Zenescope Entertainment uses words like “edgy” and “non-traditional” to describe themselves, and I’m happy to say it’s a reputation they live up to! Through The Looking Glass is a column dedicated to celebrating this publisher’s weekly releases. Here are some of the latest:
Robyn Hood #4 – Robyn made a fine showing in last year’s Archery Royal Rumble, as the highest ranked female character in the poll. Her “spring the trap” method of handling her adversary’s machinations against her over in her title hasn’t gone as well though. It’s kind of funny watching her and the king do this dance. They both want the other dead, and even when they have each other right where they want them they still can’t cut the foreplay and just get to it. She’s in quite the situation now, and she’s going to need more than just attitude to get out of it! The plotting has been a real strong point in writer Pat Shand’s work. Each issue feels like a chapter, and I’m very curious to see how much of the parallel storylines he wraps up in the final issue of Robyn’s first series. Also let me say Robyn is one of the girls of Zenescope that looks every bit as good inside the pages as she does on the cover, bravo!
Grimm Universe #2 – Red Riding Hood got a solo adventure in this issue, but all the set up made her feel like a bit of a guest star in it. I love the style of this book, especially all the knives and claws, it’s a very stabby, slashy issue. The story could have been more fleshed out, and the villain’s fate in the end is damningly ambiguous. It’s not much more than an establishing issue for Red’s path in 2013, but if she’s one of your favorite characters (like she is for me) there’s enough here that you will want this for your collection!
Sleepy Hollow #3 – I love how Zenescope writers speak through their characters, and the little debate on the evolution of geek culture that opens this book is spot on. There are some nice remarks on storytelling, but not enough actual story for me. Sleepy Hollow is still moving a little slow for my taste, although I think when I look back on it later I’ll appreciate it more.
Fly: The Fall #3 – This issue was a solid reminder that there aren’t really any “good guys” in this story. There is a lot of grey area, and everyone is severely damaged. It’s hard not to root for Francis a bit though, his motivation for revenge feels justified, for now anyway, and he is such a magnificent bastard. We just got some great insight into another one of his genius, manipulating schemes. The end of the issue is a real shock. Seriously, this was like a bomb dropping on Beaver Cleaverville.
Bad Girls #5 – Issue five brought the Bad Girls series to an end for now. With a name like Bad Girls, I expected them to really bring the naughty, and while I enjoyed this I don’t think it pushed any boundaries. It certainly worked as a wake up call for Sela though, moving her story along quite nicely. If you haven’t read any Zenescope before but have always wanted to, this series would be a great introduction to a variety of characters in the Zenescope world.
Myths and Legends #24 – Have I ever mentioned how much I enjoy Zenescope fight scenes? Sometimes action can be hard to follow in comics, but Zenescope has this distinct style of impact shots mixed with banter that keeps everything flowing neatly. This one got downright violent, not half bad for a penultimate issue! Myths and Legends #25 will be the last, but I have a feeling you will still be seeing a lot of these characters around – at least the ones who make it out alive!
For more recent Zenescope, check out Adam Cheal’s review of The Waking: Dreams End, as well as his interview complete with exclusive images! Chris Wilkinson penned some thoughts on Godstorm #3, and be on the lookout for my upcoming special, Wonderland – The Story So Far.