Belinda once served the Dark Horde, the most powerful of evil in all of the Realms. When she learned of the Horde’s involvement in her son’s disappearance, she became an ally to Sela. But can Belinda be trusted to shape the minds of young highborns at Arcane Acre… or will she use her position of power for evil once again?
The new kids in town have been recruited to take over the mantle that the original Realm Knights had dawned. Wulf, Ali, Hailey, Skye and Violet are to be the new protectors of the realms, all under the watchful tutelage of Belinda. However, not all of them are too sure about Belinda’s intentions, especially Violet. Her life of always being on the run, had made her extra wary and she’s bound and determined to figure out Belinda’s true intentions.
Trust is a key factor in this issue, trust between a student and teacher and trust between a mother and daughter. Belinda hasn’t been the most trustworthy person in her past, in fact she’s tried to kill Sela on more than one occasion, so it’s safe to say that some of the students are a little unsure of her. After everything she’s been through, Violet’s more than in her right to not trust anyone easily. After how many different betrayals she’s experienced while fighting through the hordes of Wonderland, it’s a wonder she even trusts her own mother. Skye is just the opposite, after spending so much of her life in Belinda’s care she trusts her more than her own mother. So, is Belinda really all that bad if she was able to bring up Skye so well? Only time will tell, but Violet may not be as patient as the others.
This issue sports Pat Shand’s traditional style of awesome writing. He skillfully breathes life into these characters and really brings out all of their little quirks and nuances, like Violet’s wariness, or Belinda’s self-doubt. It all helps these characters grow and lays out the ground work for the new team of Realm Knights down the road. Przemyslaw Klosin did a great job with the art side of things and really helped convey what Pat was writing down. The new team is starting off strong.
Issue 103 of Grimm Fairy Tales is a good jumping on point for those looking to break into the series. It’s a whole new team with characters just waiting to grow further. If you have yet to experience the writing styles of Pat Shand, then I highly recommend picking up this issue, it’s the best of both worlds. For more info on where to find this issue, visit the Zenescope website, or the Zenescope Facebook page.