Comic Review: Cinderella, Vol. 2: Fables are Forever

12308801Cinderella, Vol. 2: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson, Shawn McManus

Published by Vertigo on April 24, 2012

Genres: Fantasy, Fairy Tale

Pages: 154 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

FASHIONISTA, 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 lives to tell 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 Silver Slipper.

Inspired by fairy tales of every size with twists and turns creating an entirely new story, the Fables universe explores the lives of storybook characters forging a different life in our world. Cinderella, Vol. 2: Fables are Forever is an off-shoot of the original Fables comics focusing on Cinderella and her adventures as a spy. Cinderella, Vol. 2: Fables are Forever contains Fables are Forever #1-6 as well as Fables #51: Big and Small.

The story itself interweaves Cinderella’s past and present as she seeks out a former opponent. I thought the formula of each issue was a bit repetitive and dragged out the conflict a bit too long but I did appreciate the twist near the end which propelled the story to its conclusion. I enjoyed Cinderella’s nemesis in this tale and appreciated how this villain came to be. The twists of character in Fables has always been a highlight and Cinderella and her nemesis are prime examples.

I absolutely love the art in this comic. Shawn McManus does a fantastic job of illustrating this story. It is what originally drew me to the Fables comics in the first place and it has continued to impress me through the original series as well as the spinoffs. It evokes the fairy tale imagery perfectly and even our mundane world feels a little bit better than its reality.

Overall I really enjoyed this comic but I thought the first volume, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, had more depth and plot then this sequel. I would definitely recommend both of Cinderella’s stories though and would encourage you to give them a shot especially if you love Fables.

Have you read Cinderella, Vol. 2: Fables are Forever? Tell me your thoughts…

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