Review: Grimm Fairy Tales #46
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Story By: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Dave Francini
Written By: Dave Franchini
Art By: Dario Tallarico
Colors By: Jorge Cortes
Letters By: Tyler Esposito (Of Ghost Glyph Studios)
Review By: Kendra Hale
When last we left off, Skye had successfully survived her first encounter with one of those who would kill her for The Dark Book. The Handless Maiden has told her tale and been defeated (see last review), leaving Skye to move onto the next – “Mother Hulda”. Let’s dig in.
Sam and Jasmine have settled on two likely locations for what Skye saw in her vision from the three fairies back in issue #44. Sam goes to check on the lake locale while Skye draws cemetery duty in Kansas. Skye arrives and, sure enough, strange things begin happening, as Mother Hulda makes herself known with her army of zombies. Will Skye make it out of this one? And if Skye is having this much trouble, how is Sam holding up?
This story arc is moving in full effect and we are getting to meet all sorts of different people. The artwork is perfect for the action scenes. Skye’s second interaction is concluded and this one had some serious scary undertones. I go into this more in my negatives but, to be fair, every story arc has some filler issues, and this is what Grimm Fairy Tales #46 feels like. A means to move us along in the story while also giving us a reminder of why we are here to begin with.
Last review I cited the storytelling for the individual characters, and this time around we didn’t really get that. Although, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that while we may not get backstory…we do get a story. And a terrifying one at that.
Mother Hulda is in the cemetery, and at the beginning of our tale we get a chance to see her in action as she lures in another forlorn soul to join her army. She acts as the voice of the lost Mother and lures her prey in expertly. She goes a few steps further with Skye, amping up her lure in order to draw our heroine in. While I would have loved a back story, seeing these things unfold worked quite well too.
Grimm Fairy Tales #46 was a strong follow up to the last issue, but I felt it could have been more. It does what it needs to, however, and moves the story forward to what we can expect next month. I look forward to seeing what Grimm Fairy Tales #47 has in store for readers with “Nixie Of Mill Pond”.
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