Cinderella: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson

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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

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Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in 2015, 4 stars, Book Review, Chris Roberson, Comics | 2 comments

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Collected Trade Paperback
Series: Limited spinoff from Fables
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 144
Source: Library

The Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
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.

4 stars Rating 4/5

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Nutshell Review – Jack of Fables Vol. 7: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in 2.5 stars, 2015, Bill Willingham, Chris Roberson | 0 comments

Jack of Fables Vol. 7: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges and Chris Roberson

Jack of Fables Vol. 7: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges and Chris Roberson

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Series: #7 in the Jack of Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 128
Source: Library


The Book:

This volume 7 is a compilation of issues 36-40 of the comic series.
From the back cover:

THE ETERNAL HERO

Following the world-shaking events of THE GREAT FABLES CROSSOVER, Jack of Fables isn’t feeling quite like his old self. He isn’t looking like it, either – it may be the extra 200 pounds, or the scaly skin, or the enormous tail, but something’s definitely different about this most immodest of storybook stars.
For a change, however, it isn’t all about him anymore (though he would certainly tell you different if he had the chance). Having recently saved our mundane world, Jack’s newly discovered son Jack Frost is poised to take the spotlight away from his old man – provided that he can survive his new career as a freelance do-gooder-for-hire.

My Thoughts:
I was a bit disappointed to discover that the Jack of Fables spinoff from the main Fablers series didn’t end with the Great Fables Crossover. It seemed to be a natural ending up until the point where Jack and his sidekick Gary The Pathetic Fallacy took off for further adventures. It seems that there are more of this spinoff series, therefore I continue.

This one had some good points and some bad. The bad is that Jack is still a jerk but the good is that karma seems to be slapping him upside the head.

The other good is that much of this book features Jack’s son (Jack Frost) who is much more interesting than his dad. When he relinquishes his powers and decides to become a hero for hire it looks like there’s potential. My favorite part is his newly found sidekick who happens to be a wooden owl he dubs Macduff.

My favorite characters in this series are Macduff the owl who his hilarious and Babe the Blue Ox who has a hilarious and vivid fantasy life.

As always the art by Tony Akins and Russ Braun is fun and colorful with some great visual humor tossed in here and there.

This spinoff is definitely a lesser companion to the main Fables series but there are only two more volumes and I’m a completist so I’ll read them. Fortunately they’re quick read and I love Babe the Blue Ox. I’m also hoping for more of Macduff the Owl.

2.5 stars Rating 2.5/5

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