Grimm Fairy Tales #96 Review

The Age of Darkness continues, but should you really care what happens to this universe? Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

Fire And Ice

Sela and Baba Yaga are forced to put aside their differences and join forces against Koschei the Deathless. Will their combined power be enough to defeat this minion of the Dark Queen, or will both fall to an evil that feeds off of their attacks?

Grimm Fairy Tales 96_Variant CoverWith the bumps it this release it can honestly be said that the countdown toward the 100th issue is most assuredly underway. Our heroine is faced with a difficult situation that’s dipping into all the realms as visions of a future covered in nothingness haunt the underlying actions therein. In short: there’s evil brewing and this guardian has to do something to prevent potential oblivion.

The course is charted by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco but it’s the script by Anthony Spay and Nicole Glade that really helps this entire journey feel both natural and genuine. It’s a text that’s a bit by the numbers but what we’re given is another domino that’s going to clearly come into play when everything comes together in just a handful of entries. The biggest detriment found within the confines of these pages is that some of the dialogue came off a bit too hammy, as it echoed a cornball type of villainy usually found in Saturday morning cartoons.

When it comes to the art there were some hiccups along the way, but the bulk of the pencil work done by Sergio Osuna complements the words from beginning to end. He captures the essence of the expansive cast, and there’s a key moment where a lot of power is disbursed and the panels that followed perfectly accentuated that fact. But what really made the visuals work were the colors done by Maxflan Araujo.

Grimm Fairy Tales #96 pushes the countdown forward without losing built up momentum. There are some sidesteps along the way but the overall content remains at that right level of quality in order for it to earn a recommendation.

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