Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

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When supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown's best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Whether she's soaring through clouds, deep-sea diving, or cracking jaws, Cindy travels from Manhattan to...

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Overview

When supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown's best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Whether she's soaring through clouds, deep-sea diving, or cracking jaws, Cindy travels from Manhattan to Dubai and hooks up with a handsome, familiar accomplice who may be harboring secret motives of his own. Meanwhile, trouble brews back home in Fabletown when Cindy's overworked, underappreciated assistant decides to seize control of The Glass Slipper, Cindy's exclusive shoe boutique.

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Publishers Weekly
In this collection, Cinderella has left the scullery behind, ditched Prince Charming, and becoming what others see as "a globe-trotting gadabout with a beef against her ex-husband." The secret is that she's actually a spy, working for the forces of Fabletown. As in the Fables series, where this incarnation of Cinderella made her first appearance, Fabletown is inhabited by characters from fairy tales. This, the first spin-off for an individual character from that series, gives her the difficult mission of figuring out who's taking magical objects from Fabletown and selling them in the regular world of Mundy. Sci-fi novelist Roberson writes an irreverent and fun tale for Cindy, taking lots of picaresque detours into a variety of fairy tale characters. Cinderella's prickly relationship with Aladdin, her partner in crime-fighting, gives the requisite romantic thrill, while her Manhattan store, "Glass Slipper Shoes," contains many of the story's funnier moments. The masterful McManus brings his trademark energy and precision to his drawings, making sure Cinderella looks great in Prada and Gucci as she jets about beating down baddies. Fables fans and new readers alike will rally around this collection.
Library Journal
Contrary to popular belief, Cinderella didn't attend Prince Charming's ball to find true love but, rather, to extract sensitive state secrets from the royal family. In this spin-off of Bill Willingham's popular Fables series, Cinderella is no dainty damsel tottering on glass heels—she's a modern, trash-talking superspy with a killer right hook and a penchant for getting out of impossible situations. When dangerous magical contraband starts popping up in the nonmagical Mundy world, Fabletown's sheriff sends Cinderella to investigate. She crosses paths with the dashing playboy Aladdin, and the two reluctantly join forces, uncovering secrets that, ultimately, force Cinderella to reexamine her own past. McManus's slick art fleshes out the magical world and its inhabitants, but Roberson's snappy, smart dialog is the main attraction: Cinderella and Aladdin's love/hate relationship isn't happily ever after, but it sure is funny.Verdict Fables fans will enjoy insight into Cinderella's character, but this book is not essential to the series' overall story arc. Stick to more traditional Cinderella stories for children and young teens; this version is better suited for mature readers.—Ingrid Bohnenkamp, Portland P.L., ME
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In this spin-off of Bill Willingham's "Fables" series (Vertigo), Cinderella is a covert agent: her cover is a shoe store called The Glass Slipper. In her latest assignment, "Cindy" must work with handsome but infuriating Aladdin to find out who is sneaking weapons between Fableland and the outside world. Could it be Cinderella's fairy godmother? Roberson effectively integrates fairy-tale and nursery-rhyme characters into a complex, action-packed spy caper worthy of Alias or James Bond. The superhero-style illustrations are detailed and expressive. Some strong language and adult situations make this most appropriate for older teens.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401227500
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 237,906
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Good tangent to Fables

    This first "Cinderella" book was fairly short, but it did cover an entire story arc. (Cindy meets Aladdin) At least there aren't any loose ends at the story's conclusion. It is a reasonable length, but shorter than the average "Fables" compilation book.

    The idea behind "Cinderella" is that it is a side-story or sub-plot to show the reader what Cindy gets up to when she is not working at her shoe shop. She is a spy for the Fabletown sheriff. (Not a spoiler since she says that she is a spy on page two.) She goes on various missions. She meets other fables and cleverly stops the bad guys. It is too bad that the other fables view her so poorly. She does a lot for her hometown that nobody, but us and the sheriff, will ever know.

    This can be read as a stand alone book. But, it is better if you have read a few of the "Fables" books.

    I liked it. If you like the "Fables" graphic novel series, then you will probably like this book too. What I did not like was that the art style seemed to change in each chapter. I prefer continuity in a comic. Regardless, I recommend this book highly, even if I did have one complaint.

    -AvidReader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Great

    Nice and all

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