Writers: Mike Kalvoda, Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco
Pencils: Alex Medellin Machain
Colours: Christin Pogoda, Nei Ruffino, Garry Henderson.
1284. The townsfolk of Hamelin (Germany) are in danger of being overrun by rats. Oh, what foul vermin that roam these here streets of the Middle Ages. In a desperate ploy to be rid of them once and for all, they summon for the Piper to clear out the infestation. Though all deeds come with a cost. Upon driving the rats into the river to drown, the Piper seeks to claim his prize. When he is left short in coin and ushered away, he has another idea up his sleeve.
Has anyone seen the children?
Zenescope Entertainment like to do things with a dark touch, and The Pied Piper of Hamelin is as dark a fairy tale as you could get, so naturally, the two should go together. Yet with issue #1, it felt a dab dull (purely a personal feeling). Odd to think that, isn’t it? Something seemed lacking in this adaptation of a perfectly terrifying fairy tale about a Piper luring towns children away with the sound of enchanting music, never to be seen again. Putting a finger on what exactly, is a little harder. It could be the main character, Sean, a troubled teenager who’s run-ins with bullies and stubborn hardass lecturers is a frequent occurrence. It was difficult to really sympathize with a character who came across as nothing but a wet emotional child. It’s a revenge story at best, where unwittingly Sean obtains the mystical melody legend claims was used by The Piper, to use against those who’ve been a burden to him, making his life hell. Though stories such as these rather have a good ending, but we shall see what transpires.
My expectations for issue #2 wont be of astronomical high hopes, but touch wood that there could be an improvement. Who knows, I could be even singing it’s praises by issue #4. But until then, nothing is for certain.