Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno #1 (Zenescope – Tedesco / Rearte / Embury / Campbell)
The brand new Grimm Fairy Tales mini-series is here! Grace is lost and restless in a big city where her nightmares seem all too real. Suffering from a form of amnesia, she only feels empty and confused. Her therapist overmedicates, her boss sexually harasses her and her boyfriend beats her. The world is quickly closing in around Grace but when she learns the truth of her past she might just find the power within to redeem her life and battle her demons, no matter how real they might be. Jacob’s Ladder meets The Long Kiss Goodnight in this explosive mini-series only from ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT.
The Mercy Dante storyline spins out of Grimm Fairy Tales as her younger sister Grace tries to put her life in order and figure out her memories after her sister’s death.
The issue opens with Grace explaining, through the use of a thought narrative, that she has had amnesia and can’t remember anything longer than six months ago (i.e., since her sister’s death). Grace has no idea what her life was like before (and neither does the reader) or what the catalyst was for her memory loss. But what we do know, is that right now she is a spineless push-over, taking meds and is going to a therapist regularly to try to get her memories back. And as if trying to find her lost life isn’t enough, she is starting to see passing strangers turn into demonic visages. Probably not a good thing.
Even if you haven’t been following Grimm Fairy Tales (and if you haven’t, you are missing out), you can still readily enjoy and follow this spin-off series. Tedesco does his standard excellent job of story-telling and yarn-weaving. He lays an intriguing groundwork, enticing the readers with Grace’s story and then draws them in with an excellently-placed hook (in this case, the blind prophet from the subway) and has them waiting for the next issue. The art of this series is very solid, riding the line between story-specific details and eye-candy. This will be another worthy series to come out of Zenescope – it great to see an indie company that keeps it’s high standards for all of it books (not just the on-going monthlies).
Issue Grade: Strong B