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Fables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers

(Fables (Collected Editions) #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  27,270 ratings  ·  845 reviews
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
Paperback, Trade, 244 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Vertigo
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In which the first refugee for centuries comes to Fabletown; King Cole has to learn about politics; Bigby goes on a mission; and mayhaps Fabletown could be under threat! This volume was the decider for me, when I first read this series - under highly testing and trying conditions the mettle of the immortal fables is shown for what it is, as Bill Willingham and co. make clear that for all their humanity, the Fables are not human. The extension of a well known fairy tale, to provide the origin of ...more
Feb 29, 2016 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
Nov 28, 2008 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
Great issues. It had multiple woodies. ha. Well, the Adversary has found the citizens living in their new world and he is sending people in to collect them. There is an epic battle of witches not seen since Glinda and the Wicked witch of the west or Merlin and mad madame Mim. Battle of the crypt keepers.

Bigby saves the day, snow is very pregnant and the race for mayor is really heating up. Charming is putting his charm on high, set for stun. A lot is happening and it is a entertaining story. Eve
"Make sure their heads are removed, no matter how dead they seem."

In my opinion, this is the best volume of Fables so far. Lots of fast plot and action with a not too overwhelming amount of romance and drama. Loved it! 4.75
Jonathan Terrington

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
Sep 06, 2015 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.
James DeSantis
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fables volume 4 is probably the longest chapter so far, but easily the best of the bunch.

So what happens when Little Red Riding Hood comes strolling into fabletown. I thought she was dead? Least Boy Blue told the story of the fight of his life with his solider buddies before the Advisory and all his minions came to fuck shit up and force the fables to retreat into our world. However, not all is what it seems. Bigby right away knows something is up but will he be too late to uncover it all? Will
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
this was pretty good, but one question remains: WHAT. HAPPENED. TO. THE ART? I can barely recognize some of the MAIN characters anymore. WHY DOES EVERYONE LOOK SO UGLY? I don’t understand.
Wing Kee
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is when the bomb drops and this series becomes one of my favorites of all time.

World: The art is Buckingham, and it's gorgeous. One of the best things about his art are the characters, they are the core of the series and Buckingham gives them so much life and personality that this book would be nothing without his art. The splash pages this time around with the invasion was pretty fantastic and detailed. The world building here is brilliant. The detail from the 'Last Castle' the machination
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
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Another great Fable comic!
Nick Imrie
Feb 25, 2017 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
Jeannette Nikolova
Jan 10, 2017 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 gett
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The longest and probably the best volume so far. So glad I've picked up this series. ...more
May 11, 2016 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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Wow that was a long one. I'm really falling in love with these.

I didn't much care for the wooden soldier villains or the conflict in this one, though I did like the addition of Red Riding Hood (view spoiler). Snow and Bigby are still perfect, but they didn't get much exposure in this one and I missed them.
Amy Yingling
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never been a big fan of comic books/graphic novels but this series is really doing a lot to change my mind because it is fantastic. Pick it up you won't regret it! ...more
Jan 08, 2017 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
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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.
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 st
Highness Atharva
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Comic Review
Fable #10-15

Visual Design, Art, Drawing - 8/10

Storyline - 8/10

Characters- 7/10

Rating - 4/5

P.S. - Especially liked Jack's Tale. (5/5)
Apr 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Victoria by: Natalia, of course
Shelves: graphic-novel
JUNE 2020, EDITED TO ADD: This author is a sexual harasser and his misogyny is reflected in this series. I've adjusted my rating accordingly.


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 si
May 08, 2017 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?
Another great installment in the Fables series! Loved the battle scenes and the Baba Yaga storyline, but once again Bigby Wolf was my favourite, although my heart ached for Pinoccio and Boy Blue in equal measure! The army of the wooden soldiers was truly terrifying and gave us a glimpse of what the Adversary is capable of!
On to the next volume now!!
Marie the Librarian
Sep 20, 2015 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!!
Better than the last volume. I hope the series will explore more about the old homelands and the Empire!
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
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. ...more
Amber Lea
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Man, I never expected to like these this much.

In this one we get to know Boy Blue and to a lesser extent, Pinocchio and we finally see the start of the war they've been building up to for the last three volumes.

I'm so glad we're starting to get deeper looks at some of the characters backstories and I'm always delighted when we meet a new character. This one has the witch from Hansel and Gretel, and she is stone. cold.
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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 year ...more

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