Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1 (@Zenescope)

"Tonight the four will rise. War. Death. Pestilence. Famine."

Comic universes are always on the lookout for some form of strife that generates unlikely alliances in the face of overwhelming odds. Zenescope has put their characters through the ringer on more than one occasion, but that won't stop them from doing it again in Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1. The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by J.G. Miranda, colored by Hedwin Zaldivar and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Robyn Hood, Hellchild, Cinderella and Marian Quin unite for an event to end all comic book events...the apocalypse. One year ago, Robyn Hood and Marian Quin united to imprison the Four Horsemen underneath New York City, preventing the apocalypse. Now, faced with the return of these unstoppable, immortal demons, Robyn had a choice: sacrifice the world...or her soul.

Shand wastes no time in bringing the characters together for their quest to save the world in the face of extremely dire opponents. The grouping of Robyn, Hellchild and Cinderella and Marian Quin is certainly refreshing as it offers up a look at some of the other characters in the ever-growing Zenescope universe. Their quest is appropriately catastrophic in nature as well, with Shand emphasizing the threat the Four Horsemen present to the safety of their world. His dialogue is pretty snappy and to the point, effectively giving the reader the necessary information to understand what's going on. The book also has an appropriate level of gloom and doom that pervades the issue to reinforce the notion that things are going to get worse before they get better.

Miranda's illustrations in Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1 are generally very expressive. Robyn in particular is drawn in a way that lets the reader know she's been doing what she does for quite a while as he emphasizes her combat prowess on multiple occasions in the book as Miranda emphasizes her fluidity in combat. The other characters all look familiar to Zenescope readers and fit into the settings equally as comfortably. And Miranda conveys to the reader a broad scope of characters, drawing all manner of monster for the team to square off against. Zaldivar's colors are generally pretty simple yet effective in keep things organized.

Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1 is kicking off a pretty big event for the Zenescope universe. Robyn is pulling together a team to save the world, but that team may need even more help to keep things under control. Shand's script is very straightforward and doesn't waste any time getting to the meat of the set-up. Miranda's illustrations do a solid job of giving the reader a glimpse into the frenetic world the heroes find themselves fighting to preserve. Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1 brings together some of Zenescope's newer heroes in a fight against an enemy who will require them to have all their wits about them.

Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1 is in stores now.


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