Cinderella, Vol. 1: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cinderella is a Fable, an ex-wife of Prince Charming, and an internationally active spy. She's been a spy since shortly after she came over from the Land of the Fables, with Bigby Wolf as her spymaster.
This is an incredibly fun graphic novel. Cinderella has plenty of energy and authority as a spy. She uses her benignly pretty debutante and shoe store owner facade as a weapon along with others in her arsenal. This Fable can take care of herself and get out of some of the tightest spots. She even has 'assets' who help her along as she needs them. Assets being magical animal Fables with unique skill sets. On this mission, she teams up with another recognizable character from the world of fairy tales and fables, that you might know as Aladdin. They make a good team, and share humble origins. Cinderella even faces some shadows from her own Fable past.
The story is strong and the artwork is gorgeous, especially the cover art by Chrissie Zullo. Her work is beautiful and luminous, showcasing a Fae delicacy to this lethal spy.
Even with a different writer, the spirit of the Fables series remains strong, and its focus on strong women prevails with Cinderella showing how spying Fable-style is done right.
I liked the fairy tale "Cinderella," as a die-hard, inveterate fairy tale aficionado, how could I not? But I definitely love the idea of Cinderella as an international spy even more. On to the next adventure.
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