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Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love Paperback – August 10, 2010
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Our protagonist is Cinderella, of course - everbody knows her story. Cindy underwent one of the most radical revisions of the major Fables characters, becoming a super-spy in the service of Fabletown, while operating under the cover of running a shoe store. It's not especially connected to her past backstory, which might make it seem a bit random, but Willingham in the past has been able to write a very plausible spy, and Roberson likewise proves up to the task. In this instance, Cindy is on the trail of a magical weapons shipment that has reportedly been sent into the Mundy world. In pursuit of her task, she travels to Dubai (the Las Vegas of the Middle East), and finds herself teamed up with none other than Aladdin, who is operating on behalf of the Arabian Fable world. The two form your typical spy movie duo, and proceed on the case.Read more ›
From Fabletown with Love follows Cinderella as she's sent to investigate reports of magical items landing in the hands of the mundy. What she discovers is a smuggling ring trafficking in magical weapons that leads her all the way back to the Homelands. Along the way she runs across the dashing Aladdin, a spy for his own Arabian Homeland. Together they must discover who exactly is behind this & stop them for good!
While I'll admit that this wasn't as strong as the regular Fables comics, this isn't bad for a spinoff. I loved seeing more of Cinderella's past as well as seeing her in full spy action. She doesn't have a huge amount of appearances in the main series so it was nice to see her getting the spotlight for once.
The only drawback is that we don't get as deep a look into Cindy's head as I'd like & I do wish we'd seen a bit of her doing her training. The part with Crispin (her help at the shoestore) is OK enough, but was easily the weakest part of the comic & it could have been removed entirely without it being missed overly much. Overall though, this is a fine addition to the series.
Bill Willingham's "Fables" series has always specialized in giving odd twists to traditional folk/fairy tale/fiction characters, and one of the more underused characters has always been Cinderella. And while Willingham didn't come up with "Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love," it's a fun gender-flipped spin on the James Bondian cliche.
After a deadly encounter atop Big Ben, Cindy flies home to Fabletown and her much-neglected shoe store (well, what else would she be running?). But then the new police chief Beast arrives to tell her of a new threat to the Fables and their secret town -- newcomers are apparently coming through the gates from the Homelands, and magical items are falling into Mundy hands. What's worse, nobody really knows whodunnit.
So of course, Cindy leaps headlong into the case, with a bit of help from Frau Totenkinder's magic-sensing ring -- and after a close call in a luxe hotel, she teams up with her Middle-Eastern counterpart Aladdin. Soon it's revealed that there's much more than smuggling and illegal immigration involved, sending them into the arctic world of Ultima Thule... and someone Cindy knows too well.
And while all this is going on in Dubai, Cindy's assistant Crispin is using her shop to turn himself into the newest fashion mogul in Manhattan. Unfortunately, the shoes have some... well, unpleasant side effects.
Magic carpets, genies, parachutes, shoemaking elves, Jenny Wren and some very obscure figures from the Arabian Nights.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun and interesting story. Get to know Cinderella better and see a new and exciting side of her. Highly recommendedPublished 8 months ago by WeertzyWitch
Femme fatale Cinderellla! I am a fan of this Fables side project.Published 13 months ago by Ronald J. Smith
Fables superspy Cinderella teams up with Aladdin to find out who is smuggling out magical items from the Homelands and selling them to mundys (meaning, normal humans). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cilantron 1 of 2
In Fabletown, no one is who they traditionally are. The Big Bad Wolf was the sheriff but Beast (from Beauty and the... fame) now has the job. Cinderella is doubly covert. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joseph M. Reninger
This is not my favorite story in the Fables universe, but it was OK. I have a feeling that Cinderella could end up being a female version of a James Bond-like character, in which... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Matt Anderson
A spin off from the brilliant Fables comic, taking place after the war is fine, Cindy is a high level operative for beast, keeping an eye on the power vacuum back in the homelands. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Love the Fables and spin off stories! Only problem is I tend to sit down and read in one sitting, then I have to wait for more.Published on May 6, 2013 by kristopher keil
I love the Fables series and this is such a great addition to my collection! I think it's great that they gave Cinderella her own miniseries and I keep looking forward to whatever... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Angela R. Fortunato
Excellent use of an otherwise "empty" character. I love Fables use of Female characters who are normally very shallow, and boring. Cinderella is my favorite spinoff from Fables. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by A. Gutierrez