Review: Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers (vol. 4)

Posted 19 June, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers (vol. 4)
By: Bill Willingham (writer), James Jean (illustrations), Mark Buckingham (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

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 subversion more than survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming’s upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown?

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that a few weeks ago I took a photo of this and the next volume and said how I wanted to read it but couldn’t at the time (because they were graduation gifts). Well, I finally gave them so hurray, I got to read it πŸ˜‰ May contain some spoilers if you haven’t read the first 3 volumes of the series!

Suffice to say, volume 4 of Fables is another solid issue. In this issue, readers learn more about the Adversary and the battles leading up to the citizens of Fabletown leaving their homelands for good. While there are still many questions behind the Adversary and his motivations, at least we got a glimpse of what his forces looks like, and how there are certain fairy tale individuals who have gone to work on his side. We also got some backstory on certain characters like Blue Boy and Red Riding Hood and their role in the final battle, as well as Pinocchio and a bit more on his backstory and present situation.

These backstories trickle into the current day situation in Fabletown and their enemy’s latest move against them. It was pretty epic, from scratching my heads and wonderful who those men in suits were (they looked so familiar, I’m surprised it didn’t click earlier on) to getting everyone from both the Farm and the town to work together in fighting back (an epic battle, by the way). On top of it, there are a few underlying storylines that are gradually developing, such as Prince Charming’s run for office (which I reckon will play a major role in the next issue) and Snow’s pregnancy. We also lose a few characters in this volume but are also introduced to new characters, which was great.

I don’t know what else I can say about this volume without going into explicit detail about the plot. Suffice to say the volume continues to expand on the world of Fabletown and all of the various fable characters that can be a part of it. This might be my favourite volume thus far–can’t wait to read what happens next! πŸ™‚

Rating: ★★★★★

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2 Responses to “Review: Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers (vol. 4)”

    • I can’t believe it took me this long to get around to it, it’s been pretty awesome so far! πŸ™‚ Were you reading the collected volumes or single issues?

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