- Writer: Pat Shand
- Artwork: Andrea Meloni
- Colours: Erick Arciniega
- Publisher: Zenescope
- Release Date: February 4th 2015
Once again, the creative team of Sean Chen and Ylenia DiNapoli join together to create a fantastic piece of cover art for Grimm Fairy Tales #107. The attention to detail, as always from these two experienced comic book artists, is spot on. The use of light and dark to create two completely different feels for this cover is superb; the three characters in the foreground are blissfully unaware of the sinister character that stands only a few feet behind them. In what I’ve discovered to be true Zenescope style, this cover doesn’t give away much of what’s happening within its pages, but it doesn’t really have to. One of the purposes of a front cover is to draw people in, and this most definitely does that.
Sela has come to a shocking realization about the work load she’s undertaken, and her relationship with her daughter, but her feelings for her family are pushed to one side, when the very fabric of reality is split, and old friends resurface in the most perilous of situations. Meanwhile, Skye and Ali practice for their midterms, and unknowingly unleash an evil that’s sure to put all the training they’ve received at Arcane Acres to the test.
Pat Shand is a literary genius. He constantly produces such fantastic pieces of writing, it’s hard not to enjoy what he’s written. There are two sides to every character, Sela in particular, and they’re both so beautifully written. What I enjoy the most about this is how Sela is written, almost like there are two warring sides to her– her maternal side, whereby she wants to be with her daughter and have a strong relationship with her, and the other where she wants to do her job and help others. She is portrayed to be such a strong character, it’s important to have little emotive scenes such as are present in this issue. Shand does a commendable job of making all of these characters likeable in their own way, while coming up with storylines that will constantly test them, bend them, break them and then remake them into something or someone completely different. It wouldn’t be a Grimm Fairy Tale if something didn’t happen that would put the lives of our favourite characters in mortal peril. The overlying story arcs in the Grimm series always feel longer than most, but to compensate, every issue has something to tide you over until the dramatic conclusion. This issue has left us on somewhat of a cliff hanger, and I desperately want to see what happens next.
Andrea Meloni, a relative newcomer to the world of comic book artistry, continues to do an exceptional job of bringing these characters to life. There aren’t many, if any, action scenes in this issue, but there are some emotive scenes, which are drawn to perfection, making you feel for the character. Sela’s been through a lot, both emotionally and physically, which you can tell. Looking at drawings isn’t like looking at a real life person, you can’t really tell what they’re feeling by looking into their eyes, but Meloni has come pretty close to making this possible. It makes you feel sorry for Sela, and that’s exactly what comic book artwork is supposed to do. Yes, it’s supposed to accompany the storyline, which this does exceptionally well, but it’s also supposed to help to build some kind of a rapport between the characters and the reader. Not only are the characters fantastically drawn, but the attention to detail put into things such as the fire shown in the excerpt, among many other things, is exceptional. I would consider Meloni to be a rising star, and I hope she is going to stick with Grimm Fairy Tales for a while, because it’s artwork like this that makes the comics all the more enjoyable for me.
Overall, Grimm Fairy Tales #107 is a very good issue for the Grimm Fairy Tales series. It’s well put together by a very talented creative team. My only criticism would be that the story line is a bit slow, but it does allow for the characters to talk about their emotional issues, which makes it more relatable. The main story arc, the tears in the fabric of reality, is a really interesting idea, one which I hope will create strong action scenes which will test the abilities of even the strongest member of the Arcane Acres team. Hopefully this level of work will continue as the series progresses; there haven’t been many real issues with the series, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t.
Leaving us on a cliff hanger is so cruel, but I guess it’s so people like you and I will tune in next month, which I definitely will.
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