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Fables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers (Fables #4)

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Bill Willingham's runaway hit series continues its success in this fourth trade paperback, featuring the rise of a new threat to Fabletown.
When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone - everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells spying and
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Paperback, Trade, 232 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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Kaitlin
Feb 29, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
This volume of fables is by far the ongest one yet and consists of 8 issues (and a bonus one at the beginning). It's really a turning point for the series as we get to meet a few more characters, lose some familiar names and learn a lot more about the age-old adversary of the Fables.

The first issue within this was very battle heavy yet it did teach a lot more about the history of the Fables, the next few issues were all an interlinked story about the current problems facing Fabletown and I love
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Tim
Nov 28, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
Maybe my favorite volume.

(concerning the march of the wooden soldiers towards Fabletown)
Mother: Tom, look at THIS!
Son: Is it a parade?
Mother: I don't think so. Maybe a demonstration?
Father: No, they're all too WHITE to be Black pride, or Latino pride, or Asian pride.
Mother: They're all well-dressed. Could they be gay pride?
Father: I doubt it. Their suits are way too conservative.
Son: And they have all those guns.
Father: Oh my God! You're right! It finally happened! It's the Young Republicans! Th
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Jonathan

The ever addictive graphic novel series of Fables is one of the smartest and most fun graphic series I've read in a long time. The one issue is that it's not always structured or coherent fun (at least not yet). That said due to the continuing strength of the fractured fairytale series I fully recommend these novels to fans of fairytales, graphic novels/comics and television shows like 'Grimm' or 'Once Upon a Time'.

In a way, Fables is structured like a procedural type of drama. It has a set of r
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Jonnie
Sep 06, 2015 Jonnie rated it really liked it
I made frands with the comic book store owner. We connected over a deep mutual hatred for Prince Charming and double layer chocolate cake.

Also, I love this series.
Ferdy
3.5 stars

Really enjoyed the addition of the wooden soldier army, loved how they talked and acted, they were hilarious. The battle at the end was pretty great as well. The artwork was a bit of a hit and miss though, some characters were drawn rather weirdly at times, either their facial expressions had too much detail or not enough.

Not liking the whole Snow/Bigby nonsense, I thought it might be interesting at one point but they turned Snow into a damsel-in-distress at the battle and Bigby into an
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Rizwan
দয বযাটল অফ দয ফেবলটাউন! সনো হোয়াইটের কষুরধার বুদধিমততায় দুরধরষ যুদধপরিচালনার পারদরশিতা!! ফেবলদের বীরতব, ফেবলদের আতমতযাগ!! বিগবি উলফের শেষ সময়ের অতিকাঙখিত উপসথিতি আর সেভে যুদধজয়!!! উফ, পুরা রকতগরম হয়ে গেল... কে ভেবেছিল একটা পরাচীন শিশুতোষ রূপকথার আধুনিক রিটেলিং পড়ে এমন শবাসরুদধকর পিঠসোজা করা টানটান উততেজনার অনুভূতি হবে, এহেন তুমুল যুদধ-অযাকশন-মারামারি-কোপাকুপি'র মধযে দিয়ে?! ওয়াও, ওয়াও, ওয়াও। সিরিজের একেকটা বই পড়ি আর মনে হয় এইটা আগেরটার চেয়েও জোস, আর পরেরটা পড়ে আবিষকার করি সেটা আরো বেশি জোস! ফেবল ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
Jan 10, 2017 Jeannette Nikolova rated it really liked it
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

I love this series more and more, the deeper we get into the story. As I said in my review for the previous volume, at the beginning, when it was just a bunch of characters seemingly without a set purpose, I wasn't fully convinced. Sure, it was fun and all, but I couldn't possibly imagine how they could make as many volumes as they did if the story continued the same way.

Good news: It didn't. Fables has slowly been evolving, volume by volume, and gettin
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Özlem
Dec 26, 2016 Özlem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şu ana kadar ki en iyi ciltti. Heyecanlı olaylar yaşandı, ilginç yeni karakterler geldi ve merak ettirici bir sonla bitti. Devamını okumayı çok istiyoruum.
Logan
Jan 08, 2017 Logan rated it it was amazing
A very good read! Fables continues to be a good series for me, I really need to pick these volumes up more frequently, but luckily I got this for Christmas! So continuing on from Vol 3, Prince Charming is now running for mayor, at the same time Red Riding Hood, who was thought to be lost in the escape of The Homelands, shows up one day and wants citizenship, which has Bigby suspicious! This volume is defiantly the most grand scale one I have read so far; and the story evolves around what drove t ...more
Andrea
May 08, 2017 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
May 8, 2017: Another great volume in the Fables series. This time Adversary decides to make a move into the Mundane world and he has a surprising ally. Some intriguing possibilities are uncovered here. Something tells me Pinocchio is to play a much larger role in the future. On the other hand Snow White and Bigby are about to embark on the new chapter of their lives. Oh yeah, and apparently Saskatchewan has a portal into the fairyland. Who woulda thunk?
*~Lan Lan~*
Top Five Points to Consider:

-1. The amount of characters this comic has and will probably have is outstanding. The idea to create characters based off all forms of fairytale and folklore is ingenious. They will never have an end in source material.

-2. This series is consistently entertaining.

-3. Prince Charming never fails to make me laugh like a crazy woman and Wolf never stops making my heart melt.

-4. After reading this I have a new found love for Blue Boy that was nonexistent before.

-5. We
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Nikki
I rather liked this volume. We're finally shedding some of the status quo of the settled nature of the Fables and shaking things up again: we're finally seeing more of the Adversary, at least in that now he's threatening the Fables once more. I liked the story of Red Riding Hood and Boy Blue, and the battle scenes were pretty epic.

And I can't help but like Prince Charming a bit, somehow. He's an ass, but he's funny (witness the scene with Beauty and Beast) and he's smart.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
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Marie the Librarian
Sep 20, 2015 Marie the Librarian rated it really liked it
A lil too much fighting for me in this one but it was very thrilling and intense aaand I love the characters!!
Melanie
I am so addicted to this series. I won't be doing super in-depth reviews on these ones but I will try and add my thoughts on them very soon.
Ronyell
Brief Introduction:

After reading the third volume in Bill Willingham’s popular graphic novel series, “Storybook Love,” I was interested in seeing more of the many adventures of the “Fables” characters! “Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers” is probably the most intense volume I had read so far in the “Fables” series as it deals with the Fables characters being engaged in war! Anyone who is a fan of the “Fables” series will definitely want to check this volume out!

What is the story?

The story
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Nick Imrie
Feb 25, 2017 Nick Imrie rated it did not like it
I can't believe I paid £3 for an interlibrary loan to read these comics.

Snow White is still acting like an idiot so that Bigby can be the big-damn-hero and swoop in and save her. In this case, she failed to consider the consequences of setting things on fire before she built her entire strategy around... setting things on fire.

Oh well, I'll guess we'll just have to blame it on the baby-brain. The romance-not-romance subplot between Bigby and Snow White is obnoxious as ever. Snow White is heavily
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Sud666
May 11, 2016 Sud666 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This was my favorite fables volume yet. It starts with the tale told by Little Boy Blue of the fall of the final fable fortress to the Adversary. But, all is not as it seems. Red Riding Hood was assumed fallen in that conflict- but she appears in Fableland seeking asylum. Everybody save Bigby Wolf is overjoyed. He is suspicious of her story and goes to investigate. Meanwhile it seems that Gepetto is still alive and in the clutches of the Adversary and has been making wooden dolls all this time. ...more
Victoria
Apr 09, 2010 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Victoria by: Natalia, of course
It took time for me to warm up to Fables, to feel like I knew and liked the "new" characters, the idea of Fabletown, even the tone of the storytelling. I'm not a short story reader, I'm a novel person, so the vast number of characters and the sheer weight of background history left me feeling like I'd seen bits and glimpses, but never enough to really sink my teeth into.

This volume really pulls the Fables together for me - not only because of how the recurring characters are more three-dimension
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Cecilia
Better than the last volume. I hope the series will explore more about the old homelands and the Empire!
PurplyCookie
The volume sets off the pace with the special issue "The Last Castle," guest-drawn by P. Craig Russell and Craig Hamilton. It flashes back to the Fables' last stand in their home world; echoing Peter Jackson's Two Towers movie battle scene from "The Lord of the Rings."

I love this story; very rich in terms of characters introduced and extolled. We are given a chance to get to know the character of Boy Blue (one that is beyond his clerical duties to the Fabletown business office), of who he was b
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Gavin
Nov 24, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
OK, so it's been a bit of a gap since I read Vol. 3, but this was a very solid book, and marks the point at which we go dark and gritty (not in the stupid DC way though).

Upheaval is in motion in Fabletown: Prince Charming, after dispatching Bluebeard, is ready to make a run for Mayor, and control. We get a history lesson from Boy Blue about the last days of the resistance against the Adversary. (Actually a pretty cool story, featuring an appearance from Robin Hood and some others, and also showi
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Lee Ann
Aug 23, 2014 Lee Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Okay, good. Volume 3 was just a slump for me, because of the whole Jack-pretty-much-raped-a-woman-and-Bigby-wasn't-going-to-tell-Snow-they-slept-together-under-that-enchantment deal. Although volume 4 DID have a character who used (or tried to use) rape as a sympathetic backstory, there was much less mention of sexual abuse in this volume. Thank God. I'm glad rape victims get representation in literature/media, but oftentimes male writers seem to resort to it in order to get readers/viewers to s ...more
Sam Wescott
Dec 22, 2015 Sam Wescott rated it liked it
I'm really torn on this one because it features two main storylines.

The stuff about the toy soliders? I LOVED it. I love the whole (view spoiler) thing SO much and really enjoyed the idea of a giant fairy tale battle in New York trying to be disguised as a block party. It was interesting and funny, but also progressed the story about the Adversary, which I have really been wanting to learn more about.

On the other hand, I hate that Snow is pregnant. I mean, I don't get
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sj
[gasp]

I liked this one a lot. The wooden soldiers cracked me up and the splash pages were gorgeous (why are they so much tighter than the regular panels? If all the lines were that nice, I'd shut up about it).

Baba Yaga has always been one of my favourites so I'm happy (view spoiler)

Bigby looks more like Logan/Wolverine in each issue, which still bugs me. Snow progressed through that (view spoile
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Kat
Jan 22, 2009 Kat rated it really liked it
Basic Plot: The Adversary has figured out where the Fables are, and sends wooden soldiers to destroy Fabletown.

This was a quality volume, just like the others I have read. Both the story and the art kept me completely engaged. I continue to be impressed by Willingham's ability to bring depth to these old characters and interweave their stories so seamlessly. Each Fable is completely unique. Here, we get a little more of the history of the last days in the Homelands before the Adversary completel
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Ian
Mar 14, 2008 Ian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: comic book fans, fans of fairy tales
Shelves: comics
Wow. The third Fables trade was a little lackluster in my opinion. It was several shorter stories, all with a love theme. I really liked the bigger stories better, and book 4 is one of those.

Basically, the Adversary found a way to send an army into the Mundy world, after already conquering all of the Fable lands.

The Last Castle prelude seriously almost made me cry. Yes, I'm that lame. A comic book nearly made me cry.

I really love the depth that you begin to see in these characters as you go alon
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Kathryn
Feb 20, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
So, I meant to take a quick break from homework and I was sucked back into these. Man, it's so hard to stop reading Fables! I love these stories and all of the characters. And I am soooo curious as to what happens next.
Connie
Dec 25, 2014 Connie rated it it was amazing
5/5

What the fuck. How could they just end it like that.
Alex Andrasik
An unexpected and miraculous arrival touches off an armed conflict that could spell the doom of Fabletown in this fourth collection.

Continuing to find these a tad bit "meh." Big storylines rear out of nowhere and pass with little consequence. Disposable characters die. Character development feels unearned, and figures we've never heard of before play outsized roles. Humor takes precedence over heft. Priority is given to a disorganized sort of cleverness--see the Mouse Police element of this volu
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In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons & Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks. He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew. However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham's position in the industry remained spotty for many ...more
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