Zenescope Previews: Realm Knights AOD One-Shot, GFT Giant Size 2014, GFT 99, Age of Darkness Vol. 1 Trade Paperback, GFT 2014 Swimsuit Special, and Robyn Hood Legend 5

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Realm Knights “Age of Darkness” One-Shot

The Realm Knights, an elite group of Highborns working for the US government’s HiboCorp branch, serve to protect Earth’s citizens from otherworldly threats. When the Being – an old foe of theirs that has seemingly disppeared – resurfaces, a team of the most powerful available Realm Knights are called on to bring him down once and for all.

Story by: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Pat Shand
Written by: Pat Shand
Artwork by: Marco Lorenzana
Colors by: Claudinei Ribeiro and Andrew Elder
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Edited by: Nicole Glade

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Cover A – Barry Kitson / Ylenia Di Napoli
Cover B – Jon Lam
Cover C – Tina Valentino / Leonardo Paciarotti
Cover D – Giuseppe Cafaro / Simone Di Meo / Mirka Andolfo
*SDCC Exclusive Connecting Cover – Nei Ruffino

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Grimm Fairy Tales Giant Size 2014
Realms Fall: Part Three (Age of Darkness)

Attacks against Highborns increase, and now Sela finds herself facing some of her oldest and most deadly foes. The Dark Horde clearly draws closer to their goal of domination over the realms. With her fellow Realm Knights off on another mission, Sela stands little chance against the Horde’s best. Have the realms already fallen into the Dark Queen’s hands?

Story by: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Pat Shand
Written by: Pat Shand
Artwork by: Rolando Di Sessa and Joel Ojeda
Colors by: Muchele Nucera and Kate Finnegan
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Edited by: Nicole Glade

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Cover A – Renato Rei / Stephen Schaffer
Cover B – Pasquale Qualano / Devgear / Alessia Nocera
Cover C – Mike Krome / Ula Mos
*Florida SuperCon Exclusive – Richard Ortiz / Ula Mos

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Grimm Fairy Tales 99
The Coming Storm

For centuries, it was assumed that fairy tales and fables were fictional stories passed down from generation to generation. However, that is not entirely true. Beings from four different realms linked to Earth do in fact exist. These realms are known as Myst, Neverland, Wonderland, and Oz.

Those born of these powerful realms are known as “Highborns” and those with both human and Highborn blood are known as “Falsebloods.” Each of these beings has som eform of supernatural ability that sets them far apart from mortal men. And while many of these beings are good, there are many others who carry evil inside of them.

Sela Mathers is a Falseblood and one of the defenders of our world who’s been chosen to help guide other Falsebloods on Earth, while also preventing evil from taking over the world… this is her story.

Story by: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Pat Shand
Written by: Joe Brusha
Artwork by: Joel Ojeda
Colors by: Stephen Schaffer and Erick Arciniega
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Edited by: Nicole Glade

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Cover A – Artgerm
Cover B – Emilio Laiso
Cover C – Jason Metcalf / Ivan Nunes
Cover D – Marat Mychaels / Mikey Babenski / Sanju Nivangune
Cover E – Talent Caldwell / Stephen Schaffer

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Grimm Fairy Tales presents Age of Darkness Volume 1
Trade Paperback

The Age of Darkness descends upon the Grimm Universe and Sela Mathers is on a collision course with teh most threatening evil she will ever face! The Dark Queen has risen again and leads the Dark Horde into war against those sworn to defend Earth. Can Sela find a way to protect what she holds most dear even when all efforts to save humanity seem futile?

This epic first installment of the Age of Darkness saga collects Grimm Fairy Tales issues #94-98 and the Dark Queen: Age of Darkness One-Shot.

“One of the best comics to come out this year.” – Geekality
“Nothing Less than outstanding.” – Unleash the Fanboy

Story by: Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco
Written by: Eruc N. Esquivel, Dan Wickline, Raven Gregory, Anthony Spay, Nicole Glade, Shane Mckenzie, and Pat Shand
Artwork by: Salvador Velazquez, Antonio Bifulco, Sergio Osuna, and Jamie Tyndall
Pencils by: Lalit Kumar Sharma
Inks by: Jagdish Kumar
Colors by: Pradeep Sherawat,Erick Arciniega, Maxflan Araujo, and Ula Mos
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Art Director: Anthony Spay
Trade Design by: Christopher Cote and Stephen Shaffer
Edited by: Nicole Glade

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Cover – Jamie Tyndall / Ula Mos

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Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Swimsuit Special
Spring Break

The 2014 Swimsuit Special is a collectio of gorgeous pinups of the Grimm Universe’s favorite heroines and villianesses illustrated by some of Zenescope’s top artists!

When Sela, Helsing, Red, and Robyn go on spring break together, Sela breaks the news that they’re not in town to party up with college students. Something evil is in town, and Sela is determined to find out what it is.

Story by: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Pat Shand
Written by: Meredith Finch
Artwork by: Salvador Velazquez
Colors by: Erick Arciniega
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Edited by: Nicole Glade

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Cover A – Vincenzo Cucca / David Ocampo
Cover B – Ted Hammond
Cover C – RB White
SDCC Exclusive Wraparound Cover – Elias Chatzoudis

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Robyn Hood: Legend 5 of 5 (Final Issue)

The end is here. Robyn’s battle with the Sheriff of Nottingham is over. As the city of Nottingham is ravaged from rebellion, left to pick up the pieces and rebuild, our surviving heroes prepare for a new journey.

Written by: Pat Shand
Artwork by: Larry Watts
Colors by: Slamet Mujiono
Letters by: Jim Campbell
Edited by: Pat Shand

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Cover A – Abhishek Malsuni / Shashank Mishra
Cover B – Matt Triano / Vinicius Andrade
Cover C – Chris Ehnot / David Delanty
*Capital City Comic Con Exclusive – Elias Chatzoudis

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Realm Knights AOD One Shot, GFT Giant Size 2014, GFT 99, Age of Darkness Vol 1 Trade Paperback, GFT 2014 Swimsuit Special, and Robyn Hood: Legend 5 of 5 are on sale Wednesday (07/09/2014) on shop.zenescope.com

Realm Knights: The Perfect Way To Introduce A Friend To Zenescope

 *blog written by guest writer David Goodman

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Over the last few years, Zenescope has gone from publishing a single anthology-style title in Grimm Fairy Tales to an entire universe of books that fall under the Grimm Universe umbrella, including Unleashed, Wonderland, Robyn Hood and now Oz and No Tomorrow.

The result is that it can be quite intimidating for a new reader to jump in and be able to understand who’s who and what’s what in Zenescope’s ever expanding universe of characters and titles. Add on the fact that most of Zenescope’s books feature female leads and don’t fit into the standard superhero mold, and it becomes even more difficult to convince a Marvel or DC fan to give the Grimm Universe a shot.

Enter Pat Shand and Realm Knights.

If ever there has been a book that was designed and written to be a new reader friendly gateway to the world of Zenescope, this is it. Why? Well, let me tell you…

It’s the Best Characters of the Grimm Universe in One Place

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Sela, Hook, Red Riding Hood, Van Helsing and Robyn Hood. If ever there was an all-star cast for a Zenescope comic, this is it. You get all the best and brightest characters of the Grimm Universe in one book and thanks to Shand, a crystal clear picture of who they are and what they are like. It’s like Zenescope’s own version of Grant Morrison’s JLA, just with more women (thankfully).

It’s Fun

When you read most of Zenescope’s titles, they are not what I would call “happy fun-time” kinds of comics. Bad things usually happen to good people and nothing is as simple as black or white, like most superhero fare. It’s part of what makes Zenescope stand apart from the pack and makes their books so appealing.

But sometimes you just want to read a comic that will put a smile on your face and you will have a great time reading. Realm Knights is that book. It’s page after page of high adventure, nonstop ass-kicking and great character interaction. While I wouldn’t call it a kid friendly book, I would call Realm Knights a departure for Zenescope in style and tone, and one that I welcome with open arms.

It’s New Reader Friendly

Don’t know a Highborn from a Falseblood? Don’t really care how many Realms of Power there are? No problem. Realm Knights gives you all the information you need on the first page with the rest explained throughout the story. Shand has done an amazing job simplifying and boiling the Grimm Universe down to it’s essence so that if Realm Knights is your first Zenescope comic, you get all the information you need between it’s two covers to know what the Grimm Universe is like.

It Will Appeal to Fans of Superheroes

Have a friend who loves the Avengers or Justice League? Someone who won’t give Zenescope a chance because he thinks they’re all just scantily clad girls and supernatural elements?

Give them a copy of Realm Knights and watch it change their mind.

Realm Knights is the most superhero-ish comic I’ve ever seen Zenescope publish and it works surprisingly well. A team put together by the US government to deal with threats from evil Highborns and Falsebloods, the premise is like something straight out of an Avengers spinoff title. It’s a book that relies less on the history and plot lines of the Grimm Universe and more on the characters themselves, which is the secret to any decent superhero team-up title.

It Takes Place Post-Unleashed

For those that have been living under a rock for the last few months, Unleashed is Zenescope’s big summer event that brings vampires, zombies and the like back to the Grimm Universe and leaves Earth a very different place. It’s a mammoth event, and one that would intimidate any new reader (unless you read my Unleashed primer, in which case you would be all set) and cause them to steer away.

Realm Knights picks up after Unleashed, so all the information you need to know is on page one and you get a look at what the Grimm Universe is like after the events of the miniseries. No muss, no fuss.

So, do you need yet another reason to check out Realm Knights? How about this: the bottom line is that it’s a great comic that might just be my favorite Zenescope book published to date. An awesome story combined with great art making for one amazing comic.

Buy yourself a copy and get one for a friend. They’ll thank you for it.