Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson
Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Collected Trade Paperback
Series: Limited spinoff from Fables
Publication Date: 2010
This is a compilation of the 6 issue limited comic series.
From the back cover:
FASHIONISTA, SOCIALITE — SPY?
HEY, IF THE SHOE FITS . . .
In the eyes of her fellow Fables, storybook heroine Cinderella is simply a globe-trotting gadabout more interested in finding the right pair of pumps than in fighting for freedom. In reality, however, she’s Fabletown’s greatest covert agent — a master of espionage with centuries of experience in waging war against enemies both magical and mundane.
Now this black-ops bad-ass is on a mission to find out who’s secretly smuggling powerful magical artifacts out of Fabletown. The stakes couldn’t be higher — if even a single magic ring were to fall into the wrong hands, it could threaten the life of every Fable on Earth.
To solve the mystery, Cinderella will have to travel around the world and join forces with a certain dashing Arabian Knight. But this conspiracy runs deeper than anyone imagines — and Cindy stands to lose a lot more than a glass slipper if she can’t shut it down.
Cinderella has long been one of my favorite characters in the Fables series. I was glad to see her merit her own limited spinoff series. It was written by Chris Roberson who has worked on one of the issues in the last Jack of Fables collection I read.
The artwork by Shawn McManus is different than is typically seen in the Fables series yet similar enough to not feel jarring to long time readers of the series. He did a great job of creating interesting and visually distinct places and his action sequences are wonderful.
Cindy is a total badass and everyone back in Fabletown has no idea. Even her assistant back at her shoe store in Fabletown doesn’t realize what his boss is really up to. The ongoing side story of his antics while Cindy is out of town is a hilarious counterpoint to the main adventure spy story of Cinderella and her new found partner in spying, Aladdin.
I’m glad there’s another limited Cinderella story arc coming up in my Fables reading list because it’s just fun.