Fables Vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham et al.
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #4 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2004
The Short Version:
The Fairytale characters in exile find themselves under attack and battling for their survival.
Why I Read It:
This series just gets better and better with every volume and now that The Hubster is recovered from his eye surgery he’s back to reading it along with me.
This volume 3 is a compilation of issues 19-24 and 27-31 plus the one shot The Last Castle of the comic series.
From the back of the book:
To The Barricades! For centuries the Fables have watched the gateways between our mundane world and their lost magical homelands, ever on guard for signs of invasion. Now, after decades of quiet, it seems that someone has finally escaped the Adversary’s oppression and made it to sanctuary. But appearances, as always, can be deceiving, and there’s plenty about this refugee’s story that smells wrong to the right noses. In fact, things are even worse than they suspect – plans are already under way for the complete destruction of Fabletown, and every one of its citizens is about to get a refresher course in the unforgiving lessons of war.
I am so glad that The Hubster is recovered from his eye surgery and can read graphic novels again. I try to get this series from the library when he can read it shortly after I do before I have to return them. It’s been a few months and I’m glad to be back to this series.
This volume opens with a one shot section that actually gives some good background. Since most of the story so far has taken place after the Fables have been exiled from the Homelands it was good to hear Little Boy Blue’s story of the last days of the battle against the Adversary and how the last Fables to get out got away.
The rest of this volume is a multipart story that begins with the first new arrival in Fabletown in centuries. Naturally Bigby Wolf is suspicious but he seems to be the only one. When some creepy guys show up in town who look a little like Pinocchio meets Men in Black you just know it can’t be good. It sets up for a battle for Fabletown. It’s exciting and scary and sad. When it’s over it’s not over. The instigator is still around and has met her match from an unexpected place.
Along the way there is plenty of other story. Prince Charming continues to be a source of amusement for me. He’s got plans and he’s always scheming but somehow he still makes me laugh.
Bigby Wolf is still my favorite character. His relationship with Snow White is at a crucial point at the end of this one. I clearly need to get to the next volume soon.
I absolutely recommend this series but please start at the beginning with Fables: Legends in Exile. The stories are interesting, the artwork is wonderful and the familiar characters are cleverly re-imagined yet recognizable.
This is my favorite so far but I know I have many more volumes to read and that make me very very happy. I love this series and I’m glad to have much more to look forward to.