Fables Volume 2 – Animal Farm
So there was a fake murder, and it didn’t take Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, very long to discover the culprits behind the scheme. After seeing Bigby dishing out the punishments to Rose Red and her (now ex) boyfriend Jack Horner, the series makes the journey from Bulfinch Street in NYC upstate to the Farm. Snow White has business to do up there, and brings her recently-scolded twin-sister along for the ride, but when they arrive it appears strange things are afoot.
In this second volume, Willingham introduces the readers to the Farm for the first time and the myriad of storybook folk who can’t pass in human society: Shere Khan the ferocious tiger, Henny Penny (‘The sky is falling!’) and the Billy Goats Gruff, to name a few. Not quite as perceptive as her office partner Mr. Wolf, Snow White doesn’t quite catch on to the fact that there is about to be a violent insurrection at the Farm, spearheaded by the ill-tempered Goldilocks. The Animals are fed up with being cooped up away from the city, and they plan to take matters into their own hands in an effort to get back to the glory of the homelands. But first they need guns. Lots and lots of guns. How are tortoises and hares going to pull triggers? Funny thing about that...And of course every great revolution needs a great leader, so this one has...Rose Red!?
Willingham’s second volume is every bit as good as the first, and then some. He introduces many new characters, while building upon the foundations of the first volume and fleshing out those characters as well. If you haven’t read it yet, grab it and join in. Things only keep getting better.