Grimm Fairy Tales presents Zombies: The Cursed #1 Review

Do we really need yet another tie-in to the already expansive event that’s now raging through the Grimm Fairy Tales universe?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

All over the world, zombies are crawling from their graves and feasting on human flesh. Elijah, a time-lost hunter with a dark past, knows that it falls upon him to become the hero he was destined to be. But first, he must solve a mystery rooted in his own past, one that stretches back to the cane fields of 1800s Louisiana. Will Elijah be able to confront and bury the grasping terror of history before it devours him?

In a world that’s plagued by werewolves, demons and all other kinds of supernatural threats do zombies really matter?  I can’t answer that quite yet, all I can say is that the protagonist introduced here certainly does.

Troy Brownfield does an exceptional job realizing this tale that’s full of zany but heartfelt moments. At the core we have a man that is literally out of time who’s dealing with the various costs now baring down on him.  These pages contain moments of sadness as the author wastes little to no time pushing the revelations of this man’s yarn. I did find myself a bit underwhelmed by some of the far too stereotypical characterizations of the secondary cast but trust me this aspect did little to sully an otherwise good opening affair.

I have to admit I wasn’t sure how this portion of the narrative would be visualized but the art handed in by Oscar Celestini certainly does the trick.  The pencil strokes go a long way in not only building this time spanning tale of one man’s journey but they also create enough believable connections to sell the authenticity.  There were some panels that looked a tad bit rushed but these were few and far between.

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Zombies: The Cursed #1 is an interesting release that highlights a story that may be a bit by the numbers but it creates a fascinating beginning that’s sure to garner attention.  Recommended.

4/5

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