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January 19, 2011

Zenescope Reviews: Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends #1

Grimm Myths & Legends #1Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends #1
Publisher: Zenescope
Writer: Raven Gregory
Artist: David Miller

Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to read the Grimm Fairy Tales series. It’s one of those where I’ve been interested, but have a lot of catching up to do and not enough time to do it. Lucky for me, Zenescope has decided to launch a spin off, so I jumped at the chance to give it a read. Rather than paraphrase, I’ll give you the official description for this title:

Zenescope Presents a new ongoing series that promises to be one of the hottest independent titles of the year. After the milestone events of Grimm Fairy Tales #50 creatures from the realm of Myst have escaped into our world. Captured by the evil Baba Yaga for her sinister plans they are about to cause major havoc on earth. Written by Raven Gregory (Zenescope’s Wonderland trilogy) with artwork by David Miller, this first arc revisits the characters and story from the very first issue of Grimm Fairy Tales – Little Red Riding Hood. Brittany, our hero from issue #1 is back, working in a treatment center for adolescents. Little does she know that something from another realm has caught her scent and will stop at nothing to find and destroy her before her true purpose is revealed.

Admittedly, reading the first issue left me a little lost. There’s obviously more back story than I am familiar with since this series is new to me, but it left me wanting more nonetheless. What I do know for certain is that some serious shit is going down. We have a clinic full of screwed up people and some giant wolves (perhaps werewolves) on the loose. That can only be a recipe for disaster. Delicious, delicious disaster.

The dialog throughout the first issue is pretty solid. However, I felt like some of the characters were a little overly stereotyped, especially the patients in the clinic. I’m personally hoping that a lot of them get eaten by wolves as they’re the sort of stereotypes you love to hate.

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The one thing I have to be honest about is that I really didn’t like the art in this book. For those cover whores out there, you’ll be treated to three beautiful covers by J. Scott Campbell (a personal favorite), Eric Basaldua, and Mike DeBalfo. (DeBalfo’s is very reminiscent of the poster for The Howling.) Sadly, the interior art is not reflective of the elegance of the covers. There were a lot of panels where characters seemed out of proportion to one another, and a lot of the poses and facial expressions seemed somewhat awkward. I found these things to be rather distracting. The parts that were best illustrated were the panels featuring the wolf, or possibly wolves. I’m really hoping the art gets kicked up a notch in the next issue.

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If you’ve never read the Grimm Fairy Tales series and are looking for a place to jump in, this looks like the spot. If nothing else, you can sit and drool over the covers. What big [insert inappropriate female bits here] you have.

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Mac Beauvais
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@Macabri

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2 Comments


  1. Billy

    Top notch artwork, and Raven Gregory is a great scribe!


  2. Dorian Dawes

    I’ve not yet delved into the Grimm Fairy Tales, I am, however, a huge fan of Zenescope’s Wonderland books. I highly recommend them.



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