Grimm Fairy Tale Flashback: Myths & Legends #25

by Dave Goodman

Grimm Fairy Tale Flashback is where we take a look into the truly massive archive of Zenescope Entertainment, pick a back issue and tell you why you should seek it out and read it. Think of us as your own personal highlight reel showing you the best of Zenescope over the years.

 If you are a regular reader of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe (and what self-respecting comic book fan wouldn’t be?) then you have probably noticed a subtle shift in the storytelling in their books over the last year or so. What began as a handful of titles with just the most tenuous of ties has become a tightly knit, single epic storyline being told with Grimm Fairy Tales at the center and various miniseries and one-shots spinning out from there. It has resulted in a more cohesive universe that is a lot of fun to follow and a blast to read each month.

And if we were to look back, we would see that this new style had it’s beginnings in the pages of Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends, specifically the final issue, #25.

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Launched in 2011 as a companion title to Grimm Fairy Tales, Myths & Legends promised to revisit some of the characters from the time when Zenescope’s flagship book was an anthology style comic, telling a different story with each couple of issues. Arcs centered on Red Riding Hood, The Beast, the Little Mermaid and so forth.

But in truth, we soon discovered that there was a plan in place to tie all these disparate characters into one massive storyline, The Summoning, which closed out Myths & Legends over the series final four issues.

And it did not disappoint for spectacle or drama. The Summoning was filled with action, character development and the world changing, widescreen type of consequences that are normally reserved for summer crossover events and the like. Issue #25 in particular was quite a game changer, introducing the powerful Helios to the Grimm Universe and revealing the fact that the US Government was aware of Highborns and Falsebloods and what they planned to do to “handle” the situation.

In many ways, the final issue of Myths & Legends paved the way for what came next, including Unleashed, Realm Knights, the Age of Darkness, the forthcoming Grimm Fairy Tales #100 and the ominously titles Realm War maxi-series launching in July. Myths & Legends #25 completely changed the tone of the Grimm Universe, showing readers that Zenescope was not afraid to shake things up and that they had no interest in maintaining the status quo.

If you haven’t read The Summoning yet, I highly recommend you do. The entire arc is available on Comixology as well as in the pages of the fifth Myths & Legends trade paperback.

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The Zenescope Unleashed Primer

 

 

 

 

 

*This article was written by a guest blogger

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So you walked into your local comic shop and saw that Zenescope had launched their latest event, Unleashed. The art looked pretty sweet, so you picked up the first couple issues, read them and was blown away. “This Unleashed book is awesome!” you think to yourself. “I’m gonna pick up more of these Grimm Universe books.”

And then you see shelf after shelf of trade paperbacks on the shelf. Thirteen volumes (and counting) of Grimm Fairy Tales. More book with Wonderland in the title than you can count. Neverland. Sinbad. Myths & Legends. It’s too much and you feel a trickle of blood run down your nose. Minutes later you end up on the floor, mumbling to yourself that you just didn’t know where to start and you end up eating lime jell-o for the rest of your life.

Now, no one wants that, especially the fine folks here at Zenescope.

Which is why I have put together this little primer, a cheat sheet if you will, to help you navigate through this new universe you have discovered. Once we’re through, you will have a solid foundation on where to start in the Grimm Universe, a reading order you can follow to help you get caught up, and you will be all set for what is to come in Unleashed. Because, believe me, you do not want to miss it.

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The Dream Eater Saga volume 1 & 2

By Raven Gregory

A horror called The Dream Eater has been unleashed on the Grimm Universe and it will take the combined might of all it’s heroes to stop the terror before it’s too late. But can Sela, Belinda, Baba Yaga and the rest put aside their differences long enough to stop him? Or will this be the end for Grimm Universe as we know it?

The Dream Eater Saga was the first Zenescope crossover and it was a big one. Not only did it gather together all the various characters of the Grimm Universe in one book, but it also shook that universe to it’s foundations. The effects can still be felt today and there is no better way to learn all about the Grimm Universe than reading these two amazing volumes.

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Godstorm

By Pat Shand and Jason Johnson

The Gods of old have been living among us, biding their time, waiting for the right moment to reveal themselves and make their return. The God of Beauty has decided that she has waited long enough and has begun to recruit other Gods to her side, putting a plan in motion to enslave mankind. Can she be stopped? And what role will Zeus and his son play in the drama?

If you have read Unleashed, than you already know that the Greek Gods are going to play a big role in the events that are to come. But it all started in Godstorm, a miniseries that flew under the radar when it came out, but ended up having HUGE consequences for the Grimm Universe. And it includes the first appearance of The Being (the main bad guy from Unleashed), so what more do you need to know?

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Myths & Legends volume 5

By various

Baba Yaga has finally assembled all the pieces of the Sunstone so she cal unleash Helios, the mad Highborn, upon the world. Sela has gathered a group of false-bloods together, including Red Riding Hood, Samantha and more, to try and stop her. But even if they do, can anyone stop Helios, who is bent on watching the world burn?

Myths & Legends volume 5 collects the final issues of the Grimm Fairy Tales spin-off and it went out with a real bang. This is epic level story-telling and wall to wall action starring all the important players in the Grimm Universe. Once you finish it you will have a great feeling for the tone and style of the books Zenescope publishes.

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Bad Girls

By Joey Esposito

Baba Yaga. The Goblin Queen. Venus. The Queen of Spades. Alicia, the Mistress of Limbo.

Five of the most powerful, evil women in the Grimm Universe have joined forces to gain control of the Nexus with a plan to use an ancient artifact to unleash the Flesh Reavers and destroy all of humanity. Sela, Samantha, Hook and Red Riding Hood are hopelessly outmatched, out numbered and outgunned.

Sometimes it pays to be a Bad Girl.

Another of Zenescope’s “everything and the kitchen sink” event comics, Bad Girls is a great, action packed read that could have been an event all on it’s own. Both it and Myths & Legends vol. 5 did a lot to show the different relationships between the characters and foreshadow events that are happening right now. Plus, it’s just a really great comic.

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Grimm Fairy Tales vol. 13

By various

After the events of Grimm Fairy Tales #75, Sela is lost, alone, and without hope. So when the authorities throw her in jail, she does nothing to stop them thinking that it’s what she deserves. But when inmates start dying horribly at the hands of a mysterious entity, she is forced to try and stop them and maybe, begin the long road to redemption in the process.

Sela is the undisputed star of the Grimm Universe and has been since day one, of that there is no question. So if this is all new to you, there is no better place to go if you want to learn all about Sela and what motivates her. It’s been said that Sela kicks more ass in one comic than Wonder Woman and Batgirl combined. This is the book to read if you want to find out why.

And there you have it; five books that are the perfect place to start if you are new to the Grimm Universe. So once you finish the opening chapters of Unleashed, head back to your local comic shop for another does of Grimm Fairy Tales.

Because no one wants to see you eating lime jell-o when there are so many other things you could be doing.

Zenescope Releases

Grimm Universe #1 (released 10/10/12)

Written By: Pat Shand

This new bi-monthly series features characters from the Grimm Universe in never before told stories. Issue #1 ties directly into the 2012 annual and the Grimm Angel One-Shot. As the Flesh Reavers descend on the people of earth an unlikely alliance forms between a trio of Highborns who have only recently discovered their powers. In order to save the humans they defend…and themselves…they’ll have to master their powers in the heat of a life or death battle without any margin for error.

 

Godstorm #1

Written By: Pat Shand

A brand new series straight from the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe. The Highborn Gods of old have been biding their time, waiting for the right point in human evolution to make their return. Some have waited with nothing but good intentions and the desire to help the people of earth. But not all the deities from the past have such altruistic plans. One fallen god has set her sights on a much loftier and more sinister goal…the enslavement of all mankind.

Sleepy Hollow #1

Written By: Dan Wickline

n the small town of Tarry Town, New York the story of the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow has become something of Myth and Legend.  A legend that is about to become all too real.  When a prank goes deadly wrong those responsible will learn the truth behind the legend as the Headless Horseman returns to exact a horrifying revenge that none will ever forget.  From the writer of Salem’s Daughter: The haunting comes a tale of horror and terror that will leave you on the edge of your seats.  Hold on to your hats…and your head.

Also, the Alice in Wonderland Hardcover is now available! Check one of the most successful  mini-series in the company’s history!

 

Upcoming Releases for 10/24/12

 

Irresistible #4

Written By: Raven Gregory

Allen learns from the gypsy who cursed him the means by which he can remove the spell but the price he must pay in order to do so may prove to be too much to bare.  A price that will have to be paid in blood by the one person Allen loves more than any other.  The one person who is immune to Allen’s amazing powers.  His ex-girlfriend.  The conclusion to the supernatural thriller that reinvents the classic Love spell story by the company that does it best.

Written By: Raven Gregory

Grimm Fairy Tales 2012 Halloween Special

The annual horror event of the Grimm universe returns here with five brand new tales of terror that will shake you to your very core.  When a group of teens visit a deserted cornfield in search of good time they will find that fear has a face and terror has a brand new name.  Enter The Sinister Scarecrow! Plus two other all new short stories in this can’t miss issue that has become a Halloween tradition.

Grimm Fairy Tales #78

Written by: Mark L Miller

Sela finds herself at her lowest point yet when her actions find her locked in solitary confinement. With nowhere to turn but within Sela must reflect on the events that have brought her to this horrible place and uncover the mystery of the true identity of the highborn hiding within the shadows of the prison walls itself.

From the writer of the smash hit Grimm Fairy Tales Jungle Book!

 

Grimm Myths and Legends #21

Written by: Troy Brownfield

Hank is captured by the sinister force that dwells within the witches den leaving Gina to fend for herself against an age old evil intent on devouring their very souls.  But little does the entity know of the incredible powers at Gina’s disposal that could save or destroy them all.  The final chapter to the epic Hansel and Gretal story arc.  Featuring two incredible homage covers as Zenescope celebrates its seven year anniversary.

 

Grimm Fairy Tales Giant Size 2012

Written By: Pat Shand

The CANNOT miss Grimm Fairy Tale book for the year is here!  In the land of Myst Blake The White Knight and Boulder the Dwarf have begun their journey to reform the council of the realms on an epic adventure that will take them to the farthest reaches of Wonderland, Myst, Neverland and OZ itself but as they search for those who will replace the previous members the Dark One’s most loyal general Orcus is also searching for an item of incredible power to resurrect his long murdered Queen and when these two forces collide the face of the the Grimm universe will change forever.  The EVENT book of the year that sets the stage for the future of the Grimm Universe and the realms of power with an ending you have to see to believe!!!  Featuring the return of a character that will have every Zenescope fan talking!

 

Zenescoop Previews: Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends 10

 

Upon joining Zenescope, one of the first things asked of me was to bring the Zenescope fans much more in the way of content through our social media. These previews really are a great opportunity for us to show you what we’ve been up to. Grimm Fairy Tales Myths & Legends has quickly grown from being a spin-off series, to a fan favorite. We are proud of the work that has gone into this book and hope you enjoy it as well.

So, without further ado, Here is the Myths and Legends #10

Thisis the B cover for this issue. The mermaid story is an excellent story arc, worth your attention.

Here’s the synopsis for the story in issue #10:

Erica’s power is unleashed! The only thing standing in the way of her rage and the destruction of those she hates most is Samantha, guardian of Earth. Meanwhile the Sea Witch waits and watched for the final outcome of the battle as she has plans of her own. 

We’re giving you the first six pages of #10 for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Artists Matt Triano and Ryan Brown did an excellent job with the work on this book, and the proof is right here. We hope you are enjoying these previews and we’ll continue to bring them to you. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of this issue, you can get the on our online store.

 

We are continuing our features here on the blog, including the previews , as well as “This Week in Releases” and “Zenescope in the News”. If you have any suggestions for things you would like to see on the blog, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below.