Cinderella: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson with art by Shawn McManus
Cinderella: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson with art by Shawn McManus

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #2 in the Fables Cinderella spinoff series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 160
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume is a compilation of issues 1-6 of the comic series and Fables #51
From the back cover:

Fashionsita, socialite—spy?

Hey, if the shoe fits…

She poses as a haughty socialite in glass stilettos by day—and okay, sometimes by night. But Cinderella is actually Fabletown’s master spy. Tasked with doing jobs too dirty and deadly for the average Fable, Cindy’s faced down dangers from a dozen worlds and lived to tell the tales (over cocktails in a hot tub, if you’re lucky).

But every secret agent has one annoyingly ruthless archnemesis, and Cindy is no exception. Back in the Big ’80s, Cindy encountered her dark mirror, a rogue American Fable, who was in league with the mysterious Shadow Fabletown. Cindy thought she’d destroyed her rival years ago. But when a powerful magician turns up dead and another seeks her help, Cindy’s hunt for her old enemy begins anew.

From the frigid back alleys of Russia to the steaming desert, Cindy will follow the clues down the blood-flecked yellow brick road and risk everything she’s got—including her secret identity—to solve the crime and finally get revenge on Sliver Slipper.

My Thoughts:
Cinderella and her secret work as a spy has long been one of my favorite parts of the Fables series. I’m glad she got her own spinoff series even though it’s only two trade paperback volumes worth.

As with the first Cinderella volume the title is a play on a James Bond movie title. Some of Cindy’s adventures are much like the Bond stories. I think Cindy could take James Bond though.

The current case finds Cindy taking on an old nemesis she thought was dead. Through flashbacks the history of their meeting and confrontations over the years.

It’s a fun spy story with lots of winks and nods to the spy movie genre.

The final volume is a repeat of a previous issue in the Fables series featuring one of Cinderella’s spy missions. It was fun to revisit.

Roberson does a good job of adding to the fables world created by Bill Willingham.

The art by Shawn McManus is bold and interesting and conveys the actions well. The flashbacks have a bit of a sepia tone to them to distinguish them from the bolder colors of the current story.

If you haven’t explored the world of Fables you should.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5