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

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Bill Willingham's runaway hit series FABLES continues its success in this fourth trade paperback, collecting issues #19-21 and #23-27 (issue #22 will appear in a future collection) and featuring the rise of a new threat to Fabletown. Also included is the Prestige Format Special Fables: The Last Castle. When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between thi ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Vertigo
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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
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
*~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
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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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 st
Elijah Spector
This might be my favorite volume yet. It gets more into larger fantasy tropes (battles! goblins! dark emperors!) but all with the weird twist that the series puts on everything. It's not perfect, I'm starting to wonder why it's set in New York when it seems that the writer (or maybe it's the artist's fault) doesn't know that city too well. Besides, every other comic book is set in New York, they shoulda tried, I dunno, Branson, or Detroit, or Boston, or somewhere else for a change.

Still, that's
Apr 10, 2010 Victoria rated it 5 of 5 stars
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

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
Mar 14, 2008 Ian rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
So I am still on the edge with this series. I really want to like it. I love the artwork and the story itself has a cool premise.

My problem is that I don't like comic books that much. So when I read this, I'm feeling like a lot is being skipped over, and that the dialogue is confusing to decipher the order at times. For instance, when an officer is complaining about the Fables blocking a road, it reads to me that the Fables are the ones complaining. I had to double back and re-read that part a f
Another hit for Willingham!
If you've read my previous reviews of this series, then you know I love these books. Bill Willingham took old fairy tales and brought them to life, in a new and interesting sense. Each book gets us more of our favorite fables, including the awesome Snow White, Big Bad Wolf, Pinocchio, and much more.

This time around we get some new characters(Red Riding Hood and also Robin Hood). I must say, I loved the twist on Little Red Hiding Hood.
As always, the old characters are
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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Background: The Fables series has become a definite "keeper" for me, one of those comic book series that I'm sure I'm going to follow as long as they exist. After a shaky start on volume 1, the series gets progressively better.

Review: From the very beginning of the series, we've heard stories of "The Adversary" and how he brutally conquered the Fable homelands, forcing the inhabitants to flee to our world, and enslaving those who weren't lucky enough to make it out of ther
Most of this collection is focused on war. There is "The Last Castle" which tells of the last stand of defense against the Adversary's army as the final refugee's from the Homeland make an escape to our world. It provides a good back story on Little Boy Blue, who plays a large part in the main story, "March of the Wooden Soldiers". The Adversary's forces have reached our world and are planning an attack on Fabletown. Without Bigby Wolf it is up to Snow White to coordinate the residents in the in ...more
"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! They're marching in -- taking over New York!
Mother: Just like when they marched
I am really enjoying this series. It is funny. I like the artwork and the storyline. Plus the characters are all our favorite fable characters. It is very fun to read
This fourth volume of the Fables series had a slow start, but a firecracker ending. The residents of Fabletown had to rally together to defend their city from an army of Pinocchios in a magnificent battle. It was so cool to see all the fairy tale characters working together to save the Fables. All I can say is if you have Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf in charge, you'll be just fine.

Martin Kurniadi
Intruder alert! A continuation from the third part.

This book is about spying and infiltration from the so-called 'adversaries', and just as fortunate, the Fabletown got Bigby Wolf as their sheriff, which you could say the wolf's smell doesn't only apply in literal ways, but also in dangers ahead.

He was set to investigate the oddballs from the spy, and with much series of mugging, kidnapping, and torturing, he and everyone in Fabletown realized the danger is real, and the march of wooden soldiers
Lee Ann
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
I think what I love most about this series and is the realistic art at the beginning and end of each of the Fables books.

This volume in particular was about a battle for Fabletown between the exiled Fables and underlings of the Adversary who found their way into the Mundane world. All in all a crazy good installment of the series. It was tense with fighting, pain, death, and destruction. Yet managed to provide hope all at the same time.

Can't wait to read vol. 5!
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Beth Anne
yeh! riding hood finally appeared.

as i noted in the last review (for Fables: Storybook Love), each collection keeps getting better because of the character development.

this story arc also has a great battle...which is always awesome in graphic novels. i mean...i barely put it down (except to use the bathroom) as i was reading it.

overall, this collection is not disappointing...Fables rocks!
Jo Bennie
Dec 01, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: b, w
This is the fourth collected TPB of the DC Vertigo Fables series and it doesn't disappoint. Set in Fabletown - the neighbourhood in New York human fairy story and fable characters fled to after they were driven out of their homes by the Adversary - and The Farm - the sanctuary for the equivalent non human characters such as the three little pigs - March of the Wooden Soldiers provides some of the history of the last stand against the Adversary and Boy Blue's sadness at being on the last boat out ...more
March of the Wooden Soldiers introduces readers to the tale of Boy Blue's lost love Red Riding Hood, and the fall of the last hold and gateway in the Fable Homelands. Then Fabletown is surprised by the miraculous return of Red Riding Hood through a gateway previously sealed from the other side. Boy Blue and Bigby Wolf must contend with what the sudden appearance of this long-lost fable means, and Snow White must lead the Fables into war against unexpected Adversary troupes.

I've really come to en
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
So far, volume four of Fables is the best volume. At the very beginning I wasn’t convinced though. I was actually board. It started off with Blue retelling the story of the last castle of the Homelands. It was also the last door to where new Fabletown and our Mundy world existed. It shows us a girl, Red Riding Hood, fleeing for her life. She is rescued at the town and falls in love with Blue. Of course there can’t be a Happily Ever After in Fables so they are separated and each think the other i ...more
Benjamin Zapata
The best one so far, comes together so beautiful.Introducing new Fables like Red Riding Hood,Baba Yaga,and Frau Totenkinder,formerly the Black Forest's gingerbread house witch,the whole book is a joy to read,from the first story in the prologue:The Last Castle to the main one:March of the Wooden Soldiers.Fables just keep getting better and better!
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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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