Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review: Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm Knights by Patrick Shand

Release Date: July 8, 2014 (originally published Dec. 31, 2013)
Publisher: Zenescope
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter | Website

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?

This just didn't do it for me.
The concept was great, but there was something lacking in the execution. Maybe because I was coming into the middle of the series, and I didn't know what was going on half the time? Not sure. It's not easy to step into graphic novels that already have a backstory in full swing, so I actually didn't rate it as low as I wanted to originally.
I've jumped into plenty of comics and graphic novels, and realized that I needed to go back and find out the previous plot points. And I did, because the story was so engaging that I wanted to find out what I was missing. This was not the case with Realm Knights.
The story was riddled with overblown cookie-cutter dialogue, and the plot continually teetered on boring. I forced myself to finish it in the hopes that something would eventually click.
I love graphic novels, and I love fairy tales. So, this should have been a win-win for me.
It wasn't.
I won't be revisiting this series.
Quite a few other reviews enjoyed this title, so if you decide to try it, maybe you'll have a different experience than I did.


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