The werewolf action finishes in the Zenescope spin off from their Unleashed summer event. Is it good?
Grimm Fairy Tales: Werewolves #3 (Zenescope Entertainment)
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If you’re just joining us, a werewolf hunter named Roman is chasing down a beasty that’s wreaking havoc through a town. It’s injured, so it’s seeking out the nearest werewolf for help, who just so happens to be a girl recently changed. Roman told the man he’d find her no matter what. Roman is a grizzled vet at killing these things, and knows what he’ll have to do. At the same time, a doctor has captured the recently turned werewolf girl and wants to do bad things with her.
Scalp meat is the best!
What we have here is a story about a crazy mad scientist who will risk the lives of her helpers to get what she wants. She’s a bit of a cliche, and while there’s a spark of character development later in the issue, she’s a flat and uninteresting. At the same time, Roman is very similar in his flatness, but that goes along with his character and isn’t much of a problem. There’s a few pages of back and forth dialogue, but ultimately we know what the Dr. is going to do to get what she wants and we know Roman will come head to head with the werewolves. The problem with the writing is more due to not having any buildup or surprises. It all plays out how you might expect, which makes the read rather uninteresting.
Werewolf or not that’s low man. Nut shots are a no no!
The art is up and down in this issue, drawn by two artists, JG Miranda and Elmer V. Cantada. Elmer V. Cantada opens the book and his style is very dark and heavy on the inks. He has a few panels that’ll take your breath away, especially with the crouching werewolves in the dark. The opening pages however, are either too simple in their composition, or too heavy on the shadows. It’s hard to even see what is going on at some points. This might be intentional to make things dark, moody and scary, but he doesn’t pull it off everytime. There’s one panel in particular where the werewolf looks like a bear. It unfortunately takes you out of the book.
Sick drawing of the dead werewolf and gore by JG Miranda.
JG Miranda finishes the issue with the last 12 pages or so and has a style reminiscent of Ed McGuinness. He’s not as detailed, but the images flow nicely and have a cleanness you can respect. The layouts are varied and help tell the story through pacing. Miranda shows off his chops in multiple ways and it’s a good way to close out this miniseries.
To combine these artists doesn’t make much sense. Their styles are so different you might jump right out of your seat when they trade off mid issue.
Example of Cantada drawing some sick images.
- Over half the book is top notch on the art
- The story concludes with a nice little bow
- Some shoddy art for sure
- Characters are flat and boring
- Story is predictable
If you’ve read the first two issues there’s no reason not to finish this story. There’s some decent werewolf vs. Roman action and a conclusion. The art however, is a bit of a mess to start and the two artists probably should have never been put on the same book to begin with. On top of that, the cover seems to suggest a different story that actually occurs, and may have been better to boot. The first issue offered up some promising ideas, but it all ends predictably.
Is It Good?
Nope. The story isn’t worth much and, while there are good panels and half the pages are nice, the art suffers as well.