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Cinderella returns in an all-new epic! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cind is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can Cind uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown? By critically acclaimed writer Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso, The Lost) and legendary artist Shawn McManus (Cinder Cinderella returns in an all-new epic! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cind is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can Cind uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown? By critically acclaimed writer Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso, The Lost) and legendary artist Shawn McManus (Cinderella, Swamp Thing), Fairest, Volume 4: Of Men and Mice ties directly into Fables! Collects issues #21-26.


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Cinderella returns in an all-new epic! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cind is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can Cind uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown? By critically acclaimed writer Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso, The Lost) and legendary artist Shawn McManus (Cinder Cinderella returns in an all-new epic! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cind is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can Cind uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown? By critically acclaimed writer Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso, The Lost) and legendary artist Shawn McManus (Cinderella, Swamp Thing), Fairest, Volume 4: Of Men and Mice ties directly into Fables! Collects issues #21-26.

30 review for Fairest, Volume 4: Of Men and Mice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Huge Warning! Do not read this if you haven't read the later volumes of Fables. I made that mistake, and there's a pretty huge spoiler. I had accidentally spoiled myself already on the DC.Wikia website, but that doesn't make it any better. That aside, this was good. Kind of a freaky story. About one of Cinderella's Mice turned Human carriage drivers who becomes acquainted with the pleasures of human woman, with long-lasting consequences. Cinderella is like a female version of Bond, in ways I don Huge Warning! Do not read this if you haven't read the later volumes of Fables. I made that mistake, and there's a pretty huge spoiler. I had accidentally spoiled myself already on the DC.Wikia website, but that doesn't make it any better. That aside, this was good. Kind of a freaky story. About one of Cinderella's Mice turned Human carriage drivers who becomes acquainted with the pleasures of human woman, with long-lasting consequences. Cinderella is like a female version of Bond, in ways I don't really like. But overall, I like her lethal abilities and her spycraft. I find it really cool that her helpers are the non-human fables, like the three blind mice. Some aspects of this are pretty dark, but readers of the Fables and Fairest series should not find that surprising. Good, but not my favorite of this series, and not on the level of Fables.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    This volume is a relatively minor addition to the Fairest graphic novel series. It features Cinderella, who is trying to figure out why strange mouse/human hybrids are attacking Snow White and other Fables. It turns out that the source of these hybrid creatures can be traced to Cinderella’s own origin story, so she’s uniquely qualified to tackle the problem. The story here is very slight and, sadly, not all that exciting. I didn’t really care very much about the mouse/human hybrids and why they w This volume is a relatively minor addition to the Fairest graphic novel series. It features Cinderella, who is trying to figure out why strange mouse/human hybrids are attacking Snow White and other Fables. It turns out that the source of these hybrid creatures can be traced to Cinderella’s own origin story, so she’s uniquely qualified to tackle the problem. The story here is very slight and, sadly, not all that exciting. I didn’t really care very much about the mouse/human hybrids and why they were attacking. There is a bit of material included that relates to the main Fables storyline, but it doesn't advance that story much. The only really interesting element of the story was the glimpse the reader gets into Cinderella’s back story and her relationship with her stepsisters; I wish that had been explored more. I also didn’t find the style of the artwork very appealing. It has a cartoony feel, and many of the recurring Fables characters were almost unrecognizable to me. (I could only identify Snow White because she was surrounded by her kids.) This volume isn’t bad, but it really doesn’t contribute much to either the Fairest or the Fables graphic novel series. Unless you are a completist, you might want to skip this one. An ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Well, poosticks. After requesting an e-ARC of this I realized I completely forgot to read Fairest Vol. 3. Oops. I've not been as vigilant as I'd like to be (or really, as I used to be) about keeping up with the Fables t.p. volumes, but I have to kick it into gear for the Unwritten/Fables crossover (yes, I know that already technically happened, but the library hasn't gotten the volumes in stock yet). I promise to remedy all of these sins posthaste with a massive checkout binge tomorrow, but as f Well, poosticks. After requesting an e-ARC of this I realized I completely forgot to read Fairest Vol. 3. Oops. I've not been as vigilant as I'd like to be (or really, as I used to be) about keeping up with the Fables t.p. volumes, but I have to kick it into gear for the Unwritten/Fables crossover (yes, I know that already technically happened, but the library hasn't gotten the volumes in stock yet). I promise to remedy all of these sins posthaste with a massive checkout binge tomorrow, but as for today ... Fairest, Vol. 4: Of Mice and Men. Let me be blunt: This was not good. The fact that this was not good made me Not A Happy Librarian. Apart from the storyline (or "storyline"), what irked me the most was the art. It was scritchy and sloppy and no one really looked like themselves, or they looked like three other characters at once. I barely recognized Beast when he walked onto the page, and Cindy lost a lot of her spunk in the lackluster drawing. The background characters are hastily sketched in, and don't reflect the global nature of the settings. For example, when Cindy and Company are in India, literally nobody looked like they would be from India. They were all pale-skinned people (or slightly tanned people) with black hair and distinctly Western European features. Whitewashing much? Now, what really confused me was that this volume of Fairest is all about Cinderella, who already has her own 007-esque spy spinoff series. So, why are we retreading what's already been done with the character? To add insult to injury, this doesn't read like a title in its own series, but rather an enfeebled attempt to sneak into the original Fables series. You get all the spoilers, like (view spoiler)[Bigby's death (hide spoiler)] , which, if you haven't read that far in the series (ahem, *raises hand* (to be fair, I did already know about that particular spoiler, but others may not)), really ruins things. It also demands a good knowledge of the Fableverse and who did what to whom and betrayed this side or that side when and how. My brain can only hold so many things so I totally forgot a ton of this stuff. But all of that could have been avoided had we just focused on the ladies of Fables instead of trying to write a supplement to the Fables and Cinderella series. The so-called plot of this one involves a rat army unwittingly created by a mouse who turned into a man. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but mice and rats are two separate species, and a heavily enchanted mouse would only beget mice or mouse-hybrid offspring, and not rats, correct? I mean, I think I know enough about genetics to figure that much out. Good ol' Mendel and his peas and all that. So where did the rats come from??? And why can Cindy's mouse friend suddenly perform heavy-duty magical healing? And SINCE WHEN did getting shot in the temple not mean DEATH? I know that the Fableverse and the lives of the Fables within rely on human belief in their stories. A fairy godmother is a strong fable because her archetype appears in many, many fairy tales all over the world. This gives her power and would mean a quicker "respawning" (for lack of a better word) if she were to die. So, why not let her die and then come back? (view spoiler)[That's what I'm assuming will happen to Bigby (hide spoiler)] Not only does the author ignore practicalities, but he also ignores the rules of the Fableverse. Read it if you must, but I wouldn't recommend this to the casual comic reader. It's too heavily invested in well-established story lines and the art is pretty crap. I received an ARC of this title from Netgalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimber

    This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble. After a series of attacks by mice-men Cinderella is called in to investigate, after all her fable is full of mice. Cinderella pursues the Fairy Godmother who created the original mice-men only to get tangled up with some of the Indian Fables who have also met up with these mice-men. Who's really behind the attacks? And how will it affect the oncoming war between Snow and Rose Red? I really enjoyed this volu This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble. After a series of attacks by mice-men Cinderella is called in to investigate, after all her fable is full of mice. Cinderella pursues the Fairy Godmother who created the original mice-men only to get tangled up with some of the Indian Fables who have also met up with these mice-men. Who's really behind the attacks? And how will it affect the oncoming war between Snow and Rose Red? I really enjoyed this volume of Fairest, it was definitely a lot better than the previous volume. The story was really interesting, and tied in well with what's happened in the most recent Fables. I loved the art, all the issues about Cinderella always have awesome art. It was a bit weird to have a Fairest entirely about Cinderella considering she had her own series before, but it fit well. This volume really just fits well into the whole of the Fables-verse and makes a good transition between Fairest and Fables. The plot in this arc is really great. The assassin rats were really interesting, as was their backstory. I think it was interesting to get the insight into Cinderella's backstory a little more as well. The movement of the story was easy to follow and really enjoyable, mixing flashbacks and ongoing events together smoothly. This is another volume where there are lots of old characters being brought back into the game. The 3 Blind Mice, Fairy Godmother, and some of the other characters haven't been heard from in a while, so it's great to see them reintroduced as the series winds down. I loved the art. As I said the issues of Fairest and Cinderella featuring Cinderella always have great art. The artists that work on this series always do awesome stuff with Cinderella and I really love it. The cover was a little disappointing to me compared to the last volume. The individual issues have great covers except really for the one used for the volume cover which is just bland. I think the character design in this was also pretty cool, especially Cinderella's stepsister. I really enjoyed this volume of the always awesome series Fairest. Check out Fairest, Fables, Cinderella, and all the other Fables-verse content. It's great!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Fans of Vertigo's on-going comic book series Fables will find a lot to like in this spin-off. Collecting six issues of Fairest centering on Cinderella as a secret agent hot on the trail of a new human-rodent hybrid. Her adventures take her across the entire world, where she has various run-ins with familiar fairy-tale faces. If you're not familiar with the on-going plot threads from Fables and the first three collections in this series, you may be a bit confused at first. This comic series doesn' Fans of Vertigo's on-going comic book series Fables will find a lot to like in this spin-off. Collecting six issues of Fairest centering on Cinderella as a secret agent hot on the trail of a new human-rodent hybrid. Her adventures take her across the entire world, where she has various run-ins with familiar fairy-tale faces. If you're not familiar with the on-going plot threads from Fables and the first three collections in this series, you may be a bit confused at first. This comic series doesn't follow the old Stan Lee rule of consider every issue to be someone's first issue. But even not knowing every detail, I was still able to dig in and enjoy some sparkling (at times) dialogue and a good fairy-tale spy thriller. Adding to my enjoyment of this book is a consistent artistic style that allowed me to identify each character from issue to issue with ease. The included single issue covers are also a highlight of the collection, paying homage to the spy novels and thrillers of a by-gone era. Of Mice and Men reminded me that there are interesting things being done in comic books today and that I'm behind on a lot of it. It encouraged me to seek out other collections within the Fables universe and maybe get caught up a bit before the series winds down early next year. Maybe after reading some of the issues that lead up to it, I will give this one another shot and come away with a greater appreciation for how some of what I read hit fits into the larger narrative unfolding. But even if I don't, I still enjoyed the art, the story and the characters. A solid collection of six issues -- and you won't turn into a pumpkin if you don't read it before midnight.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Baal Of

    Ugh. This one was just embarrassing. The artwork is awkward, and weirdly bulbous, the story line kind of lame. And worst of all was the dialog. The dialog was so bad that the author himself commented on it lameness with "ugh. Not one my better one-liners" followed by an even worse "Bring. It. On.", which was acknowledged to be even worse. When you find yourself writing about how bad your dialog is, perhaps you should try to write something better. Passing it off as knowing irony is just plain sh Ugh. This one was just embarrassing. The artwork is awkward, and weirdly bulbous, the story line kind of lame. And worst of all was the dialog. The dialog was so bad that the author himself commented on it lameness with "ugh. Not one my better one-liners" followed by an even worse "Bring. It. On.", which was acknowledged to be even worse. When you find yourself writing about how bad your dialog is, perhaps you should try to write something better. Passing it off as knowing irony is just plain shit. Might as well walk into a room and say "Look at the poo I did on the floor." Another example, at the end of the first chapter, Cinderella declares that she needs to travel to Ultima Thule and then says "Which is marginally more pleasant than a pap smear." This is the kind of line that only a male writer would put in the mouth of a female character. He's trying hard to be edgy, and knows he should be trying to be feminist, but he's got no clue. I could easily find a couple dozen more crappy lines, but I think I've driven the point home.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    One of my favorite re-imaginings from the pages of Fables is the character of Cinderella. While the owner of a shoe store (what else?) called "The Glass Slipper" in Fabletown, she is in actuality a Master Spy. Think of a female James Bond with all of the skills in martial arts and weaponry, as well as a predilection for having sex with whatever guy with whom she happens to be working. In this story, she battles an army of giant rat/mice-men that were spawned by one of her coachman from the origin One of my favorite re-imaginings from the pages of Fables is the character of Cinderella. While the owner of a shoe store (what else?) called "The Glass Slipper" in Fabletown, she is in actuality a Master Spy. Think of a female James Bond with all of the skills in martial arts and weaponry, as well as a predilection for having sex with whatever guy with whom she happens to be working. In this story, she battles an army of giant rat/mice-men that were spawned by one of her coachman from the original tale. Remember that the coachmen were once mice transformed by the Fairy Godmother? Yeah, one of those mice managed to stay in human form and has lived through the ages and impregnated countless women. But who is controlling this army of monsters? Cinderella is on the case!

  8. 5 out of 5

    'kris Pung

    Well this Mundy always enjoys a nice departure from the mundane to dive into the land of Fables. I didn't think this was one of the strongest Fables/Fairest books I've read but I did find it entertaining. The pacing was good and I always enjoy how crude/violent the creators twist these classic children’s fables. My main problem with this is the ending seemed quite rushed and the cliffhanger (if you want to call it that) was really weak. **thanks Netgalley for the ARC**

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gieliza

    3.5 stars! Cinderella is such a badass.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam Wescott

    Hmph. This one was better than the first and third volumes in this series because it was actually about a woman ( I know, the bar is reeeeeaally low for a spinoff series about the WOMEN in fables). I do really like issues that focus on Cindy as a spy and those were always favorite plot threads of mine among the general Fables story. And you know, the story was actually pretty interesting and answered some questions I had when Fables ended. It was good to see Snow, of course, and I liked how Ram Hmph. This one was better than the first and third volumes in this series because it was actually about a woman ( I know, the bar is reeeeeaally low for a spinoff series about the WOMEN in fables). I do really like issues that focus on Cindy as a spy and those were always favorite plot threads of mine among the general Fables story. And you know, the story was actually pretty interesting and answered some questions I had when Fables ended. It was good to see Snow, of course, and I liked how Ram was incorporated. The ugly step-sister thing, though? Really obnoxious storytelling and not interesting at all. Minus a star for that. And minus another star for the way Cindy was drawn and framed. In her undies, tied to a chair? Looking down her shirt as she confronts a mouse? Come oooooon, you guys. It was so cringey and awkward. Fables has never been any good with how its women are drawn (or treated... or written...), but you'd think if any spinoff treated them well, it would be the spinoff ABOUT WOMEN. Ugh.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This was probably my favorite volume of Fairest so far. It's basically the third Cinderella limited series as I'm sure if they hadn't published the Fairest series this story would have eventually been published as a Cinderella stand alone. This one involves the Fairy Godmother, one of the stepsisters, and an amorous rat who was transformed into a human and just couldn't stop breeding. Ramayan shows up as well as a few other Fables and Cinderella is around as well. This story does tie directly int This was probably my favorite volume of Fairest so far. It's basically the third Cinderella limited series as I'm sure if they hadn't published the Fairest series this story would have eventually been published as a Cinderella stand alone. This one involves the Fairy Godmother, one of the stepsisters, and an amorous rat who was transformed into a human and just couldn't stop breeding. Ramayan shows up as well as a few other Fables and Cinderella is around as well. This story does tie directly into the current Fables storyline so it's not just a throw away. Overall Fairest has been a weak series but this was a high point for sure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    I've always enjoyed the stories where Cinderella goes off and serves as a spy/secret agent on behalf of Fabletown, and that's what she does again in this story arc. Unfortunately, this one doesn't have even half the magic as the other stories where Cindy is the protagonist (she doesn't even get her own self-title miniseries this time around). The basic plot is interesting: one of the mice who was turned into a coachman for Cinderella's big night at the ball, escaped and stayed a man/mouse and ha I've always enjoyed the stories where Cinderella goes off and serves as a spy/secret agent on behalf of Fabletown, and that's what she does again in this story arc. Unfortunately, this one doesn't have even half the magic as the other stories where Cindy is the protagonist (she doesn't even get her own self-title miniseries this time around). The basic plot is interesting: one of the mice who was turned into a coachman for Cinderella's big night at the ball, escaped and stayed a man/mouse and has, over the years, loved his way through a large swath of the population, leaving behind a veritable army of man/mouse hybrids in his wake. Someone has set these creatures to attacking Cinderella, Snow White, and others. Suspicion falls on Prince Brandish, but could it be someone else's hand is at work here? This isn't a particularly inspired story, past the basic foundations of it, and the artwork isn't really up to regular Fables standards, either. It's not terrible, but coming on the heels of much more resonant stories, it's a bit of a let-down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I liked the focus and smaller story of this volume. The main series has gotten so big, the reader has to switch gears every 3 or 4 pages, which has come to frustrate me greatly. I had time to settle into the story with this. I still think these folks reeeeally like to dress Cinderella up in sexy lingerie and see her fight, which is rather silly. The scene toward the beginning had me harumphing and rolling my eyes. But I liked what they did in creating a plot based on what happened in the aftermat I liked the focus and smaller story of this volume. The main series has gotten so big, the reader has to switch gears every 3 or 4 pages, which has come to frustrate me greatly. I had time to settle into the story with this. I still think these folks reeeeally like to dress Cinderella up in sexy lingerie and see her fight, which is rather silly. The scene toward the beginning had me harumphing and rolling my eyes. But I liked what they did in creating a plot based on what happened in the aftermath of the Cinderella story to the mice and rats. One of the ugly step-sisters even makes an appearance. (view spoiler)[ A little too abruptly dispatched at the end, but I guess I was done with her being in the story by then. (hide spoiler)] Considering my recent cranky reviews, one might wonder why I keep reading books in the Fables series and its spin-offs. I guess this is the reason I keep reading them. Because sometimes there's still a good story, and I wouldn't want to miss out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Heller

    This was a good installment and I always love Cinderella and her general badassery, but with two spin-offs and the graphic novel Fairest: In All the Land all dedicated to her did we really need a story arch of Fairest that's all Cinderella? I'm not going to call it a waste, cause it was good and it was relevant to to story and to the story in Fables, but we don't have long before this series is over and I can think of other characters I would have liked to learn more about. Still, four stars bec This was a good installment and I always love Cinderella and her general badassery, but with two spin-offs and the graphic novel Fairest: In All the Land all dedicated to her did we really need a story arch of Fairest that's all Cinderella? I'm not going to call it a waste, cause it was good and it was relevant to to story and to the story in Fables, but we don't have long before this series is over and I can think of other characters I would have liked to learn more about. Still, four stars because there were giant mice, a former mouse who loved the ladies, and stepsisters who really really hate each other.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tera

    I really wanted to like and originally looked forward to reading. Sadly it didn't take me long to realize that either I care less for the story or the story itself just isn't as good as it once was. I could never call this terrible or really bad, just not as good. Hopefully if there is another book following this that it returns to the amazing caliber of the previous Fables and Fairest stories. arc from NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Tolle Artwork und viele witzige Ideen! Für den "Seiteneinsteiger", der mit dem Handlungsgerüst von FABLES nicht vertraut ist, allerdings manchmal etwas verwirrend. Trotzdem: ein lesenswerter abgedrehter "Krimi", angesiedelt im Crossover-Bereich von Märchen und (natürlich auch fiktiver) Wirklichkeit.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cairns

    Finally! It took me so long to finish this, which is rarely the case with anything Fables based. This is the first arc in this series that I haven't been impressed with. It felt quite disjointed and despite the wonderful lead character, I just wasn't that interested in how it ended. I also wasn't mad keen on the art. Not bad, by any account, just not great.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of the worst volumes of Fairest and the greater Fables series. First of all, there's a huge continuity problem. There are too many cubs. Spoiler Alert: Darien, who's been dead for quite awhile in the main Fables series, is hanging out with no consequence. I understand mistakes but that one is pretty ugly; it undermines Darien's sacrifice as pack leader. I've commented repeatedly on these books that the Cinderella as super spy stories just don't work. I'm not sure if the problem is Cinderella o One of the worst volumes of Fairest and the greater Fables series. First of all, there's a huge continuity problem. There are too many cubs. Spoiler Alert: Darien, who's been dead for quite awhile in the main Fables series, is hanging out with no consequence. I understand mistakes but that one is pretty ugly; it undermines Darien's sacrifice as pack leader. I've commented repeatedly on these books that the Cinderella as super spy stories just don't work. I'm not sure if the problem is Cinderella or if the creators are just not good at writing James Bond style globetrotting spy stories. I suspect it's the latter, but these Cinderella spy stories are some of the weakest in the franchise. The bad guys awkwardly transition from Brandish to Leigh Duglas halfway through the book to try and keep up with Fables continuity. But it's impossible for it to fit in; there's never a place in Fables where Brandish can be running the evil mice hybrids. It just doesn't work. And the basic story, that there's all these evil mouse hybrids descended from one of Cinderella's mouse coachmen, it just doesn't work. Honestly the entire volume is kind of a mess. And I don't feel like it's even necessary to the larger story; you're pretty safe skipping it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hand Grenade

    "And if there's one thing I hate more than trolls, it's indentured servitude. Just ask my stepmother." Now, THIS is more like it. This story connects Cinderella, THE Fairy Godmother, Crispin (the Shoemaker from 'The Elves & the Shoemaker'), some trolls, King Valemon (the polar bear king from Norwegian fairy tales), Ramayan (the blue-skinned hero from an India epic), the Three Blind Mice and Snow White (along with some other Fables staples). Someone makes an assassination attempt on Snow White "And if there's one thing I hate more than trolls, it's indentured servitude. Just ask my stepmother." Now, THIS is more like it. This story connects Cinderella, THE Fairy Godmother, Crispin (the Shoemaker from 'The Elves & the Shoemaker'), some trolls, King Valemon (the polar bear king from Norwegian fairy tales), Ramayan (the blue-skinned hero from an India epic), the Three Blind Mice and Snow White (along with some other Fables staples). Someone makes an assassination attempt on Snow White and who better to call back into service than Fabletown's best spy, Cinderella? This one was much more like the first volume of the series in that it was creative, tied a bunch of unexpected characters together and it was fun to read. It also actually focuses on the female characters we already knew from Fables, which shouldn't ever have been an issue (I'm looking at you, Volume 3).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Callie Rose Tyler

    UGH! More Cinderella!? Seriously, I have had all that I can take of Cinderella and her obnoxious 007 persona. Why are they forcing this character on me, just when I thought I was free and clear, she pops up in this series. This story involves mice and ugly step sisters and fairy godmothers and more mice and a blue Indian fable that I don't know anything about.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric Leeson

    Who would have thought Cinderella was badass material. The special ops branch of the Fable government. She takes care of the seedy underbelly of people and Fable creatures that use their magic to exploit the mundane (human) world. She also investigates threats to the government's existence and combats assassin's and mercenaries. A cool, sexy woman that is constantly underestimated, she really kicks some ass in this volume.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vittorio Rainone

    Non il migliore degli episodi di Fairest, comunque un volume divertente, anche se nel finale scade in una bolgia un po' troppo dinamica. La protagonista è al solito la infallibile agente segreta Cenerentola, che si ritrova in un intrigo che coinvolge i topolini trasformati in cavalli dalla sua fata madrina e nella sua storia. Disegni nella norma, copertine di Hughes, al solito, meravigliose.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kendall H

    Read to evaluate for a challenge at work.

  24. 4 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    I love Cindy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

    With beautiful art as always...it was both terrifying and awesome to see the Cinderella tale and the mice coachmen so twisted in gritty comic book proportions.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eric Brown

    This was amazing. I love Cinderella's personality and will definitely be reading her series soon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ian Wood

    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- 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-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately). I rated this book WORTHY! WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK! I picked this up in the library because it looked really interesting, and I was not disappointed. Unfortunately, this is book four in a series, which I didn’t realize until after I’d read it. It did give me the distinct impression that it was part of something ongoing, but that said, it was possible to enjoy this without having read the earlier stories – although now I really want to read those earlier ones! I always appreciate a story with a strong female characters, and this one has them in droves. By strong female character I don’t necessarily mean one who can literally kick ass, although those are fine; I mean characters who are self-motivated, independent, and who don’t wilt away. They don’t need men, but are happy to have them around, and they can take care of business, which is actually what they’re primarily focused upon. In this aptly-named tale, rodents (which look like rats to me, so I’m going to refer to them as rats!) are human-sized and intent upon assassinating various lead females in the series, but those females are not going down without a fight. In fact, they’re not going down at all, and the fight goes right back to the rats, which are routinely defeated. The big question is where these rats are coming from? Who is behind this bizarre rat infestation? I don’t know how you feel about rats, but I love them. My wife has kept pairs of pet females rats for some time and I absolutely adore them. They’re lovable and hilarious, and so tame. Once you get them home and acclimatized to you and your smell, they are more than willing to climb all over you, ride around on your shoulder, climb up your pants leg, and eat out of your hand. They love to scamper around on the floor investigating everything, but will come when you call them – usually. But I digress! One of the most interesting characters for me got short shrift here – it was one of the ‘evil step-sisters’ and she was totally kick-ass. Hopefully I can learn more about her by reading other volumes in this series. In addition to her, there were lots of other interesting characters, including a blue guy from Indian mythology (that’s India, not native American) with whom I wasn’t familiar. We met the three blind mice, and a fairy godmother. The art work was gorgeous in this volume: colorful, well delineated, evocative, lively, and very functional. It was a real pleasure both to read and to look at. I recommend this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Happily ever after may not be in the in cards for everyone, but that does NOT mean an end for some of your favorite fair tale characters—and Fairest: Vol. 4: Of Mice and Men proves it! 51i3L7MULXL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Cinderella may be known forever for her appearance at the Ball and landing the Prince, but in the Fables universe, she’s a fierce and resourceful operative who sells shoes by day ,when she’s not at various locations around the world, saving the Earth for the residents of Fables an Happily ever after may not be in the in cards for everyone, but that does NOT mean an end for some of your favorite fair tale characters—and Fairest: Vol. 4: Of Mice and Men proves it! 51i3L7MULXL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Cinderella may be known forever for her appearance at the Ball and landing the Prince, but in the Fables universe, she’s a fierce and resourceful operative who sells shoes by day ,when she’s not at various locations around the world, saving the Earth for the residents of Fables and Mundies (human, non-magical folk). When mice the size and shape of men begin to show up and attempt murder on a Fabletown resident, Cinderella traces things back to the one person she knows to be responsible—the only problem is that she has not spoken to her fairy Godmother in quite a while. And, to be fair, things did not end amicably for the two. After finding her, FG gets shot. Cinderella has to track down the assassin, going all the way around the globe, and calling in a few favors from some old friends (and lovers) in order to track down the assassin (whom is very close to Cinderella) and get back to Fabletown with the information. I love writer Marc Andreyo and artist Shawn MacManus’ take on Cinderella. While there are a few racy scenes, Cinderella is dealt with respect—she’s like James Bond in crystal slippers. While other universes might take certain liberties with female secret agents/part time fairy tale princesses, these guys have managed to make a character that you don’t question—she seems very capable based on what she’s already done in the series and where Fairest: Volume 4 takes her. Originally, I was not a fan of the way Cinderella acted within the universe, but I have no doubts as to her awesomeness now. This was a perfect read and review for International Women’s day. We NEED more strong women with great stories in comic books, and Andreyo and MacManus really make me believe in this concept being achieveable in this generation. Sure, they’re following a bigger editorial story, but after the 3rd volume (which I was not too fond of), Fairest: Volume 4 makes me feel better about the series. It’s definitely something I want to pursue reading. I loved how they make ancillary characters, like the three blind mice or Dockery, really matter in a story. With Fables, there is a tremendously large potential cast of characters. While Fairest focuses on the women, it is also refreshing that they don’t forget non-female characters, making them truly inclusive. I also love the characters that pop up, almost as easter eggs, that prompt readers to research and figure out where they may lie within future Fables universe interactions. Without spoiling anything in the book, I think there was a character that was glaringly not showing up—and I wondered when that character might show up in the future. Another drawback is that, while the book DOES state that the events take place AFTER Fables Vol 20: Camelot, I am not that updated on that series, so there were a few things I was able to infer, but missed out on. Perhaps a page in the back with author notes, or a character listing, would have been great to have. Fairest: Volume 4: Of Mice and Men is available from your favorite retailer. I picked this up in graphic novel format, and I cannot recommend the series enough! Happy International Women’s Day!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katya

    Overall I found this a decent addition to the Fables/Fairest roster, although subsequent analysis revealed some weaknesses in the story. This installment is billed as a spy/adventure story - an assassination attempt on Snow White sends Cinderella to find the fairy godmother, then to India to track down the potential source of the assassins. There's a neat tie-in with Cinderella's backstory via a mouse-coachman Lothario and the end of the volume links up neatly with the Camelot story currently go Overall I found this a decent addition to the Fables/Fairest roster, although subsequent analysis revealed some weaknesses in the story. This installment is billed as a spy/adventure story - an assassination attempt on Snow White sends Cinderella to find the fairy godmother, then to India to track down the potential source of the assassins. There's a neat tie-in with Cinderella's backstory via a mouse-coachman Lothario and the end of the volume links up neatly with the Camelot story currently going on at Fables. I thought the story managed to pack in a decent amount of action and happenings, but still left some things to be desired. Spoilers below, probably. First, I wish the writers had done more to remind us of/give us backstory, both for the plot and the characters. The story dropped in Fairy Godmother and sent Cinderella off to Ultima Thule with a sort of tongue-in-cheek 'you should know what's happening here' attitude, but... the Fables oeuvre covers a lot of ground, and I had to take to the internet to remember what Ultima Thule was and what FG had done there. Annoying. Then the writers gave us one of the ugly stepsisters, only with no backstory or characterization beyond "ugly stepsister, assassin, hates Cinderella and wants to kill her... also is apparently a cyborg". Why?! Fables is great at giving us three-dimensional, complex villains but the writers were just phoning it in with the ugly stepsister. Boring. On that note, even Cinderella could have had better/more fleshed-out characterization. The story started out decidedly male-gaze-y with Cindy tied to a chair in her underwear. Why?! Then there's a bit with her jumping into bed with an old flame that does nothing to further the story or establish her character except to portray her cavalier attitude about love and sex. Which is fine, and I love the array of femininity Fables usually portrays across its heroines - they don't all need to be wives and mothers like Snow and Beauty, but something seemed off the mark about Cindy's portrayal here. She's a lady James Bond, sleeping around but never falling in love, yet still shown through the male lens gaze (ie naked) and still has to be rescued by her boy toy. It's a bit incongruous and misses the mark. Also, there's a glaring error in the artwork. At the end of the Fables Camelot storyline, there are three cubs left with Snow - Ambrose, Blossom and Conner, yet the panels show four cubs in Fabletown. The fourth could have been Winter, but I'm fairly certain it's meant to be a boy and it looks like Dare. Either this is a very clever, secret easter egg or the writers, artists and editors didn't do their homework. The artwork is so-so. The artists seem to have a lot of trouble with the ladies' faces, and there were some panels where Snow and Cindy looked kind of like eggs with makeup on. The art seemed rushed, because those issues would seem like easy fixes to me. I generally enjoyed this volume as I was reading it, but I wasn't blown away or hooked as I've previously been with other Fables volumes. It's fine, but I expect better than fine from the Fables oeuvre and methinks the writers and artists could do better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Xavfro

    this is actually cinderella vol 3... it was okay but not great

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