Review – Grimm Fairy Tales #31 (Zenescope)

Grimm Fairy Tales #31 (Zenescope) cover C (detail) by Antonio Bifulco
Grimm Fairy Tales #31
  • Writing - 6/10
  • Art - 7.5/10
  • Overall - 6.2/10
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Writer: Dave Franchini
Penciler: Eman Casallos
Colorist: Jorge Alberto Cortes
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Art: Michael Sta. Maria and Ivan Nunes
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: September 25th, 2019

Skye is still searching for the components to make up the magical ensemble that she needs. Some new villains stand in her way. She will probably have to fight her way out of another predicament. 


You Better Go Get Your Armor in Grimm Fairy Tales #31

Zenescope Entertainment had a slow start in the medium of comics before it hit upon the niche which helped to define it.  Although not all of their titles fit in the same universe, they made their fortunes off of Grimm Fairy Tales. While some of these have been good and some bad, the main series has been the staple that has held their own multiverse together. Grimm Fairy Tales is in its second incarnation with the company. In this series the original heroine has been replaced by her daughter, Skye Mathers. In Grimm Fairy Tales #31 Skye goes on a journey through Myst trying to assemble the parts of a magical set of armor. 


Grimm Fairy Tales #31 (Zenescope) cover A by Michael Sta. Maria
Grimm Fairy Tales #31 (Zenescope) cover A by Michael Sta. Maria

Dave Franchini is the writer for the series at the moment. The story, as it unfolds here, is not very engaging, and instead relies on some of the usual formulaic writing common to Grimm Fairy Tales. In short: when in doubt, just throw the main character into Myst and see what happens. The worst moments from the original series revolved around this somewhat directionless wandering around Myst, and it is more or less the same here. There is also the same focus on supposedly-coy, youthful banter here, although it misses the mark often. That said, the writing here is not bad, it just seems as though the wrong decisions are being made with the series.  


The writing in Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales stories is sometimes a little uninspired. However, they generally are saved by the art. Eman Casallos is up to the task in Grimm Fairy Tales #31. Maybe more so are Michael Sta. Maria and Ivan Nunes, who created the eye-catching cover. Casallos captures the action and setting well, only maybe could have used a bit better inspiration from the story.


Grimm Fairy Tales is on a well-trodden path with this story. It is not that the creative team doesn’t seem to be trying, only that there is only so much that they can do. Skye makes for an engaging and compelling protagonist, but is not given enough to do. Having Skye go on another journey around Myst does little to add direction to this series. Instead, it reminds the reader too much of missteps of the past. The saving grace here is the hook at the end to lead into the next part of the story. Even that, though, comes a little too late. Instead, the reader is left reading a fairly predictable outcome against some generic villains. 

It feels like this series has everything it needs to succeed, just that it would take a bit more risk-taking on behalf of the publisher and the creative team. That is, after all, what allowed Grimm Fairy Tales to succeed at the beginning of its first run. 

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