Grimm Fairy Tales presents Hunters: The Shadowlands #2 Review

The road to the main event continues here, but is this a story that’s worth telling? Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

After years of searching, the Hunters have finally found themselves reunited once again in a world that is not their own — a world that holds captive the worst monsters ever imagined. But will their combined knowledge assist in finding an escape from the dreaded Shadowlands? Or will the differences among the group tear the team apart?

Elsewhere, Samira and Ravenous have located a dark Being of unimaginable power and are intent on setting the creature free — unleashing its wrath upon the Shadowlands, as well as the earth itself.

The battle in this nightmarish realm continues but with only a handful of issues remaining and the ending never in doubt can the creative team deliver something that’s more than just a tie-in?  At this point I think it’s safe to say: yes they can.

Raven Gregory and Pat Shand team up to handle the text side of this piece and the duo do an outstanding job framing the unique personalities therein.  In this situation tempers run high as we charge toward a somewhat dynamic cliffhanger and trust me when I say the script offers enough literary meat to make this saga work.  There were some moments where the guaranteed conclusion weighed down the ending a bit but for the most part I found myself eagerly entertained.

The art by Tazio Bettin and Zach Basset perfectly complements the narrative as each of these talented individuals bring this world to life.  The panels themselves are somewhat bland at first glance but there’s enough of a personality therein to make it all work on some level. From the first page to the final sequence there’s plenty to enjoy here even if there are some apparent but nonetheless minor missteps along the proverbial way.

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Hunters: The Shadowlands #2 is an absolutely engaging journey that continues to flesh out the rushed but nonetheless compelling arc surrounding the birth of this destructive event and its devious villain. Recommended.

4/5

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