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Review: Grimm Tales of Terror Presents: The Bridgewater Triangle #1

Grimm Tales of Terror Presents: The Bridgewater Triangle #1

MTV’s foray into scripted programming has been a mixed bag of sorts. As animated shows like Daria and Beavis & Butthead are cultural icons and shows that are still relatable today. There is unintentionally consistent but gory Scream which failed to truly grab an audience. Then there’s the superior Teen Wolf, a remake television series based on the well liked Michael J. Fox film.

The television show took what was a funny if not typical teenage supernatural comedy and made it into a pulse-pounding thriller. It took the charm of the movie and made it an action-packed and masterfully told story revolving around a werewolf and his friends, both human and supernatural. The mythology that the show built upon was immense where the town they lived in was just as important as the supernatural creatures that inhabited it. In Grimm Tales Of Terror: the Bridgewater Triangle, we are taken to a town where evil lurks not only in the shadows but even in the daylight.

Welcome to the Hockomock swamp, near the town of Bridgewater, where a group of friends, are doing research on the myth and legends revolving around both surroundings, which is met with anxiety by the locals they ask. From there we’re given a tale of terror involving abandoned camps, empty cabins, and demons.

Overall, a creepy thriller that will have your skin crawling. The story by Brian Studler is tense and well characterized. The art by the creative team delivers gorgeous horror and gore. Altogether, a story that gets under your skin, leaving readers closing their eyes in the most unexpected moments.

Story: Brian Studler Art: Deivis Goetten and Maxflan Araujo
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Dragonsblood #1

Dragonsblood #1

The films of Mathew McConaughey can definitely be a mixed bag, as not all his films are great. Some of his movies are just plain dumb fun like Failure To Launch. As the movie played into his personality and what makes him charming. Then there are movies like Dallas Buyers Club which was essentially two pronged, as it showed his serious side and talked about a serious underserved issue. Then there those movies which are pretty horrible like The Beach Bum which made no sense and felt like a waste of time.

Then there are those movies that depending on who you talk to, will either gets an enthusiastic thumbs up or have someone say it was no good at all. One of those movies for me was How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, as it was both funny and rewatchable. Another one of those movies that I personally enjoyed was Reign Of Fire, a postapocalyptic movie where we live in a world where humans live in fear of dragons. In the debut issue of Dragonsblood, we meet the last dragon slayer in a mighty family line, as he must rise against his family’s ancient foe.

We meet Sigurd, of the Volsung clan, as he gives the reader a rundown of how his family got decimated. As he searches a dragon’s lair, for Fafnir, the dragon responsible for the deaths of many of his family, he is reminded of those he lost as their corpses scattered through the catacomb. As he begins his battle with Fafnir, t was all but certain he had met his doom, as the weapon he brought was not enough. By issue’s end, he finally defeats the dragon that killed his family, but is fate lies ahead, one that no one including him sees coming.

Overall, a thrilling debut issue that shows how important legacy is and correcting past wrongs can be. The story by Nick Bermel is heartfelt and action packed. The art by the creative team is alluring and vivid. Altogether, a story which shows that there is more to stories about dragon than fire and ice.

Story: Nick Bermel Art: Jason Muhr and Maxflan Araujo
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Revenge of Wonderland

Revenge of Wonderland

Recently, I went back home to the place where my father was from and where I was raised for a portion of my adolescent years. The thing is, the time between when I was last there and when I recently went had been 30 years. As with most places and people you have not seen in a while, it’s not quite the same. In some instances, it definitely is completely different and when you realize that, is when you typically grasp that you have changed as well.

I know certainly this is what I think of when I go back home to New York. I loved my upbringing, my friends, and my family, but really cannot see living there again. What happens when a place you love, is not what you remembered? In the first volume of Revenge Of Wonderland we find out what happens to a place which has turned into the total opposite of what it was originally conceived as.

WE meet Callie and Violet Liddle, a mother and daughter who share more than blood as Violet suffered a similar strange ordeal as her mother, Callie. As Callie ruled as the White Queen in Wonderland for many years until an uneasy truce made her step down. As things change, so has Wonderland, and so has that truce, which has forced the Liddles to come back to bout for the land they once fought for. As we catch up with the Liddles, enjoying their normal lives back on Earth. As Callie meets an obsessive fangirl of her books, whose fixation becomes dangerous for all, opening a door back to Wonderland and trouble headed the Liddles way, in the form of the Duchess. As there is even more trouble as mysterious murders, sightings of large purple cats and child disappearances causes Violet to investigate what is causing all these things and what is their connection to Wonderland. This catches the Duchess’s attention, leading her to unleash the Clubs, her dangerous faceless underlings, who take Violet, which leads Callie back to Wonderland to save her daughter. As we find about the Duchess and how became who she was, as she was not always evil. We also find out about our other villain, one even more insidious, Mr.Monarch, a serial killer who has been trapping members of his community one by one. By book’s end, Callie and Violet battle the Duchess, but eventually win her over by showing how love is stronger than hate, and though their lives go back to normal fr now, a worst foe has been awakened.

Overall, an interesting and well told story that injects the reader in to this magical world and does alternate universes right. The story by Raven Gregory is lavish, comprehensive, and action packed. The art by the creative team is utterly elegant and intense. Altogether, an excellent story which more comic book fans should know.

Story: Raven Gregory Art: Allan Otero, Grostieta, and Maxflan Araujo
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Realm War Volume 1 Trade Paperback

Realm War Volume 1 Trade Paperback

Written by Joe Brusha
Art by Sami Kivela
Colors by Maxflan Araujo
Letters by Jim Campbell
Art Direction & Trade Design by Christoper Cote
Edited by Nicole Glade

Following the epic and shocking events of Grimm Fairy Tales #100, the Age of Darkness has descended upon the Grimm Universe!

The Dark Queen successfully merged Earth with the surrounding realms of Wonderland, Neverland, Oz, and Myst. She now rules over a frighteningly apocalyptic new world.

As thousands of innocents are being killed and enslaved daily, what is left of the Realm Knights fights a losing battle against the Dark Horde. But there is still one person left alive who has the chance to stop the Dark Queen and put an end to her reign… her name is Sela Mathers.

This trade paperback collects Issues 1 through 6 of Zenescope Entertainment’s 12-issue Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm War series.

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Preview: Realm War #7 (of 12)

Realm War #7 (of 12)

Written by Joe Brusha
Art by Sami Kivela
Colors by Maxflan Araujo
Letters by Christy Sawyer
Edited by Nicole Glade
Price $3.99
Release Date: 2/11/15

The four realms have fallen and the Age of Darkness has arrived.  The Dark Queen begins her reign after merging the realms with Earth.  The survivors must band together in order to defeat her and restore order.  With several Realm Knights dead and the Grimm Universe thrown into chaos, can Sela and her remaining team stand against her and her army?

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Though Sela wanted to stay and fight alongside Shang against the Dark Queen’s attack, she made the choice to leave in the hopes of acquiring a weapon powerful enough to end her mortal enemy.  But the possible loss of her mentor leaves Sela shaken.  Meanwhile, the Dark One continues setting up his betrayal of the Dark Queen.  With Venus secured as his second in command, he knows he must strike soon.

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