Cinderella: Fables Are Forever

Fables Are Forever - Shawn McManus, Chris Roberson I received this graphic novel in a First Reads giveaway and it's taken me a while to write a review - my apologies. Partially because I have no idea how to review a graphic novel, my ADD made this a somewhat scary task. So, I'm just gonna wing it.I'm giving this 4 stars, but keep in mind I'm not a graphic novel aficionado and have no idea what I'm talking about.This is apparently the first of a mini-series, which is a sequel to another mini-series. Nobody told me that. So, I was slightly confused until I realized this was a continuation of a previous storyline and the author didn't actually mean to throw the reader into the middle of a story. But everything is explained quickly and you're caught up in a couple pages.The main character, Cinderella, is a super spy and faces off with her nemesis from the previous book, Dorthy Gale. Oh yes, it's not just Cinderella. You've got Wizard of Oz references, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, even some Russian fables I had to Google (which led to hours upon hours surfing Wikipedia and coming away with a healthy respect for sorcerers [they're totally real]).There's no question that this is an adult novel, as if the bikini-clad sexpot on the cover wasn't enough to warn you. There is a lot of bikini-cladedness and gratuitous butt-shots in this book. Dorthy Gale is built like a gymnast, which totally threw me. But the artwork is beautiful. If I wasn't totally against maiming this book, I'd cut out numerous pages and stick them up on my wall. That sounds a little creepy.Now, about the actual story... I'm kinda stuck. There are a ridiculous amount of flashbacks covering so much, I'm having a hard time putting together anything to say that doesn't require too much explanation. You're taken from Russia, to the jungle, to Rome, to a freaking blimp in the desert... I don't even think a 007 movie takes you through that many locations. It's a bit jarring to go through so many flashbacks, but that may be the way of graphic novels and comic books. If I were attempting to read a regular romance or sci-fi with that many flashbacks, I'd have given up. With my ADD, I get lost in the 'mini-stories' of flashbacks and by the time they're over, I completely forget what lead to the flashback in the first place.But even though the flashbacks were weird for me, I still had a lot of fun reading this. The witty quips and sarcasm, even the villain monologing (it's a word) was so amusing that I enjoyed every page of this book. It was interesting for me to have world-building done through images instead of descriptions, so there was no misinterpretation on my part of what the author meant for the scenes and characters to look like. It took me a few pages to figure out in which order to read the dialogue bubbles, but once I got the hang of it, I devoured this novel. And it's a book I could pick up tomorrow to reread and enjoy it just as much. I really can't get over how well the artist was able to match the artwork to the dialogue. The facial expressions and body language added emotion to the dialogue that made the story leap off the page.So, while I can't figure out how to give you a synopsis of the storyline, I can tell you that this is an amazing piece of art and a wonderful story. I'm happy to have it in my collection. And though I want to share it with all my friends, I don't want them to put their grubby hands on it and mar its beauty. Again with the creepy.I absolutely recommend this book.