I loved this story especially when it came out in a graphic novel of the same title (loved the illustration of the Silver City). Is it possible to kil...moreI loved this story especially when it came out in a graphic novel of the same title (loved the illustration of the Silver City). Is it possible to kill or murder an angel? If yes, then how was it done? If yes, then what is the reason for it? If yes, then will God punish the evildoer? The story is an account of the first murder in the history of the universe, before even Cain and Abel, told from the viewpoint of Raguel, an angel whose function is to be the "Vengeance of the Lord."
The Lord: "Poor sweet Lucifer. His way will be the hardest of all my children; for there is a part he must play in the drama that is to come, and it is a grand role." Raguel: "Perhaps it is true that all that happens is in accordance with Your Will, and thus it is good. But sometimes You leave blood on Your instruments."
I gained a totally new perspective on angels because of this great story. Thank you, Gaiman!
Title Murder Mysteries Author Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
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)