In Review: Grimm: The Warlock #1
The cover: Nick looks to his right, ready to do battle, unaware that the wessen he’s seeking is leaping on him from behind with a sword. Decent cover by Greg Smallwood. I’m a fan of covers where the lead is unaware of what’s behind him or her, so this is right up my alley. Smallwood also did a good job on Nick’s likeness to actor David Giuntoli. Nice coloring, too, which reminds me of Portland’s typical overcast. Overall grade: A-
The story: Were it not for the last page this would have an acceptable one-shot story by Jai Nitz. The issue opens with Nick and Hank arriving at the scene of a man who’s barricaded himself in an adult bookstore. Yes, there a few jokes about the location. Nitz gives Nick some very clever dialogue to diffuse the situation. On Page 5 a character appears that sets our leads on this issue’s adventure. The problem introduced on Page 11 is a good one and makes sense in the Grimm world. Nick’s solution to the draw the antagonist out is good and I enjoyed it. It seemed similar to the recent Titan Books novel Grimm: Icy Touch by John Shirley, but I enjoyed this comic adventure nonetheless. This final page hints there’s more danger to come Nick’s way and I’m all for seeing where this is headed in future issues. Overall grade: B+
The art: Responsible for the visuals is Jose Malaga and he does a good job on Nick and Hank, making them look like Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby. Not faring as well are short appearances by Wu and Renard, who vaguely resemble Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz. The original characters introduced on Pages 5 and 8 look very well done and are constant throughout the book. Malaga’s backgrounds are loosely drawn without too much detail, but they serve their purpose. The battle at the end is quick but nicely staged. However, the final blow on Page 21, panel two, looks like the villain is getting knighted, rather than hit. Malaga does an acceptable job. Overall grade: B-
The colors: Really nice use of colors from Lisa Moore. I’ve been to Portland and don’t remember it ever being as sunny as the opening pages, but they were a nice contrast to the darkness of the last half of the book. I also liked how Moore colored panels without backgrounds in brights to make them stick out (Page 2, panel five, and Page 3, panel two). I also liked the coloring of the Central Precinct as it was more vivid that the show, making it fell alive and bustling. Overall grade: A+
The letters: Marshall Dillon provides the book’s dialogue, scene setting, megaphone speak, and sound effects, of which those during the battle are pretty cool. Overall grade: A-
The final line: A nice adventure with some good visuals. Overall grade: B+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.