Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #2 sees things go from bad to worse.
This is clearly the team-up series for the Grimm Fairy Tales world, and whilst it aims big in terms of scale – it doesn’t always hit home. It makes a very large point that the heroes are outmatched by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – and doesn’t really set us up with any kind of resolution. The only ones who seemed to have any kind of effect were Marian and Polly Weird. But their powers didn’t seem to stop the Horsemen, rather just dispel them for a little while.
Whilst Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #2 lavishes the magic and weird all across the issue, there doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of plot to try and stop the Horsemen. It’s just a lot of stereotypical exposition that seems to go just roll over the reader in a bizarre montage of visual brilliance. Don’t get us wrong, the issue looks absolutely fantastic, it’s just a shame that the plot doesn’t seem to match it. There’s a wonderfully drawn page that combines a bunch of different scenes into a magically terrifying whirlwind – and it’s visually fascinating.
Whilst it’s a technique that’s been used before, it manages to capture the unique style of Grimm Fairy Tales: Apocalypse #2 perfectly. It blends the superhero genre with magic and the supernatural almost seamlessly. But the plot just isn’t up to scratch. It’s still a good read, but feels a little more like a filler issue rather than a main story. The most interesting part for us was towards the end when Robyn Hood loses her cool with previous flame, Marian. When this story gets into the nitty gritty parts of it’s characters – it truly flourishes. But it’s main plot falls a little flat. If the next few issues work on the plot a little heavier, it could be a truly great story.
It could be a fantastic story, but the main plot falls a little flat. Whilst it's saved by it's art and character moments, we hope they improve the main plot in the next few issues.
- Robyn + Marian argument