Monday, July 7, 2014
Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm Knights by Patrick Shand - Book Review
From the publisher: Sela. Robyn Hood. Red Riding Hood. Captain Hook. Neptune, God of the Sea. Van Helsing.
On their own, they are some of the most powerful beings in the Grimm Universe… but together, they are the Realm Knights!
Brought together to stop an ancient evil from regaining his all-powerful weapons, can these conflicted warriors work out their own issues in time to save the world?
In the comic world of Grimm's Fairy Tales, the characters we are so familiar with from stories are actually real. It's a popular concept currently (see the show Once Upon a Time, and the comics Fables and Fairest for examples). In Grimm's case, the characters take the place of superheroes and villains.
Enter Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm Knights, a story by Patrick Shand. Several of the fairy tales have been brought together to form an Avengers-like team when the world is threatened by a Titan, the father of the Greek gods. The group includes Snow White, Robyn Hood, Red Riding Hood, Captain Hook, Neptune, and and Van Helsing. They join forces to defeat the Titan, laying the groundwork for future storylines in the Grimm Universe.
This was my first experience with the Grimm Universe characters and I found it to be okay. It was an entertaining read, full of action, quips, and good vs. evil. Several times, previous storylines were referenced, and although having read them might have added depth to the story, I had no trouble following what was going on. While the concept of the fairy tale characters as superheroes is interesting, this particular story didn't really bring anything new to the genre.
I would recommend Realm Knights to readers who enjoy the new take on fairy tales. It seems to be a nice jumping on point for the Grimm Universe.
I received a preview copy of this book from Zenescope in exchange for an honest review.