Richard Gutierrez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Fandom Post Reviews: 265
9.0Avg. Review Rating

5.0
Aliens vs. Zombies #1

Jul 15, 2015

Hopefully the next issue will help resurrect this story from a mediocre budget matinee into a holiday blockbuster.

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5.0
Aliens vs. Zombies #2

Aug 26, 2015

Rating: 16+Released By: ZenescopeRelease Date: August 26th, 2015MSRP: $3.99

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8.0
Aliens vs. Zombies #3

Sep 30, 2015

While at the beginning this series might have seemed to be another zombie apocalypse/end of the world tale, the transparent objective of Nova and the revelation of her rationale has turned this into, for lack of a better term, a sincere human interest story. I just hope that this turning point is not lost in the future issues so that they can fit in more gratuitous undead slaughter to fulfill some revenge pledge for not being to save the ones they love. One can only hope for the best next time!

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8.4
Aliens vs. Zombies #4

Nov 11, 2015

There is always entrapment scenario in this type of survival story, but when writer Joe Brusha created a new twist with the cruiser flying in at the last second to save Nova and the team, it adds a great action flare instead of the rescue squad coming in with guns blazing " we get lasers and big explosions!

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8.0
Aliens vs. Zombies #5

Dec 23, 2015

Aliens vs. Zombies may have been a compelling narrative for the zombie genre, but somewhere along the way it became just another survival tale. Change the characters from humans into aliens and you get the story which Brusha and Riccardi present to us in this marvelous series. Although the motivations and actions are anticipated, the heartfelt emotions which they project do make this a worthy read, even if you do have a feeling of dj vu.

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9.0
Black Sable #1

Sep 6, 2017

The Black Sable is an interesting journey into a rousing standard of history and the swashbuckling films of yesteryear. It is an interesting twist on turning over major roles of pirate and villain to women to see if it will open up the genre and allow us to see how this change will expand the story into something which has been overlooked by a male-dominated profession. The past has shown us most pirates are ruthless scoundrels, but will it take Sable to display the other side of this time-honored adventure into one of exploration or will she fall under the same barrage of cannon fire like those before her? I for one cannot wait to see what will happen.

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9.6
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #1

Dec 14, 2016

Cinderella Serial Killer Princess is a chilling reminder that even if you try take the murderer out of the cheerleader, deep beneath, buried so that no one can see it " lies a sadist. If has been too long since we last saw Cindy's darker side, and now we remember why we missed it. But with its emergence, do we have a new dark one emerging from the shadows in Voodoo? I cannot wait to see what happens next " after all " she's make a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and " SLICE!

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9.6
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #2

Jan 25, 2017

Cindy may be the one who will allow them to fulfill their dark plan, but can even the Order of Tarot control this blonde murderess? Her perception of morality left a long time ago and her loyalty is something which can only be gained by someone who she respects, but so far there is no one in that position, not even the Editor himself! The warped sense of humor which is interwoven between splashes of blood keeps this series together, but will we ever grow tired of the endless slaughter? Hopefully, not anytime soon.

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9.6
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #3

Mar 15, 2017

The end is finally here … but with the same paraphernalia echoing in the background of each premiere page, you have to wonder what is really going on. It has been going too well for Cindy and not one hero has escaped her murderous rage on her pathway for vengeance. We know Voodoo said that the Order of Tarot wanted her assistance, but now that she has had her way through the Zenescope universe, is there anyone or anything left to conquer? I for one cannot wait to see how this story ends, but who is going to have that happy ending?

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9.6
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #4

Apr 12, 2017

Cinderella Serial Killer Princess is a great romp into fun filled dementia, even if you know Zenescope would never allow such catastrophe to happen, which is what makes the wild unfettered possibility of this series such a gratifying success. Cindy never takes herself seriously, always flinging insults or whining when things don't go her way, and this title takes that same comically deranged position. You never knew what would come next, aside from the fact that someone, or several someones, would die and of course, we expected nothing too serious by that same proposition. But if you allow the bloody goodness to wash over you with Cindy's same attitude, this is an enjoyable ride through a preposterously unhinged individual. It may be a nice place to stay, but be sure you don't miss your check-out from Cindy's Carnival of Carnage " or you may never get out!

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8.0
Courier #1

Apr 5, 2017

The story of Eve Harper, courier who will deliver anything anywhere for the right price has begun with a rocky start, but as with any post apocalyptic narrative, hopefully this will change as we get to know the characters and their new world. Raiders, mutated creatures, familiar terrain and a quirky robot who quotes lines from The Princess Bride are an interesting cast to assimilate, but with time they will expand the landscape into something interesting. Now we just have to wait to see if our heroine will survive to make it though another issue and gain her reward.

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8.0
Courier #2

May 3, 2017

Eve is a strong woman who has the strength to survive this world, but with the lack of a palatable cast by which to challenge her, this story is falling flat on its potential. While I recognize the narrative as being laced with familiar themes, there is still an attempt by Tedesco to create something which is original and entertaining. And with the engrossing artwork of Miranda entertaining the audience with his enticing atmosphere, it is a shame that Valenza saps the strength from the land with a poor choice of colors in what could have been an illustrative masterpiece.

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8.0
Courier #3

Jun 21, 2017

As the story reaches its climax, it seems at times that both the tale and coloring are working against the artwork to water down the power of what could be a fantastic story. Eve Harper has finally found something to repay Colvin's kindness, but it was too late to help settle any lingering grudge. But as she races off with the Specters in chase, you have to wonder if she may have another chance in the near future. With the cliffhanger now set, The Courier has once chance to survive, however, will it be enough to save both herself and her passenger?

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8.4
Courier #4

Jul 19, 2017

The Courier: From the Ashes is successfully coming to a close, but revelations of new character back stories make it seem as if there is more to come. The conflict between Eve and the Specters is coming to a close, but as Franklin has his own ideas of how to conclude their business, it appears that it will not end quietly. This was supposed to be a simple delivery mission, however as we now see within the Wastelands, not everything can end peacefully, especially when The Courier is involved.

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8.0
Courier #5

Sep 20, 2017

The Courier: From the Ashes was an enlightening escapade into purer intentions and the notion that anyone is capable of redemption, if they chose the right path. While Eve Harper may have been looking out for herself in this cruel world, she was still aware that her actions were the cause of Franklin's plight, and did her best to correct her mistake. Though never admitting reasoning, she still shows humanity can prevail within the darkest of nights, even if humans are flawed in the end.

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8.4
Day of the Dead #1

Feb 1, 2017

Grimm Fairy Tales: Day of the Dead brings to light one of the lesser characters from the signature series, Mary Medina. While we have started with an enticing story of her resisting to use her powers due to painful memories from the past, thanks to Dawn P. Marquez's tale, she is come to the forefront, whether she wants to nor not. However, due to a watered down portrayal of the woman, this first issue is a bit disappointing. Hopefully, the next issue will take care of those problems and help to flesh her out more faithfully.

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8.0
Day of the Dead #2

Mar 8, 2017

Mary Medina has finally come out on her own, attempting to discover more about herself and her powers, but the undermining story is disappointing in its own indecision. Though I can admire a slow build up to draw the audience in, but there is such a thing as being too plodding by which the readers start to lose interest. Combine that with our heroine once again being relegated to being a secondary character instead of the primary protagonist, and those factors incorporate into a disappointing narrative. Hopefully now that all of the monotonous set up has been completed, we can jump into a meaningful story, but for the time being, this title is sadly dredging up a bad taste in my mouth " almost as if I too spent the night in that steamy swamp.

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8.4
Day of the Dead #3

Apr 5, 2017

Now that the introductory part of the story is supposedly finished, I hope we will finally get into the true meaning of the story: Mary Medina discovering the secret behind her powers. From the first issue it felt like she herself was hesitant, almost dragging her feet and afraid of making this journey of revelations; now that we have passed halfway point, it appears as if the narrative itself is keeping her from the knowledge, people placing roadblocks or mental obstacles in which the great conclusion will mean the end of Mary. True Voodoo keeps implying she must know death to realize her full potential, but then again, why keep allowing them to escape when they have been cornered numerous times? It is to lengthen the chase or is there a purpose for this cat and mouse game? Guess we'll just have to wait until next month to find out.

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8.0
Day of the Dead #4

May 10, 2017

Grimm Fairy Tales: Day of the Dead is finally beginning to come to life, but with revelations revealed so late in the series, it feels like a watered down story instead of something which should peak your interest. And now with only two issues remaining, I can only hope this title will pick up the pacing sooner than later. Mary and Talisman seem like an unlikely duo, but with no one else they can rely upon, they may not be the only ones who do not survive this grave driven disaster.

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8.0
Day of the Dead #5

Jun 7, 2017

From the beginning of Grimm Fairy Tales: Day of the Dead, the premise sounded like a promising idea, but somewhere along the way, the message was lost in translation. And now that we have reached the pinnacle of the story, it seems the deeper we venture into the narrative, the more irrelevant ideas wander into what could have been a moving tale. Mary Medina has been a someone shunned for her abilities, and now that the Order of Tarot has her on their side, there is no telling what will happen next " but we have a promising notion of might happen " I just hope it is sincerely proven wrong.

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6.0
Day of the Dead #6

Jul 5, 2017

Grimm Fairy Tales: Day of the Dead, began as an interesting premise for one of the under used characters within the Zenescope mythos " Mary Medina, but it has ended in disappointment. The lead up to this finale was challenging but as more story elements were introduced, the search for meaning behind Mary's powers was misplaced in order to fulfill the Order of Tarot's ambitions and thus, build a foundation for future stories. If the narrative was kept simple and focused on the immediate problem, then this title might have been acceptable; however, a watered down plot and the need for a speedy closure thanks to a clichd plot twist only results in a story which never truly blossoms, and therefore opens more unending questions within this substandard tale.

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8.0
Death Force #1

Jun 1, 2016

The fate of Rick Murphy has been set and his future is in the hands of Brusha, Rosete, and Pereyra as they unravel the mysteries of Death Force. While it may seem that he has met his end, the gruesome image painted on his deathbed dictates otherwise as we await what that skeletal hand has in store. The stage is set and all of the actors are in the wings with bated breath as we anticipate the next act in this harrowing tale.

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8.4
Death Force #2

Jun 22, 2016

Death Force is shaping into a magnificent display of the personification of death and retribution. While we are acquainted by the premise of the story, the underlying touches which Brusha, Rosete and Pereyra have laid before us are evolving into the foundations of an encouraging tale which might be intriguing if the blueprint is kept true. Let us hope that this will become an inspiring story which will not fault to disappoint amid so many similarities from other shaky franchises.

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8.4
Death Force #3

Jul 27, 2016

Although we are only half way through Murphy's story, the midpoint is developing into a satisfying tension-filled narrative. And while we may have seen this story before, the actions of Brusha and the artistic team are transforming it into something which will be worthy of the adventure and this trip into Death Force's psyche. We can only hope for the justice they both desire, but in the end, only one may truly be worthy of a happy ending.

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8.0
Death Force #4

Aug 24, 2016

Death Force tries its best to present a new spin on the classic melodrama of redemption, but it is falling into a familiar story line from which you cannot help but make comparisons. Although Brusha is trying his best to create an original tale about Murphy shifting away from revenge, there is always a tinge that he will stray back if the right circumstances pave the path to his ultimate goal. Hopefully we will be able to see this story through to the end without having to rely too heavily on the talents of Rosete and Pereyra, and that both writer and artists will be able to carry the reader on to what will be a rewarding experience.

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8.0
Death Force #5

Oct 12, 2016

As we approach the finale, the legacy of Rick Murphy as Death Force seems to be coming to an apocalyptic end. While we can imagine what will happen, I just hope that this new ability won't be overused as an end-all approach to impossible situations. After all, if it was used against the crime boss which was plaguing Philadelphia, then why not release it when he must confront the one he made a deal with from the beginning? If this is what will happen, then I can foresee this roller coaster ride coming to an abrupt stop … without the seat belts.

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8.0
Death Force #6

Nov 16, 2016

Death Force was a charming tale of redemption, but it suffered by having too many references to other properties and relying on them too much to drive the story forward. While it did manage to gain some ground as it progressed, the ending was spoiled due to poor planning with the release of a related title and it turn the finale was also diluted due to an uninventive way to extend the title into the next volume. I sincerely hope that the succeeding title will be able to draw on more imaginative concepts now that the origin story is over and not linger with any more overused material.

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8.0
Escape From Monster Island #1

Feb 3, 2016

Escape From Monster Island may seem to be your average monster book, but the extraordinary care and detail that is put into bringing this story to life is what elevates it from a boring book into a feast for the eyes. Tyler and Granda may have had a shaky start with this introductory issue, but the topic makes it an optimistic title for the future. Let's just hope that it doesn't sink like so much chum in the murky water.

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6.0
Escape From Monster Island #2

Mar 16, 2016

While the story is progressing, the manner by which it is proceeding makes it take a back seat to the action. Readers want to be engrossed in a tale, not put to sleep by it, which is what is happening in this second issue. Tyler and Granda started with a promising premise, but it is slowly starting to devolve into something which is making us lose interest. Hopefully, it turn back into a cliffhanger and not something which you read children to lull them to dreamland.

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6.0
Escape From Monster Island #3

Apr 20, 2016

Escape From Monster Island is painfully plummeting into B grade movie status as the action is quickly taking a back seat to irrelevant melodrama. Although it may be necessary to establish the background of the story, to interrupt what the title presents as a conflict oriented narrative for histrionic moments ruins the pacing and thus, unbalances the tension of trying to survive on an island where everything is trying to kill the characters. With only three more issues left in the series, I just hope that Tyler and Granda don't try to stuff all of the epic scenes into the last half with no breathers. Here's hoping that the next one recovers the magic they cast on us from the beginning.

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6.0
Escape From Monster Island #4

May 25, 2016

The story seems to be picking up, but the pacing is dragging the tension down to tolerable levels instead of keeping us on the edge of our seats. When we think something exciting is about to happen, we get a plot twist that placidly defuses any explosive ending and settles us back into a tiresome moment of silently bypassing the danger. I can understand that Tyler and Granda want us to acknowledge that the island as a whole is after the humans, but then why go out of their way for help, only to have it torn away with a cheap gimmick? With four issues down and three of those dedicated to describing the danger instead of showing it, will the series end with a sorrowful whimper or a big bang?

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6.0
Escape From Monster Island #5

Jun 15, 2016

Escape From Monster Island has become bogged down with too many of the foreseeable themes that it does not seem original anymore. Everything is predictable and even if you haven't seen any of the shows or movies which the book seems gleaned, you can still guess with much certainty what will happen next and you'll probably be right. Hopefully with everything set now for the action-packed finale, it will be straight forward without any expected twists – we can only hope.

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5.0
Escape From Monster Island #6

Jul 20, 2016

Escape From Monster Island at first seemed to be a series which could resurrect the classic monster movies of the past, but it soon became bogged down with so many obsolete themes that it was no longer an original story. The tension which was established within the first issue was quickly lost by an overabundance of useless material and any injection of a bold idea was quickly seen as being gleaned from another popular source. While the premise has promise, this set of books is not where it stands. Hopefully, if there is a sequel, they will not fall into the same pitfall which allowed this series to languish a slow and painful demise.

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8.0
Evil Heroes #1

Aug 3, 2016

E.V.I.L. Heroes seems to be unfolding as expected where those drunk by power show that they are the superiors to those without any defense. However, this first issue has too much action to give us any clear understanding as to the true intentions of this team. While we may assume that their goal will be as audacious as their powers, the growing intensity may soon burn itself out if the battle becomes too lopsided. Hopefully the playing field will quickly become leveled in the next issue, otherwise, this book will become too ambitious for its own good.

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6.0
Evil Heroes #2

Sep 28, 2016

Now that the dust has settled, we now can see that another familiar element has been introduced to the issue. While it may fit the premise of outfitting normal humans for combat against superior foes, all of these similar concepts are detracting from what could have be an original idea in itself, if not for having to lean on the ideas of other publishers. Hopefully now that the characters have been established and the battle lines have been drawn, we will not have to see any more analogous notions and will be able to continue to a promising narrative. If not, there may be little hope for this story before it turns into another mundane tale.

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6.0
Evil Heroes #3

Nov 9, 2016

E.V.I.L. Heroes is halfway through its series run, but so far it has been less than impressive with a lackluster story overwhelmed by amazing art. Even if you like the tale of human struggle against an oppressive tyrannous regime, the compilation of elements from so many analogous franchises just smothers any new sparks of originality. But with the addition of familiar components which each new issue, at this rate we are in for more of Spot the Plot Spoilers instead enjoying the narrative itself.

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8.0
Evil Heroes #4

Jan 4, 2017

Now that the heroes' plan has been fallen apart, I just hope that we don't fall into the other villain standard next issue: the monologue. But with the way this series has been shaping up, it seems inevitable and necessary, allowing us to understand the reason the New Gods came back to Earth. However with only two more issues left for E.V.I.L. Heroes, hopefully this will end better than what I imagine.

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8.0
Evil Heroes #5

Feb 8, 2017

E.V.I.L. Heroes is coming to an end, but of course we know what is coming next, an epic battle for survival. However, with an obvious buildup to what appears to be an impossible fight, in the back of out minds, the readers know that the world will not fall. After all, with all of the hope that has been built up, the series will conclude with a happy ending, even if Brusha has to reveal a trump card and give us a clichd conclusion. Or will evil actually win this time? Just have to wait and see …

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5.0
Evil Heroes #6

Mar 24, 2017

E.V.I.L. Heroes on the surface seemed like a noble idea which so many publishers have attempted in the past: What would happen if heroes became drunk from their power? However the execution of the concept fell short due to the overabundance of so many elements which were ruthlessly ripped from other companies and then used without even trying to disguise their prior sources.

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10
Future Quest #1

May 18, 2016

Future Quest invokes memories of all those shows a past generation grew up on and yet it is still able to evoke a wonderful narrative in which modern readers can still relate to ageless characters. The way that the team of Parker, Shaner, Rude and Bellaire is able to mesh all of these components into a cohesive story is inspiring, and yet the familiarity of classic themes of good versus evil and a solid story is still present even now. It doesn't matter if the script is old school, all that a great movie needs is a strong plot and a solid villain who will motivate the heroes into a hopeless battle; for we all know, good always triumphs in the end, since overconfidence and a giant ego are the enemies' greatest flaws.

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10
Future Quest #2

Jul 6, 2016

Future Quest is evolving into what Hanna-Barbera attempted so many decades but were hindered by close mind moralities and television censorship. While the action and story may harken back to those previous series, the motivations for revenge and greed still hold true and are more faithfully depicted to their true forms. Although they are still held back to some limit, the humanity which drives the story forward is the truest sentiment which makes this narrative something to behold and worth reading for its fullest appreciation.

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10
Future Quest #3

Jul 28, 2016

This issue of Future Quest is a prime example of what I hope this series is gearing towards, a faithful tribute to the original series and yet allowing it to evolve into something that still stays true to the source. While we may stray from the current story, this side trip helps to marvelously flesh out the characters into people who we wish know as we journey into their world. If the cast is boring then so will be the tale, but this series is becoming one which I hope will hold our interest for many more issues to come.

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9.6
Future Quest #4

Sep 1, 2016

Future Quest has become an even more expansive story than I thought from the first issue, but as the action intensifies and we are introduced of even more heroes from the Hanna-Barbera 60's universe, you have to wonder how much more can we take? As quickly as they are introduced, they are sucked up by the Omnikron vortices, although you do see some fighting in the background. I just hope that we aren't bombarded by them in a massive battle at the end of the series! But then again, that wouldn't be a bad thing either!

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10
Future Quest #5

Oct 7, 2016

What more can you say about this issue than it is a refreshing breath from the old fashioned origins of yore? We begin with a well-established story expanded from each issue and then end with the introduction of new characters and a Hollywood style knuckle biter. Next month cannot come soon enough, so let us burst into battle with a spirited Mightor! and be ready to greet it with a rousing Rally-ho!

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8.4
Future Quest #6

Oct 27, 2016

The story has been set and the characters collected, and all we are waiting for now is the main foe to enter the stage. While the wait for this moment may have seemed like an eternity, the outcome will hopefully come to measure the anticipation we have all heaped upon this unlikely cast of heroes. Although they may all be saviors in their own rights, who knows how they will interact before the next act is begun. Let us keep out fingers crossed for a spectacular new beginning and the start of a better things to come.

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9.6
Future Quest #7

Nov 24, 2016

We have reach the top of the first hill of this roller coaster called Future Quest, but what does this team have in store once we descend? Omnikron is still out there, Space Ghost is back but the team is yet to be assembled. If everything we have seen was only a beginning, how much worse can it get? Big problem: NEVER ask that question … it always gets worse before it gets better. I can only imagine what Parker has in store – and it won't be an easy journey, but then again, the really satisfying ones never are.

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10
Future Quest #8

Dec 29, 2016

Future Quest has thrust us into another impossible scenario from which there appears to be no escape. The fascinating story by Parker and the captivating artwork of Olivetti serve to engage the reader and keep them riveted to the page to see what happens next. And now with the cast and story at their zenith, we are left in the lurch until next month, with our jaws agape and imaginations spinning out of control. What a way to end the year with a tale which leave us wanting even more.

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10
Future Quest #9

Jan 26, 2017

With only three more issues left for this story arc, Parker and his artistic compatriots give the reader something which is rarely seen today's titles: nostalgia incorporated within a modern narrative, without playing down the consequences. Future Quest has given us just that with characters who we as readers have cared about since the beginning due to our familiarity to those actors. It doesn't matter if they may seem out of place … all we want is to find out what happens due to the magnificence of the story.

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9.6
Future Quest #10

Feb 23, 2017

The end is near and with it we are totally engrossed by this inspiring tale of humanity trying to survive at all costs – an underdog story in the truest sense of the term. Future Quest has been a roller coaster ride from the very start, but for now, this straightaway lulls us into a sense of peace. While we may think we know what is coming next, Parker and his team will no doubt hold out the big guns until the end … resulting in an enormous splash into the rushing torrent, making us scream like a little girl from the top of the hill until we impact with a spine jarring thud at the bottom of the chasm. We will then laugh – knowing that this sensation left us only wanting more.

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10
Future Quest #11

Mar 23, 2017

If this is how Parker, Shaner and Gandini set up the cliffhanger for what will be the finale for this first story arc, I cannot think of how they will end it! Each story which lead up to this issue just built up the suspense and now that we are near the end, the prospect of it closing is a shame. The characters have been so beautifully incorporated that they appear natural and now I cannot wait to experience the conclusion. A giant space monster against the heroes of Earth, the ending is inevitable, but how it is executed will be what will keep me wanting for more. Guess I'll just have to re-read the previous issues until April arrives … and it won't be here soon enough!

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10
Future Quest #12

May 11, 2017

If you wish to create an epic of titanic proportions with emotional timbre but does not sacrifice on the action, then you cannot go wrong with using Future Quest as a prime example of how a title in this genre should be constructed.

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10
Future Quest Presents: Space Ghost #1

Aug 17, 2017

Future Quest Presents: Space Ghost had our attention since the end of Future Quest, since Parker knows how to keep an audience enthralled with a story which has both action and true emotion. But when you add the artistry of Olivetti who is a master of the visual arts, there is no turning back from what will hopefully be an exciting roller coaster ride. Words and illustration, the key points of confidence for a graphic novel, and this title has them both. If this is only the premiere issue for this series, how in the world will we last until the end?

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9.0
Future Quest Presents: Space Ghost #2

Sep 21, 2017

These contrasting components combine to create a tale which builds momentum until we get the big reveal … making us want more and sad to see it come to an end. Parker and Olivetti have made this series comparable to a great masterpiece of literature and art, all becoming a marvelous amalgam without the overly burdensome emotional baggage which is so often displayed in other so-called successful titles. They present us with a story by which each person contributes to the whole, but does not leave a stale taste once we are done, it stays fresh and moving throughout the presentation. This is how a title should be done and I sincerely hope it will continue until its celebratory the end.

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales #110

Jun 2, 2015

I love Shand's other Zenescope works, but this one falls short due to the familiarity.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales #111

Jun 18, 2015

Although this issue is falling into the same trap, Claretti's artwork does salvage the re-introduction of the Dark One. Why else would they bring in the main power player of the Grimm Universe if this is not leading up towards something major? Or am I reading too much into the storyline? Guess we'll find out next month with the introduction of a new villain too!

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales #112

Jul 22, 2015

Of course, Claretti's artwork was over the top, especially the page with Bloody Bones's first full appearance. I always thought that the Dark One was creepy, but he's nothing compared to this guy!

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales #113

Aug 12, 2015

This is going to be a good arc for us … probably not so much for the students!

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales #114

Sep 30, 2015

The introduction of a new character is always a welcome passage for a book, but when she is a heartbreaking heroine like Mary Medina, the joy and sorrow of such an introduction leaves one with mixed feelings. This new blood to Arcane Acre may add more chaos to an already tumultuous concoction of teenage angst and mistrust, but it can also lead to a path for the new pupil on how to best use her gifts. It may be a bumpy road, but it is through that journey that true understanding is born.

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales #115

Oct 14, 2015

It seems like this story is the final step to re-introduce some old villains to the school, but how their schemes will affect the plans of Bloody Bones? Or was it always his intentions to invite them to play with these children? After all, the Dark One is gone and that leaves a power vacuum in the Grimm Universe, so who will step forward to fill that void? Or is there anyone who would dare? Guess we'll find out next month!

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales #116

Nov 4, 2015

Bloody Bones has made his move and the outcome for Arcane Acre looks bleak. Most are trapped within a nightmarish realm and the only ones who might have been able to help them are incapacitated. As if things couldn't get worse, we know that Shand and Mendonca will be saving the worst for last. But is that a good thing for us? Can't wait to see!

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales #117

Dec 30, 2015

Bloody Bones might have been the antagonist, but the Warlord was the one whose actions cut the deepest. Belinda now knows how she can never leave her past behind, no matter how truthfully she may try to apologise for her actions. But it is now that she will be tested the most earnestly while trying to comfort those who have lost more than a child. Who can say which is the more grievous injury, but it is at times like this when the temper of a person is tested to the utmost; whether they succeed or fail is due to the calibre of their will and I cannot wait to see how Belinda's will prove its mettle.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales #118

Jan 13, 2016

The issue might have seemed to be a farce on the surface but it dramatically shows how Wiglaf is far too concern for outward appearance and that pettiness put everything into perspective in the end. These calming moments between the action driven tension of the series makes them all the more cherished when they appear and frame the characters in a way that nothing else could thematically. It is too bad that they happen too seldom and aren't a mainstay for the series, but the rarity just make them all the more welcome when they do emerge.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales #119

Feb 10, 2016

As we are awe struck by this remarkable story of Bloody Bones' past, we cannot dismiss that it was Karen who made it all possible. How was such a little girl is able to deconstruct the defences of Maka when Shang could not leaves us to wonder how she will affect the future of Arcane Acre. It will be a pleasure to see how Shand and Johnson will gingerly escort us into this brave new world.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales #120

Mar 16, 2016

Skye and Lance appear to have found the answers they were seeking, but will they be able to achieve what they want " the destruction of their monstrous foe? Nothing is as easy as it seems, and you can be certain that he will not stand by while these children bring about his end. And now that they have found sanctuary, how easily can they sleep when they know that he has been hunting them down? We can only wait for the answers and keep our fingers crossed that no one else will have to die to bring about his downfall.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales #121

Apr 6, 2016

This wonderful balance of a moving story and visual appeal helps to bring the issue alive more than either one could ever hope to do alone. Skye and Ali, both students are being talked down by their superiors without ever knowing what is wrong, but then the teens are keeping themselves isolated by never expressing before acting out their intentions. The teens may regret for disappointing their mentors, but neither side ever wants to admit that they were wrong in fear of acknowledging that they made a mistake. They may think they are now ready " and woe be to those who would stand in their way. But will anyone survive to celebrate the aftermath or the punishments to follow soon thereafter?

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales #122

May 11, 2016

Everything is culminating to what ultimately will be a magnificent ending for this battle, the pawns have been chosen and the line has been drawn. Bloody Bones knows that his soldiers are loyal while Skye and Lance have faith in their friends. Who will claim victory can only be judged by their actions, but to have confidence over mistrust, the first step perhaps has already been taken.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales #123

Jun 8, 2016

The time has come for the students of Arcane Acre to live with their choices, for no one can be blamed but themselves. Everything is coming to completion and the end is in sight, but we cannot but help but wonder and hope that they will not regret the decision. For we have come to know them as if they were our companions and not some drawings on a page, but we all know that sometimes we cannot help those we care deeply for, no matter how hard we may try. It is almost as if we are shouting at the movie screen, yelling for the actor not to open the door, but we know the script has something else in mind. Let's just keep our fingers crossed for the last two issues and hope Shand won't be too cruel to our mutual friends.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales #124

Jul 7, 2016

The conflict with Bloody Bones has claimed many victims, but this one seemed to hit the hardest. Shand was able to direct the emotion while Cuffari and Arciniega were able to materialize it into a tangible form to shake us with the passing like never before. While we know the end is only one issue away, how you not feel that this will be only the beginning … and we will enjoy the finale like nothing ever before? I for one, cannot wait!

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales #125

Aug 31, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales is the foundation of the Zenescope mythology, and as such, to see a close to this series is tantamount to a symbolic passing of the torch to the next generation of titles. Every character within the Grimm Universe owes their existence to Guardian Sela Mathers and her big red book, for without her there would be no one to tell their story or give them a purpose within the Realms. She is the cornerstone of Zenescope, and though Belinda was at first her foil, she eventually became a trustworthy friend, with the pair becoming the standard for the originality and cutting edge interpretations of classic faerie tales. This issue may signal the completion of one pilgrimage, but with it we are exposed to a new nexus and new worlds, never-ending into infinity. The singular phrase on the last page says it all " The End. But, I don't like to think of this an ending, for nothing is truly over, but a new beginning to grander worlds and even more awe-inspiring adventures.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #1

Dec 28, 2016

This new Launch title of Grimm Fairy Tales is really giving Skye something to sink her teeth into by leaping into what the Book expects her to do with her new responsibilities. But at the same time it is a memorial to her mother's deeds and her own obligations as to what is expected of her, with no one coddling her and allowing this trainee to learn from her mistakes. If this overwhelming issue is just an introduction, then what will the future hold in store for this new Guardian of the Nexus?

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #2

Jan 25, 2017

Skye is becoming her own version of the Guardian of the Nexus, but it still feels like the passing of the torch still has not been fully acknowledged. The story is too dependent on influences from the past and the imagery for the new look is still rigidly locked into that standard. While I can appreciate that change takes time, sometimes taking too much will drag the narrative into stagnation and thus draining away any creativity. Hopefully, this oversight will be tended to in the near future with individualistic essence being prominent in her own costume.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #3

Mar 1, 2017

Skye is still struggling with her powers and lacks the understanding of how to best use the Book to her advantage, however, with a lot of luck and perseverance, she still manages to accomplish her task. While Brusha struggles in bringing her own character out to the forefront, it is the artistry of Silva and Paciarotti who are the stand outs for this title. This issue was an excellent example of their craft and I hope that their teamwork will continue to present us with a series which can be a brilliant sequel to the previous title.

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #4

Mar 25, 2017

When I first heard of this Launch series, I thought it would be a re-imagination of the flagship, but now it seems with each passing issue it is calling back past memories of the previous title.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #5

Apr 26, 2017

This new series seems to be concentrating more on teaching Skye how to become a Guardian, constantly keeping the training wheels until they have no choice than to allow her to have a baptism by fire. While I can appreciate individualistic stories, the overall view seems lacking, more interested in showing the past than looking forward to the future. And while the Order of Tarot was hinted in a previous issue, that clue seems to have been dropped by the wayside in favor of the phenomenal artwork, as we witnessed in this story. I cannot wait until the dam of evil bursts, at least then we will have something to look forward to instead of waiting for an event which can be finished within the confines of one issue. The appetizer is over too quick and thus leaves us with an unsatisfying taste in our mouths, all while waiting for the snack of next month...I want a real meal.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #6

May 31, 2017

While we are still reminded of Sela's presence within the series via comparisons between mother and daughter, it seems that Skye is finally coming to terms with her destiny. This issue has the right balance of history for the loyal fan and still allows for novices to the title to enjoy this story via the written word and most deservedly, the marvelously presented display of the artists' handiwork. Grimm Fairy Tales Volume 2 appears to have become a title which can stand on its own, but that is still to be represented by future issues, and I for one cannot wait for the next story.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #7

Jul 19, 2017

We have finally come full circle within the Grimm Fairy Tales series and it appears it was truly worth the wait. All of the seemingly tangential stories are finally coming into focus and with the clarification of the story line, and it appears Skye will have her first and perhaps last test as Guardian of the Nexus. It has been said that student should always try to outdo their teacher, but since Sela was never able to teach her daughter, it is a shame that she will not be able to watch her grow as a savior. However with all of the horrors which her mother faced as Guardian, it will be an uphill battle to even try to surpass her " let alone survive. Let the Order of Tarot try their best, Skye will be waiting.

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016) #8

Aug 30, 2017

While I would have liked to see the stony minions have more screen time, it is unmistakable the main focus of the narrative is to see how mere men are corrupted by power. The petty squabbles between rivals seem frivolous if you have the power to back your threats, but always be wary it comes at a price. Skye must struggle with this balance every day as Guardian, but now to see the cost makes it weigh upon her ever more. I cannot wait to see how this battle will effect her, but in the long run, these minor skirmishes are fruitless once you know the fate of the world literally rests upon your shoulders.

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9.0
Grimm Fairy Tales (2016): 2017 Armed Forces Edition #1

Aug 23, 2017

Grimm Fairy Tales Armed Forces Edition is an alluring compendium of variant covers and past promotions which any dedicated Zenescope fan will want for their collection, but once again it is the story which is the real prize of the book.

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen #1

May 30, 2015

This new series continues from Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Warlord of Oz which is proceeded by Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Oz. Without knowledge of the mythology presented in these series, a fledgling reader will not be able to follow along and will be hopelessly lost in a haunted forest or worse yet, a poppy field. Oh! Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!However, if you are a faithful Zenescope reader and have kept up with Dorothy's adventures in Oz, then this is a great continuation of the series. The sombre mood remains intact from Warlord and this issue ends with the wonderment of what will happen next!

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen #2

Jun 5, 2015

All heroes face these challenges to their beliefs and the results of their actions. But it's how they accept or fight against those tests which is what defines them. Will Dorothy be able to grow stronger from her challenges or will she succumb to them and join Malec and her mother Zamora?

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen #3

Jul 8, 2015

But, how will the defenders of Emerald City be able to do anything if the Warlord and Dorothy are unable to find balance? This theme is echoed within both the green and the black – good and evil. One cannot be truly one alignment, everything is a combination of both elements. And yet, Zamora's bodyguard is supposedly totally corrupted by the black and the Gale does not want to accept that she is a product of her mother and the purity of Oz. This story just gets more and more intriguing!

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen #4

Aug 26, 2015

I cannot wait to see what will happen next as mother and daughter reunite. Ironic that at the start, Dorothy kept rejecting the notion that she was nothing like Zamora and yet, as the story progressed, we start to see how much her influence had coloured her judgments. Of course, we are all a product of our parents, but with Dorothy, she never knew her mother, just Uncle Henry and Aunt Em; but, as she started to take responsibility for being The Gale, she had to know in the back of her mind that all of her mother's evil was in part due to her being taken away and just wanted to bring her family back together again. What will happen now that her greatest wish has been fulfilled? Will they live happily ever after … probably not!

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen #5

Oct 7, 2015

The team of the Masseys and Bifulco have kept us at the edge of our seats as watch Dorothy Gale's latest legacy unfold in this series. They have unraveled the plans of Zamora to conquer Oz and her wicked ways to bring her daughter into the family business. And yet, we still see the human frailties which plague us all in these characters, even though our circumstances will never be the same; it is this uniformity which makes this story great. Through their actions will come the future of Oz, but will it be for good or bad? But why do we need to wait until next month to see how it will end?

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen #6

Nov 25, 2015

The final story of Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen was an amazing way to close this mini-series and is a credit to the teamwork of the Masseys and Bifulco, however, it was disappointing that all of the essential points were crammed within one book. If the drama was extended into another issue and Dorothy's decision was drawn out, then perhaps the conclusion wouldn't have been so hollow. Even with this setback, it is a great way to end Dorothy's tale and hopefully will open other paths into her reign as the Witch Queen.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Coven #1

Jul 1, 2015

At first Coven appears to be another tale of fanatics trying to destroy their enemies, but as you being to understand Dartanian's misgivings and the hope of Baba Yaga trying to save Avril, it becomes something more. Calig's interweaving of the two viewpoints gives the story subtle tinges of reality which makes it all the more stirring for the reader's enjoyment; it makes you yearn for more and curious to know what will happen next!

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Coven #2

Aug 19, 2015

All in all, this may have been a transition to the real action in the next issue, but it still brought meaning into the conflict. A moving story of hope amidst a war that has been raging for hundreds of years. If both factions cannot settle it amongst themselves, then perhaps their contemporaries can find another way to end the bloodshed? One can only hope.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Coven #3

Sep 23, 2015

With only two more issues left, this book has set up what will surely become an epic battle. But how can this motley pair hope to survive, let alone overcome what seem to be impossible odds? Guess we'll just have to wait until next month to find out!

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Coven #4

Nov 4, 2015

However, to save us from that mediocre story, Diego Galindo enchanted us with another book of unending action! Bullets flying, bodies chopped in half, explosions, heads blown up and gouts of magic " what's not to like?

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Coven #5

Dec 16, 2015

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Coven was an interesting premise of two young students' adventures into their perspective, although distorted, outlook of their own worlds. But somewhere along the way, the trail was lost and it became sidetracked into a non-stop action festival. While normally this would not be a bad thing, the emotions the story evoked in Avril and Dartanian were lost which is a shame since I think it would have made a more provocative story if the relationships were explored rather than the wholesale slaughter.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #35

May 30, 2015

The entirety of the Wonderland series has been shrouded in the melancholy of the Liddle family. Three generations have succumbed to the madness of the realm and now Calie reigns over it. However, the prevailing tedium of the storyline is what drives the characters to fight against the insanity.

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #36

Jun 9, 2015

Has the Squire has shown her true colours? Or was she really on their side? Her silence now speaks volumes as her actions may now unravel the palace from the inside. Nightmares abound in Wonderland and its feast may have just begun!

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #37

Jul 8, 2015

Heflin continues to marvelously shape the world of the White Queen as she heightens the insanity of that land. However, this new story arc now introduces a new twist in the path, dragging Drew into Calie's delusional world. Hopefully, this character's interaction with the real world and Wonderland will allow a more complex interaction between the two realms, which the previous stories have lacked.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #38

Aug 12, 2015

To see Drew drawn into Calie's insanity and then branded by Ace should make for an interesting reveal later on. But as for now, what will happen to Brayden? Will they be able to shelter him from the truth of what happened to his family – that Wonderland has claimed another victim? I cannot wait to find out!

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #39

Sep 2, 2015

However, Marc Rosete's artwork does save the story from mediocrity. The madness of Wonderland, especially the initial confrontation of Ace and the King, sets the mood where you can almost smell the dank atmosphere of that world. Even if you take the text off the page, the sinister glance of those cold pits Ace calls eyes are haunting and the story doesn't need words to describe what is happening to the characters.

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #40

Oct 21, 2015

I am glad to see that we have gotten back onto the path that we veered away from in the last issue, but the question still remains of what Ace plans to do with Drew. He went to all the trouble to drive him into Wonderland and then brand him with his mark, but you would think that from all that effort, his earthly captive would hold more value than to be some plaything for Red Rabbit. Psychological warfare would seem to be a speciality for this realm, but to toss aside his prize and not make any more use of him is a shame. Hopefully, we will see a confrontation between the two friends in near future, something that will shake this stalemate to the core.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #41

Nov 18, 2015

Writer Erica Heflin has been building this conflict for Wonderland for quite some time and I am glad to say that the wait was worth it!

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #42

Dec 16, 2015

Violet is supposedly free of the Mad Hatter's curse, but we know that Wonderland will not leave the scion of the Liddle family alone without a chance to participate in its future. Just as Calie and Cheshire are supposedly exiles from that realm, we hope that Heflin and Sposito have more in store of this story, but we just have to wait and see what will happen. Keeping our fingers crossed that they will not be banished for long and they will keep us entertained for the foreseeable future!

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #43

Jan 20, 2016

Wonderland may have abandoned the Liddles, but the insanity has not left. It still has an influence on them and the world around them and that is what makes this story worthy of their effort. Although we may miss that psychotropic-induced state, this new playground is just as delightful if not more so since it can strike so close to home. Cults can take their grip and can just as easily draw us down, but hopefully it will not swallow us whole like it does to the Wondermen.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #44

Feb 17, 2016

But the poison of Wonderland still influences the Liddle family with the distrust it sows within their ranks. Heflin and Sposito have brilliantly illustrated it in this issue and it is bound to get only better. The love between mother and daughter has been rend asunder and one has to question if they will ever be able to believe in each other ever again? We can only hope and continue to see in the future issues which we will gleefully await with bated breath.

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #45

Mar 9, 2016

The Liddles have settled another score with Wonderland, but the fight to cleanse it from Earth is not over. With each step they take, they seem to have a thousand more laid before them before the journey's end. Who knows how much more it will take to stop the insanity, but we all know, it will be worth the trip!

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #46

Apr 13, 2016

Dark Cheshire has always been secluded in the shadows, but even when he came out to redeem himself, his story was still enshrouded by his grim determination. It is refreshing to see one of the founding characters from the mythos get his own story by revealing what we were not expecting, which makes it all the more rewarding. But it still makes one curious what other mysteries are still hidden beyond the veil and how they will be told before the world comes crashing down with what we know will be a bloody battle for Wonderland.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #47

May 4, 2016

Wonderland's toxins have once more poisoned another happiness which we take for granted as Heflin and Sposito display in such repulsive fashion. This issue of opposites makes one think as to how such pleasure can be taken from the act of ingesting nourishment, but at the same time, it can also turn over to the anguish of not being able to sustain oneself with edible food or the lack thereof. If the Tweedles are the chefs for the banquet, I will respectfully decline the invitation, taking care to keep a watch on my back if they ever need more supplies!

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #48

Jun 22, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland is coming to a close and the team of Heflin, Sellares and Paciarotti are leaving us with an unpleasant taste in the mouth. But this development only makes us want more, to see how much more convoluted the story can become before the end. With each step the Liddles take, they delve deeper into that bottomless rabbit hole and we can only hope they will not impale themselves upon Ace's talons.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #49

Jul 13, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland is coming to a close, and yet the magnificence of that realm is not through with us. We have tasted that forbidden fruit, and it has forever tainted us by the rotten odor which remains but is that same tang which lures us back every time. But now that we can return to that realm, do we really wish for the journey to end " or will it ever truly be over?

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland #50

Aug 10, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland has come to a memorable end, but as any loyal reader knows, nothing is as it appears to be, and even if you think you understand something, it can be undone within the confines of the next series. Madness and sanity intertwine within the world of dreams and it is the responsibility of the Liddle family to guard the realms from this land's influence. As such, the adventure is never over, for as one journey ends, the next is waiting within the whimsical grin of a Cheshire.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk #1

Jan 27, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk is an interesting twist on that old west movie where we have the hero standing against all odds and he is carry only a six shooter, but this time it is attached to his cybernetic arm! While it may seem unusual to see our old friends in this strange setting, it does fit the Zenescope Universe where unlikely events turn into exhilarating stories crafted from the depths of a world of magic and exotic creatures. Where the final issue will take us all depends on Shand and Martello, but we are sure to enjoy that wild horse ride, as long as the animal is equipped with its own set of bionic legs!

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8.4
Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk #2

Apr 6, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk is a good way for someone new to the Grimm Universe to be introduced to the regular cast of characters before they start the standard fare of the established mythology. To be able to see these people with untainted eyes is really the only way to relate to them since any diehard Zenescope reader will be polluted to the concept of a new world populated by people we know. But, if you can put that prejudice aside and approach this series with an open mind, it is an enjoyable read " just don't leave with any expectations that we might see these scoundrels again anytime soon.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #1

Aug 31, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse may have just started, but the magnitude of this adventure has reached a climax, so how can it get any worse? The Four Horsemen are coming and with them, the end of the world, but how can they be stopped if the heroes cannot stop arguing amongst themselves? Is Earth doomed to fall at their feet or can they put their differences aside long enough until the planet is saved? Darkness may have fallen, but amid the chaos, true saviors shall rise to save the world from humanity's foolishness.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #2

Sep 28, 2016

The players have been introduced and the opposing force has been released, but with the story just beginning, we are given obstacles from which the heroes may never recover. To be able to level the playing field this early on in the narrative will shake the tale to the core, but at the same time, it will also strengthen the remaining members to forge onward ever more earnestly. Let us just hope that this new conviction won't result in more allies falling under the scythe and the rest succumbing to his companions while the world crumbles behind them.

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9.6
Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #3

Oct 26, 2016

While I may not like how the relationships are being tested within this series, the events which have caused their apparent demise may also be serving as a test. Every action we take defines us, it either strengthens or weakens us in the definition of what we call life. And it is within this limited time that those choices are plunged within a crucible, to burn away the refuse which hides the purest heart of the individual. If it is strong enough to endure the flames which measures us, then the person has been refined into a more stable core, capable of overcoming anything. Let us just hope that our heroes will rise above the dross to become people which we can admire ever more so than before.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #4

Dec 28, 2016

I love how the shame of regret and the warmth of forgiveness are handled so brilliantly within this story. They burn without being consumed by intensity and yet, are not swallowed by what surrounds it. The passion of the human spirit never fades even when faced by impossible odds … and will prevail as it must to overcome adversity in the darkest of hours. How can you not wait with bated breath for the double-sized finale? Only the need to re-read the previous issues will overcome the hunger to know how it all ends.

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10
Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #5

Feb 15, 2017

As I close this review, I cannot but help to remember Dylan Thomas and his refrain: Do not go gentle into that good night. When I read this series, that singular line kept echoing in my head " its haunting meaning and poignant sentiment so beautifully underlined my understanding of the narrative. And now that it is over " the combination of story and poem tugs at my heart so much so that it is unbearably painful. I will sincerely miss the characters now missing from the Grimm Tales mythology, but at the same time, their passing leaves a hole which may never be filled or an opening for something even greater.

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8.0
Grimm Fairy Tales: Tarot #1

Aug 16, 2017

Grimm Fairy Tales: Tarot is beautiful piece of illustrative wonder, even if the story itself is a bit confusing. To finally give the Order of Tarot its own title may have been a great idea on paper, but the translation is lacking due to an incomplete cohesion of details which make up the entirety of the narrative. Then add to the confusion in thinking new readers could understand this dilemma without some kind of general background on the characters, settings or understanding what happened previously, and they will be in for a baffling fiasco. Since we might have now been illuminated after this first issue, hopefully the continuing story will make more sense in the near future.

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5.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror #11

May 27, 2015

Hopefully, future issues will have more assorted adventures or at least mix up the underlying narrative so that the ending will not be so disappointing.

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8.4
Grimm Tales Of Terror #12

Jul 1, 2015

Overall, while the book does have a good premise, the execution was not done cleanly to do it service in the short term. One artist would have been enough if they changed their drawing technique to portray the two phases of Adrian's trip, but instead, the two different styles conflict and muddy the path home. It is a shame since this could have been an enjoyable romp into Grimm's Tales of Terror.

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8.4
Grimm Tales Of Terror #13

Jul 29, 2015

While the overall maturation of Grimm's Tales of Terror was disappointing with the banal horror tales, the idea behind it could have grown into something entertaining if the writers would have created new stories. But, with the trend of Hollywood to remake classics for the current generation, you really can't blame Zenescope for their lack of vision. Hopefully the next volume will have a better mixture of ghastly ghoulies to frighten us instead of just amusing us.

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8.4
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #1

Oct 21, 2015

While this evolution of Grimm's Tales of Terror is a nice change from the previous series, it still feels supported by the underlying story. However, by modernising it with such a sensitive subject to bring in more readers to this important issue, and also makes it a better story. This is a good beginning for the new volume and I just hope that this torch is passed along down the series so that it ends in another shinning moment and not a disastrous deluge.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #2

Nov 11, 2015

It is a shame that this story was derailed by a monster story instead of a treatment for the title's namesake " I was looking forward to reading an interpretation from a beloved author. Instead of changing the story midstream, it would have been interesting to follow the tale out to the end. Perhaps next time the writer will remember that Keres is the narrator of the series and thus, allow her to tell the tale instead of one of the characters relating the story of his own death.

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8.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #3

Dec 23, 2015

Although this tale didn't have the chills or outright violence as previous stories from Grimm Tales of Terror, it does fit nicely into the anthology. The psychological breakdown of the main character is another kind of horror we don't usually see in lieu for the current generation's need for the gross out instead of a silent killer. If the two methods were able to combined into one story, this issue would have had a more impact, but sadly it just hints at what could have happened instead of showing us what did happen.

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #4

Jan 27, 2016

This issue of Grimm Tales of Terror colourfully illustrates the concept of what would happen if the inmates took over the asylum. How appropriate that the story starts and ends with Keres greeting the visitors while smoking, almost as if she were Morpheus, the God of Sleep, puffing on an opium pipe. It is a pleasure that the team of Yockey, Watson and Rosete brings this insanity to life as the strength drains from your dreams when you finish this terror and then try to sleep tonight. Better keep the lights on "

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #5

Mar 2, 2016

This issue of Grimm Tales of Terror wonderfully shows us that not all horror must be bloody and gory to give us a fright; it is the psychological thriller which works upon our emotions and leaves a much deeper and longer lasting impression. However, it does not have to be preachy to teach us a lesson, all it has to do is to be able to strike a chord by which we all have a common familiarity in the final outcome of the story. Shand and Rosete have done it in this issue and it deserves several re-reads to delve into the nuances of what was uncovered on that last page.

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #6

Mar 30, 2016

Any way you portray this tale, the disturbing plight is truly valid " never keep secrets from your mate! This issue of Grimm Tales of Terror shows that you don't need overt gore to make a story creepy, just a great story and art. The team of Morgan and Eric J have given us their interpretation of the classic cheating spouse, but this twist of the knife makes it their own and unique to the Zenescope theme. The ebony feline menace has always been rooted in our deepest fears and now we have a new way to chill us to the bone. Magnificent!

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #7

May 4, 2016

Clarity is best at times and this is one of the times, but in this case, the narrative and illustrations combine to make a harmony which could not be accomplished separately. Shand, Tedesco, and Del Pennino have synergistically created a horror show which I would have liked to see more, if not for the unfortunate demise of one of the protagonists, but perhaps Alex will make a return. The dynamic of this character is what makes this story all too real, her sober attitude as she lures in the prey then pouncing, savoring the taste of a fresh carcass. Alpha males " watch out for this Alpha Prime female!

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9.6
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #8

May 11, 2016

The Monkey's Paw has always been a standard of the horror genre and this interpretation by Toole and Hill is no exception. They were able to modernise a classic tale by bringing to light one of the classics of literature which any reader can relate to: Greed. A desire for all ones needs to be granted and the lengths which some will go to accomplish to meet that goal is something anyone can connect to makes the story all the more based in reality instead of the mystical. A talisman is not needed to motivate someone if the want is challenging enough " just a wish to become greater than your own means, in other words " a dream.

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #9

Jun 8, 2016

The Bogeyman makes one doubt which is the reality of purpose as we see how lies can make both seem real. But are they lies if they uncover what is one creature's truth can also become another's? What is a dream might be reality and vice versus, but is the dreamer the one who is sleeping or the one who is awake? This story by Brownfield, Eric J, Gamboa and Ruiz questions that fact by substituting one horror for another, making life a nightmare and the dream what Ben wanted. Who can protest when even logic is faulty and it itself is in question? A magnificent issue for the Grimm Tales of Terror archives and one which the reader dare not release out of sheer terror from The Bogeyman.

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8.4
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #10

Jul 13, 2016

This story is a cunning illustration that we never know what is concealed within plain sight, or that we can't understand what we are capable of unless we are confronted by our worst fears. While most of us may never recognize these circumstances, we can all understand the motives and their illogical conclusions, even if they are for the best intentions. Tedesco, Shand, Kivela and Lesko shows us one family's option, but let us hope that we all won't arrive at the same solution if we are confronted by a similar situation.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #11

Aug 24, 2016

This story may have begun as an intriguing translation for a well-known cautionary tale, warning of the need to help your fellow man, but somewhere along the line it veered off the road and landed precariously perched on the edge of a steep cliff. While Lopez and Bonet may have tried to save it by digging in their creative heels, however, neither of their efforts were enough to save it; although both attempted to anchor it to a stable foundation, that ground crumbled quickly due to too much force being used in the rescue effort. This is a shame since while they did give it their best, too much force can be just as bad as too little " and we can see how either can result in a fiery explosion.

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #12

Sep 7, 2016

Brownfield, Menna, and Bevard have turned what could have been a simple story into one truly worthy of the title Grimm Tales of Terror. We all live in a world of technology and trust it to protect us in times of need, but to have it perverted in such a way is what makes such a violation sincerely chilling. These predators will always find a way to catch children unawares, and perhaps this tale can become a cautionary warning, however, the lingering terror still lies just a computer screen away, and that is what makes this issue all the more monstrous.

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8.4
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 2 #13

Oct 5, 2016

The final issue for this volume of Grimm Tales of Terror suits well to close the book on another haunting chapter of this series. While this section did have its highs and lows just any anthology does, the majority of this collection had quite a few which stuck out like glowing eyes in the night. I cannot wait for the next volume and let us hope that it will be able to better this one, but that will indeed be a tough calling.

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8.4
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #1

Jan 25, 2017

But no matter how good the story may be, the artistic interpretation must be able to keep pace with the story and illustrator Umberto Giamp shows us with unerring detail how raw anyone would be in this situation. The expression on Tom's face tells us all as we watch him turn from hopeful and then once again fall into the depths of his addiction. You can almost feel the rage explode as he thinks he is being cheated, but then Robby Bevard's palette of colors adds to those moments with the gradual emphasis on shadows and darkness. The white backgrounds of the page only magnifies the tones in each panel, grounding the tension and allowing for the release with each passing moment. This combination of action and color builds with the story, allowing for the reader to get caught up in the narration, until we reach what we knew would come " a lesson of karma spiked with greed.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #2

Mar 8, 2017

The teen thriller is a cheap way to get a good scare, but I don't think it is appropriate for Grimm Tales of Terror unless you incorporate some kind of urban tale into the mixture. The movie genre is too predictable, thus spoiling any anticipatory moments in which you can sneak in a surprise. And with the way this story is heading down the wrong path, I don't think there will be a sequel.

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #3

Mar 15, 2017

I will never look at another person's eyes ever the same again " for while they may be the mirrors to the soul, they can also reveal the deepest of intentions. The team of Shand, Riccardi and Cuomo have managed to create a world in which not everything is as it appears to be, but that in itself will divulge the truest of motives, whether they be for salvation or ill will. Everyone has a secret fear simmering deep inside, just waiting for the proper circumstances for it to boil over, but if they can contain that conflagration, that will determine who can emerge to survive another day within the stirring tempest of life.

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10
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #4

Apr 12, 2017

This is the kind of narrative that I want to see in Grimm Tales of Terror " not necessarily an urban legend but something grounded in reality with just a touch of the sinister. Other stories that hit you with an outright fright don't really work, the impact is too soon to be very effective. It is the build up that makes an issue like this more thrilling, showing Keres before the fact instead of afterwards, her small speech being a clue as to why she picked them. I sincerely want more of this type of story, but suppose there are only a limited number of times in which you can squeeze that red nose before it runs flat " too bad.

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5.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #5

May 31, 2017

An inappropriate story and questionable artwork can sometimes work to bring forth an unexpected surprise, but regretfully this tale did not bring forth such a pleasure. With a clumsy narrative and roughly hewn illustrations, this issue quickly falls apart and does not offer any attempts to sway us from the obligatory conclusion. Perhaps I am biased due to the original premise, but either way, this story does not have much to contribute to the Grimm Tales of Terror legacy.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #6

Jun 14, 2017

While the premise of this promising urban legend was a prime choice, the execution of both story and artwork effectively ruin any chance of this tale having any true horror. Pallid narration with trite characters and a feeble story are combined with a deficient selection of colors to add up to a mediocre issue within this series. Although the tale did have an original ending, sadly it was too late to breathe any life back into this sickly creature, leaving the reader with a foul taste which lingers long after leaving those fetid tunnels.

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9.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #7

Jul 12, 2017

The Devil made me do it takes on an entirely different meaning when we see it through the eyes of desperation. And yet with the talents of Tedesco, Rodriguez, Gamboa, and Ruiz this story takes on a life of its own, thanks to the synergy of word and art. Something which should have been ordinary now becomes a wholly different tone due to a creative twist and the illustrative worth of being able to interpret this literary vision. I for one am glad they decided to take this risk and show us a different side of a classic tale.

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6.0
Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #8

Aug 16, 2017

Sadly, I am sorry to say, after all of these stumbles, what we end up is a story which is silly and superficial. While it might have had some greater underlying intention, when two artistic perspectives are carelessly intermingled, any literary value it had is quickly lost. The concept of showing how vain and egocentric people can be to be popular by showing off is an interesting moral lesson, but with a strangely fitting tangential tale and poorly executed graphical positioning, this tale of terror quickly looses its punch. This is a shame for it was better executed, this issue could have been transformed into an acceptable story, instead of becoming a train wreck.

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9.6
Hellchild #1

Mar 23, 2016

Angelica, the demigod daughter of Hades and the victim of the most powerful vampire in history, Dracula; even the god of the underworld could not destroy him and now his child has that monster's blood flowing through her veins? What kind of results can this catastrophe bring to her father's world and the realm of man? And will Liesel be forced to hunt down this innocent to save others while at the same time trying to rescue her from the destiny which Fate thrust upon her? Only the next issue will show us, and I for one, cannot wait!

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10
Hellchild #2

Apr 20, 2016

Hellchild is growing into your atypical problem child: a young woman angry at the world she once knew and then awakened to one she never knew or wanted to accept; but now she is a horror with powers and new experiences thrust upon her without any warning, driving her into a corner, and she can only accept her position by lashing out. However, this is not some spoiled kid you can send to her room and her tantrums cannot be contained. If you thought a hormonal teenager was bad, then Angelica is your worse nightmare. But this is one terrifying dream which I hope will never end!

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10
Hellchild #3

May 18, 2016

Hellchild is evolving into a sensational title whereby the characters are driven more by their emotions instead of the actions brought forth by that enthusiasm. Each actor has a history by which they are defined and that story has crafted them into relatable antiheroes through which we can understand primal fears such as rejection and wanting. We as readers are sympathetic to those concepts and it is due to that empathy that one draws a deeper connection to the individuals, especially Angelica. Hopefully, her conflict with Hades will be concluded with an amicable ending, but if not, we will surely enjoy the journey dictated by Shand and Riccardi to their inevitable fate.

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10
Hellchild #4

Jun 15, 2016

The end is coming and Hellchild is blooming into a magnificent work enveloped within the need for understanding and compassion. As we see Angelica changing from a fierce young woman wanting vengeance and now beginning to question her own truths, the bitterness she carried is poisoning her determination, changing it to confusion. One cannot but wonder how this will affect her convictions, but with Shand, Riccardi and Bruni manning the helm, wherever the adventure takes us on this final leg, it should be a fun trip!

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10
Hellchild #5

Jul 20, 2016

Hellchild is a stunning epic enshrined within a sanguine odyssey, all stained crimson with lyrical artistry worthy of a Grecian tragedy. The search for redemption is something which we have all attempted at one time in our lives and it is this adventure which makes this story worthy of acknowledgement. We can see Angelica as a troubled child and the brutality of her tantrums only seeks to reinforce her anger and as such, once she does accept her faults, the pleasure of seeing her overcoming them makes the story all the more satisfying. Zenescope has welcomed a new member to their extraordinary family, and I for one cannot wait for her next adventure to grace these pages.

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10
Hellchild: The Unholy #1

Nov 2, 2016

Hellchild: The Unholy has us enraptured within a comforting, blood soaked blanket of gore that makes us want for more as Angelica discovers herself from beneath her shroud of insecurities. Nothing or no one can hold her back now, but we have to wonder if that is wise to release her onto a city which never sleeps. And beware the toothy yet friendly grin, for you never know what Angelica is pondering behind her cold eyes. Clean up … everywhere! Get the industrial size mops and several dozen gallons of enzymatic detergent – this is going to be a messy funhouse!

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10
Hellchild: The Unholy #2

Dec 7, 2016

The blood keeps flowing, Angelica's rage grows ever more intense and the end of the villain all this soon? However, even within madness there is a tinge of sanity and from it there that are hatched the most ambitious ploys. Seems like even a Hellchild has her price, but has Angelica unleashed something which even she may come to fear? I cannot wait for the next issue " as something wicked simmers within the streets of New York.

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10
Hellchild: The Unholy #3

Jan 25, 2017

Now that Angelica has had a taste of what her father now considers a normal life, can the Hellchild really turn back to her former existence? This issue is so defined by the actions of the art and the intensity of the story that it is a shame that it had to end. And yet we as the audience have to reflect on the meaning of the Ouroboros: the symbol of a snake consuming its own tale in a continuous cycle of destruction and creation, a double meaning for the tale. On one hand we have Nestor remaking himself as what he considers should rule over humanity and then we have Angelica; she is someone who was once human but now burdened by a monstrosity which lives inside, threatening to consume her very existence … all dependent on the choice she will make. Can she really live up to what she see as Hades now or will she succumb to those thirsts that now drive her? I cannot wait to see how this series ends!

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10
Hellchild: The Unholy #4

Mar 8, 2017

How can this story get any better? We are quickly approaching the finale with the next issue, and yet, this powerful narrative created by Shand and forcefully portrayed by Rodriguez and Baiamonte only gets better with each passing book. The struggle of Angelica against the persona which she displays as Hellchild is so remorseful in candor that it makes her all the more remarkable while she struggles for the clearest path. How can you not feel the duality which seems so familiar, but at the same time, is foreign as to what she must truly face: to fight for or against Humanity. That is what makes this title such a delight to read and I cannot wait to see how it ends!

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10
Hellchild: The Unholy #5

Apr 5, 2017

Hellchild: The Unholy is magnificent in complexity of ideals and phenomenal in application of feelings against a father and a society who never acknowledged a neglected child. The synergistic balance of a tender story of parent/child conflict and acceptance, interspersed with the relentless onslaught of lashing out against anyone who gets in her way, has sincerely made Angelica Blackstone one of my favorite Zenescope heroines.

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9.6
Inferno: Resurrection #1

Jan 13, 2016

The story of Mercy Dante has once again be opened before us and this premier issue has presented an anxiety ridden story which can only get better. Her journey for Lucifer has just begun and it has already opened something which this bounty hunter may wish she never angered in the first place. Let us hope that the team of Tedesco and Bifulco can create something that will satisfy our curiosity and morph into a story that will keep us coming back for more.

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8.0
Inferno: Resurrection #2

Apr 6, 2016

This issue of Inferno: Resurrection is a good story, but the execution is lacking in the presentation. The team of Tedesco and Bifulco are hopefully building up to a better book next month, but for this one, we are given something which is lackluster and better suited as a filler piece instead of one which does justice to Mercy's duty as Lucifer's bounty hunter. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we will be rewarded for our patience with the return of a blockbuster spectacle instead of another arduous explanatory tale.9

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8.0
Inferno: Resurrection #3

May 18, 2016

Tedesco & Bifulco's tale of woe has reached the mid-point and now that Raum has noticed someone's pursuit of his endeavors, hopefully, the pacing of the story will pick up. The need of Mercy wanting to help others is in her nature, but the failing of wanting to save everyone and thus causing her to question her own motives is what drags down the narrative into a moralizing drama instead of a daring adventure. With only two more issues to go, the story can only get better, right?

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8.0
Inferno: Resurrection #4

Jun 22, 2016

With Mercy nearing the end of her adventure, Tedesco and Bifulco's artistic team are trying to keep pace with the story, but the narrative is quickly losing its core tone of being an adventure instead of a sermon meant to teach us a moral lesson. Somewhere between the beginning and now, it seems the narrative was sidetracked by the bounty hunter's need for salvation instead of doing her job of collecting demons causing havoc on the human race. Let us hope that the story's tone will change for the finale, otherwise, we will be in for a long ride.

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6.0
Inferno: Resurrection #5

Oct 5, 2016

Inferno: Resurrection may have begun as a rousing adventure with Mercy Dante into accomplishing her goals as a demonic bounty hunter, but somewhere along the way it lost itself within redemption. While this is a great motive to drive the series, to have it underlay the foundation while turning it into a morality is a waste considering the actions which she portrayed previously.

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10
Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Batman #1

Jul 14, 2015

If this is the kind of empathy that is invoked by just the first chapter of these prequels, I cannot wait to see how the remaining ones lead into the movie!

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10
Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Superman #1

Jul 15, 2015

How one simple twist of Fate can make a difference is what makes this trilogy such an delightful read! Instead of landing in a cornfield in Kansas to be raised by Ma and Pa Kent, this same baby is thrown into the lives of a poor migrant family who has to struggle to survive. Harsh work conditions, a promise of not to use his powers and the frustration of that same vow, all fueled by the wish for the American Dream – this all leads into a different destiny. How strange that one change can make all the difference. Ironic and disturbing at the same time, but that is why this is such a good story! Can't wait to see how this new Superman will make a difference in this new world, for better or worse.

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8.4
Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Wonder Woman #1

Jul 17, 2015

Maybe I am too brainwashed by the modern depiction of Wonder Woman to give this version a favourable judgement, but I am used to seeing Diana charging in with bullets bouncing off her bracelets and a sword swinging; after all, in the current storyline, she is now the God of War! How would she be able to change so drastically after all that she has seen and done? This is the same logic I am using to dissect this representation. Someone so drenched with the blood of her enemies cannot leave all of that behind his easily. Perhaps we shall see how it develops in the movie, but for now, this tale falls flat for me.

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8.4
Realm War: Age of Darkness #10

Jun 24, 2015

Even with Kivela's gripping artwork tearing away at our heart strings, drawing us into the story, it does not seem that this saga end well for Sela. With one defeat after another, how can she even hope to conquer this darkness? Or will she give in and surrender? Guess we'll have to wait until next month to find out!

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8.4
Realm War: Age of Darkness #11

Aug 5, 2015

Writer Joe Brusha has set the stage for what will hopefully be an epic struggle for the future of the Grimm Universe! With Sela and her forces finally confronting Lucinda, it looks as if the underdog will finally have the upper hand until we get a glimpse of those two trump cards at the end. How will she be able to defeat this evil pair " or will she? It's these kinds of cliffhangers that make for a good comic.

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5.0
Realm War: Age of Darkness #12

Oct 14, 2015

When I saw the last pages of the story, the first thing I thought was: Sorry Joe Brusha " but you have got to be KIDDING me!

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9.6
Red Agent #1

Jan 27, 2016

Red Agent is the series which Britney deserves and her fans have been wanting. The team of Iovino and Galino synergistically compose the medley of destruction in which will hopefully unfold her hidden potential. The first issue has established her mission and now, we just have to wait to see if she will survive or succumb to the machinations of her possibly insurmountable foe. Why does a month always have to be so long?

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9.6
Red Agent #2

Feb 24, 2016

Red Agent is building the suspense as Iovino and Galindo craft their series into a story which makes us become invested in the characters which inhabit this universe. As each issue passes, the interaction between the readers and the characters engulfs us in the narrative, and it is in this reality which we find ourselves lost in the workings of The Circle and wishing we could help Britney and Avril in their pursuit of justice. But with this first meeting, we know it will not end well, but it is that infuriating craving that makes us come back for even more.

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9.6
Red Agent #3

Mar 30, 2016

The team of Iovino and Galindo continue to draw the readers further into the passion of trying to free Eve before she succumbs to The Circle. But which each step we take, they tease us with another crumb to draw us further down that path. With only two issues left, we draw closer to the end, but how can they accomplish a rescue without it feeling rushed? We only need to wait until next month, but you have to wonder what will be release next?

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9.6
Red Agent #4

Apr 27, 2016

With only one issue left, Iovino and Acunzo have built the tension so that we know the inevitable conflict between the two forces will be the final conclusion. The Highborn Initiative versus The Circle, good versus evil, the sane versus the madness of world domination " each one has its own story to tell and we have plunged head first into this conflict, with marvelous results. Who knows who will win, but that conclusion will be one which will leave us wanting more. We can only hope that the final battle will not be straight forward and the end will be unexpected, but that resolution will be a month in the waiting, and I for one cannot wait for the end!

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9.6
Red Agent #5

Jun 1, 2016

Red Agent has unfolded a new light on the personality of the woman named Britney Waters. She is no longer a flaxen beast of a hero, but someone who cares for her fellows equally touched by powers from other realms. While it would have been interesting to see the ferocity from previous series, this departure created by Iovino, Acunzo and Grostieta adds a new facet to her glittering persona and thus a shine to one of the foundations in the Zenescope mythos. While this arc may be at an end, it opens new possibilities for Red Agent and her magical partner for many adventures yet to come. Let us hope it won't be long for us to wait!

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9.6
Red Agent: The Human Order #1

Nov 30, 2016

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Red Agent: The Human Order is what I wanted from a Britney Waters series. While the calm and pensive side of Red is a delight to see, it is her feral side which I love watching. We all know what it is like to keep your feelings in check, not saying what is on your mind or letting a punch swing wide, but it is this heroine who must keep her anger under wraps unless she returns to her former rage. However now that she has those emotions under control, it is so liberating to see someone release them when it is appropriate " and in a way it is so satisfying to watch her rip into someone who deserves her ire. Whatever Iovino and his artistic team have in mind for the rest of this series, and however they plan to uncover this vile plot, I am sure we will be in for one wild ride " and it will be well worth the wait!

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8.4
Red Agent: The Human Order #2

Jan 11, 2017

The scene is set and the action is only just beginning, but with the introduction of multiple artists, it makes for this issue to becoming a very bumpy ride. While the narrative is full of the Britney we know and love, shifting between portrayals of the same characters is very unsettling and almost derails what should be a great ride. Hopefully the next issue will be able to smooth out the bumps and we will be able to enjoy the book as it should be – a great story.

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9.6
Red Agent: The Human Order #3

Feb 1, 2017

While the series may have just started, the characters are well known to loyal fans and their impact upon this world is felt. Their every action secures a memory to friends and foes alike, not to mention we as the audience. Although we may not be able to equivocate as to their struggles, we can still draw upon our own experience when they are impacted by their own actions – this is why such a story can effect us so sincerely.

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9.6
Red Agent: The Human Order #4

Mar 1, 2017

This issue had the emotional impact as opposed to those of Britney's past – before she had always been a loner, helping when she could, but never trying to get attached. But now, her having to shoulder the responsibility for a team, coming to terms with what she sees as failure and then having to continue with her misgivings as to the loss of Ryder, you can feel her pain. If this is how Iovino is going to pursue the story, then we will have more feral fun than is humanly possible … and I for one, am looking forward to a slow and painful ending to Alpha!

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8.4
Red Agent: The Human Order #5

Mar 29, 2017

While I do wish this issue had a bit more emotional settlement after the events of the last issue, this was a nice way to introduce a new character and move the story along. However, to add such a volatile person to the team after what Alpha has done does not bode well for future missions. But if this is the impact which Iovino wishes to address by adding a similarly violated person to a group which has suffered so much, then we have a powder keg just ready to explode. They may work well or more than likely, rub each other the wrong way, causing friction and that expected blow out, leading to more suffering and drama for a sensational story. Whatever the consequences, I cannot wait to see what happens.

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8.4
Red Agent: The Human Order #6

May 3, 2017

The team is adjusting and as with any shift in the dynamic, there are always bumps along the way. While this mission did not have the expected outcome, the overall effect of the narrative did allow for some meaningful development in the characters, which is more important in the greater perspective of the series. Though Britney, Silk, Avril and Ditto may be open to a new change, I just hope that the Highborn Initiative will survive to the very end.

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8.4
Red Agent: The Human Order #7

May 24, 2017

The story is just beginning to heat up and now the audience starts to understand the complexity of the Highborn Initiative. We always suspected that Alpha wasn't just a pretty face, but now that he has shown himself being one of the main driving forces, this will probably not end well. After all, ever since his involvement with Avril's coven, he has not made many friends and I for one cannot wait to see what will happen as he closes his metallic grip around the team.

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8.0
Red Agent: The Human Order #8

Jun 21, 2017

With the deaths of General Tate, Ryder and Eve still fresh on their minds and the need for revenge against Alpha, the remains of the Highborn Initiative are forced to enter into the enemy stronghold blind. Traitors have opened then to the enemy and a sense of hopelessness leads into them to the final encounter raw and betrayed. While Iovino has beautifully portrayed this literary climb to the summit and Garcia has supplied us with adequate tackle and gear for the ascent, poor choices of a guide make us lose the way to this climatic peak. Hopefully all of these obstacles will be overcome once we open the way to the finale, otherwise this series will end with a painful descent to the bottom.

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8.4
Red Agent: The Human Order #9

Jul 26, 2017

Red Agent: The Human Order has the momentum to create a moving story of discrimination for people being who they are, but it falls short near its completion. According to the first book, this title was supposed to be a twelve issue mini-series and yet it ends on nine, just as things begin to heat up and now the audience starts to understand the complexity of the Highborn Initiative and the Human Order. With all of the hints to secrets revealed, it is a shame that the conclusion comes all too soon, leaving us with more questions than answers. Perhaps it was done to leave room for a follow-up series, but what ever the reasoning, all the readers know now is that we have a story which was satisfying, but did not reach its full potential due to a lack of initiative to follow through to the end.

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9.6
Robyn Hood (2014) #10

May 28, 2015

With Shand's brilliant writing and Ingranata's darkly fluid artwork, this issue was a joy to read. It shows how much Robyn really cares for Marian, even if she won't admit it out loud.

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #11

Jun 13, 2015

Shand lusciously depicts the madness of Comic Con and with Ingranata's artwork, she helps to bring to life the insanity of that event; just going back over those convention pages to wonder at the details made me chuckle and gringe at the truths hidden within. But, the best part of the issue was trying to figure out all of the pop culture references: from Marian's costume choices, to the overt re-naming of a certain Doctor and the hammer wielding by our marvelous blonde heroine, there were too many to count! (Almost as many as the slave princesses on that one page?)

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #12

Jul 1, 2015

If you do make it to the end, get some tissues ready. I will admit that I teared up when I saw that last panel: Nicky and Emma finally reunited after sixty years. It was so touching that you do not expect such a scene to be portrayed in a comic book. But this one magnificently helped to close this excellent issue.

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #13

Aug 5, 2015

This is a brilliant example of why I love Pat Shand's Robyn Hood! He alchemically mixes the right amount of action with comedic banter, plus when you combine Robyn with Liesel, you not only get double the trouble, but also double the fun! Who else but those two would feel so confident with each other that they would be able to crack jokes while facing down not only vampire hookers but a succubus too? I'm surprised that Liesel didn't chide Robyn for making fun of the powerful lady with the fangs and wings!

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #14

Sep 9, 2015

Marian had been shunted to a support character but now that her magic has been freed, I cannot wait to see her taking a more participatory role in vanquishing the evil in New York. But, will Sam be joining the team too or will she just continue to hang by the side to welcome them home? Too bad that we need to wait until next month to see more of those meddling kids!

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9.6
Robyn Hood (2014) #15

Oct 13, 2015

All in all, this was a nice break from the upcoming storm. With all of the clues that were dropped in the previous arc and this issue, we know that Robyn, Marian and the gang will be in for a major change. Just hope that they are able to conquer it before it the Cabal comes to crush them.

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9.6
Robyn Hood (2014) #16

Nov 11, 2015

And after a well deserved month hiatus, Roberta Ingranata has returned just in time to illustrate this brilliant story! The way she unfolds this issue by telling Julia's story: a volatile girl who seeks justice, to a grieving sister frustrated by an incompetent police force, a disheartened rookie and a woman who once again is looking for the truth " it all follows the Cabal's involvement in her life. You can feel her pain from loss of a sibling and a partner, all from one grouping hiding the facts so they can further their own means. We can all relate to that kind of trauma, and Ingranata's illustrations bring that resentment masterfully to the forefront. That time was worth the wait!

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #17

Dec 9, 2015

This issue was incredible. All of this occurred within a single night and we still haven't gotten to the apocalyptic battle with the Cabal. If Shand and Ingranata can evoke this much raw emotion in the prelude " I can't wait for the next issue with Cindy. Our favourite antihero is coming after Robyn, and we can be sure that she doesn't want to play nice with the other kids!

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #18

Jan 6, 2016

Another fantastic issue that adds onto the foundation that Shand and Ingranata have been building from the beginning of this series. But now that Robyn's destiny has been revealed, how will she and the others react to the offer that Cindy has given them? Will she be able to embrace what has been laid before her, or do as is typical for our emotionally challenged heroine " rebel against the establishment and do what needs to be done, no matter the cost. Can't wait to see what happens next!

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #19

Feb 3, 2016

The end is almost here and if Shand and Ingranata were able to leave us a weeping shamble of tears after the story is done, they have done a great job! We only have one more issue until the regular series is over and they are not letting up on the pressure which has been building for the past four years. Everything is falling into place and we cannot wait to see how it will its inevitable conclusion. This is how a great tale is spun and we hate to see it come to a close, but as all good things are worth waiting for, so too are the great ones over too soon.

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10
Robyn Hood (2014) #20

Mar 23, 2016

The saga of Robyn Hood may be over, but the end is still in the making as we patiently wait for the Robyn Hood 2016 Annual with the wedding of Marian Quin and Sam Cavandar in May. We know that Shand will not make it a peaceful ceremony and with the return of Larry Watts, the original artist from the first mini-series, it will certainly become a Zenescope classic, just as the series itself will forever become engraved in our hearts. Get a box of tissues (or two) ready, you will need it!

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #1

Jul 6, 2016

Robyn Hood: I Love NY is a marvelous new beginning for one of the foundations of the Zenescope mythos. The team of Iovino, Riveiro and Grostieta is able to breath new life into this fan favorite while staying true to her core sentiments of justice tempered by honesty in her actions. The illustrations and colors bring the story to life while the narration encapsulates everything into a neat and yet beautifully precise mlange of Robyn's signature temperament bound to a new outlook for a promising future. I cannot wait to see what kind of trouble our flaxen archer will stumble into next!

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #2

Jul 20, 2016

Robyn Hood: I Love NY is turning into its own marvelous individual series all thanks to the new smooth transformation of Robyn into a more caring character. While we may be used to her rage issues, they work for her to move forward towards someone who is more involved in the community instead of waiting to be paid for her services. This development is unusual, but at the same time, it is welcomed so as to change Robyn into a person who is willing to help instead of ignoring the problems and waiting for them to go away. I cannot wait to see how the team will evolve our favorite archer into someone who is more fitting of her famous namesake.

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10
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #3

Aug 17, 2016

Robyn Hood: I Love NY is moving forward into a marvelous series all thanks to great stories like this one and the wonderfully brilliant workings of the artistic team. With each passing issue, you can see Robyn slowly letting her hair down, but at the same time, you can still see the inklings of her violent past coming back. Since she no longer has the calming hand of someone to guide her, our flaxen archer is lashing out more, but it is even if it is disturbing to see human instead of monsters falling to her skillfully launched shafts. Hopefully, she will learn to rein in her more destructive urges while saving those who need her vigilante help.

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10
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #4

Sep 21, 2016

As Robyn settles down into being the city's lone guardian, it seems that more troubles are now being drawn towards our favorite flaxen archer. With each adventure, someone behind the scenes appears to be testing her, taking notice of how she handles the obstacles and opponents which loom on the horizon. While we cannot not assume they are the only ones who are watching, the last page of each issue seems to signal that something bigger is waiting in the wings. Let us hope that Nottingham Investigations is up to the task of settling the score, otherwise, the Big Apple will be in more trouble than just a single worm trying to take a bit out of it!

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #5

Oct 12, 2016

I love how Robyn is drawing closer to her new friends and at the same time, drawing old foes into her select circle. So many times we have seen Angelica reject anyone trying to calm her explosive emotions, but to see someone who had the same attitude temper those feelings into a positive outcome makes this story all the more rewarding. However, the constant changes in coloring schemes spoils the momentum and what could have been a great story has been derailed into something which could have had great emotional impact, but instead turns into a rocky ride.

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #6

Nov 16, 2016

We are now at the midway point of the series, and Iovino with the assistance of the artistic team does not let up on the emotional trauma. While the build up may have proven to us that there is a darker presence indirectly connected to what is happening to Robyn, one cannot but think that they are also being manipulated by some unseen force who has their own sinister agenda. I cannot wait to see how this monstrosity will unleash their own plague upon the city, but as we all know, our favorite flaxen-haired archer will not allow them to go unpunished, even more so than before.

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #7

Dec 28, 2016

We know that the crisis is just going to get worse with those lurking in the shadows, biding their time until they strike Robyn directly. And yet Iovino and his artistic team are able to establish a story which makes us wonder when but at the same time keeps us so pre-occupied as not to care as long as the narrative continues. Let us just hope that their deals will not lash out at Locksley until she is prepared for some serious payback!

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8.4
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #8

Jan 18, 2017

Although until now Iovino has managed to drive the series along with each individual issue, so I apologize for saying this but, now it seems that each one appears to be diluting the overall storyline. It is almost like that each story is a filler and the only important component which blends everything together are the last pages between Reek and his mysterious archer friend. Perhaps we are not privy to the big picture which he is composing for the long run, but it seems Iovino has been dropping clues which are essential for draw us to our own conclusions. So for the time being, let's just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #9

Feb 22, 2017

The struggle within Robyn and Death Force came to a head, but finally sanity prevailed, as it should be in those we call heroes. This issue was a wonderful dichotomy of the battle we all face on a daily basis of morality: either taking the right or the easy path. However, for people like Locksley and Murphy, their choices can have long last ramifications, but luckily he has Missy while Robyn misses Marian. I cannot but think all of these stories have some more sinister purpose as they all end with that mysterious red-headed stranger, yearning for revenge against our archer. And with only three more issues to go … the intensity is only going to get stronger.

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10
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #10

Mar 15, 2017

With only two more issues left until the finale, Iovino continues to enrapture us with his captivating stories of Robyn and her new adversary. Things are beginning to fall into place, and we start to see over the past months how they have lead to this conflict and that all actions have their consequences. While we may not understand the judgment, hopefully the battle to conviction will be as stunning as the event which lead to this twisted plot for revenge.

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #11

Apr 19, 2017

Even within this story, there is still that singular piece of evidence which gives me thought: the Justice card from the Tarot. While it does have the madwoman's picture upon it, does it truly mean she will be the new recruit or another pawn? We know the Order of Tarot has been influencing events within several Zenescope titles, so who cannot think they are also behind everything which happens within New York City? After all, it would be ironic that both women think they are the personification of Justice, and yet only one will survive. So with the last issue coming soon, it will not be long until any assumptions will be an answer – and I cannot wait!

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9.6
Robyn Hood: I Love NY #12

May 17, 2017

Robyn Hood: I Love NY is a marvelous series which exposes the compassionate vulnerabilities of an amazing woman as she faces the uncertainty of mysterious future. Writer Lou Iovino has beautifully shifted the focus of Robyn Locksley from someone who was dedicated to being hunter into a caring person now more devoted to protecting the less fortunate.

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10
Robyn Hood: The Hunt #1

Aug 2, 2017

Robyn Hood: The Hunt is an invigorating glimpse into a clichd prison film, but with all the snark which defines our favorite noble vigilante. While on the surface the issue may be an opportunity for her foes to exact revenge, at the same time, it is a chance for Robyn to glimpse into her own vulnerabilities and see they may also be her greatest strength. With death hiding behind every corner, I for one cannot wait to see how this flaxen challenger will survive her first day in the Dungeon. Will she learn the greatest lesson from prison or will she surrender to the horrors which await within her cell … the minutes tick away in anticipation as I wait with bated breath. Why does a month always seem to be so long?

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9.6
Robyn Hood: The Hunt #2

Sep 6, 2017

The stage has been set and actors await direction from an unseen director who manipulates their actions from a lofty perch, playing with his toys with delight and glee. But this play depicts life and death with Robyn at the center of attention for all to see, much to her chagrin. While she may have no choice as to the whims of this warped hand's manipulations, there may soon come a time when the puppets will cut their strings and turn against the master. And when that say comes, woe be to those who have angered Locksley in her bid for escape and freedom.

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10
Rose #2

May 17, 2017

If you do not think Rose is worth reading, then you must be empty inside. The journey of our heroine, a girl who was once pure to the world has now been thrust into the cruelty of persecution for being who she, and forced to live within a realm which wishes to crush that innocence. It is amazing how much Rose has changed since the last issue, her inexperience now exposing a strength which she never knew existed and which she desperately needs. Who is to say how she will survive, but I cannot wait to find out how Drucilla's actions will shape her into a force which the Queen wishes she never released.

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10
Rose #3

Jun 14, 2017

It is the struggle of both Rose and Thorne which makes this issue such a joy to read and a pleasure to view. From the very beginning, we see the contrast of the two, one careful and thoughtful, while the other is stubborn and self-deprecating. But as the story unfolds, it seems as if the wisdom of the beast is being shared as the whole of the narrative comes full circle from the first book. The skill of Finch, Guara and Farrell has brought us this far and I hope that they will continue to weave this story into a narrative which we cannot wait to unwrap with each passing issue.

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10
Rose #4

Jul 12, 2017

If I had a criticism for this issue, as with any book within this title, it simply ends too soon – but always with a cliffhanger making us wanting more. Rose was a girl who is vulnerable, inexperienced to the toxicity of Drucilla's lies and ruthlessness, and yet this story opens her to the corruption which she must now fight. Ila has shown her the way and now pushes her into an uncertain future as if she is a young fledgling just learning to fly. You want to take her by the hand to guide her, but at the same time, in the back of your mind, the reader knows life isn't always that easy. Will these actions shatter her confidence or only make her stronger? It isn't the uncertainty of knowing which makes the wait painful … it's the trauma of leaving this suspenseful open wound to linger without treatment – and the only known cure is the next issue of Rose. Why are the best things in life so traumatizing when you have to wait so long?

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10
Rose #5

Aug 9, 2017

You cannot help but smile as this issue ends: Rose has gained in confidence, but at the same time, she has to acknowledge her own lack of strength, knowing she can do nothing without Thorne or her companions. This is the truest power of a hero " not being afraid of admitting their own weaknesses, but also recognizing she has friends willing to help her overcome those flaws, only to become stronger. Now that Guardian and khat have reunited, there can only greater challenges ahead, and therefore " ever more epic tales waiting for us on the bright horizon.

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10
Rose #6

Sep 13, 2017

And so, with our appetites whetted with such a heartwarming ending for Rose and Drucilla on the verge of making a significant impact to the Rebellion, we must now take a break as we fret over the fate of our heroes. I for one am not sure I can last the distance until the next issue, but as least we know the trade paperback can tide us over until we see a new blossom shine forth with the coming New Year.

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9.6
Satan's Hollow #1

Mar 30, 2016

Satan's Hallow appears to have all the hallmarks of a brilliantly nostalgic classic horror film with the right amount of fright to give us the chills without the gross out factour which the current generation of films deem necessary to sell their material. Brusha and Otero have launched us into this world with a suggestible beginning and let's hope that the trend continues with the rest of the series. But how can we rest peacefully when we know that the Shadow Man might be waiting for us the next time we go into a dark room? That is just a chance we'll have to take until next month.

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10
Satan's Hollow #2

Apr 27, 2016

Satan's Hollow is illuminating the classic horror story into something wickedly delightful and ominously depressing, but both are in balance to create something which is evocative of a new terror standard. Brusha and Otero are able to express themselves without overexposing the reader to anything too traumatic, and still the tension of a great psychological thriller is still in place. The scenes are cleverly crafted to build upon the lore of Blue Ash with the truth still waiting to be revealed. I cannot wait for the next issue.

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10
Satan's Hollow #3

May 25, 2016

The beauty and shadows of Satan's Hollow are drawing us ever deeper into the community of Blue Ash " and with each step we take, we fall further into the madness of the story. The team of Brusha, Otero, Gamboa and Ruiz are making us wish we could leave this sleepy town, but the curse which has become an obsession for Sandra now has a hold of us too. There is no telling where it will take us, but the adventure will surely become a nightmare for us all.

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10
Satan's Hollow #4

Jun 29, 2016

Satan's Hollow is growing in intensity with Brusha, Otero and his team dragging us into the depths of this horror without looking back. While Sandra may not have a choice as to her acceptance to her history, this story draws us in, making us want to know more about her past. But the further we go, neither the reader or our heroine may want to know where it will take us, but it is too late now. The story can only get better or worse, all depending on how you look at the outcome, but either way, it will not end well for someone or something. And I know who I'm voting for to meet a gruesome end.

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9.6
Satan's Hollow #5

Aug 3, 2016

Satan's Hollow is closing up all of the loose ends, but I just hope that the final issue is not bogged down with a retelling of Sandra's history instead of bringing an end to this perverse story. While the series has managed to create a grotesque Lovecraftian tale of how family mistakes can still haunt the present, the shaping of the background seems to have taken precedence instead of establishing Sandra as an independent woman. Though I do hope that my assumption is incorrect, it seems that the story is leaning towards the inevitable conclusion that the hopeless beautiful damsel needs to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes. Let us just hope that this time, we get a reversal of fortune and a happy ending.

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8.4
Satan's Hollow #6

Sep 7, 2016

Satan's Hollow may have started as a fitting tribute to Lovecraft and his horrifying themes of family guilt and forbidden knowledge, but it quickly became something more under the demented hands of Brusha, Otero, Gamboa and Ruiz. A supposedly innocent excursion back to her hometown for Sandra and her husband John quickly became something reminiscent of a Hitchcock thriller, but while it may have lacked the suspense, it wholeheartedly made up for it with outright thrills and chills. While this might be something for those who don't like horror movies, the moving narration and beautifully eerie imagery combined with the skillful use of somber overtones sets the mood for what will become a Zenescope classic. Just remember: DO NOT read this in dark room while a thunderstorm is raging outside, unless you want to be scared to death by morning!

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9.6
Scooby Apocalypse #1

May 25, 2016

Scooby Apocalypse has created a new world for Scooby Doo the gang and the beginning is a gruesome one in which we may yet see the full potential of this title. The team of Giffen, DeMattis, Porter and Hi-Fi have introduced us to something which has become enmeshed within popular culture, the end of the world, but to surround such popular characters within this grim atmosphere is a new approach which most would never imagine. The idea is sound and the actors are set, so it is only a matter of time until we see if they will survive within this mystery come true. Scooby-Doo " where are you??

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9.6
Scooby Apocalypse #2

Jun 15, 2016

The story may have just started, but Giffen, DeMattis, Porter, and Hi-Fi have introduced us to a new Gang more suited to this planet of disaster. Everyone which we thought we knew has changed, their personalities having mutated to allow them to survive the disaster which is now their Earth. But with every failure, they grow stronger and they will need that new found fortitude to solve the mysteries which now lay before them. Rev up the Mystery Machine, a new world awaits!

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #3

Jul 20, 2016

But overall, it is this issue which helps to cement the relationships we know will help to guide them through the chaos which is now Scooby Apocalypse. The artistic and literary teams have turned what we once knew as a comedic romp through a world of mysteries and fake monsters into something with emotional subtlety and determination. This is no longer the animation we once enjoyed but has now become something so much substantial and vital in that we now care for characters. We know in the back of our mind that are still imaginary, but at the same time, we cannot but hope that they will survive until the next issue, and that is what makes for a great story.

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #4

Aug 18, 2016

Scooby Apocalypse may have just started, but it has far exceeded what we might have expected for a new series. When we began this journey, it seemed like an ordinary adventure into the barren badlands, but it has become so much more. The characters have evolved into ones which we now have an emotional connection and it can only get better. While some may not have progressed like we might have liked, the balance has tipped to ones who were almost ignored in the original series like the walking encyclopedia and the pretty window dressing, Velma and Daphne. Though they may have functioned like one group, it was always Fred who got the attention as the leader with Shaggy and Scooby Doo filling in as comic relief. It is refreshing to see the roles reversed and let us hope that these new leads can handle the responsibility in the coming storm.

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9.6
Scooby Apocalypse #5

Sep 15, 2016

They always say you hurt the ones you love, and if that is the case, then Daphne must really be enraptured by our coke bottle bespectacled scientist! It seems that with every issue, the two go at it with ever more intensity than before and the fight is never settled, with Velma getting the worst of the verbal abuse. If this is the case, how much longer will it be before she snaps and lets our favorite red head have it? However, if it does come to that, I can only imagine that she will have to spend the latter half of the issue explaining the insults she used in the first half! After all, how effective will her counterargument be if the other doesn't understand the results?

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #6

Oct 13, 2016

All hail the unsung bespectacled hero! This issue is so powerful in its profound emotional fervor, you cannot but identify with Velma, feel sympathy for our favorite coke bottle glasses scientist now that you see how she has suffered by her own hand and those around her. We know that the fallout of this story will be major, but to see how she became what she is now, how can you not want to embrace her and shelter her from the past … into hopefully a brighter future?

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8.4
Scooby Apocalypse #7

Nov 10, 2016

Though this issue was a bit slow at times, it does a great job of joining the story with the obligatory stand-off scene. While the reader may be put off with the subdued pace, but it does what it was meant to do – conduct the tension until the climactic explosive ending. We all knew that it was coming when the gang went into the Mall-Mart, but it still doesn't make it any less stressful. But now that they have escaped, let's just hope it won't be coming again anytime soon.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #8

Dec 15, 2016

Though the escapades of the Gang are becoming more daring and the full effects of the nanites are just coming to light, this last issue of the year leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. While the narrative is just as strong as ever, the artwork this time falls flat after the transition from realism into a twisted world of infinite possibilities. Hopefully the new year will return us to the intensity of an apocalyptic world with Scooby Doo and not leave us feeling like we were dropped off at the side of the road after an all night marathon of Ren & Stimpy and binging on boxes of sugary cereal.

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #9

Jan 11, 2017

The series has taken an expected and yet surprising turn, but even if we knew it was coming, the actual visualization doesn't make it any less unsettling. Velma must now come to terms with the results of her experiments, and while she may not have had any direct involvement with the current results, that exclusion of guilt is still crushing. These type cliffhanger endings and inclusive stories are what I love about Scooby Apocalypse, and in the end, it is what makes me come back wanting for more!

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #11

Mar 9, 2017

This issue was one of the most essential to the series, but at the same time, you can almost hear the door closing and then open for the next chapter. The build up to this story made it all worthwhile, the growth of the characters was both infuriating but now it gives us a sense of calm. It is the departure from those we knew from the animated series which gives this title a more mature demeanor and also satisfies us on that same level of moral sophistication. If this is how they will settle such a raging debate amongst themselves, I cannot wait to see how they will ultimately rescue us from the end of the world.

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9.6
Scooby Apocalypse #12

Apr 12, 2017

As if we didn't like the mutants before … now we find something even viler than the creatures outside with one inside. This issue proves to us that while someone appears to be human, they are in truth the real monster. Rufus Dinkley, predominant businessman, a leader in corporate America and wife beater – and he considers himself a survivor. If there ever was a chance to evaluate humanity, hopefully, this prime example will not be the one who is to be judged for our actions. This is one villain which I will enjoy watching fall from grace after he tries to justify his actions, and then collapse into a weeping mass or attempt to scare his captors to let him go … either way, I hope he will not last long and suffers a fitting end.

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #13

May 13, 2017

It is stories like this which show comic books are no longer for kids anymore, but the medium called graphic novels can now become a reality.

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #14

Jun 15, 2017

This issue has so many dramatically emotional triggers that I am surprised writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMattis were able to fit them all within one book.

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10
Scooby Apocalypse #15

Jul 13, 2017

This issue was one of the best of the series in terms of reliving the quintessential memories we have of the classic Scooby Doo which we know and love. While we are still embraced by the re-imagining of this show for a modern generation, you cannot forget the roots from which they originated. Giffen, DeMattis, Eaglesham and Hi-Fi have captured the essence of an icon and yet still manage to put a spin on it for more mature audiences, with an approving nod to Hanna-Barbera in thanks. While we know this traditional story will be an exception to the rule, one can only hope that we will see more of these comical moments from now on, with a pinch of terror to spice up the title.

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9.6
Scooby Apocalypse #16

Aug 10, 2017

The time has finally come for the gang to face the truest monster within the series, even if any chance of victory is snatched away by our unexpected savior. As I have stated, I never would have imagined someone so gruff with his own pack and pet could become something to be admired, if only for a brief moment. Scrappy-Doo, a canine who never wanted to be anything but a dog, but due to the manipulations of the Complex, he will fulfill a chance to change the world. But can he truly become a hero or nothing more than a martyr upon the altar of time?

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9.6
Scooby Apocalypse #17

Sep 15, 2017

This glimpse into a woman who may have been seen as an eccentric, promising journalist from the past is enlightening as this same enthusiasm which effectively barred her from any satisfying career now comes to bear in driving their survival in the here and now. Even if she may have been fearsome before, this story now opens up the reasons and background and thus grounds a character who is a natural leader. While Daphne Blake may have been overly driven before, it is that determination which makes her a grim defender and not someone you would wish to cross if you have any wish to live to see tomorrow. I cannot wait to see how she turns that drive into something that will help the Gang survive this apocalypse.

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9.6
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2017) #0

Aug 2, 2017

This first issue of Sheena Queen of the Jungle is a courageous effort by a talented writer's Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo and the skillful hands of Moritat and Andre Szymanowicz for allowing us to once again tread lightly upon a hidden land long forgotten. The excitement is barely contained as we watch the panther-like strength of this queen defend her kingdom from all who would trespass, while she attempts to learn of the world beyond her charge. Beware those who may challenge her domain, Sheena is the ruler of this jungle and she will allow none to transgress without permission, but I for one cannot wait until our next visit – for this one was far too short for the value.

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8.4
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (2017) #1

Sep 13, 2017

This transitional issue sets the scene for Sheena, but at the same time it also drags her down with poorly worded thoughts and a repetition from poorly established artistic styles. Although we still have a woman who is clearly determined to protect that which she cares for, her overstated pride only sets up this queen for an unsettling fall if her actions continue in this mismatched pursuit. And while the art is amazing to view, small errors are magnified so as to distract the reader into places which seem unnecessary, but at the same time, you cannot but wander back to the past and see them all in their miserable splendor.

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9.6
Snow White vs. Snow White #1

Jun 1, 2016

While this series may only have one more issue to go, the intricacy of the story is displayed with such simplicity that you cannot but wonder why it was never tackled before. Such a concept has been undertaken many times before by others, but Snow White vs. Snow White is a new step in the right direction. To challenge the cornerstone of Zenescope's Universe as to the morality of her own choices will hopefully be exceptional, but we will need to wait until the next story. Until then, we can bide our time by re-reading the foundational tales and see if there might be another way to settle the dispute, though I rather doubt it.

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8.0
Snow White vs. Snow White #2

Jul 29, 2016

Perhaps if there was another issue between the beginning and end the whole concept would have materialized more completely, but as it is now, what could have been an intriguing idea unceremoniously falls flat on its face. There is no real emotional attachment since the two sisters' tempers tend to blend into each other, no one able to make a stable argument as to who has the more valid point, all they did was let their swords do the talking. While Snow White vs. Snow White has an amazing premise, it stumbles around too much and instead of being a diamond in the rough, which could have been polished into a real gem, it was buffed too hard until the core cracked and exposed a one sided point: who ever has the sharper weapon " wins.

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8.4
Spirit Hunters #1

Nov 9, 2016

Spirit Hunters seems to be an interesting series based on the clichd theme of finding things that go bump in the night, but if they are going to make fun of themselves while they do it, we might be in for a bumpy start. So many other companies have tried to make the premise interesting, but in the end, they usually fall flat on their faces. Let us just hope that the twist of having a medium will open a new door to the realization that the truth is out there.

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8.4
Spirit Hunters #2

Dec 21, 2016

While I can understand that this is only second issue, I still wish we could have some background information on the characters, as to how or why they would ever want to pursue such opportunities. Although we have been given glimpses as to how they were burdened by spirits, as they stand now, I really can't see how more tales will expand such a barren and lifeless cast. Spirit Hunters has potential, but as for now, it just seems we are going through preset stories to set the mood, without knowing the actors' inspiration for taking the role. Hopefully it will in improve … otherwise I am sorry to say, we will have to suffer through a long and boring movie.

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8.4
Spirit Hunters #3

Jan 18, 2017

Although the expanding nuances of the team appears to have become paramount in the current story, the exploration of paranormal activities still takes precedence for the narrative itself. However while these tales are creative on their own, it is still important to remember that without the cast, Spirit Hunters would be nothing but another ghost story. While I do acknowledge that the spooks are essential, without Ellen and the rest of the team, this title loses all of the humanity which it needs to become a successful series.

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8.4
Spirit Hunters #4

Feb 1, 2017

This is what a good narrative should do for the characters: expand on their experiences which make them what they are and at the same time, open the readers' mind into their own world. While we are still left as to wondering what will happen next to this cast, the title holds interest as a whole with these connections. Although the essence of the investigations keeps our attention, it is the artwork which shows us what is happening, which is unfortunate for this issue. A lack of detail makes one wonder why the people are here, as Ellen appears in her opening panel. I would be lax if I did not say that the story was enjoyable, but the envisioning made it a burden at times, almost as if we were stunned into shock by that opening page.

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9.6
Spirit Hunters #5

Feb 15, 2017

While the main characters of Ellen and Dr. Chase were missing from the story, this issue proves that a well crafted tale can overcome even those deficiencies. Vera, Ferguson and Curtis have always been backup to the dual protagonists of this title, but now that it is proven they can close a case without their help, maybe we will see more of this trio? Or if that is too much, at least allow us to see them develop more than just sitting on the sidelines, waiting for someone to interviewed or request for information. That is boring and with people this appealing, an absolute waste.

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8.4
Spirit Hunters #6

Apr 19, 2017

While it is nice to see the whole team back together and Ellen with an expanded understanding of her abilities, the story itself seems a bit empty, as if swallowed by the shallowness of the atmosphere. After her absence, it is convenient for our spirit talker to now have the ability to ban ghosts by her will alone. If that was going to happen, a bit of an explanation would have been relevant, and yet it still opens new venues to a rather lackluster title.

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6.0
Spirit Hunters #7

May 17, 2017

Jerome Ferguson is a New York policeman who encountered his first supernatural haunting four years ago, and that tragedy now returns to terrify his memories of the present. Tedesco gave us an impressive telling of that tale, but thanks to a lackluster example of ill-fitting art by Diaz and Cortes, what could have been an exceptional story has now turned into a nightmare. I just hope that the next issue will be able to resurrect this promising series.

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9.6
Spirit Hunters #8

Jun 7, 2017

This is one of the best issues so far within the series, for it stands above the other stories by allowing for a reinterpretation of a classic, but not insulting the reader with an exploitation of the genre. While it may seem similar to the base concept via being a tribute piece, Brownfield and his artistic team still allow the audience to enjoy the narrative as it is incorporated into the essence of Spirit Hunters. If they had taken a cheaper route by using the same elements, it would have been cheap and insulting, but via the journey we are exposed to, the tale still feels fresh – with a pleasurable touch of wonderful nostalgia.

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9.6
Spirit Hunters #9

Aug 2, 2017

What could have been a mediocre story using voodoo to commit a crime has turned into something sinister and original, all thanks to incorporation into the main Spirit Hunters storyline. While it may have started off a bit slow and does not develop until after the narrative's shift, thanks to fantastic artwork and an imaginative plot, this issue works on all levels. I would like to see more of this plot into developing Ellen's character, but at the same time, it is a shame to ignore the rest of the actors in lieu of just one person. However with only three issues left in the series, it appears something might have to be sacrificed to see the truest fulfillment of this underlying story, otherwise we may just be left in the dark.

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8.4
Spirit Hunters #10

Aug 30, 2017

While this could have been a revealing story of Ellen now starting to accept her powers, thanks to stumbles in the tale and artwork, this issue is not up to the standard of the title. Although the underlying stressful premise of returning home is understandable, the execution is clumsy within a limited number of pages. Then add the unbalanced artwork and accompanying mistakes in coloring, it all combines into something which is hopefully a one time mistake. Thankfully in the overall venue of the book, this issue still displays all of the idealism which we have accepted as being Spirit Hunters and allows us to welcome it as a part of the dysfunctional family.

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6.0
The Flintstones #1

Jul 7, 2016

The Flintstones may have been a promising premise, but the execution of the idea ran into a several stumbling blocks, namely the sacrifice of the humor to make it more sympathetic to a modern reader. This series was supposed to tribute to the original show, but somehow it has become something else entirely, and not in a good way. Hopefully this was only done to change the mood for his initial issue, otherwise, we may be in for a bumpy ride with no way to stop other than our bare feet!

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10
The Little Mermaid #1

May 21, 2015

The only problem with the story is that we need to wait a whole month tofind out how this issue's cliffhanger will be resolved!

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10
The Little Mermaid #2

May 24, 2015

Mendonca continues to brilliantly illustrate Finch's moving story with the shifting themes of warm oceans and sterile laboratories like the ebb and flow of the unceasing tides. But now, the two worlds seem to be merging as it becomes difficult to differentiate between the distant realms. Converging themes make one ideology perfectly clear: Darkness will always overcome if it allowed to flourish in the Light.

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9.6
The Little Mermaid #3

May 26, 2015

Only two more issues left! Will the good guys make a come back next issue? Can't wait to find out!

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10
The Little Mermaid #4

May 28, 2015

The fluidity of Mendonca's artwork shines as he brings Finch's narrative alive in this issue. However, with the moralities of these two worlds merging, so too does the wall separating them become murky.

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9.6
The Little Mermaid #5

Jun 24, 2015

Or was this all done on purpose so that we can have another teaming of Finch & Mendonca? I am sure that I am not the only one who wants to see this become a reality! Come on Zenescope " don't keep us waiting! Am keeping my fingers crossed!

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8.0
The Tithe #1

May 29, 2015

This first issue is a bit overbearing sometimes with the philosophical and religious issues ingrained within the story; it is not for everyone and may be found objectionable to those whose belief systems who do not tolerate such rigorous questioning. But it is a refreshing read for those who would keep an open mind and need a break from the monotony of explosions of littering the comical landscape.

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10
Van Helsing vs. Dracula #1

Aug 19, 2015

It is unfortunate that this is only supposed to be a five part series. But, with the talents of Shand and Bandini, hopefully we will be in for a treat to tantalise our minds and eyes by enveloping us in the world of Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Van Helsing vs. Dracula. I cannot wait for next month!

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10
Van Helsing vs. Dracula #2

Sep 16, 2015

If they can get this type of result from just the second issue, how will Shand and Bandini be able to keep up the spontaneity until the end? I need to take breather until the next adventure. Let's just hope that October will bring another great one " but how can they top this?

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9.6
Van Helsing vs. Dracula #3

Oct 28, 2015

This issue is a nice break from the horror story which Pat Shand has established in the previous issues. This side story to find the Steward enclosed within a copycat killer murder mystery gives us just enough of the creep factour to make it feel like one of your favourite TV crime dramas, but tainted with a touch of the macabre to slip it into something much darker. We almost forget that this a vampire tale, until we see the pool of blood dripping from the corpse.

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10
Van Helsing vs. Dracula #4

Jan 6, 2016

But what solidifies the narrative is Michele Bandini's gruesomely beautiful artwork. The full effect of Dracula's dark influence is felt throughout the story: from Mina's delirium filled dream turned nightmare, to Hades' explanation of his part in that monster's creation and on to the end with the fight for London, all the scenes feel as if his bloody eyes are staring from the behind each sequence.

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10
Van Helsing vs. Dracula #5

Mar 9, 2016

So many of the current titles are littered by overwhelming violence, that the simple opening of emotions is glanced over in favour for satisfying the primal need for excitement. Bandini's work is a marriage of Shand's story and his art whereby neither could materialise the truest essence of the tale on their own, but together they are able to grow into something which surpasses the summary of a single part. This synergy is what makes Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Van Helsing vs. Dracula something which stands out as a singular achievement which supplements the Zenescope mythology and brings it into a realm of its own.

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10
Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #1

Aug 10, 2016

Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein may have started as a typical monster fight for Liesel, but it has quickly evolved into something more for everyone involved. The shift from her typical enthusiastic attitude into one more grounded towards her own mortality signals that this will be an emotionally charged journey which will hopefully allow her to come to terms with her relationship with Hades. But if this first issue is any indication, that journey will not be one for those weak of heart, however, those who endeavor to push forward will hopefully be rewarded by a story which will become a true classic.

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10
Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #2

Sep 14, 2016

This story may just begun, but the magnificence projected upon the page makes us want even more. Liesel must now face the result of one person's obsession, but can it really be wrong if it was done out of love? With Shand, Colapietro and Mujiono presenting us this literary brilliance, we want to see this end justifiably, but is even that possible now? With the hours painfully ticking by, we must wait patiently for the next installment, hoping beyond hope that civility can find a solution to this conundrum or that his suffering can come to a heartfelt end.

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10
Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #3

Oct 19, 2016

Wow " this series keeps getting better with every passing issue. We started with the classic Frankenstein dilemma, added Shand's interpretation of the morality tale, topped it off with the artistic talents of Colapietro, Ingranata, and Mujiono, then to add this opening battle. If this is how the team begins the confrontation " then how will it end?

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9.6
Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #4

Dec 14, 2016

We only have one more issue left and yet we still hope in the back of our minds that both sides can win: Liesel will be able to stop Franklin but at the same time, Taylor is able to save her one true love from the insanity which she has trapped him within. But of course, we also know that only one shall prevail, but you can always wish for the best " even if we don't know which side that should be.

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9.6
Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra #1

Feb 8, 2017

The first issue of Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra is a great introduction into Liesel's latest adventure and hopefully it will signal that she is not ready to give up. While we have seen her overcome may losses in the past, this latest one may have struck even deeper than she has yet to realize, even if she chooses to bury its effects by lashing out through her hunts. The name Van Helsing has always been a symbol of strength for those who cannot stand for themselves, but will this hunt be the last for that distinguished family? I for one cannot wait to find out.

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10
Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra #2

Feb 22, 2017

Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra is becoming something which I would never expected from such a descriptive title: a story which keeps us invested and on the edge of out seats. When I heard the name of the book, I at first thought it would be just another romp through some tomb with Liesel, swatting away monsters while she attempted to come to terms with death. But now, I am proud to acknowledge that this issue was worth the wait and I am expecting all the more excitement and drama next month! But why does thirty days now seem so far off?

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10
Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra #3

Mar 29, 2017

The God-Queen comes to the forefront, and it is through deviousness by which everything has been molded according to her vile designs. Shand, Rosete, Ingranata and Pereyra have been able to bend their will to create this mesmerizing story and it has only been made better by the introduction of Liesel's personal connection. The legacy of her father started this journey and now the loss of Hades was the catalyst from which her adventure now flourishes toward completion. But now that all of the introductions have been made, we can only hope that the tension won't stop and all will make sense as we continue delving into the depths of the mummy's despicable plot.

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9.6
Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra #4

Apr 26, 2017

The melancholia of the series comes full circle, with the God-Queen in the forefront, finally revealing her true deviousness in which everything has been molded according to her vile designs. While this issue's narrative seemed too concerned in manipulating the plot to drive Liesel towards the final confrontation, the artwork suited the story in guiding us through this non-stop thrill ride. I would have liked a bit more self-reflection, but with the end coming too soon, the audience needs to be prepared for what surely will become a bloody mess for one of these frightening women.

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9.6
Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra #5

May 24, 2017

With only one issue left, Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra has become at title which shows vengeance consuming all who allow it to take hold. Liesel versus Hatshepsut the God-Queen, their battle has waited for almost two centuries and now it will finally come to an end. While the build up to this moment has had its moments of calm requiescence, the reminders of thing past has developed into a series which allows for the reader to become absorbed by the serenity of memories and friends. I for one cannot wait to see how this tale will end.

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10
Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra #6

Jul 12, 2017

Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra is an outstanding adventure into the struggles of a woman who refuses to let go her past, only to suffer from the poison which leeches from those decisions. It is an insightful story which took many pages to create, but the depth of Liesel's love and the desire to never let go makes it all the more satisfying to see her struggle and cry as she realizes the strength she draws from Hades' memories, even in passing.

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8.4
Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf #1

Jul 26, 2017

The first issue of Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf is a courageous effort by writer Chuck Dixon and artists Allan Otero and Robby Bevard, but it falls short in fulfilling what we expect of a vampire hunter with an iconic name. While the spark of Liesel still exists within the story and illustrations, it still does not project the right flare which we have seen in the past, but it has the potential to become something far more. Since this is the premier book for this team, I can understand any misgivings I might have, but have the faith that they will soon be vanquished and rewarded by something sensational in the next and upcoming issues.

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9.0
Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf #2

Aug 23, 2017

Now that we have been re-introduced to Liesel, the story can once again come alive with what we love from this title, heart stopping action all encased within a British beauty. Van Helsing has once again been thrust into the world she is drawn to, and for better or worse, she knows it is her duty to fulfill her father's honor. But with the title a third over, we cannot but wonder when the title beast will be shown in all his full gory glory? After all, this is Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf, hopefully it won't be long until we see the foul creature.

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9.6
Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf #3

Sep 13, 2017

The story is only half over, but the action has finally come full circle to present the foul title monster in question. Although the tale may have partially languished as the plot slowly developed, it is the artwork and colors which keep our interest peaked within this frozen narrative. Liesel, Shen Hao and Tshering may appear to be an odd pairing with the contrasting personalities, but in the end their abrasive strengths and perseverance make this issue worth the read. But now that the dog has been let lose " hopefully it won't too be long until we get to see who will win this new battle.

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8.4
Wacky Raceland #1

Jun 8, 2016

Wacky Raceland is the latest in DC Comics' attempt to create new versions of the once popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon line. Although the base premise may be the same to the original property, the jokes which once littered the races and kind-hearted characters who would do no permanent harm to each other, are now replaced with the polar opposites of the cast. If you can read this series without being prejudiced by the previous show, this can be a wildly exciting departure to the norm of a regular competition. However, if you do know of Wacky Races, then the learning curve can be a harrowing hairpin and could lead to a fiery crash.

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8.0
Wacky Raceland #2

Jul 15, 2016

Wacky Raceland seems to be humming along well, but if we are going to be introduced to a new characters' background with every issue, how long will that take? So far we have three down and only nine more to go, and if that's the case, it might just be better to wait for a trade paperback to catch up to all of this drama. While Pontac, Manco and Sanzone are developing this sadistic race into something new, I miss the humor from the parent idea. A few off-color jokes cannot substitute for the original, so why bother to make it they are going to stray so far off the race course? Hopefully, as we progress, they will steer us back onto the main path and not take so many of these unnecessary shortcuts.

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