The (hopeully first) Cinderella limited series comes to its awesome conclusion.
Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #6 (of 6)
Written by Chris Roberson
Illustrated by Shawn McManus
WARNING – although I will do my best, I cannot guarantee that this will be a spoiler free review. This is mainly due to the fact that I will write this assuming that you have read parts of this limited series and have some working knowledge of Fables. If these assumptions are untrue here is my final grade for this book – 8/10 and a 7.5/10 for the whole of the series.
There you go, if you were scared of spoilers you do not have to read anymore.
(insert cover to Fables #71 to create space and cause it is awesome)
Ok, now that that’s taken care of. Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love (CFFTWL) was a wonderful (hopefully first) limited series. A quick refresher – some one has been importing magical artifacts into the Mundy world and Sheriff Beast uses calls upon Fabletown’s number one spy, Cinderella, to hunt down and stop whoever is arming Mundys with magic. Along the way she teams up with Aladdin from “the real” Baghdad and hilarity and hijacks ensue. To make the first 5 issues short, it turns out that some one from the Homelands is trading magical artifacts for Mundy weapons in order to maintain order in the Fable kingdom of Ultima Thule in the Homelands.
The end of issue 5 had the reveal of (seriously, if you don’t want a major spoiler STOP READING) Cinderella’s very own Fairy Godmother as the new dictator of Ultima Thule. It turns out that she needs mundy weapons in order to keep control over her subjects once midnight comes and all of her spells fail (much like in the classic Cinderella story).
Cindy, of course, saves the day and all ends well, but what matters here is how she did it. Throughout this series Chris Roberson does a superb job of expanding the Fables universe to include other characters such as Dickory (the mouse that ran up the clock), the afore mentioned Aladdin and Fairy Godmother, and even expanded the back-story of Frau Totenkinder.
The art in CFFTWL stays true to the style and tone of Fables without being a complete copy. Also, and this needs to be stressed, the covers have been gorgeous.
On the whole, CFFTWL #1-6 was a wonderful ride and I for one hope that we continue to get more Cinderella stories. Even if we don’t, t the end of this story there is plenty of low hanging fruit for another writer to find and run with. If I had to complain about something, and this is the internet, I did feel that this series could have been 5 issues or less, it did sort of drag there in the middle for a minute.
I am very excited to see where this expanded Fables universe goes, and I am happy to see that Bill Willingham, much like in the vein of “The Sandman Presents…” is willing to share his toys.
Highly recommended even if you only have a periphery understanding of Fables.
Score – 8/10 (for #6) and 7.5/10 for the whole series