Grimm Fairy Tales #107 (Comics Review)

Last month’s installment of Grimm Fairy Tales proved to be a rather interesting one in that it developed some of the concepts introduced back in Grimm Fairy Tales #102, and it was also a stand-alone, so it helped center readers with respect to the meta-story of the series. However, while the issue was interesting, it didn’t wow me as much as the other issues prior to it, and I was hoping that it would just be a blip on the radar-like, because generally in recent months the title has been really good, and I wanted it to stay like that.

Fortunately, this past week’s Grimm Fairy Tales #107 gets things back on track in a great way. It is the start of a new arc on the series, focusing on a former Realm Knight who kinda sorta went missing sometime back, and the issue also brings back Agent Jessica Ciampo, one of my favourite characters from the Age of Darkness crossover, so it was generally all good. I certainly enjoyed this issue much more than I did the last, possibly because it feels like a fresh start, and I’m all for something like that.

This issue addresses several different things that have introduced in previous issues, such as the fact that Skylar feels distant from her biological mother Sela and feels very close to former villain Belinda who now works with Sela and Shang at Arcane Acre to train the new generation of Realm Knights. I loved that the heart-to-heart between Belinda and Sela, precisely because it was a mature step-up in their relationship, a relationship that has been trying for some time to move beyond their general animosity for the other. I definitely love the new and reformed Belinda a great deal, no joke.

Then there’s the whole thing going on between Skylar and Ali, who are growing close on a romantic level, and that adds some nice tension and drama to the whole thing, especially when you consider that the other romantic couple of Hailey and Wulf has broken up and that Violet (Liddle) keeps teasing Hailey about it in a rather bullyish way. But then that’s the thing with all of these characters. They all relate to each other on some level, and the series is very much about how they all interact with the other and what results from all of that. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad, and part of the entire experience is just taking it all in each month, to see how the characters all continue to grow and develop.

We also have the whole thing happening with Sela and Jessica Ciampo. Hibocorp might be gone in the wake of the end of the Age of Darkness, but remnants remain, and some of those are more loyal than others, which is where Agent Ciampo and her small team comes in. The issue actually kicks off with an encounter she and her team have with a former Realm Knight, and they call in Sela to help out on the case later on. This is where things get really, really interesting, and writer Pat Shand ends things on a really great note that harks back to what happened back in Realm Knights: Age of Darkness One-Shot last year. Those were some really traumatic events, and it seems like there’s going to be some hard payback to put into effect this time.

And then, there’s the whole ending with Skylar and Ali and Violet, which really puts a crapper on things, which are just starting to get back to normal. Basically, I loved everything there was to love about this issue. Great pacing, great references to older issues to take the meta-story forward and so on and on.

Andrea Meloni is back on art duties for this one, with Erick Arciniega on colours, Ghost Glyph Studios on letters and the duo of Sean Chen and Ylenia Di Napoli on the cover. I’ve loved Andrea on the art for this issue since the #101 issue, and this is more of the same goodness. There’s this edge of hard vulnerability to the characters brought about by the narrative and Andrea’s art with Erick’s colours really seems to capture that, not to mention that the visual flow is aces here. The artists switch between a lot of different combinations and the end result is fantastic.

Man, this was a breath-taking issue more like.

Rating: 9.5/10

More Grimm Fairy Tales: #101, #102, #103, #104, #105, #106.

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