24 January 2010

Review: Fables 2--Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

Fables 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham continues the story of how the fairy tale, nursery rhyme, and folk tale creatures have been adapting to life in the mundane world. (For a bit of background, see my review of Fables 1.)

Volume 2 takes us from the city to the special farm in upstate New York where the nonhuman creatures live. They are sick of having their movements restricted and have taken up arms to reclaim their traditional homelands. Their rebellion is discovered by Snow White, who must find a way to stop it.

As with the first volume, the dialogue is sprinkled with quick one-liners, a bit of sarcasm, and some adult humor. Look carefully at the drawings so you don't miss the art humor (is that a literary term?). Here are two pages: one showing Snow White and Reynard the Fox; the other is of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Enjoy!

I'm slowly collecting the remaining volumes in the Fables series: Thanks to many people over at the Graphic Novel Challenge blog and on Twitter for letting me know about Willingham's work.

Animal Farm at Powell's
Animal Farm at Amazon
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Published by DC Comics, 2003
ISBN-13: 9781401200770
Challenges: 100+, 2010, Graphic Novels, Buy and Read
YTD: 8
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B+


Dorte H 1/24/10, 9:14 AM  

Oh, these sound great!

I loved the family in the shoe when I was a child, and I think it would be fun to read this version which is a bit different from what I remember :D

bermudaonion 1/24/10, 9:17 AM  

I'm not sure this series is for me, but I do like the sound of the "art humor" that you mentioned.

Molly 1/24/10, 9:45 AM  

I am still somewhat hesitate about the graphic novel genre - I think it has something to do with that lost childhood I referred to in today's post :)

I will be teaching Animal Farm later this semester. I think I will at least check out volumes 1 and 2 of this series to perhaps refer to during the unit study. Just because I don't relate to graphic novels doesn't mean that my students won't, and I am willing to do anything to help them understand the joy of reading.

Sandy Nawrot 1/24/10, 10:17 AM  

This looks totally cool. I think I have more than enough graphic novel ideas to complete this challenge this year. I can't decide which to read first!

Julie P. 1/24/10, 6:09 PM  

Very interesting. I'm really starting to appreciate graphic novels.

Laza 1/24/10, 10:16 PM  

I love this series so much. This is the series that made me fall in love with graphic novels. It just gets better and better. Looking forward to see how you enjoy the rest.

farmlanebooks 1/25/10, 5:46 AM  

This series sounds fantastic! I think I may have to buy a copy of the first one - every review I see makes me weaken....

Andi 1/25/10, 9:47 AM  

I've read this particular volume a couple of times, and it is one of the richest in terms of overt humor, intertextuality, and especially visual humor as you put it (great term!). I hope you enjoy the rest of the series as much! I still have a couple of installments to collect. It's been far too long since I've read any Fables.

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