Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers is the fourth comic in the Fables series by Bill Willingham. This is the longest comic so far in the series, but it tells a huge story, develops characters, and ends with a great cliffhanger.
The volume starts out with Boy Blue recalling the last battle in the Homelands against the Adversary where he meets his true love, Little Red Riding Hood, who he thinks was killed in the last battle. Surprise surprise, Red Riding Hood shows up in Fabletown with a story of escaping the Adversary, but Bigby doesn’t believe her. At the same time, Fables are being attacked all over the place by a scary and seemingly invincible foe, Snow White is pregnant, and politics are heating up.
I like this volume because it accomplished a lot without being too overwhelming. The plot constantly surprised me, and I felt like I couldn’t figure out what was going on, but not in a bad way. We also learn more about the Adversary and the Homelands. Familiar characters like Boy Blue get developed, and we see characters from previous editions showing up in new ways. There are new Fables including Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and Pinocchio.
Willingham is also really good at building a world efficiently. I’m not sure if that makes sense. So, for example, in just a few panels we see that Rose Red has developed a relationship with Weyland out on the farm. This fleshes out a lot about the Fables universe, builds Rose Red and Weyland as characters, and then has an emotional impact later. I really love that about this volume in particular.
And although the volume wraps everything up at the end, the solutions are to tenuous that I’m sure all hell is going to break out in the next one.
Links to Enjoy:
- The Story So Far — Bill Willingham’s official site
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