"The Snow Queen"
Exclamation: “The (Eric Balsadua) previous issue’s cover was better than this one!”
Explanation: Starting with a rather ‘middle-ages’ setting, reminiscent of fantasy titles such as Conan, Claw and Red Sonja, the story of "The Snow Queen" quickly fast-forwards to the present day. Set in a middle-school, the main protagonist of the story, other than the witch Sela and the Snow Queen herself, is Timmy, the young boy Belinda took under her wing. As for Belinda herself, she is revealed to be the Snow Queen.
Examination: I can’t believe I am saying this about a comic series but I would really appreciate the guys at Zenescope Entertainment slowing down a bit on the release schedule of Grimm Fairy Tales. Last month saw the release of three issues and even if #23 didn’t come out in February per say it was close enough to the February 2008 date stamped on it. By the time I finish reading and reviewing one issue the next one has already come out. In fact, I am pretty sure that issue #24 will be out before the reviews for this issue and the next one are posted.
‘nyways, moving on.
The story of "The Snow Queen" is less about the actual fairy tale and more about the longest ongoing story arc of this series. In fact, in regards to the fairy tale angle this is probably the weakest story of this series thus far. Setting up Belinda as the Snow Queen though not a bad rip on its own seems anticlimactic and forced (in the light of the previous issue "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" story). This might still work if it is revealed the Arabian lantern that Belinda was captures/imprisoned in fell into the hands of the demon. Even then the chronological occurrence of the two stories doesn’t quite gel. "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (fairy tale) seems to take place at a later date than "The Snow Queen" (once again, the fairy tale not the ‘real world’ events).
Speaking of real world events even though this is his third major appearance, the character of the young boy, Timmy still fails to strike a chord in me, positive or negative. He’s just…there. Rather than being his own character he comes off as a cipher whose reason for existence is to play up the Sela-Belinda enmity.
The artwork of Grimm Fairy Tales has more of than not been consistent and enjoyable. Thankfully, this issue’s visuals too are done well and are definitely the best thing about this rather mediocre story. Still, they did seem a bit rushed towards the end.
Proclamation: Last issue’s continuity niggles grow to full fledged ‘problems’ in what is one of the weaker issues of the series.
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