December 9th, 2010

Review: Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson, Shawn McManus

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

by Chris Roberson & Shawn McManus


Spinoff from the Fables series, published by Vertigo


After her disastrous marriage to Prince Charming ended in divorce, Cinderella became a bitter, globe-trotting socialite.  She owns a shoe shop in Fabletown, and her head is filled with little but thoughts of the latest fashion trends.  This is what most Fables know about the former princess.  But the ditzy fashionista is also one of Fabletown’s greatest secret spies, and her constant travel following fashion runways a cover for her espionage.  Now someone is selling magical items to the mundies, and Cinderella heads off to Dubai to cut off the illegal traffic.  On the way she teams up with Ala Al-Din – better known as Aladdin – as he pursues the same criminals for the Arabian Fables.


Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love assumes you’ve read at least some of the Fables series.  Chronologically, it falls somewhere after the Arabian Nights arc (most of which is contained in the seventh graphic novel), but I don’t think I could nail it down more specifically than that. 


The story is much lighter than the main Fables storyline.  Think James Bond meets Sex in the City.  Cinderella has gorgeous outfits that Carrie Bradshaw would die for, as well as the requisite assortment of wetsuits and disguises any spy could want.   She’s also got the crazy gadgets, like a skirt that turns into a glider and the bracelet that summons animal companions to help her along.  No matter how outnumbered she and Aladdin might be, there’s never any real sense of danger.  It’s the spy story formula – you know that both of them will survive and live to tell the tale again.  That’s part of the fun!


The cover art by Chrissie Zullo is really lovely.  It’s a perfect blend of fantasy and fashion illustration; pity the whole book wasn’t drawn by her.  Not that the interior panels are bad or anything…I just really like Zullo’s style.


4 out of 5 stars


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