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Nowhere Near As Good As Volume One.
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.