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Cinderella: Fables Are Forever Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Their latest Trade Paperback graphic novel, Cinderella, maintains the fun, stylish and quality art I have come to expect from the fable line. While the tale may be a bit predictable once all the elements are put together, the trip to get there is a pure blast - one worth taking. The cover shows the unbelievably cute Cinderella (she is an unaging fable, after all) weapon in hand, outside in a decidedly Russian winter setting wearing nothing but a bikini. Okay, covers are designed to appeal to fan-boys, but how did the greatest spy for the heroic Fables of NYC get in this situation?
If you are not up on the fables storyline, this is a fairly good place to enter. Though it brushes over years of history in wide strokes, the tale is about Cinderella, an undercover spy keeping a lid on rogue Fables who use their powers too openly in our mundane world the NYC fables hope to keep mundane.Read more ›
This story mentions some Fables characters that hadn't been mentioned before, including some soviet Fables. It was a nice touch. I enjoy seeing that the Fables universe is more complicated than the main comic reveals. It makes reading these spin-offs more worth it.
The trade include a nice Cinderella story from the main comic, issue #51. It is one where Cinderella works diplomatically instead of as a spy. It was a good issue and a nice little bonus to the trade paperback.
If you're a Fables fan, then this comic is another must-buy.
I do what I must to protect the people of Fabletown. I do those things so they don't have to."
Cinderella's back and ready for action in the second full-length volume of her own Fables spin-off. When one of the residents of the 13th floor shows up dead with a calling card, Cindy knows that silver slipper means only one thing: her old enemy and arch nemesis. She's had run-ins before while investigating the Shadow Fabletown behind the iron curtain in the 80s, and now it appears a fight she thought was long over is just getting started. Assisted by an incredibly suspicious Ivan the Fool, Cindy takes off to track down her opponent and put an end to a long standing grudge.
I'm very sad to report that Robinson's second installment was less bang and more bust than From Fabletown With Love. I'm always wary of spin-offs, particularly those not piloted by the original author, and here I was proven right. Fables are Forever lacked the vibe and depth of the overarching Fables series; reading this graphic novel felt pretty much the same as going to sleep on a full air mattress, and waking up on a flat one. I'm disappointed, sore, and a little bitter.
The plot of Fables are Forever felt to me as if it were really pushing too hard to create something interesting, when maybe something simpler would have sufficed. I never really understood our villain, or the motivations, and this always bothers me greatly. I like to get into my baddies' heads and know what makes them tick, even if they're just power crazed and nutso, I like to know it. I couldn't really get a feel for this one. The same held true for this sudden introduction of the `Shadow Fabletown' that was supposed to have existed during the Cold War.Read more ›
This book is the first one I've read and I could get most of the backstory from within this book (though I did some checking on the wikipedia article to make sure). This story follows Cinderella, who is a covert agent and assassin for Fabletown. As the title suggests, she's their version of James Bond. This particular story follows Cinderella's investigation of the murders of several sorcerers. Everything points to an old nemesis who she thought was dead. We see quite a bit of back story setting up the nemesis. Cinderella first ran into her on a mission concerning Fables who lived behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Apparently there was a Soviet version of Fabletown and animosity between them and the Western Fabletown. We discover fairly soon that her arch-enemy is none other than Dorothy Gale, the Kansas girl who wound up in the land of Oz. The story goes all over the real world and occasionally the fantasy world as Cinderella hunts down leads on Dorothy's whereabouts.
The story is interesting both as an espionage thriller in the 007 vein and as an exploration of a larger world where mythological people more or less blend in. I have to say I was put off by making Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz into a villain. It just doesn't seem right to me.Read more ›
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This is the complete review as it appears (http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2015/03/cinderella-fables-are-forever-by-chris. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The plot is a bit hackneyed, the art is nice. Don't buy this for the lterature :-)Published 18 months ago by Daniel Klein
I liked it very much!! Good case for Cinderella and good flow of story and I enjoyed all the new characters!Published on January 30, 2014 by Cheshire
Yes, in this excellent sequel, another side show to the brilliant Fables series, super spy Cinderella is hunting and being hunted by Dorothy Gale, formerly of Kansas and oz, now a... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This is not drawn or written by Bill Willingham yet the story line goes from the Fables stories. I found this a little harder to get into then the regular Fable stories but still... Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Melissa