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Cinderella, Vol. 2: Fables are Forever (Cinderella #2)

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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 luc
Paperback, 154 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Vertigo (first published 2011)
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Apr 22, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok

First off, I have to say that Fables is one of my favorite series of graphic novels. It's great stuff, clever, innovative, and I've enjoyed following it for years.

So it's only natural that I'd pick up the Cinderella spin-off. (I enjoyed that first trade) And it's just as natural that the guy who runs the local comic-shop would put a copy of this second volume in my bag, just in case I was interested.

And I was interested. But as I read it, my interest evaporated. Simply said, I just didn't like
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I liked this quite a bit. It follows the superspy motif perfectly, with a solid foundation of fairy tales and folklore. It's a fun read and definitely for fans of spy thrillers. Cinderella's arch nemesis is someone very familiar, but never seen in this particular way. I can't say anything more without it being an absolute spoiler. I absolutely love the cover art by Chrissie Zullo. Her style is so distinctive. Just her artwork makes these worth checking out. A lovely adjunct to the Fables series, ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
I really liked the first Cinderella spinoff, but this one didn't have much driving it. I still like the Buffy-meets-Mata Hari version of Cinderella, but I wish they'd given her more story here. The backstory bits were repetitive, and there wasn't much payoff. The Fables excerpt at the end of the book reminded me of everything that the main title has that this arc lacked.
Jul 04, 2012 Heidi rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed here.

There is a difference between a patriot and a mercenary.
I do what I must to protect the people of Fabletown. I do those things so they don’t have to.

Cinderella’s back and ready for action in the second full-length volume of her own Fables spin-off. When one of the residents of the 13th floor shows up dead with a calling card, Cindy knows that silver slipper means only one thing: her old enemy and arch nemesis. She’s had run-ins before while investigating the Shadow Fable
Aug 14, 2013 Victoria rated it it was ok
I may have read this already through a negative light, since I happened to read Pat Rothfuss's review before my copy came in. Still, I was really underwhelmed by this one, which saddens me because I really enjoyed the previous book, From Fabletown with Love. This repeatedly used too many of the same tropes within one graphic novel. For instance, Cinderella reiterates certain lines over and over again. These lines are not only cliche, however, but they become even more so when the same character ...more
What a disappointing way to start back up my Fables reading.

This collection is mostly an excuse to draw chicks fighting in bathing suits and other revealing clothing. It was a bit of a disappointment because I feel that Fables is better than that. This is supposed to be a spy send-up instead it feels like an exploitation send-up. Which would be fine if that's what it wanted to be, but I don't get the sense that that's what it was attempting.

I also spent most of the book wondering what was going
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I really like Cinderella as a character. I enjoy her hijinks, and to see her as a tough, bada$$ female, not just a wimpy princess like a lot of stories portray her.
Once again I'm super confused about who the target audience for this book is. Is it dudes who want to see babes in bikinis or is it men and women who want to read about sassy, smart women who can kick ass? Because the overly sexualized cover and the way too frequent bikini shots say something very different than the story and the character and it's really irritating. Again (like with the first book in this spin-off series), I didn't want to pick the book up at all for months because of the cover ...more
May 20, 2012 Wesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This book collects the second six issue Fables mini-series featuring super-spy Cinderella. It was again written by Chris Roberson with art by Shawn McManus. There is also a tale set in the preparation for the war with the Adversary, from Fables 51, that was drawn by McManus but written by Fables creator Bill Willingham.

Cinderellla returns in a story set during the evacuation of the Farm because of the onslaught by Mister Dark. One of the leading witches from floor 13 has been murdered and the on
Jul 10, 2014 Meagan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, let me state that I really like the Fables universe. I like that Cinderella is a kickass super spy disguised as a spoiled socialite. It's all good. I've had a great time with it all. Really.

But this particular volume felt just the teeniest weeniest bit like the author and illustrator were descending into some weird masculine fantasy full of catfights and lipstick lesbians. I love the idea of Dorothy Gale as an evil, mercenary contract killer. But when two kickass female characters
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Pretty much the same mediocre material as the previous entry, only with the added insult of a "bonus" story (Fables #51) which had ALREADY APPEARED IN THE MAIN FABLES TPB SERIES YEARS AGO and therefore was little more than filler here. The insights into the "Shadow Fabletown" (I doubt we've seen the last of them! Though it's weird that we'd never heard of them before...) and the life of the antagonist (including why she isn't involved in the current Buffkin storyline and how the Literals were in ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Dean rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. When you break it down, the actual story is quite slight ( essentially details a somewhat adversarial relationship over several decades between Cinderella and someone else) but is done in such an entertaining way you don't mind. It's fun, has a great vibe to it, and a great synergy between script and art. Very clever use of fables and personalities too. Definite thumbs up.
Jul 14, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
good solid fun it took many turns and twists the only thing that i did not enjoy was the back and forth in time sometimes it was hard to follow
Reprints Fables #51 and Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #1-6 (September 2006-September 2011). Cinderella learns her enemy Silverslipper has returned and now is in a hunt to find Silverslipper before Silverslipper finds her. In a rivalry spanning decades, Cinderella recalls her battles with Silverslipper and realizes Silverslipper and her agents are everywhere. Teamed with a Russian Fable named Ivan, Cinderella must locate Silverslipper…but Dorothy Gale has a plan!

Written by Chris Roberson and ill
Sep 26, 2015 Tays rated it really liked it
Okay. Everything I have to say about the Cinderella spinoff, I'll state it in this review.

First up, the Fables version of Cinderella is such a great character that she deserved her own spinoff. I never thought I'd enjoy Cinderella this much really. Simply put, she kicks a ton of ass and seeing her pop up in Fables from time to time is such a relief.

Now for the first spin off, that whole bit of confronting the fairy godmother that was supposed to give her happily ever after in a silver platter w
Ian Wood
Mar 29, 2015 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
May 12, 2014 Corrina rated it really liked it
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This is an action-packed James Bond-style story–I wonder if Bond will ever show up as a modern Fable? There are newer Fables that didn’t come from the Homeworlds… While the bikini-clad fight scene between Cinderella and Silver Slipper does set a lot of the tone for the rest of the story (bikinis and towels and sheets and tight low-cut shirts, oh my!), I suppose it does fit in the with mature nature of the Fables universe.

Fables focuses on t
Feb 07, 2014 Joan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Joan by: Franz
Another really fun romp. Cinderella is asked by Beast to figure out whodunnit and shows her the the only clue: a silver shoes charm. He thinks that is supposed to refer to Cinderella. Cindy knows better. She knows exactly who it is. If you have been reading your literature rather than just watching it, you should know too. What follows goes back and forth between the present and past to explain how and why the baddie became the baddie and you want Cindy to win but she is just barely holding her ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Marquise rated it it was ok
Really disappointing! It's noticeable that Willingham isn't participating in this spin-off, as the story reads like any cheap spy novel with a predictable ending. And I didn't like who the villain turned out to be here either. This is starting to look like a pattern that they take a character that's usually lovable in the mainstream version and turn them into unredeemable baddies? Seems so to me, as this is the second such case.
Matt Anderson
Sep 02, 2014 Matt Anderson rated it really liked it
Collects Cinderella: Fables are Forever issues #1-6 and Fables issue #51

This was an improvement from the last Cinderella-centric collection, but it still wasn't as good as Fables proper. This is probably due to the change of writer. Chris Roberson wrote this instead of Bill Willingham (the creator of "Fables"). I liked Roberson's work in Volume 1 of "iZombie," but I didn't find "Fables are Forever" to be as good as that or the other Fables titles.

Here's what I did like: "Fables are Forever" had
Jul 11, 2015 Murry rated it really liked it
Not bad. I really like it. The art style is kind of meh for me and the story didn't have that certain "umph" that I've come to feel with Bill Willingham's writing. Cinderella is such an awesome character and I love that there's a story dedicated to her exploits!
Jan 29, 2015 Miss rated it it was ok
welp fables finally told me what was up with dorothy

shoulda known it would be nothing good

you know, theoretically, dorothy as a hired killer is not actually a bad characterization twist? but i'm still mad because yooooooooo how you gonna tell me any kind of oz story and not even acknowledge her and ozma's bffdom

like come on, even if they're not friends you have to explain it, that's too key to oz to kick out without a word

anyways aside from that this volume was just kinda ehh. way too heavy on t
Feb 13, 2014 Dan rated it did not like it
A Spin-off of what was once a great series, but started at a time when the main series started to stink. Yeah this takes place after the fall of the Empire, and after the fall of Mr. Dark. We are supposed to believe that lunch Prince Charming bashing Cindy, as she is known in Fabletown was always a super spy???? I started reading this and when they had a backstory that didn't match the character as we have known her for the run of Fables is suddenly like Bond.....I found it to be to much. The wr ...more
Pamela D
Jan 17, 2015 Pamela D rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I am completely addicted to the Fables universe. I was so excited to see this graphic novel sitting on one of the shelves at my local library. Although I am not a fan of the cover, Fables Are Forever is a fun read. Let's be honest though, anything Fables story with Cinderella at the helm is a fun ride. I love going on her espionage missions with her.

I wasn't a huge fan of the art; however, it wasn't bad. I just didn't like how Cinderella was drawn at times. I was also a bit annoyed at how much
Nov 13, 2014 Tessa rated it it was ok
one of those plots where I constantly wondered why the 2 people fighting didn't just have a conversation.
Cinderella, super spy for Fabletown. Not a whole lot of substance but lots offun.
Apr 30, 2012 Zanne rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love meeting new characters in the Fables world.
Dec 09, 2015 A B rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
WTF happened here? Instead of exploring the intriguing idea of "shadow" Fabletowns during the Cold War era, we just get a ridiculously unorganized story of Cinderella tracking down yet another baddie - this time, one Dorothy Gale.

Do we learn how Dorothy became so bad and badass? How did a sweet girl from Kansas get such a giant chip on her shoulder? Nope, though I concede it may be a backstory for another series in the "Fables" universe. This volume makes reference to "Jack of Fables".

There are
Mar 21, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Synopsis: "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 America
Aug 27, 2013 Bert rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-book
The second installment of Cinderella super-spy, which unfortunately retreads familiar ground far too often. Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the artwork which is wildly uneven and occasionally feels rushed, too often focusing on certain female attributes for cheap titillation. (They managed to include a fight between two women in bikini IN RUSSIA.)

The story is also to blame: there are plenty of decent ideas but the execution is below par, with cliched lines getting repeated over and over ag
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