Friday, May 8, 2009

Fables, Volume 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

In the first volume, we met the denizens of Fabletown, and solved a mystery. The second volume, much like its namesake by George Orwell, is more political in nature. However, the politics of the book are not overpowering or condenscending, and the story is just as fun as the first volume, as the series continues to be an example of what the graphic novel form can be at its best.

The three little pigs, who aren't so little anymore, have taken over "The Farm," the place for the fables who can't fit in New York City, generally due to not looking even remotely human. On a routine visit to check on the Farm, Snow White falls prey to this plot, and must figure out what is going on while trying not to be killed by the revolutionaries.

As with the first volume, this one uses characters of fairy tales to tell a story pertinant to today. The title of the series, Fables, leads me to wonder if the double entendre was intentional. Not only does the series use characters from fables, but the stories themselves are acting as fables and parables for the modern day.

Just as much fun as the first book, this is a series that fans of the graphic novel format need to pick up, and for those looking to give graphic fiction a try, there are far worse places to start than with Bill Willingham's Fables.


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