GLX takes a look at Grimm Fairy Tales 2011 Holiday Edition.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Zenescope presents a very special Grimm Fairy Tales version of a Christmas Carol. Sela puts her own spin on the classic holiday tale while trying to teach a future princess of Myst a valuable lesson.
Plot - Ralph Tedesco
Script - Patrick Shand
Pencillers - Reno Maniquis, Anthony Shay, James Lyle and Jim Rodgers
Colorist - Falk
I'm familiar with the Grimm Fairy Tales franchise, but I've never sat down and read one tale about it. The only images that pop up when I think of the series is that of scantily clad women wearing costumes that are based on stories such as Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Recently, I had a chance to read Grimm Fairy Tales 2011 Holiday Edition and the actual content was not with cheesecake galore. It's a comic that's more concerned with storytelling, instead of appealing to readers with characters that constantly end up in sexually provocative poses; however, the comic itself is far from perfect.
My main problem that I have with the comic is that it doesn't differentiate itself from A Christmas Carol that much. The settings and the characters may be different from its source of inspiration, but the comic fails to make them memorable to the reader. While the script flows in a natural manner, it seems to be constricted by the structure of A Christmas Carol instead of using it as the launching point for a strong story. That being said, the only thing that really appealed to me about the writing was the practice of reverse stealing; it's when at least one person anonymously leaves a gift at someone's front door. It's a cute idea that I might actually try in the future.
The art in this comic is above-average. Penciller Reno Maniquis handles most of the pencils and it's pleasant to the eyes. Do I crave to see more of his work? Not necessarily, but his pencils work well with the script. The rest of the pencillers do a decent job at worst and a nice job at best. Falk's colors help to minimize the negatives of having 4 pencillers work on one story. His colors tend to be warm, but he can still effectively handle a moody scene. I'd honestly like to see him handle some mainstream characters, since his style could mesh well in the comic book big leagues.
I honestly can't recommend Grimm Fairy Tales 2011 Holiday Edition. Even if the comic wasn't priced $6, it fails to stand out amongst the crowd. Fans of the franchise might find it more enjoyable than I did, but the comic failed to spark any interest with the world of Grimm Fairy Tales.
5.2* out of 10*
Review by: GLX