Reviews for Fables : Animal Farm
Booklist Reviews 2003 October #1
Although quite political, the second story-arc (as they felicitously call a plot in comics land) from Willingham's Fables comics isn't a version of Orwell's political parable. In it the scene shifts from the New York enclave of the human Fableland exiles to the upstate farm their animal and insufficiently human-appearing fellows inhabit. Snow White, who runs things for King Cole, makes her biannual farm visit, with fractious sister Rose Red in tow. There they find manager Weyland Smith nowhere in evidence and many nonhuman Fables talking up repatriating Fableland by force. What has actually happened is a still-covert coup led by animal-rights-spouting revolutionary Goldilocks. Snow and Rose get significantly up a creek before learning what's afoot from loyal Reynard, who, though a genuine fox, isn't above ogling those of other species. Despite some grisly developments, including a black-hand-style murder and a nearly successful assassination, this is about as much fun, if as conventional-comics looking, as Fables: Legends in Exile [BKL F 1 03]. ((Reviewed October 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews
Library Media Connection Reviews 2004 March
Characters from classic stories unite to overthrow their oppressors who forbid non-human characters from leaving "The Farm" and entering the contemporary urban setting. The sibling rivalry of Snow White and Rose Red drives the story in this collection of previously published comics known as Fables 6-10. Goldy(locks), Bigby Wolf, Boy Blue, and Colin of the Three Little Pigs feature prominently, assuming roles in the good vs. evil plot. The detailed facial and physical expressions of the characters and choice of colors throughout dominates the artistry. Preliminary artists' sketches are included at the book's end. True to comic book form, each section begins with a concise prologue to enlighten the new reader, but reading the first five fables may alleviate this collection's slow-paced start. The story dramatically picks up interest with part four, enabling the work to finish as an intriguing tale that will appeal to the young adult graphic novel audience. Intended for mature readers d e to strong profanity, mutilation, and sexual themes. Recommended. Patricia J. Heasley, Librarian, Bethel Park (Pennsylvania) High School © 2004 Linworth Publishing, Inc.