If you were expecting Orwell, you might be surprised but I wouldn't say you'd be entirely disappointed. In Willingham's excellent Fables comic book series, fairy tale characters have been run out of their imaginary realms and must make do in the real world. All those who can't pass as human live on a secluded farm in upstate New York. But not all is well on The Farm. While on a routine visit from the city, Snow White and Rose Red stumble upon a political rally in the barn led by the Three Little Pigs - a scene familiar to anyone who knows Orwell's dystopian allegory. The animals are tired of living in what amounts to a prison. The social structure is in upheaval and Snow and Rose are clearly in danger.
The story is very compelling and the artwork wonderful. Of course, half the fun is wondering who will turn up next. The most welcome inclusion is Kipling's Jungle Book characters. The rendering of Baghera is especially striking. If you plan to check out the series - and you should - don't expect your everyday wholesome fairy tales. Even Once Upon a Time is fairly tame by comparison.