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Cinderella is Magical in First, Kingsman Holds Strong

cinderella-2015-poster-691x1024Cinderella was the top movie the past weekend, earning an estimated $70.1 million in its first weekend. The movie had a similar opening to other live-action adaptations of Disney classics (so I’d expect more down the road). The movie had a reported budget of $95 million.

The movie attracted an audience that was 66% female and 66% families. It also earned an “A” Cinemascore, so expect it to do quite well over the month.

In comic adaptation news, Kingsman: The Secret Service continues to do well earning an additional $6.2 million to bring its domestic total to $107.4 million. Globally the film has earned $276.7 million, well above its $81 million budget.

Big Hero 6 brought in an additional $226,000 to brings its total to $221.7 million after 19 weeks. Globally the film has earned $632.8 million with a budget of $165 million.

Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Cinderella #3

cinderella coverIf one of the main criticisms of the Grimm Fairy Tales imprint is the way in which the main characters in the main series are handled, then this issue should perhaps go down as the first piece of evidence.  The character of Cinderella started out in Grimm Fairy Tales as a fairly interesting character.  She had been a bit of a reject and dreamed of being recognized and beautiful.  In so doing there was a morality tale to say that this is not everything that people should be worried about.  Now down this long road into her own series, she never was the awkward girl, was always beautiful and powerful and has always used this as the fuel for her plans and desires.

In this miniseries she was given the task of killing Hades by the Dark Queen to kill Hades, and after failing initially (in the previous issue) she sets a bizarrely bad setting for an ambush, by hijacking a ball which the Dark Queen had planned.  This is both out of character for the Dark Queen and too much of a stretch of character for Cindy.  The action sequences might be well paced and well choreographed, but the absurdity of the scenario makes them seem just as fluffy as the setting.  This entire absurdity continues on throughout, leaving little of note behind and ending with a conclusion that was maybe apparent, but also bizarre and somewhat pointless.

This is the first Grimm Fairy Tales series dedicated to the character and it should have had a lot of potential for at least telling a fun if not not necessarily compelling story.  Instead it puts Cinderella into a convoluted plot, paying homage to her past, while still trying to make her a modern versions of the 1990s bad girls that were all over comics.  The creative minds at Zenescope are capable of some interesting and thought compelling series, but this miniseries proves that the central core of the Grimm Fairy Tales universe is in a bit of a mess, with far too many legends, fair tales, and mythology mixed together.  This series suffered because of it.

Story: Pat Shand and Joe Brusha Art: Ryan Best
Story: 2.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

 

Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Cinderella #1

cindy-coverOnce upon a time, the stories from Zenescope and Grimm  Fairy Tales were fairly ground breaking.  While other attempts at re-imagining fairy tales have been made in the modern medium, most have focused mostly on the fairy tales character themselves.  What set Grimm Fairy Tales apart was a combination of the old through the stories and the new through parables in the modern world.  It would seem at some point that the writers wanted to have something stronger to bind the stories together and so they introduced the central characters of Sela and built up secondary characters that had been seemingly throwaway characters from the earlier stories.  One of these was Cindy, a modern version of Cinderella though with little tying her name to the famous fairy tale.  I stopped reading Grimm Fairy Tales around the fiftieth issue, as it became clear that the stories were never going to return to what they had been, but I was still an outside observer of what happened with these stories as I kept up-to-date on the fairy tales/superhero universe.

This being one of my first forays back into the main stories of the series in quite some time, I am only a bit flabbergasted by how convoluted the stories have now become.  There are so many players involved now that it is even hard to distinguish friend from foe, especially as this issue focuses mostly on the bad guys.  In the middle of it all is Cindy, given for the first time her own chance to shine.  One of the first things that I noticed was the subtle change to the character’s background from a want-to-be beauty queen to an actual beauty queen.  Also the universe has seemingly gone a bit far with the potty-mouthed insults that are meant to sound edgy, but end up sound kind of ridiculous.  For instance, “Stuff it up your flabby ass,” one of the assorted villains says to one of the physically perfect female characters, in an unnecessary and inaccurate insult.  Despite all of this the character of Cindy shines makes its way through, almost.  There is certainly a lot of focus from Zenescope on Cindy as an image, either as a member of the yearly Swimsuit issue or as a cameo on alternate covers, and so it is too bad that given her own title that the character comes up a little short.

On the other hand, Cindy is about the only good thing going on with this issue.  The Grimm Fairy Tales series is one that is a little too full of itself and would do well with a reboot.  If it were to do so, the fundaments of what a character Cindy could be are visible here, only the franchise needs to practice some restraint when it attempts such large scale concepts.

Story: Pat Shand Art: Ryan Best
Story: 5.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

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