REVIEW: Grimm Fairy Tales: Coven #1 (of 5)

Written by Zach Galig
Art by Diego Galindo
Publisher: Zenescope

Grimm Fairy Tales are books that I at times find hard to enjoy.  If its not the high issue number count or multiple story chapters it is  the salacious covers, that are frowned upon by certain groups of fandom, thereby applying a form of peer pressure.  So I am glad that I have a chance to look over a Grimm book from the opening chapter regardless of the cover implications.

Avril Williams is an unpopular girl in her group of witches.  Opinionated with the ability to rub her classmates up the wrong way she is somewhat of the black sheep in the group.  Still, she is popular with the Crusaders, who are following a prophecy and are hot on her trail. She is also popular with Baba Yaga, who has her under a somewhat lax watchful eye. As you’d expect, with this being a first issue, plots and counter plots are afoot, which is a helpful way of introducing the key players, without having a detrimental impact on the overall story.

Zach Calig is the writer who is set to keep all the nefarious comings and goings straight.  Script wise, the book falls into three distinct, if not wholly original parts.  You have the witches, who come of like any of the bickering girls you have seen from Buffy to American Horror; the Crusaders who are zealots on a mission clichéd to the point of having a possible turncoat and of course the anti-hero in Baba.  For someone who is allegedly evil, she is certainly going some way to save poor Avril.

grimmDiego Galindo is the artist tying the parts together with some aplomb.  The structure of the panels drive the story forward and the figure work is clean for the most part.  Galindo’s style is flexible enough to show the strength of the Crusaders with a cartoony style used to define the young witches.  One thing I always like on Zenescope books are the colors. , this time ably applied by Michael Bartolo.  The colors add depth to the characters faces, check out the reflection of the fire on the witches faces for example.

So, I still have reservations about the whole style of Grimm books.  Is there a problem showing women as portrayed on a number of covers?  I am not sure where I stand on this.  Does reading a Zenescope book mean you objectify women?  The answer kind of depends on why you would pick up their books.  If its to ogle the cover, then yeah you may objectify women.  If on the other hand, if you are looking for the alternative take on existing fairy tales, then you don’t. If only it was that simple. The line between the two choices are very blurred and sometimes, I think that as readers, we should just get over ourselves and read the book if you want to!  After the first issue, I can see enough that whilst not original it is done with enough panache to warrant another viewing.

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