Review: Grim #2
The first issue of Grim is fantastic. The story focuses on Jess, a reaper who doesn’t know how she died and might be able to interact with the living? What’s the deal with that? Why doesn’t her boss want her to know how she died? The mystery deepens in Grim #2 as Jess and her friends decide they want to get some answers.
Writer Stephanie Phillips opens up with a shocking moment as what looks like the Grim Reaper attacks a Día de Los Muertos celebration. It’s an unexpected event that opens up so many questions about this world and its rules.
But, what makes the comic really stand out is Jess and her friends. Phillips has created a character that you feel for. Though she’s fantastical, there’s so much we can relate to. She’s in a job where her boss is an ass. She deals with her work’s idiotic rules. She also is struggling with her past and wants answers that others won’t provide. You feel the frustration and anger she feels. And it’s all justified.
The art from Grim #2 continues to be amazing. Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano deliver a world that pops. It’s beautiful and haunting to look at. Each character and moment has such personality that jumps from the page. The art style, color, everything just comes together for a look that feels like it celebrates death like the celebration mentioned above. It’d be so easy to go the horror, dark, and brooding look but the comic stays away from that. Though there’s still a bit of darkness about the comic, it has a feel that glows from the page.
Grim #2 is another fantastic issue of the series. It deepens the questions and raises more while also giving us characters we can either laugh with and/or feel for. It’s a wonderful mystery set in an interesting world. Grim #2 continues a solid new twist on a classic concept.
Story: Stephanie Phillips Art: Flaviano
Color: Rico Renzi Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy
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