Grimm Universe Presents 2019
Written by: Various
Art by: Various
Letters by: Various
Available: Out now
Synopsis: The Grimm Universe is expanding! From the Age of Camelot, to secret societies working in the shadows, and other-worldly monsters invading the realms, new players are taking the board.
Note: This PDF review issue of Grimm Universe Presents 2019 was provided to geekXpop by Zenescope Entertainment, with no obligation to give it a positive review.
At first look, the sheer size of the Grimm Universe Presents 2019 seems a bit much – after all, this is a collection of eight short stories highlighting different characters, worlds, and aspects that make up the Grimm Universe. But after reading the issue a few times, it seemed like the read through seemed a lot shorter than I had anticipated. And that’s not because that there isn’t much story in this issue – quite the opposite: I found myself really pulled into each of these stories, to varying degrees, and them just seeming like it all ended to quickly. Kind of how you don’t feel that some good movies are as long as they are because you are just that much into them; that’s how I felt reading this issue.
The stories in this issue focus on the Black Knight (featuring Hercules Payne), Hellchild, Dorothy Gale, Liesel Van Helsing, Zodiac (featuring Merlin), Dragonsblood, Robyn Hood (featuring Shang), and Gretel. Each story here adds something to the characters that are featured that foretells a bit of what is to come for each character in their own individual series. Some series I have already been a fan of and was interested to see what new stories would be coming throughout the year while, for some of the newer characters featured in the issue, it made interested to see what their stories would be directed in.
And on that note, I have to say that I am really anticipating reading the upcoming stories for Black Knight, Liesel Van Helsing, Robyn Hood, and Gretel. And it’s not that I am not interested in what Hellchild, Dorothy Gale, Zodiac, and Dragonsblood will be presenting to readers – it’s just that from what I read in Grimm Universe Presents 2019 I was more interested in the others that I listed. Each story in the issue was pretty solid and/or strong, but those that I am more interested in seemed to present their stories better – one in particular, the one featuring Gretel, had a lot to the story and the character that has me really anticipating this title.
Stories aside, the artwork for these stories is, well… what can I say; I have always been a fan of the team of artists that Zenescope hires for their comics. And I really like what I am seeing in this issue. The art is stronger in some stories than it is for others – Hellchild, Zodiac, and Gretel being some of the stronger than the others – but each story has some great quality art complimenting the stories that are presented. Again, more so than there writing, the art that Zenescope presents to their fans has always been their best feature – and this issue continues that.
I highly recommend picking up this issue of Grimm Universe Presents 2019 because this is a great jumping on points for a lot of stories that the creators at Zenescope will be telling in 2019. With some emphasis on older characters balanced out with newer characters, this issue is a great introduction to the Grimm Universe for 2019 and overall. And be sure to check out the future issues that are being featured in Grimm Universe Presents 2019:
- The Black Knight (ongoing)
- Hellchild: Blood Money (coming in April)
- Oz: Heart of Magic (coming in April)
- Van Helsing vs Dracula’s Daughter (coming in August)
- Zodiac (coming in February)
- Dragonsblood (coming in May)
- Robyn Hood: Outlaw (coming in February)
- Gretel (coming in March)