Original publish date: 23 June 2014
Fairy tales…again. Do I need to say it? I’m going to say it. I will read ANYTHING fairy tale related. Just try to stop me.
Okay, so in Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky’s The Grimm Chronicles (Vol. 1), we have Alice in her own little “wonderland” with a giant talking rabbit as she battles against the Grimm’s characters that have corrupted. Once we get into the daily grind of Alice going through typical pre-senior year of high school and Corrupted hunting and fighting, I was instantly reminded of the Joss Whedon brainchild Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but minus the super human strength. I mean, even her Prince (not so) Charming boyfriend was a bit like a vampire.
The story progressed quickly, but there were some areas of backtracking confusion that if intentional didn’t seem that realistic for the outlandish circumstances. One such instance regards Briar rabbit and Alice’s knowledge of his name. Alice’s knowledge of his name was established and then later re-established in much the same fashion, as if the first instance wasn’t the original introduction of him. But I’m willing to suspend my disbelief a bit more for Alice’s ability to come to terms with her new hero predicament and her yo-yoing and repetition of information because that is reasonably realistic for something this supernatural and life altering.
The incorporation of various tale information was woven in quite well and I enjoyed the split perspectives of Alice, Briar rabbit, and the diary entries of a previous hero, Grace. These different narrative perspectives allow for the story to become far more fleshed out and it fills holes in the narrative that would naturally exist if, for instance, Alice were unconscious.
And just when I was concerned that this was going to be an instance of a story that is entirely secretive on the protagonists part, I was happy to learn that Alice’s best friend Seth was, albeit it harshly, introduced to the Grimm world and Alice’s fate as a hero. This “ordinary” human lifeline anchors the story into a bit more realistic terms and prevents Alice’s alienation from the rest of her teenage world.
Overall, I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.