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New York Times bestselling writer Chris Roberson is best known for his Eisner-nominated ongoing comic book series iZombie, co-created with artist Mike Allred, and for multiple Cinderella mini-series set in the world of Bill Willingham s Fables. He has written more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, as well as numerous comic projects including Superman, Elric: The Balance Lost, Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, and Memorial. Roberson lives with his wife and daughter in Austin, Texas.

Eric Stevens lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is studying toShawn McManus has been drawing pictures ever since he was ab become a middle-school English teacher. Some of his favoritle to hold a pencil in his tiny little hand. Since then, he e things include pizza, playing video games, watching cookinhas illustrated comic books including Sandman, Batman, Dr. Fg shows on TV, riding his bike, and trying new restaurants. ate, Spider-Man, and many others. Shawn has also done work fSome of his least favorite things include olives and shovelior film, animation, and online entertainment. He lives in Neng snow. w England, and he loves the spring season there.

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Product Details

  • Series: Fables
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233853
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Demeritt VINE VOICE on May 2, 2012
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If you have been into the Fables line of comics from Vertigo, you have seen the effect the comic has had in the entertainment industry. Since its inception there have been a lot of movies borrowing the ideas found in the tale of Story Book legends moving to our fairly magic-free world to escape the brutal dictatorship of an evil emperor. Anyone who has seen the TV show Once Upon a Time and is familiar with the comic line at all has to see the influence. But Fables as a whole is getting long in the tooth, and you have to wonder how long the team can keep the quality up. There was a faltering moment when the line attempted a crossover with a few inferior comics (Jack of Fables being the weakest version of the Fable spin-offs), but the product line returned to high concept character driven tales and has remained excellent.

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.
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Cinderella is one of my favorite characters in the Fables comics. The first spin off was a great read, but I liked this one even more. In this comic we meet Cinderella's nemesis, "silver slipper" and as usual, Cinderella works on a few projects (well one project, but there are flashbacks to other projects she worked on) with her confidence, sense of humor and excellence. She is as cool as James Bond.

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.
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"There is a difference between a patriot and a mercenary.
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.
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One of the modern variants on classic fairy and folk tales is the Fables series of comics and graphic novels. Fairy tale characters have been forced from their natural (i.e. fantasy) homelands by "The Adversary" and now live in New York City in a clandestine community called Fabletown. Characters who can't blend in with normal humans (monsters and anthropomorphized animals, like the Three Little Pigs) live in upstate New York on "The Farm." The characters have various adventures.

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.
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