When we hear the names Snow White, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland we think of fairy tale princesses and smiling cats. When we hear Robin Hood, we think of a man in green with a bow and arrow stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Well, Pat Shand and the team at Zenescope has taken those fairy tales and twisted them up, down and all around. The green-clad outlaw of Nottingham is a blonde named Robyn Hood who teams with Alice, a drug addict and Cinderella, who is mute and communicates through sign language to steal a shipment of Aether from a man named Mr. Cross. And that’s before we meet Liesel Van Helsing and Little Red Riding Hood!
Pat Shand, along with Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha, put out a unique read. Instead of true love’s first kiss, these ladies are after their next big heist. The story itself was choppy going back and forth between two story lines but keep in mind is that this is a first issue, part one of two, so it’s a build up to set the tone going forward. Annapaola Martello and Daniele Cosentino along with Robby Bevard did an excellent job on art and colors. They captured the steampunk look and made these women tough. They even kept to the traditional colors and styles of the characters i.e. Robyn wore lots of green and Alice had a blue and white dress. It’s always great to see an artist use tradition when re-inventing a character.
I give this issue four stars. I like the steampunk motif and the re-imagining of classic fairy tale characters. The story line itself was exciting with the ladies taking the ship and the captain teaming up with people of mutual interests to get it back. The character development was done well and it’s hard to choose which one was my favorite because they each had something about them to like. The story structure was the one thing I wasn’t crazy about hence the four stars. In the end, I still recommend this comic because this can be the start of a fun series. It’s not just another version of a fairy tale, there’s definitely more to it than that.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Steampunk #1
Story: Pat Shand, Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha
Writer: Pat Shand
Artists: Annpaola Martello, Daniele Cosentino (Layout Assistant)
Colors: Robby Bevard
Letters: Ghost Glyph Studios
Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
Item Code: NOV151806
In Shops: 1/27/2016