Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Good spin-off character and concept

Makes it too easy for Cinderella

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Cinderella:  From Fabletown with Love

Publisher:  DC Comics/Vertigo

Writer:  Chris Roberson

Artist:  Shawn McManus

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2010

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Reprints Cinderella:  From Fabletown with Love #1-6 (January 2010-June 2010).  Cinderella is on a mission.  Fable magical items are making their way into the Mundy world and threatening to expose the Fables.  Teamed with Aladdin, Cinderella must stop the magical items from reaching Mundy hands and find out who is supplying them and why.  The adventure will take her all over the world and put her face-to-face with an enemy she never expected.

Written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Shawn McManus, Cinderella:  From Fabletown with Love is a spin-off title from the popular Bill Willingham series Fables.  The volume collects the six issue limited series.

Fables is a fun series and there is so much territory that can be covered there.  That is why some spin-off series make sense in that some of the bigger “Fables” will get a chance to shine on their own in a solo story.  Cinderella is a logical choice for a Fables series and the decision to make it a spy series also is smart.

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Despite being its own title, Cinderella feels like Fables.  The story, writing, and art are virtually identical to the Fables comic book so it is a natural slide into the title.  The primary story is strong with Cinderella facing down the person that made her famous and also features a fun secondary storyline involving Cinderella’s shop (The Glass Slipper) and her employee Crispin’s attempt to boost sales through the selling of magic shoes.

The only problem I have with the story is that it is too easy.  I never feel that Cinderella is in danger of losing.  It is like James Bond in that sense, but it also doesn’t always make for great storytelling.  Here, Cinderella has a magic charm bracelet that she’s loaded with the exact Fables she needs for the situations so when it seems like an inescapable trap, she simply calls in help…every time.  I think I would have preferred more spy-tech action than Fable action.

The story does feel like a storyline from Fables, so readers of the series will want to pick it up.  Roberson and Willingham’s writing style are very close and Cinderella:  From Fabletown with Love feels like it could be a storyline running within the actual Fables series.  Just like Bond, Cinderella does return in another solo adventure Cinderella:  Fables Are Forever.

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