I’m new to Grimm Fairy Tales, although I have to say I was definitely curious after reading Chuck’s review of Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood. Zenoscope has billed issue #101 as a good jumping on point, so I did just that. And I was a little confused, because although it’s obviously an intro to the world of Grimm Fairy Tales (since Skye explains some things, and her mother Sela’s trip to the realm of Myst is the set-up for a big part of the series arc) we are dropped into a story that obviously has a lot of history. By the way, if your first exposure to Grimm Fairy Tales is this review and you’re having the thought “Really, Myst? Like the video game I spent hours of my life playing in college?”…let me assure you that it doesn’t appear to be *that* Myst. So far.
The basic idea is that a group of “highborn and falseblood” teens will be trained at Arcane Acre to fight evil. And if you’re thinking, “Damn, that sounds like X-Men. Or Harry Potter.” you would not be the first one to think so. Skye at one point calls it “Hogwarts meets X-Men,” which tells me that the writers are on the same page. Shang, the headmaster, even looks somewhat like Professor X, and I wonder if that’s not deliberate. If it is, bravo. I love a book with a sense of humor, or better yet, with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
I like this book. I have no idea where the hell it’s going, but I even like that. I like how there’s a different feel in the artwork for different realms, and how every character is drawn with their own personality, even when they only appear in the background of a scene. Who they are is already coming across loud and clear because of that. I’m a little wary of Wulf and Hailey, who are at this point the stereotypical blonde super couple, but the others are interesting. We don’t know anything about Violet Liddle except that she introduces herself as “resident Mad Hatter” (which makes me love her), and Ali has a lamp in his possession that looks like it’s a big part of the plot for the first few issues at least. And then there’s Skye, our “in” to the series, who seems to have a lot going on.
As promised, this seems a good jumping-on spot. Okay, Zenoscope, you’ve hooked me, now see if you can reel me in with issue #102. So far I’m giving Grimm Fairy Tales 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #101
Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Pat Shand
Writer: Pat Shand
Artist: Andrea Meloni
Colors: Renato Guerra
Letters: Jim Campbell
Release Date: 8/14/14