Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fables: Animal Farm - Review

Revolution Comes Knocking


Snow White and Rose Red are on "The Farm," where all of the non-human Fables go to live that can't blend in around Fabletown in New York City. When they arrive, they find that Weyland Smith, the usual caretaker of The Farm, has vanished. In his place: The 3 Little Pigs. But much like the book Animal Farm by George Orwell, these little piggies have something more devious for sale in their market.

Written by Bill Willingham and published by Vertigo, this collection of Fables is a short arc that brings many of the politics and attitudes of the Fable community into the spotlight. Through the non-human Fables we get a much more dreary look at the situation The Adversary has left them in, and how much of an imprisonment the real world can be when you're not allowed to step outside a fenced in area.

The cast, much like the first volume, is vast and fun. You have Goldilocks, The 3 Bears, Shere Khan, and even the Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe. All of which are far from their original cuddly versions. In fact, this might have been the most violent of all the Fables series I've read so far. The violence doesn't take away from the very witty and powerful writing of Willingham, and it only shows how any person, or fictional character for that matter, can be persuaded into revolution if the situation is right.

I arrived late to the game with Fables, but I intend to see it all the way through.

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