The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of GRIMM FAIRY TALES MYTHS & LEGENDS #12 from Zenescope Entertainment.  The story is by Raven Gregory, Joe Brusha, and Ralph Tedesco, written by Raven Gregory with art by Juan Ramirez.

This is part one of a four issue story arc entitled BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Edward leaves home after attending his younger brother’s funeral and a confrontation with his drunk, abusive dad. Six years later we see him as a successful stock trader who has earned the nickname “The Beast.” Edward returns home to take care of his father who is dying. He is also suffering from visions of acting out violently which seem too real to him. Once home Edward has regrets regarding the decisions he made involving his deceased brother. He is snaps out of it due to his father’s yelling and abuse. That's when the Beast appears…

This is nice start to an interesting modern take of the classic fairy tale. Most adaptations seem to focus on Beauty’s point of view. I find it refreshing to see the story told from the perspective of “The Beast,” so kudos to Mr. Gregory and the others for taking a different path. I am not familiar with Juan Ramirez’s art, but I liked what I see here. Good, solid work all around and I’m very interested to see how this all ends.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES MYTHS & LEGENDS #12 is out in stores now or available for download at www.zenescope.com.

~ Thomas