Joey Esposito and Zenescope join forces to bring you Grimm Fairy Tales of the Bad Girls!
Grimm Fairy Tales: Bad Girls #1
The Mistress of Limbo has gathered femme fatales Baba Yaga, the Goblin Queen, Venus, and the Queen of Spades together from each of the four different realms that make up the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe. With their power consolidated, they decide to first strike at the imprisoned Sela Mathers (the main heroine of the GFT series). Allowing Sela to escape, she finds the city overrun by the Goblin Queen’s monsters. With most in hiding or dead, she does find another who is willing to stand against the goblins – Nathan Cross of Neverland. Just as they think they’ve won the day, Sela and Nathan find a new portal opened up with thousands more goblins descending upon them.
Joey Esposito brings his talents to Zenescope, and, while the plot fits along with the general GFT fare of magic and monsters and babes, he gets to play a little bit using a wit that certainly comes across as charming. While he’s not being asked to turn Grimm Fairy Tales on its head like I felt he did with the noir genre in his independent book, Footprints, he is getting a chance to give a little extra personality to a couple of the characters. Case in point, a large chunk of this book, rightly so, is told from Sela’s point of view. Through this, we’re given a little insight what’s going on in Sela’s world a little bit down the line, but we also get a little bit of an arc for her too. She starts out self loathing over some of her choices only to rise to the occasion to help stop the Goblin Queen’s hordes. The other character that I actually liked a little more was the Queen of Spades. Esposito gives her a fun personality in this first issue. She comes off as much more free and easy than the other Bad Girls. She seems to be there not to just plot and plan the end of the world, but more so to have a little fun. That’s really where the charm of the book comes through.
Heh… One could say it comes through in Spades.
On the art side of the book, three artists – Rafael Lanhellas, Eduardo Garcia, and Marco Cosentino – share the load. Generally speaking, the differences in their styles aren’t too far off, but when little changes pop up, it can be a little distracting. Overall, if it could have just been one artist, that would have been best on the visual side. Even if it was just two of the artists, that would have helped in the consistency department. I am not against collaboration at all when it comes to comic art, but the fewer artists on a single book, the better.
Overall, as a fan of the Grimm Fairy Tales books, I really did enjoy the first issue of this mini. It’s consistent with what you can expect from Zenescope. That being said, with as steeped as it is in GFT lore, I have to say that I wouldn’t really recommend it to any Zenescope virgins. Even though you are given a little backstory on the inside story, it wouldn’t help a complete newcomer. However, if you have some experience with Zenescope, I think you’ll like what Esposito brings to some of the characters. Not only that, but he gives you a good old fashioned monster mash to boot.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Good personality in a couple of the characters. Solid GFT entry from Esposito.||Zenescope newcomers will likely be totally lost and three artist in one book is a bit distracting.|