilocks has quite the mouth on her. And yet somehow that feels like exactly the sort of saying you'd see among Fables...

Heh. It's funny because he's a fox. Calling her foxy. Heh.

And monkeys can't drive! Except... it's a flying monkey. Who knows what it can do.

Giants. And a dragon. That's certainly one way to keep order. Of course... now that they're awake, how in the world do you keep them fed and hidden in the modern world?

... huh. Snow White took a rifle shot to the head. But she's such a popular Fable that she's going to recover from that. It's not the first time I've seen a story like this, but it's always an interesting one. And done well. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Seriously weird seeing characters from the Jungle Book utterly out of character. Still, a fun read. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Catching up on reviews! Fables is still great! The end! ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Curse you Isa for getting me hooked on this series in the first place. Do you know how many volumes there are?!

  DanielleBates | Sep 16, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Willingham, BillWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckingham, MarkIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Leialoha, SteveIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jean, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DanielColoristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The story so far: We learned that many characters from the lands of fable and folklore have been hiding out in New York City in an underground community they call Fabletown.
Girl: "Okay, 'fess up. Who kiped my teflon-coated magnum rounds?"
Boy: "You had them in your Sunday school purse, remember?"
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