The roots of the Zenescope Universe date back to The Big Bang, and Grimm Fairy Tales #64 reveals a lot of relevant information. If you’re guilty of judging a book by its cover and assuming that these books are nothing but T&A, you’re mistaken. Jump in and find out just how wrong you’ve been.
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #64
Story: Raven Gregory, Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco
Writer: Raven Gregory
Artist: Carlos Granda
Colorist: Guillermo Gustavo Ucha
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist(s): Marat Mychaels & Falk (Cover A), Ale Garza & Ivan Nunes (Cover B), Mike Debalfo & Sanju Nivangune (Limited Exclusive)
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.99
Previously, in Grimm Fairy Tales: Considering that I’m beginning at part 10 of a 12-part story entitled The Dream Eater Saga, I think I was able to piece things together pretty well. Writer Raven Gregory is working from a story that he, Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco conceived. I have to believe that a lot of loose plot points culminated in the revelations made in this very issue.
THE HISTORY OF THE ZENESCOPE UNIVERSE REVEALED
In what can only be called a weighty undertaking, a publisher-wide cohesiveness is being laid out within this series, most of the details (presumably) appearing in this issue. The physical personification of Chaos and Order engage in a battle otherwise known as The Big Bang. From that skirmish, four realms of power were established: Myst, Neverland, Wonderland and Oz. Each was appointed a keeper, but over time, things deteriorated and now the world of Man is in big, big trouble.
The information dump comes from the adventures of two main characters in this story, Sela and Belinda. Sharing more than just extraordinarily form-fitting and enticing garb, the two women also appear to be after their lost children.
MEET OUR HEROINES – SELA & BELINDA
Sela’s one true love Erik is apparently in a bind with his soul being trapped in Limbo. She’s intent on freeing Erik and then finding their child; progeny that thanks to some memory manipulation, she didn’t even remember existed until just recently.
Her partner in circumstance is Belinda. She’s been operating under the illusion that her son was killed, a scenario that had her on a path towards revenge. Revelations contained within this issue reveal that her son lives and she’ll need to enter the Inferno realm in order to arrange for his release.
PRETTY IMAGES WITH PRETTY WOMEN
Visually speaking, this is a well-constructed comic. Although some of the camera angles are created specifically to serve in the interest of titillation, the work is skillful. A lot of text is imparted upon the reader and I give Carlos Granda a lot of credit for creating arresting visuals to coincide with the background information.
Everything’s well written, including dialogue. In one issue I was able to pick up on the strained relationship between Sela & Belinda and their united cause when it comes to their quest. Since this story crosses over into other titles (I’ll be including a checklist at the end of this review), I wonder if this will be collected as a separate entity when it comes time for the collected edition.
BOTTOM LINE: Ambitious and Impressive – Worthy of Purchase
Grimm Fairy Tales #64 is coming in at the tail end of a worthy crossover story, The Dream Eater Saga. I’m intrigued enough to keep my eyes open for the eventual collected edition. In the meanwhile, get a taste of what this team has to offer. Grimm Fairy Tales #64 earns 3.5 out of 5 stars.