If you are not up on the Fables storyline, this is a fairly good place to enter. Though it brushes over years of history in wide strokes, the tale is...moreIf you are not up on the Fables storyline, this is a fairly good place to enter. Though it brushes over years of history in wide strokes, the tale is about Cinderella, an undercover spy keeping a lid on rogue Fables who use their powers too openly in our mundane world that the NYC fables hope to keep mundane. Our earth is their haven, a place they can hide from their own powerful magical enemies, and Fable refugees showing a hand to openly here can cause the minions of the Emperor to come looking (a theme explored with great result in the original "Fables" series).
When Fables cross from their worlds to ours, they tend to enter our consciousness, and we--the mundies who were born here--remember them as fairy tales, myths and fables. We even write about them. The more we honor them, the more powerful they are. Thus Cinderella is a hard to kill, never getting older, Fable. Her story is very well known. Is she the Cinderella of the famed story, well, she was--once. Now she is a well-trained agent, a James Bond of the Fable forces.
This standalone graphic novel uses flash back and juxtaposition to explain her multi-decade long run in with her greatest nemesis, an assassin for hire, a very angry Fable with a huge chip on her shoulder, Dorothy Gale. That's right, the same of all those "Wizard of Oz" books.
But, the Dorothy of today is not the sweet little girl of the books. She dumped her three non-human friends, seeks her own fortune, and loves to kill. Why? Hey, I don't want to spoil the book for you. Needless to say, she is a pretty powerful Fable herself. The two tangle in a battle to see which girl reigns supreme, and the authors take advantage with typical girl-on-girl battle action, the lead in fight that starts the rivalry (it is a pretty funny set up) taking place in the Soviet Union, in the middle of winter, with both dressed in swimwear. Say hi to the fan boys girls.
For the most part, the story is pretty clever. The Dorothy Gale references are to the books, not the movie, so only the truest of Oz fans will connect the silver slipper reference before it is explained. Though we may not tap into all the reasons Dorothy is so full of venom and hate, other than a need to prove she is the very best between her and Cinderella, the authors keep her focus so needle point angry that it works within its own limited logic.
Title Cinderella: Fables are Forever (Fabletown) Author Chris Roberson Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
"Box 13" is re-imagined (rather than a straight adaptation or continuation) as a comic book series. Originally commissioned by ComiXology and released...more"Box 13" is re-imagined (rather than a straight adaptation or continuation) as a comic book series. Originally commissioned by ComiXology and released exclusively on the iPhone, the series was created from start-to-finish with print-ready layouts.
Title Box 13 Author David Gallaher Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
"Rex Libris" is a science fiction / humor comic book series written and illustrated by James Turner. I would dearly love to read more of this series b...more"Rex Libris" is a science fiction / humor comic book series written and illustrated by James Turner. I would dearly love to read more of this series but unfortunately was able to only get my hands on the first issue.
The series follows the adventures of Rex Libris, the Head Librarian at the Middleton Public Library. Unbeknownst to the general public, Rex is actually over a thousand years old, and was the original librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He is a member of the Ordo Biblioteca, a secret international society of librarians. With the aid of the ancient god Thoth, who lives beneath the Library, Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the universe to collect late book fees, and to fight the powers of ignorance and darkness.
Title Rex Libris #1 (Rex Libris #1) Author James Turner Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)