A cute naked girl shows up at your beachside doorstep. She wants to know if you have something she can wear. Welcome to Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends #8. If this whole thing sounds a little fishy, take the plunge.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES – MYTHS & LEGENDS #8
Story: Raven Gregory, Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco
Writer: Raven Gregory
Pencils: Miguel Angel Garrido & Rain Lagunsad
Colors: Jason Embury, Jeff Balke & Jeremy Colwell
Letters: Jim Campbell
Cover(s): Ale Garza & Nie Ruffino (Cover A), Pasquale Qualano & Sanju Nivangune (Cover B), Mike Debalfo & Sanju Nivangune (NYCC Exclusive)
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Cover Price: $2.99

Previously, in Grimm Fairy Tales – Myths & Legends: Erica wakes up along the shoreline, unsure of how she got there. We learn that this is not the first time she’s experienced such phenomena, but this time she feels as if it’s ‘different.’ This time, she’s scared.

More Trust Than Sense

Luckily she’s within walking distance of her boyfriend’s place and he answers her knock at the door, finding her completely naked (except for a strategically held piece of discarded cardboard). He doesn’t seem to have all that many concerns, because it’s not until about ½ way through the comic and several scene changes before he even asks what happened. Talk about a trusting boyfriend!

Her parents are worried sick about her, but thanks again to the assistance of her boyfriend, she returns home to doting parents. Although their incredibly spacious home would indicate a significant degree of wealth, it’s sparsely decorated and the phone her parents have been focused upon is easily circa 1985. Real old school here, with a rotary dial and everything.

She’s Only Seventeen

It turns out, this is the eve of her 18th birthday and her parents have planned quite the shindig for their very beautiful (and forgetful) daughter. In the meanwhile, throughout the course of her day of preparation, some otherworldly forces are paying close attention to her activities. The mystery continues to grow deeper until everything culminates at the peak of her birthday party.

The art is not strong in Myths & Legends #8. Proportions are off, gigantic interior settings are unrealistic and the portrayals of males are particularly doughy. The physical attributes of the female form are a strong focus in this book, and thankfully the artwork from Miguel Angel Garrido & Rain Lagunsad is more skillful.  Some of the scenes of Erica cavorting with her girlfriends are gratuitous but playful.

The overall plot is relatively interesting, although the characterization and dialogue is pretty single-dimensional. Erica isn’t a very engaging protagonist, but it bears mentioning that I’m jumping in at issue #8 and perhaps more development has been established in prior issues.

BOTTOM LINE: Pretty Girls, One With A Tail, Pretty Mediocre

Unless you have a strong penchant for mermaid stories, there’s nothing terribly read-worthy within these pages. Some of the bubbling-under story elements may pay off dividends later in the series, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.  Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends #8 earns 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The Author

Mike McLarty

Mike McLarty

A San Diego native, Mike has comics in his blood and has attended the San Diego Comic Con every year since 1982. His comic interests are as varied as his crimes against humanity, but he tends to lean heavily towards things rooted in dystopian themes. His favorite comic series is Warren Ellis’ and Darick Robertson’s Transmetropolitan. Spider Jerusalem is the best character ever devised. Mike realizes those statements will alienate a good portion of his potential audience, but those are the facts. You are unlikely to find a single collector with a better Transmetropolitan art portfolio than the one he has in his possession. He is an Assistant Editor for the upcoming Transmetropolitan Charity Book.

He also occasionally freelances for various other comics websites, which he promotes through his homepage (www.comickarma.com), Twitter and other inherently intrusive forms of social media. Mike firmly believes that the best writers come from the UK. This could be because he’s of Irish descent; not so much based on physical geography as the fact that the Irish like to drink heavily.

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1 Comment

  1. Ced
    October 18, 2011 at 11:18 am — Reply

    Zenescope Entertainment review are in general hum… kind of boring? I mean all their books seem to be build around the same repetitive formula. I don’t know well their original titles, but I guess they had success in publishing a fun sexy faery tale re-imagination where they had the right tone and the right art and it was cool at this moment and it worked well. But now they just try to replicate this success and well… it getting redundant.

    Maybe you could group them together like the past rapid fire reviews?

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