Grimm Fairy Tales 2013 Special Edition Review

The war rages on but is this penultimate outing really worthy of your time?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

Everything has been building toward this! Sela and the hunters make their last stand against the Being as night falls across Earth. Who will betray Sela? Who will die on the battlefield? As the Being’s plan comes to fruition, nothing will ever be the same again. Don’t miss the issue that changes the Grimm Universe… forever!

With so many twists and turns the creative team works up quite a literary sweat as they throw our heroes into the proverbial wood-chipper.  Marvel Comics and DC Comics could do well to pay attention to what’s been done in this arc, because this is how you bring lasting change to a shared universe and make it resonate.

The script by Pat Shand is a structurally sound piece that blends the various elements of Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed with the core components from the assorted tie-ins.  To the author’s credit he balances all the players quite well as a very complicated battle takes place with literally hundreds if not thousands of players in the game.  As always the world is in the balance as riddles finally start to get some deserved answers.  From start to finish this release is entertaining despite some minor stumbles with the dialogue here and there.

Miguel Mendonca handles the art and the characters look exactly as they should whether they’re just talking or entering the fray.  I found the panels to be lightly rendered with a minimal amount of detail, but the soft touch of the pencil strokes gave the piece an ethereal feel that allowed the amount of death and destruction to carry a profound weight that I didn’t expect form the visual side of things.  There were a couple points where characters looked a tad bit off but trust me these instances did little to sully this outing.

Grimm Fairy Tales 2013 Special Edition is a proper penultimate chapter that accomplishes so much that I’m honestly impressed and exhausted from reviewing it. Highly recommended.

4.5/5

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