Grimm Fairy Tales #44 (Zenescope – Brusha / Rearte)
The root of the classic fairy tale The Devil’s Brother is revealed in this issue. Fenton Bruce has been at the right hand of the Devil for over a century. As a reward he’s lived a life of pleasure, wealth and excess far beyond that of any mortal man. In return he’s been forced to see and do acts of unimaginable horror for more than 100 years. All because of one moment of weakness when he made a deal that was too good to be true. A deal that essentially made him the Devil’s brother.
This issue is essentially nothing more than the origin issue for Fenton. It’s works well as a stand alone, it’s well-told and up to par with the expected Grimm fairy Tale standards. The emphasis in this issue is strictly plot, setting up back story and driving the overall flow towards the upcoming conflict. Outside of a few snippits and a half splash page of Cindy at the end, there is virtually no eye candy in this ish, keeping the reader’s focus on Fenton. And that focus is disturbingly sharp – we get to see, in trying to prove himself worthy to his boss, exactly what dark deeds Fenton is capable of. Overall, a very solid addition to the GFT Volumes!
Issue Grade: B+