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. The following is a selection of titles from November 21 through December 5, 2012.
Robyn Hood #3 – I’ve commented before on how Pat Shand’s star is on the rise thanks to Robyn Hood, but gosh is he ever getting a lot of help! Zenescope is celebrating Robyn’s entrance into the Grimm family with some of the most stunning, electric covers of any title, and they deliver on a consistent basis. When they get sexual, it’s with a flair that’s quickly made her one of my favorites among the girls of Zenescope. The visual is so important with this character, and the debut of her new costume on the interior pages makes issue three an essential one.
Fly: The Fall #2 – Millie’s skeleton still just cracks me up, and I don’t know why. Maybe I’m wondering how it is so well held together after the explosion, or maybe I never bonded with the character in the brief time we had together. It’s not even a negative for me anymore, just a curiosity. One thing I can say for sure though is that the visual art continues to surprise me in each issue. Every time I pick up this book I’m presented with a cleaner, more defined look at each character. It’s almost like they’re coming into focus as the series progresses. I love how cutesy Danielle is in the flashbacks, and the color schemes continue to hit all the right chords.
Sleepy Hollow #2 – Sleepy Hollow hasn’t pulled me in yet the way other Zenescope books have. Don’t get me wrong I like its style, and the first issue was a great introduction. I got a kick out of the tongue in cheek first page exposition, and the book had that ominous atmosphere all the good first issues have. You know the one I mean, that “oh man someone is about to have their Grimm heritage awakening” feeling, I love that! Issue two gives you everything you would expect to happen next, but that’s about it. Craig meets exactly the fate that last issue implies, his killers go into “I Know What You Did Last Summer” secret mode, and then the rest of the issue slides back into exposition. How much more backstory for the legend of Sleepy Hollow do we need? I assume we’re getting it because the way they’ve set it up will be relevant later, but the Revolutionary War flashbacks made the issue drag. Would I be complaining that they rushed it if it were the other way around? Maybe, but we’re halfway through the series now and have only seen the headless horseman on the cover!
Grimm Fairy Tales 2012 Holiday Edition – Sexy murderous elves – check! Various levels of Christmas themed zettai ryouiki – check! At least one monster – check again! Yep, the cover selection for this year’s holiday edition is ticking off the right boxes, so let’s dive into some Christmas horror, Zenescope style! Actually, maybe we shouldn’t. These Krampus tales have a way of coming to life, and I can’t guarantee Sela will be able to save us. Definitely pick this one up though if you like it when horror stories have clever little twists. Now can someone tell me why Raven and Pat have to share a stocking?
Wake the F#ck Up – With a name like that, you’re right to expect something a little out of left field. The first half of this book is told in a kind of song or poem form, all with full page spreads. The whole thing is full pages actually, but they accommodate with extra pages and kept the price point at $2.99. The story itself is all over the place, moving between faux history where mammals killed the dinosaurs and then suddenly turning into a drawn out economics lesson, but looking at it as a whole I can see what they were doing here. It’s a really unique book, I’m glad Zenescope took a chance on it and I’m really glad it’s in my collection.
This has been another edition of Zenescope Through The Looking Glass!