Zenescope Entertainment 2016
Written by Joe Brusha
Illustrated by Ediano Silva
Coloured by Jorge Cortes Grostieta
Lettered by Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Taking over after the death of her mother Sela, Skye Mathers is the new Guardian of the Nexus. With the help of Shang, her mentor, she is learning the extent of her new powers, and trying to figure out the mystery of her connection to the book of Fairy Tales. Now with her book, she controls a power she doesn’t fully understand, power that pulls her to where she is needed, to help others.
On paper this sounds really good the reality of it is a little different. The potential is here that’s for sure but the storytelling has a few too many holes in it. Okay so this was a story about the Snow Queen but I think the opening was more interesting. Skye and Lance talking about her life and what’s been going on and her adventure with the Werewolves was set up really well. I think it would have made a nice example of what she’s going through especially for Lance.
Then there’s the whole thing with Shang. The mention of these characters from The Order of the Tarot sound interesting. It does make us want to learn more about them and see them in action. If they are going to be an ongoing threat that we see periodically until it’s time for Skye to go up against them i’m okay with that.
I rather like the interiors here. Ediano and Jorge do some magnificent work. Grostieta’s take on the ice through those hues of blue are stunning! The attention to detail here is wonderfully done and beautiful to see. The use of page layouts through angles, perspective and the use of backgrounds really make the story pop on the page. I’m a little weary of the costume choices here as they go backwards to that cheesecake stuff that seems basement dwelling fanboy in nature.
So there are a few things in this story that gave me pause. While I like that the Snow Queen was back it would’ve been nice to know why and how. Not to mention what was up with her being there and why she was hellbent on revenge. Too many unanswered questions surrounding her return. This should have been done in a two part story there’s so much here that we just don’t get in one issue. More so since we open with things that don’t concern her return.
Joe has some good story ideas but sometimes I question his ability to execute them. All the damage, destruction and the rampage the Snow Queen goes on is without rhyme or reason and that just doesn’t make sense to me. Okay she’s back but why? We also get no further clues as to how the book works or why it seemingly operates without Skye’s control over it. Too many things going on without enough time being spent on any of them.
The potential is here for great things I just think that it needs someone who can execute the ideas better.