May 12, 2007

Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

Animal Farm is the second instalment in Bill Willingham’s series “Fables”, which is based on a wonderful premise: When their world was invaded by a mysterious enemy known only as “The Adversary”, the characters of folklore and fairy tales had to retreat into our world, where they now live undercover. The human-looking Fables live among humans, while the others live in a secluded place known as The Farm. In this volume, we accompany Snow White and her estranged sister Rose Red in a road trip to The Farm, where they discover that something very fishy is going on.

I can't talk about the story at length without giving anything away, so I'll just say that I think this series is quickly going to become a new favourite of mine. I’ve only read the first two volumes, so I feel like I only know the tip of the iceberg, but wow, this is storytelling at its best, along with beautiful and very fitting artwork.

The pages of this book are peopled by well-known fairy tale characters like Snow White, Rose Red, Prince Charming, Goldilocks or the Three Little Piggies, but also by lesser known characters, like Wayland Smith or Reynard the Fox, and retracing their background stories was a lot of fun.

When I finished this book I had to control myself not to run back to the bookstore to grab the new volume, Storybook Love. I think I’ll be getting it in the very near future, though. Also, reading this book reminded me of all the treasures I’m yet to discover in the world of graphic novels. It would be fun to have a graphic novels challenge one of these days.

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  1. I'm a big graphic novel fan and I've never heard of this one! I love these kind of stories....pulling fairy tale characters out of their normal settings. I'll have to check this out. Sounds great and the artwork looks amazing. Great review!

  2. I have the first volume and absolutely adored it but just never got around to visiting the comic store to pick up the second...for some reason Borders only stocks the graphic novels that I already have. *grumble* You may have inspired me to make the effort though ;)

  3. This is a series I have yet to read, but which I am very much looking forward to getting into. What I've seen and heard of it makes me sure I won't be disappointed.

    A graphic novel challenge is an awesome idea! I'd definitely be up for that.

  4. Chris, do check it out! As a Neil Gaiman fan I think you'll enjoy it for sure.

    naridu, it was the same with me. I read the first volume almost a year ago and I loved it, but it was only now that I got around to getting the second. Needless to say, I am very glad I did, and I definitely won't wait as long to get the third.

    Quixotic, I definitely think you won't be disappointed. Like I told Chris, this is something that Sandman/Neil Gaiman fans are sure to enjoy.

    And good to know you'd be interested! It's an idea to consider for later in the year, when people are as overloaded with challenges.

  5. I've been reading, and loving, this series. Must remember to get the most recent. Love the artwork.


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