- Writer: Zach Calig
- Artwork: Diego Galindo
- Colours: Michael Bartolo
- Publisher: Zenescope
- Release Date: June 1st 2015
Sean Chen and Romulo Fajardo Jr have done an excellent job with this front cover. It is illustrated incredibly well, with a fantastic amount of detail and just the right use of colours. As a brand new series to add to Grimm’s growing number, this front cover needs to be enough to draw in pre-existing Grimm fans, and people who have never glanced upon such a comic before. I believe it pulls it off spectacularly; not giving anything away as to what’s going to happen inside, but doing just enough to make you excited as to what is going to happen.
With only a handful of comic book issues under his belt, and none that I’ve seen before, I didn’t know what to expect when I saw that Galindo had illustrated this issue… but I needn’t have worried. The artwork in this comic is a lot better than I expected it to be. The attention to detail is superb, especially on the characters themselves. It’s a theme with all of the Grimm series artists to put a lot more detail into the foreground than the back, this follows that trend, but as this is mainly set in a wooded area, it’s not really important for the woodland to be that detailed. This lack of detail helps to emphasise just how incredibly well detailed everything else is. Bartolo has helped make this an incredibly well illustrated comic by perfectly colouring Galindo’s artwork to create true masterpieces. It’s one of the best illustrated first issues in the Grimm series, so congrats to the whole artistic team for pulling this off.
You would never think, after reading this, that Calig is new to the world of comic book writing. The Grimm series is different from most other comic series because the series take stories we all know well, and changes them dramatically.
Baba Yaga is famously an old Russian Witch (actually the derivation of the Russian word Babushka), but this Baba Yaga, although clearly being a witch, is anything but old. Calig has taken the Baba Yaga introduced in the Grimm Fairy Tales main series, and has made her better. She’s not known for being a good witch, but she is capable of working with others towards a slightly less evil goal. This is an example of such.
In present day Salem, a group of witches are massacred as they bond around a camp fire. Only one survives, and is taken captive by a group of men called the New Crusaders, who believe her to be the descendant of one of the most powerful witches of all time. Enter Baba Yaga, and a fellow witch as they attempt to rescue the young witch from the group that have been tracking and killing witches from as far back as 1692.
Coven #1 is predicted to be one of the most intense Grimm Universe titles of the year, and if this issue is anything to go by, I’d say that prediction is well on its way to becoming true. Calig has created a fantastically entertaining storyline, with such intense lines of dialogue you just have to go back and read again. Its jam packed with action: exactly what you’d expect from a Grimm title, and boasts a gripping storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.
Overall, the entire creative team have created an exceptional first issue in this short series. It’s most definitely deserving of its place in the Grimm series, and if the rest of the series is like this, the earlier prediction of it being the most intense and exciting Grimm Universe title is bound to come to fruition.
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