Fables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers (Fables, #4)
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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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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...more
Tim
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...more
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.
Jenn
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Elijah Kinch 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...more
Victoria
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...more
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 st...more
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...more
Ian
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...more
Kat
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...more
Kathryn
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.
Kim
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...more
Natasha
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...more
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...more
Sofia
Posted on my book blog.

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...more
Craig
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
syrin
"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
...more
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
Bry
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!
Artemisa
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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!
Benjamin Zapata
The best one so far,...it 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!
Laurel
Dec 04, 2013 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I'm always stunned at how much heart comic book writers can infuse with a relatively little amount of dialogue and prose. The best Fables instalment yet!

The opening story of Boy Blue recounting his time with Red Riding Hood alone is worth the price of the book. Spectacular!
Megan
This story line was gooood. It was neat reading about a past battle with the Adversary and then seeing how that connected to current day Fabletown plot line. Sidenote: this series sure loves to kill people. Further sidenote: Bigby is still my favorite.
Gabby
Finally, serial story lines and character depths like we've never seen before! Had me grabbing for the 5th one. Also, I hope Pinocchio's ok.
Cathy
Drama, danger, humor, love, it had it all. I think this may have been the best storytelling for the series so far.
Rhiannon
...and this is where the already amazing comic book/graphic novel series, Fables got f**king EPIC!
Emily
Another winner! This imaginative series is officially one of my favorites.
Lotuslulu
The highlight of the series so far! I know, I am years behind on this, but I only recently discovered Fables, and being in love the fairy tale revamped genre, I feel obliged to read them all. I was questioning my resolve after volume three, but volume 4 to the rescue. Well paced and developed story line (although a very rapidly advancing pregnancy for Snow White) with a healthy dose of witty banter courtesy of the wooden soldiers. A lot of action and a healthy amount of romance, this volume is w...more
Jennifer
This is my favorite so far of the Fables collection, with heartbreak for Boy Blue, detecting for Bigby Wolf, spies, political machinations, and some amusingly creepy (or creepily amusing) enemies to fight. The titular wooden soldiers have arrived in the mundane world, on a mission from the Adversary. A suspenseful fight for survival follows, one in which some fables pay the ultimate price. A stand-out volume--my only quibble being that it still glosses over events between Bigby and Snow in the p...more
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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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