GN 24. Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham. Illustrated by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha. 128 p. Published August 2003.
This second volume of Fables continues where the first left off, as Jack and Rose begin their community service. While Jack is stuck cleaning, Rose must tag along with her sister Snow White as penance. When communication to The Farm is cut, Snow must investigate. The Farm is the Fables’ upstate property used to house those Fables who aren’t able to move among humans. Snow takes the opportunity to bring Colin, one of the three little pigs, back to the Farm, but along the way find strange signs of trouble.
When they arrive, Snow and Red find themselves behind enemy lines. The pigs, along with Goldilocks and her bear family, have sparked revolution in the hearts of the Farm Fables. Armed to the teeth, they prepare to descend on the City Fables and wrest away control of Fabletown. Seeing an opportunity, Red joins the revolution, leaving Snow to flee for her life.
Truthfully, I was expecting more from Animal Farm, but with dozens of new characters and an unfamiliar backdrop, there is too much world building going on for much of the story to shine through. However, the parts that make it through the clutter – Goldilocks’ relationship with the bears and the heroism of Reynard the Fox being good examples – are priceless.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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