Grimm Fairy Tales presents Godstorm: Hercules Payne #5 Review

There’s a lot to admire within this mini-series, but does it end well? Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

The Watcher

Now armed with the power of the Gods, Andre Payne sets out on a mission of redemption. But will his quest to do good in a city that wants him dead help redeem him, or get him in a deeper mess? Gangsters and Gods collide in this climatic issue of Hercules!

GFT Godstorm-Hercules Payne 5_Variant CoverAs someone who’s been consistently reading the literary works from this independent company, it can be hard for a new character to really grab my attention. But through the strength of a competent creative team and a truly dynamic back story our latest member of the Olympian persuasion has done just that. In short: this is a high caliber conclusion to an expertly realized introduction.

Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco work with Chuck Brown and Pat Shand to make this final entry a reality. Right from the first page the authors offer up an environment that feels like a brilliant crescendo with just enough meat to land a few strong narrative punches. Andre Payne steps up to the plate, realizes his own worth , while his absentee father stands up to a rather menacing goddess. I was floored by what I read, and the nod to another series that’s currently going on was greatly appreciated as the continuity of Grimm Fairy Tales expands.

The illustrations by AC Osorio were chaotic but controlled, which is exactly the visual palette this iteration of Godstorm needed. The talent effortlessly grappled with the elements while delivering pencil strokes that evoked emotion and personality from all the players involved. And when you add in the dynamite colors by Omi Remalante Jr. there’s so much to be pleased with in regard to the final look of the book.

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Godstorm: Hercules Payne #5 is near perfect in its execution, as this creative team demonstrates their level of skill. And if you haven’t kept up then now’s the time to hunt for those back issues as this comes highly recommended.

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