Title: Grimm #10
Story by: Marc Gaffen and Kyle McVery
Art by: Rod Rodolfo
One of the hardest things for a writer to do is recapture the essence of a television show within a comic book . There’s always something lost in the translation. Many have tried with various shows like the Vampire Diaries, Once upon a Time, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with only a few succeeding. Unfortunately, Grimm does not. It’s clear that this comic is meant to serve only as a supplement for fans of the television series, and not meant to draw in new fans. In short, Dynamite’s Grimm #10 feels flat and unemotional.
I don’t blame the writing team, because they’re stuck working within whatever licensed restrictions NBC has given them. However, if you view this comic as a standalone entity there is a lot to like here. It’s obvious that the creative team cares about the source material and are taken great care to make you care about the supernatural mythos surrounding Grimm as well. There are a few reveals this issue and soap opera twist that long-term readers of this comic will be satisfied with, and if you’re just coming on board-this issue makes a great point of entry to the world.
The story opens with Nick being tortured and a quick recap of his recent adventures against the likes of the Royals, Drauz, and the Hadosheru. It turns out that some of these events were orchestrated by a man known as Silvio. Nick finds himself poisoned with a week to live unless he performs four task for Silvio, who of course keeps telling him that they’re on the same team. When reading the story you will want to keep Silvio’s words in mind because I’m sure that they will come back to hunt Nick as this story arc continues and he finds himself gathering the other items for his new sinister friend. Of, course Nick may not have any “friends” left he does not!
The only thing that could have made this issue work better was the art by Rod Rodolfo. The character designs and visuals feel flat and unemotional. The trouble some artists have when drawing supernatural comics and werewolves is making them look menacing and not like cheap Halloween costumes. The fur just looks rushed and uninspired. He does have a knack for storytelling, but his character designs, especially when utilizing supernatural elements and transformations could use some work.