Could a modern anthology be worthy of a buy from me? Surely not! I mean I totally hate anthologies, right?
Grimm Universe created by Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco
Written by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, Terry Kavanaugh, Nick Bermel, Howard Mackie, Ben Meares
Illustrated by J.G. Miranda, Salvatore Cuffari, Marcelo Mueller, Renzo Rodriguez, Leo Rodrigues, Daniel Maine, Babisu Kourtis, Allan Otero
Colored by Robby Revard, Dijjo, Leonardo Paciarotti, MaxFlan Araujo, Jorge Cortes, Grostieta, Juan Manuel Rodrigruez, Ceci De la Cruz
Lettered by Saida Temofonte, Kurt Hathaway, Christina Berbieri, Taylor Esposito, Fabio Amelia, Maurizio Clausi
Published by Zenescope
This is a collection of new stories from the Grimm Universe. Try out the new 8-page intros in this one volume and look for the new tales and directions older ones go in.
Among the stories within, you will find The Black Night – a golden age hero for a modern age. Hellchild – Who is a demonic humanoid on the streets. Oz – A civil war is underway in THE Oz and it has a bit of an Elfquest feel. Van Hellsing – Van Hellsing’s Daughter will ultimately meet the Daughter of Dracula. Zodiac – a super hero’s Irish origin. Dragonsblood – great ancient tales bring us a hero or a villain. Robyn Hood – a modern female version of Robin Hood. Lastly, Gretel – In a road house, we explore the life of grown up Gretel.
What I liked. I enjoyed the Oz story a lot. It is action-exposition in that it tells us about the world during fight and flight scenes. The art and writing was top notch
Dragonsblood also gripped me as I am a fan of Njal’s Saga and Beowulf. Here we are getting two sides of the same story from a huckster bargaining for ale and a swordsmith with a vested interest. Again, the art is splendid and I look forward to more story.
What I didn’t like on its own. Van Hellsing is an anachronism. It isn’t surprising and the source material is well served. But it didn’t take me far enough in 8-pages to draw me in. Likewise, Black Knight and Gretel didn’t do anything with the characters I cared enough about. Robyn Hood I have to check back. The “umf” just wasn’t there for me. What I remain happy with is this comic as a whole is a fullfilling page turner and worthy successor in the tradition of Warner black & whites!
If you are into anthologies, this is one for you. If not, you will find a story you like with 3 of 5 stars.
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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.