Review: Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Darkwatchers ft. Gretel
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Story By: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, Brian Hawkins
Written By: Brian Hawkins
Art By: Donny Hadiwidjaja, Allan Otero, Eman Casallos
Colors By: Maxflan Araujo, Jorge Cortes, Walter Pereyra
Lettering By: Kurt Hathaway
Review By: Kendra Hale
Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Darkwatchers opens as Gretel has found herself again in the path of danger as she and Calabar open the tale with a hunt. They are hunting a Tempestarii, a weather witch, in the mountains of Santa Lucia. Gretel has been around for almost 300 years and she is about to run into something she is unfamiliar with entirely.
After Calabar is hurt in the battle, Gretel gets her help in a small village nearby following the feeling of power. Something old and wanting is waiting and Gretel is in their sights. The Darkwatchers have been told in tales of lore as both good and bad entities. But the healing woman of this village has a tale of her own to tell and all is not what it seems.
The story and artwork are beautiful to behold and it is always nice to get a new set of characters to an established world. Gretel shows off her vulnerability when Calabar gets hurt, and that is endearing and understandable. Even for someone who has lived so long and who knows that life is fleeting, it is nice to see such a hardened witch killer show that she still can create bonds. Also, there is an opening that is left at the end that I am sure will pop back up somewhere along the line. I love a good teaser.
The thing I love about these Quarterlies is that they are a showcase of story and talent. I found nothing wanting about this tale. Which cover to get? That is a whole different story as these variants are gorgeous, my personal favorite is by Mike Krome.
If I haven’t said enough about the artwork, one need only look to the covers to see just how sublime they are. The beauty is not skin deep in this case. The story that is within holds great moments. This gives us further insight into not only Gretel, but also her relationship with Calabar as well as a better understanding of Gretel herself.
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