Grimm Fairy Tales: Bad Girls #5 Review

Grimm Fairy Tales: Bad Girls #5

The Bad Girls make their final bid to take over all of the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe, but will they be their own undoing?

Grimm Fairy Tales: Bad Girls #5

On the verge of victory, Alicia, the Mistress of Limbo is consolidating her power.  Before joining her other cohorts, Queen of Spades, Baba Yaga, and the Goblin Queen, she decides to deal with the treacherous Venus first.  Blaming the Grecian Goddess for making her the being of hate that she is, Alicia attempts to assassinate Venus, but is quickly overcome.  Meanwhile, at the Temple, Samantha and the Mandersoon is sent to where they are needed most, which is Wonderland.  They rescue Brittney whose had her powers drained by the Queen of Spades, who, in turn, plans on using it to destroy Sela.  Spades and the Goblin Queen nearly escape Samantha and her furry friend and join Baba Yaga, Venus, and the Reavers outside Las Vegas.  Sam and Brit follow the villainesses where the final showdown between the forces of good and the forces of evil make their last stands.

This brings to close Joey Esposito’s fun and exciting mini-series for Zenescope Entertainment.  While the task itself didn’t exactly cater to brand new readers of these characters or the independent publisher’s world, Esposito does a great job keeping the plot pretty base simple.  Yes, I have the advantage of being a fan of the publisher’s books and have truly loved how they’ve matured over the past six and a half years.  But it’s also safe to say that because Zenescope has built this shared universe brick by brick over that long time, there are a lot of layers that might get some casual readers to be more curious about the different realms and the characters that inhabit those magical territories and so on.  It’s a world that can be accessible to fans of World of Warcraft or Dungeons and Dragons based simply on how Zenescope built their universe.

That, right there, makes this a perfect chance for a writer like Esposito to have some fun.  He gets to take these characters that have had their chance to build their own personalities, and get opportunities to flourish on their own, and gives them this fun little adventure for readers to gobble up.  This is also a perfect example of how Zenescope has matured over their existence.  They started with cautionary tales centering on pretty girls and the douchebag frat boys that did them wrong, or vice versa, and now exist as one of the finer publishers of pure adventurous tales.  They still have no problem putting a little T&A on the cover to attract the largely male comic book buying demographic, but people who have stuck around have seen Grimm Fairy Tales turn into a Tolkien-style hero’s (or, more truthfully put, heroine’s) journey.  So much so that they have been able to start other series to play to their more horror roots while their flagship title and characters continue to grow.

“This story was simply a joy to read.”

And more to that fun that Esposito is seeming to have, that’s another advantage of the maturing process.  Zene-philes know who these characters are so all the more seriousness of how they became who they are has settled and now they get to let their personalities come to the forefront.  The “Bad Girls” are self-centered and out for themselves, as we could expect.  The heroes are acting more like what we could expect out of a team who can speak to each other with familiarity and can react to situations candidly.  This was so well handled by Esposito, I hope we can see him do more with some of these characters.  He’s definitely earned it through breathing some new life into characters that are giddily evil or those who have become heroes through surviving some pretty tough situations.

What’s more, the art definitely has picked up in the last couple issues.  The series started shaky with some inconsistency in the visuals as two, and sometimes three, artists were tasked to the first couple issues.  With this final issue, Eduardo Garcia does a great job handling the final battle and his singular look makes the book play out quite nicely.

All in all, the story comes to a quick conclusion and suffered early from too many cooks in the artists’ kitchen, but the quality is in the fun Esposito had with the characters that wasn’t forced.  Whether if it was the Queen of Spades just being evil and enjoying it in a cutesy demeanor, or the Mistress of Limbo being conniving, or Sela bringing a “oh, great, now this…” attitude, or Samantha learning her true power while being coupled with a beast that was cute at first and then pretty badass…  This story was simply a joy to read.


Pros Cons
Solid final battle while still giving us all the adventure and fun the first four issues had tirelessly set up. Miniseries stood on much better ground when a singular artist was used than multiple. Not 100% accessible to complete outsiders. Conclusion came a tad quicker than expected.


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