This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #8, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #8, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Year Three #6, Grimm Fairy Tales Volume 2 #8, Lady Killer #5, Rebels: These Free and Independent States #6, Planetoid Praxis #6, the Hero Squared Omnibus, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…
This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Mage: The Hero Denied #1, Boy in a Well and its accompanying album by The Yawpers, Back Issue #97, Action Comics #985, Grimm Fairy Tales: Tarot #1, Grimm Tales of Terror #8, Captain America #25, Secret Empire #8, Spy Seal #1, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…
In 2007, Zenescope Entertainment launched the “Wonderland” Series, a spin-off from the horror graphic novel series Grimm Fairy Tales. The first major release for the series is titled “Return to Wonderland” and, to put it lightly, it’s ‘twisted’ (as is the entire series). Author Raven Gregory re-introduces the reader to the now grown-up Alice Liddle, the heroine of Alice in Wonderland, and her teenage daughter, Calie (an anagram of ‘Alice’). Only, in the Wonderland series, Alice is mentally disturbed and suicidal, her daughter is a promiscuous, self-absorbed teenager, and the traditional Wonderland characters have all been drawn in ‘bat-sh*t crazy nightmare’ mode.
Through the Woods
As a child, I remember being terrified when I first heard the story of Bluebeard (“Be bold, be bold…” still runs a shiver down my spine). It may have been the first time I ever heard a truly scary fairy tale—something that toed the line between a fairy story and gruesome horror. Not much later, I was introduced to the original Grimms’ Fairy Tales, which, as lovers of fairy tales and myths we all discover, are absolutely nothing like the sanitized versions we know from Disney and the children’s section of most bookstores. Some prefer the gruesome ones; some prefer the nicer ones; some prefer a balance. Fairy tales, like most fictions, are totally subjective, but I definitely fell for the darker, bloodier stuff. “What do you mean, they cut her toes off to fit in that slipper?” More after the jump.
The first trailer for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters just dropped and I’m not impressed. I’m all for reinterpretations of classic Grimm Fairy Tales (I love what Zenescope is doing in their comic book line), but seeing Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner dressed in leather, shooting out witches…it just looks a little silly to me. Throw in Renner’s lacklustre narration off the top and I’m just not sold. Take a look and let us know if you have any interest in seeing this flick when it’s released January 13th, 2013.
Is it possible to applaud and cringe at the same time? Can one movie really be so divided? Well, Snow White and the Huntsman proves that you can have a wonderful awful movie. It’s been a while since I’ve been excited about seeing a “dark gritty reboot” of a fairy tale, so even though all indications were that this movie was going to be great, I went in with subdued expectations. How good could Kirsten Stewart really be? This retelling of Snow White delivered in all the areas I expected it to, including excelling with some of the best production design I’ve seen in a long time.