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Cinderella, Volume 1: From Fabletown with Love

(Cinderella #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  12,156 ratings  ·  306 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Vertigo
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Cinderella is a Fable, an ex-wife of Prince Charming, and an internationally active spy. She's been a spy since shortly after she came over from the Land of the Fables, with Bigby Wolf as her spymaster.

This is an incredibly fun graphic novel. Cinderella has plenty of energy and authority as a spy. She uses her benignly pretty debutante and shoe store owner facade as a weapon along with others in her arsenal. This Fable can take care of herself and get out of some of the tightest spots. She even
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read the first few Fabletown books, and then let the series slide thinking I would come back to it later. I'm really wishing now that I had kept up with what was going on, because I have a feeling Cinderella's story would have been even better if I'd had a little more background info on the goings-on in that world.

However, it was still fairly easy to piece together enough of the story to enjoy this book. Also, had this been my first introduction to Fable town, I still would have loved it,
I like Fables but I don't like Fables if you know what I mean. I got upset about the direction that Snow was being taken so I have paused in reading the series, but I picked this up because it is supposed good fun.

And it is good fun. Cinderella kicks butt. Nice and enjoyable. Not too heavy, not too light. Just right.
Kristen Northrup
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, own, comics
I've been reading Fables all along and I do love the concept of Cinderella's character, but the story itself was disappointingly insubstantial. I've really enjoyed the Arabian Knights fables and Aladdin was a great choice as co-star, so there's that.

The second half seemed rushed, which was a greater weakness than its predictability. The side plot back at the shoe store was just annoying, however classically-based. Not least because the staffer provoked zilch sympathy. The flashbacks to past
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's been quite some time since I read the last fables book and I thought it should be time to finish the series. Cinderella is like the Black Widow of the Fables world and here she meets an unlikely foe. This is a strong spinoff from the main series, much like Jack of Fables and it keeps the action moving throughout. The twist at the end was quite good and I never seen it coming. The series has kept a steady quality throughout and I'll aim to finish this before the end of year as it is a series ...more
Arielle Walker
So, it's been established in the Fables series that Cinderella is seriously kick-ass. This just proves her awesomeness - really enjoyed this.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here

Spoilers!: This review contains some minor spoilers for the Fables series, as does the book itself. Chronologically, this story takes place after Fables: War and Pieces (#11). So go read those first!

I know what youre thinking people...This is all very From Russia With Love. And youre right! Cinderella has come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass...and shes all out of bubble gum.

Cinderella is Fabletowns #1 bad ass spy. Shes so skilled in skulduggery she makes Bond look
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This the first mini-series featuring Cinderella from Bill Willingham's wonderful Fables series penned by Chris Robertson. When the Fabletown sheriff needs a spy for a spot of espionage he doesn't call Bond - I don't think he'd be too keen on tackling tooled up polar bears. He doesn't call Bourne either - he wouldn't last 5 minutes going undercover in the land of Ultima Thule where frowns are a capital offense. He calls somebody with a little more vintage in the game. He calls Cinderella. This is ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was so awesome!! Such a unique take on the Cinderella story and the whole fairytail universe. A must read for sure. Very comical and action-packed. A great book :)
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I would die for Cindy.
Dani Shuping
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
The Fables universe has long been one of my favorite continuing comic stories. The depth and breadth of the characters, the fantastic storylines, and the imagery is absolutely fantastic. And then I heard about this spin off of Cinderella into her own short little series and I was hesitant. It wasnt Bill Willingham writing itwould it be good? Needless to say my fears were unfounded as Chris Roberson creates a fantastic story for Cinderella, Fabletowns ultimate spy. The story is well written and ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I loved this. It's so good! It's a simple concept: Cinderella is a spy and is trying to find magical items that could be used as weapons if they got into the hands of mundane humans.
If you're not familiar with the series Fables this is a sort of spin off, but you don't need to have read any of the series to enjoy this. Basically: Fairy Tale characters live in the real world and came from their world into our own because of a war against The Advesary an Evil Overlord that overran the Fairy Tale
Lu (Sugar & Snark)
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this spinoff Cinderella is not the typical Cinderella I have come to known through the years, as it takes place after the whole dealings with the lost glass slipper, marrying this prince etc. Cinderella is now a divorced spy that owns a shoe shop called The Glass Slipper! And get this... her handler is Beast from Beauty and the Beast!

But let me not give everything away. Cinderella goes on one hell of an adventure with a swoon worthy hero (think flying carpets and Arabian nights) and some
William Thomas
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bill Willingham's Fables was a runaway success beyond anyone's dreams. It'll go down in comics history with Sandman and Preacher, no doubt, even though it ran its course 60 issues ago. Spin-offs were inevitable but I never expected one to be 'Cinderella'.

It isn't awful. Not completely. But it is altogether too smirking and far too trite. As if it thought it would continue to sell itself based on the popularity of the Fables mythos. That could be the case, could have been the case, but not to
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Oops, I didn't realize this was a spinoff of Fables. I should probably have read that first.

Honestly this didn't do a lot for me. I liked the ending and the twists on individual fairytales. My favourite part was definitely the shoe store though. When the sidestory is more entertaining than the main plot it's a little hard to review so I'll just end this here.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Fun. Definitely a tongue in cheek, 007 spy inspired romp through Fabletown. It is the comic relief to the main opus. Still, worthwhile as a quick read.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cindy is so sassy! I love the Fables series and all its spin-offs. For those that love fractured fairytales, I highly recommend but be warned younger readers, there are adult themes.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
She's learning the spy-trade for centuries, no spy ever has had so much experience and training, yet I feel none of the Cinderella Fables' writers truly capture that. I'd expect some off-key bad-ass shit from someone with that much experience, thus always felt underwhelmed by how the series portrayed this character.
In her first solo volume Cinders teams up with Aladdin and a few other Fabletown 'assets' to look into smuggling magical items from the Homelands. Some nice sub arc around the The
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Although I believe it's the first "Fables" book not to carry Bill Willingham's name on the cover, Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love works as a very natural extension of the Fables universe. In many ways, in fact, it reads more like a regular Fables story than most of "Jack of Fables."

In brief, "Fables" is about the characters from fairy tales and folklore (e.g. Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Pinocchio, etc.) who fled a conquerer in their fictional homelands by escaping to the 'real' world,
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: Part of the Fables series.

Cindy is one of my favourite Fables characters. She's not a major character but she's had some story arcs thrown her way and I always enjoy when she pop ups as one of Prince Charming's ex-wives. I was thrilled when I saw Cindy was getting a book devoted entirely to her; she both deserved one and could pull off a great story.

Magical items are being smuggled out of Fabletown and Cinderella, secret spy, has been assigned the mission to find out who is
In this spin-off of Bill Willingham's "Fables" series, 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.

Cindy underwent one of the most radical revisions of the major Fables characters, becoming a super-spy in the service of Fabletown, while operating under the cover of running a shoe store. We can blame
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
I've always been a fan of Fairy Tales. I was raised on them! I loved the nightly readings with my Mom and Dad: Cinderella, Snow White, Robin Hood, Peter Pan. Bill Willingham has taken the wonderful characters of our childhood fantasies and turned them into the adventurous, action packed ,and sometimes comedic series Fables. Now Chris Roberson has taken one of Fabletown's favorite residents on her own private adventure.

A little backstory about the Fabels crew: All of our favorite characters are
Joseph R.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Fabletown, no one is who they traditionally are. The Big Bad Wolf was the sheriff but Beast (from Beauty and the... fame) now has the job. Cinderella is doubly covert. She owns a shoe store (The Glass Slipper) and spends a lot of time flying around acting like a rich, spoiled heiress. Her real vocation is doing espionage work for Fabletown, with only the sheriff in the know. Her latest assignment is to discover who is selling magical items to the "mundies," the everyday people like you and ...more
I was far enough along the Fables books that I didn't get any spoilers from Cindy's story. If any thing this story is a bit in my Fables "past".

This book reminds me a lot of the first Fables books. This time the book is a straith forward spy story with all the mandatory villain that are only middle men and the final suprising big bad boss (it was actually a surprise for me, I was expecting other character)

Lets just say that I really loved this book, it felt right even if it isnt the same writer.
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
A spinoff from Billi Willingham's well done and popular Fables series that is a light enjoyable spy tale that hearkens back to the Sean Connery Bond or Flint movies. Cinderella is an off the books operative for Fabletown, and she is tasked with finding out who is selling magical objects to the Mundys (us-the non fables). she ends up teamed with Al_a_din, and the two make a formidable and engaging team. The villain was telegraphed, but I missed it because I was enjoying the escapist tone of the ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Well, this book started off with a promising start, and a lot of fun cameos. Overall, I enjoyed the storyline, and was ready to give it 5 stars when I started it.

Cinderella makes a good spy - after all, she's had several lifetimes to hone her role. The mission she is sent on is interesting and enjoyable, but the ending was rather unsatisfying and lackluster. The rivalry between Frau Totenkinder and Cinderella's Fairy Godmother is never really explained, so I wish that could have been explored
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Michelle, John
If you love Fables, you will love this. Simple as that.

This story follows Cindy as she looks for magical artifacts that are being smuggled into the mundy world in exchange for mundy goods.

We meet Ala-al-din - I think you know who I mean - an operative from the Homelands Baghad. We get to know Crispin, Cindy's shop assistant and his ambitions and we get some pretty cool flashbacks. Yep, it was a spy comic with the classic Fables twist. While the art in the actual books was 'meh' the covers are
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cinderella has gotten her series. It covers her time working as an undercover spy for fable town. The reader also gets a glimpse at the inner workings of Cinderella's shoe store.

Cinderella as a spy is definitely interesting. I love the peak into the Arabian Nights fairy tale and Aladdin is definitely kind of awesome in his way. I also thought that the story of the shoemaker working for Cinderella was a great comedic relief.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, library
Fun tale about Cindy and her spy lifestyle. Liked that it all worked within her own mythology, which was cool. Though I thought it would have fit better between Fables 11 and 12, numerically, so that the storyline lines up with the Fables storyline. Because Fabletown doesn't really exist anymore...
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