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Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #1

Written by 48 THRiLLS on Monday, February 14 2011 and posted in Reviews

Everyone's favorite fairy tale super spy is back for her 2nd mini!

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Credits & Solicit Info:

Hot on the heels of her breakout miniseries CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE, Fabletown's favorite secret-agent and bon vivant Cinderella is back on the job again in an all-new 6-issue miniseries, alongside writer Chris Roberson and artist Shawn McManus!

Someone is killing sorcerers out on the Farm, and all signs point to Cinderella's archnemesis from the old days. The only problem is, Cinderella has always believed that her nemesis has been dead for years. So who is the assassin from Cinderella's past – the only person who ever came close to defeating her? Find out in the pages of CINDERELLA: FABLES ARE FOREVER!


Spoilers! Read at your own risk.

Cinderella is back... in the 80's and in the USSR, well that is where this first (of six) issue of the Fable super spy's new mini starts anyway. We are told two stories here, one that has Beast giving Cindy her new mission which is to find who is killing off Fable sorcerers at the farm and leaves a charm that is the shape of a silver slipper. The other story takes place in the early 80's in Russia and serves as the introduction to who Silverslipper is and Cinderella's first meeting with her. I wasn't familiar with who the Russian Fables were but after some googling I found that Ivan Durak is from a Russian fairy tale called Ivan The Fool and Tugarin Zmeyevich is an eastern European mythological dragon like creature who is only mentioned in this issue but after reading about him, he sounds like a perfect character for the Fables universe and I hope to see him in his dragon-like, fiery snake covered awesomeness... anyways.

Cinderella stumbles upon Ivan in one of her safehouses, there he claims that someone is after him and he is in need of help. She isn't sure she believes him or not but there is a lot more going on and some strings are being pulled by someone who has it in for Cinderella.

Back in the USSR, Cinderella is confronted by a gun toting assailant whose face we don't see at first but Cindy definitely recognizes her and after a few pages of conversation between the two we see the reveal and Silverslipper turns out to be none other than Dorthy Gale of 'The Wizard of Oz' fame. While reading up to this point I was racking my brain of who Silverslipper could be and kinda scratched my head because I had no idea that the slippers were silver in the original book, if it was Rubyslipper I am sure I would have caught that right away. I though it was a good idea for Roberson to go with the silver slippers because it makes the reveal that much more of a surprise... well to me anyway.

Shawn Mcmanus is back for the art duties and his pages look great, maybe even better than the first mini. His style really keeps true to the feel of the main Fables book, I am not sure if that is intentional or not but it is something that caught my eye. I thought that this was a great start to what looks to be another great Cinderella story, I have my guesses as to who else we may see later on and I am looking forward to seeing if I am right. Definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys any of the Fables books.

STORY - 8.5

ART - 8.5


Review by: 48 THRiLLS

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