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Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm
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Anyone with 10th grade knowledge of literature knows where this story is going. Snow White and Rose Red travel to the Farm, the fable community for the fables who can't pass for human, to find that a revolution is afoot. If something isn't done, it will soon be all out war.

Willingham shows he has a great grasp on writing characters. The cast list for the first volume was already long, and this volume expanded it even further. The one weakness I would have to pick out is Snow White. She starts this story too slow on the uptake of what;s going on, and I don't think it fits with someone who is supposed to be ruling Fabletown. The artwork, too, is an inspiration.

I'm ready to check at vol. 3 after this.
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I loved FABLES from just about the first page of the series, but nonetheless I had some problems with the first book in the series. While I loved the pretext of characters from traditional fairy and folk tales living in a part of New York City known (though only to themselves) as Fabletown, I was completely put off by the drawing room mystery structure of that volume, as Bigby assembled all the suspects at a ball in order to announce the culprit in a murder mystery. I loved the characters, but somewhat disliked the story. But I loved just about everything about this second entry in the series.

We learned in the first book two very important things. First, all the fables had been kicked out of their homelands by the Adversary, who now rules over all their old kingdoms. These kingdoms appear to be something of a parallel universe that exists alongside our own world but in a different dimension. Obviously, this meant that in future volumes both the Adversary and the Homelands would play a role in the series. Second, we learned that not all of the fables lived in NYC, but that the nonhuman fables lived on a farm in upstate NY. Both of these things figure hugely in the second book, as the farm fables, tired of the restricted life that they are forced to live to avoid being seen by mundys (i.e., mundanes, or ordinary human beings), hope to stage an invasion of their former homelands where they can live a more normal life. So desperate are they to get back to where they can live unhidden that they are willing to treat other fables as their enemies.

There is just a world of wonderful details in this volume. There is a wonderful encounter between Snow White and Shere Khan. The unanticipated heroism of Reynard the fox. Goldilocks as ruthless revolutionary leader and would be assassin of Snow White. And finding out precisely who killed Cock Robin, at least in this version of things.

There are a host of great graphic series currently in existence, but I probably get more pure enjoyment out of FABLES than any other.
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on January 22, 2008
I enjoyed this second installment in the Fables series even more than the first. With much more serious issues at hand, and a great expansion upon the cast of characters, ANIMAL FARM is where the overall story arc really gets going. As the Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks plot revolution, Snow White and Rose Red stumble upon a secretive meeting that has the potential to jepordize the entire Fable community. Murder and strong-arm tactics by the revolutionaries make this story one of grisly revelations and desperate chases. With the cast of characters continuing to grow (and sometimes shrink), the reader becomes more and more familiar with the setting and the story, allowing Willingham to expand the scope of his writing and include more [sometimes quite vague] allusions to other tales.

This second volume also contained a lot more of the fanciful than the first. Giants, dragons, and talking animals galore make this a pure fantasy with nothing even remotely ordinary. Also, this is not a tale for children, with sexual references and graphic gore spread throughout (PG-13). With the introduction of the horribly extreme Goldilocks (seriously, a bear??) and Rose Red's new role, the future of the series promises to be highly entertaining. Can't wait to continue.
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on January 23, 2014
There were a few things in this volume I enjoyed, such as the moment when Reynard the Fox figures out how to free Weyland Smith, and in general, the number of interesting fable background characters.

However, my reaction to this volume is a great big 'Meh'. The premise sounds like it would make for a solid arc. It's about the farm of Fables who are incapable of passing as human rebelling against their humanoid counterparts. But for a set-up that sounds pretty exciting, there's really very little action. There's a seen where Reynard and Snow White fight/get chased by Shere Khan from 'The Jungle Book', and another where some giants and a dragon are used for intimidation purposes, but nothing much outside those two moments.

Bigby Wolf, who is a character I really enjoyed in the first volume, has very little presence in the second. Snow White serves as the protagonist of this arc. There's nothing wrong with that, but she really doesn't do anything interesting.

The final major problem I have with this volume (and I'll be the first to admit this is a matter of personal taste), is the manner in which those who led the rebellion are deal with. I won't describe it, but if you consider yourself at all progressive, there's a good chance it will bug you.
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Played the game and really enjoyed it so I bought the comics and fell in love! They're so entertaining. I never want the books to end! It's so fun seeing in-depth background on childhood fables.
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on September 21, 2017
Every volume in this series is fun. The whole series is just fun and great. One of the best there is.
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on October 16, 2014
Along with other reviewers, I agree that Volume 2 is an improvement on Volume 1. While Volume 1 had the necessary evils of exposition and introduction, Volume 2 gets more in-depth with some of the characters and the reader has a chance to learn more about the complicated relationship between Snow White and her sister, Rose Red. If it weren't for the backstory provided in Vol 1, I'd almost suggest that new readers start here. The real story certainly does.

The story does take a couple of amusing pages from the classic "Animal Farm," but it stays true to the characters in this series.

Also, picturing Goldilocks as a sniper rifle-wielding revolutionary makes me inexplicably happy.
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Top Contributor: Drawingon February 15, 2014
Here is why you should read this volume. Look at the cover, there is a rabbit with 2 guns. Goldilocks is a Marxist revolutionary, meanwhile the flying monkey, blue boy, Prince charming and blue beard are rolling in to reinforce snow. Barnyard animals have guns, the monkey is drunk, the forsworn knight is drunk and Bigby wolf is left in charge.
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on April 16, 2012
I received Fables Legends in Exile as a birthday present, and I loved it. It is amazingly done...a whole new twist to every fairytale you were told. All of them are now living in New York City trying to pass as regular humans. I won't spoil it further, but it is definitely worth to read it. The writer has done an awesome job at adding so many fairytale characters and adding humor and story twists to the storyline. So far, I have read the entire series that has been released thanks to more birthday presents and Amazon. I highly recommend it. This series made me realize that I missed more graphic novels and comic books. So, I started to catch up with some comic books and graphic novels that I hadn't read in a while.

More importantly, this book is more for young adults and adults. It does have some mature things happening, so maybe not for teenagers.
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on April 6, 2016
It was nice to see another aspect of Fable town and it was definitely an improvement over the first volume. The story started off a bit slow but wrapped up quite nicely.
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