Countdown to Fables #100: Skullduggery

Welcome to today’s entry to the Countdown to Fables #100, where on Tuesday and Friday I recap a story told within the pages of Fables.  This will happen up until issue #100 is released on November 24th.  If you’re new to the countdown, an archive of all previous entries can be found under our Special Features menu.  Today’s story is titled “Skullduggery.”  In this story, Cinderella goes on her mission to retrieve an important package for Fabletown’s war effort.  The identity of the Adversary does appear in the recap, which is after the break.

Skullduggery
Issues #71-72
Art by Mark Buckingham

Cinderella is in Tierra Del Fuego to pick up a package from a Mr. Orundellico.  Against their agreement, he brought extra people with him, but Cindy has no other choice but to go with him.  In his car, Cindy knows that they are going the wrong way because she has an enchantment from Frau Totenkinder to alert her where the package is.  Mr. Orundellico admits that they are kidnapping her, since she is a beautiful woman, and there are 3 of them.  Cindy gouges one of the men’s eyes out, disarms the second, and shoots them both.  This causes the car to crash.  In Fabletown, Prince Charming resigned his position as mayor, giving it to his new deputy King Cole.  Mayor Cole names Beauty as his deputy, and names Prince Charming as director of Homeland Recovery, putting him in charge of the war.  Cindy pulls out Mr. Orundellico, and flips the car back over.  She waits for him to come to, and tells him that he’ll drive her to the package, or she will kill him.  They get to the building only to find several more armed men holding Pinocchio hostage.  She pulls out a third gun she was holding (they only searched for 2) and kills all of them.  Cinderella and Pinocchio drive a couple days to the nearest airport.  The initial plan was to have Boy Blue teleport them out of there, but Cinderella’s cell phone was damaged in the fight.  After a few days they arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile.  After going out on her own to pick up some supplies, Cindy returned to her safe house to find Hansel and two of his henchmen.  Knowing what Cinderella is capable of, Hansel says he’ll kill Pinocchio if she makes any moves.  Cindy asks what he wants to know, and Hansel says that he wants to know when Fabletown is planning to attack.  Cindy laughs at him and tells him it has already started.

Hansel takes Pinocchio and leaves one of his henchmen behind to kill Cinderella 15 minutes after they leave.  She flirts heavily with Kerr to distract him.  She kicks a shoe at him, and is able to leap across the room and take him down.  She got shot twice in the shoulder, but she is able to snap his neck.  Cindy finds a huge earth hauler (really, really large dump truck), and runs it over the front of Hansel’s car.  She shoots his henchman, and shoots Hansel in both of his kneecaps, uncertain about his diplomatic status.  In New York City, Cinderella is close to getting Pinocchio back to Fabletown when they are attacked by Rodney and June.  They had a similar enchantment on them alerting them when Pinocchio would be near.  After a car crash, and a long fight, Rodney and June have Cinderella beaten down and are about to kill her when Pinocchio steps in.  He convinces them, by reminding that he is under the same loyalty spell as they are, that it will be in Geppetto’s best interest if he were to lose the war.  So, Cinderella gets put into a hospital, while Rodney and June turn themselves into Fabletown authorities.

Really, the main point of this story is to show how badass Cinderella really is.  Of course, we also have Pinocchio back in Fabletown, the issue of Adversary spies nearby has been resolved, and Hansel has been seriously injured.  In these two issues, there was talk about the war currently going on, and our next story will be the war with the Adversary.

Up next, War and Pieces

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