Grimm Fairy Tales 2009 Holiday Edition (Zenescope – Brusha / Rearte / Deshong / Spay)
The classic story of “The Nutcracker” gets the Zenescope treatment as Sela finds herself in the midst of the most popular holiday fairy tale of the century. Get lost in a gorgeous yet terrifying world which includes the famous nutcracker prince as he battles a monster of epic proportions in this thrilling and frightening reinvention of a classic tale from the company that does it best! Gear up for the holidays with the giant-sized Grimm Fairy Tales Holiday Edition!
The dark forces of the Enemy make a final attempt to get the book from Sela as Joe Brusha weaves the Nutcracker tale right into the Grimm-verse in this Holiday special. Sela tries to have an ordinary night and go to the faculty Christmas party, but nothing is ever ordinary for our dear Sela – her “ordinary” night ends with sword fights, killer rats, dancing fairies and a beheading. While this one-shot has the regular Zenescope balance of high action, gory monsters and yummy eye-candy, it also does push forward the big Grimm Fairy Tales arch – secrets are revealed about Sela, the Book and the future plans of the Enemy.
Any follower of Grimm Fairy Tales or fan of the Nutcracker will have fun with this book. The writing is enjoyable and solid. And while the art was done in parts and in different styles by a trio of creators, it still flows well. The only thing that is negative about this (and usually the only thing negative about a Zenescope one-shot) is the price $5.99.
Issue Grade: B+