Grimm Fairy Tales #1 (2016)

New Series Launch! Grimm Fairy Tales is Back! The world of humans has forever changed and the Grimm Universe has been shaken to its core. It started with the Age of Darkness and now with the death of Sela Mathers, earth’s long time guardian, the Realms of Power have fallen into chaos. But Sela left behind one thing that may be able to save the world…her daughter, Skye. Don’t miss this new chapter in Grimm Fairy Tales that takes the series back to its roots.

I could be faulted for constantly harping on Zenescope’s Babe-addiction, so I’ll give it a rest this time. Instead I’ll just point out the other absurdities in this title.

Let’s start with the cover. The well-endowed lass depicted here has not only outgrown her hooded jumpsuit, but also bears no resemblance to the heroine of this comic. She seems embarrassed; maybe she wandered in from another comic, realized her mistake, and must now make a humiliating exit through the Fourth Wall while Laser Wolf looks on with unconcealed mirth. Seriously, Wolfie…she might be a flake, but there’s no reason to be cruel.

Moving on to the interiors. Art’s technically and anatomically correct, straight out of the “Draw Like Marvel” how-to book; everyone has been hitting the gym, it seems, and all the Uggos have been corralled off-panel like so much dysmorphic cattle. Oh, and everybody’s white. Even the Fu Manchu’d Occult Master named Shang is quite obviously just a white guy with clipped eyebrows and a weird mustache.

But wait! There’s a black werewolf…who turns out to be another white dude. False alarm.

Speaking of werewolves, the monsters are generic, resembling sinister Anthro characters: dog head and tail, man body. Ho-hum. What about a man-head-on-dog-body combination? That’s something I’d run from. But there’d be no abs! Acres of abs! Abs upon abs! In fact, the monster’s first attack is an abdominal thrust through a wooden fence – behold my glory!  he bellows, arms stretched forth in rapture.

And yet the girl kept running. All those Pilates for nothing. No wonder he started killing sheep.

All right, that’s enough. It’s not a bad comic, per se – it hits all the story bits nicely, and doesn’t actively offend the eyes – but still. It’s a lot more fun to laugh at than to actually read.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 5.

Grimm Fairy Tales #1 can be found at Zenescope

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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