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Reviews: Cinderella Vs The Tooth Fairy, GFT & A Halloween Special
Some thoughts on the latest from Zenescope
Zenescope Entertainment has a selection of new comics out this week. Two specials include Cinderella Vs The Tooth Fairy, a Haloween Special, and the latest of the ongoing Grimm Fairy Tales series.
Grimm Spotlight: Cinderella Vs The Tooth Fairy
The psychotic, stabby, and lovable but definitely not huggable serial killer princess is back, and this time she is taking on…uhm…The Tooth Fairy? How? Why? We actually aren’t that sure. Swords, teeth, raccoons named Gerald? Get ready for Cindy like you’ve never seen her before…vs The Tooth Fairy.
Writer - Dave Franchini, Artwork - Manuel Preitano, Jordi Tarragona, Colors - Manuel Preitano, Robby Bevard, Letters - Justin Birch & Editor Dave Franchini
Cinderella’s adventures always seem a little crazy. This is good because so is she. She does seem to have her way, and in this special issue, things are not going the way she wants. Bounced from place to place, she deals with many fairytale folks, including gnomes, pixies, changelings and the Tooth Fairy.
The Tooth Fairy is just a tiny part of this story, as much more is happening. It’s quite a fun affair, with some dark humour and constant rambling from Cindy. Even the Tooth Fairy gets fed up with it.
I enjoyed this as we worked our way through various battles, and the bit with the gnomes was amusing. I also liked that it is leading to something else for Cindy in the following special.
There was some classic fun with the art and some good colouring throughout.
Grimm Fairy Tales #65
Taking over after the death of her mother, Sela, Skye Mathers is the new Guardian of the Nexus. With the help of Shang, her mentor, and her friends at Arcane Acre, she is learning the extent of her new powers and trying to figure out her place in protecting the universe. Skye “Snow White” Mathers is home again, and is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. But the world has changed, a new evil is emerging, and Skye will find out firsthand that nothing at Arcane Acre can ever be the same.
Story - Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini & David Wohl, Writer - Dave Franchini, Artwork - Babisu Kourtis, Colors - Jorge Cortes, Letters Taylor Esposito (of Ghost Glyph Studios) & Editor - David Wohl
Things are ramping up here, and we are still getting vague hints and suggestions of what is to come.
There is more action in this issue, along with some expositions and some history. This is some planning in the long term for these foes.
The action is well done and links back to a previous comment. Nevertheless, there is a loss for the Arcane team and insufficient knowledge. The comment about Robyn and Van Helsing is exciting and probably relevant too.
I like how the fight ended and the moments of doubt, combined with some learning. Nevertheless, we have a long way to go with this story arc by the looks of it.
Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Halloween Special 2022
This year, for the first time ever, don’t miss the broadcast of your new favorite reality challenge TV show! Watch as contestants compete on an island of pure terror for the chance for fame and to achieve their wildest dreams! Who will make it out alive and save their souls from a tortuous end?!
Story - Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, David Wohl & Kevin Townsley, Writer - Kevin Townsley Artwork Eduardo Garcia, Alvaro Feliu, Massimiliano La Manno & Dario Tallarico, Colors - Maxflan Araujo Letters Saida Temofonte & Matt Krotzer & Editor - David Wohl
This was a large-sized story with a lot going on. The advantage was that we all got a good look at all the characters involved, and a lot of building was in place.
The characters were slightly cliched, but this is a horror special, and you’ve got to have some of that! I like the dynamics between some of them and the way they clashed. Adding the reality show factor, the crew and the presenter build up nicely.
I like how the actual threat is shown early on - although there is a lot more than that to it, it pulls you in nicely. The hints are all there, and I like how it eliminated the various competitors.
There are some good twists and turns until we get to the end, and the last few pages do deserve a re-read.
A fun Halloween special