Comic book reviews for Grimm #4 and Grimm #5 by Caitlin Kittredge and Maria Sanapo
Average rating: 2/5 stars
Grimm #4 by Caitlin Kittredge
Art: Maria Sanapo
So one issue to wrap this entire storyline up. That will be very interesting. Especially since this issue didn’t move the plot a lot.
Instead of Adalind being captured by the hexenbiests, here Trubel gets kidnapped by the mobster Latimer and his men. This is the only thing that happened. Well, besides Juliette fighting Dina, the hexenbiest leader, in an ancient hexenbiest battle circle.
I cannot recall if Adalind knows that Juliette is a hexenbiest at this point or not. But it seems to me that too much of this plot has to hinge on Rosalie and Trubel not knowing that Juliette is now a hexenbiest. And it is holding said plot back.
So here’s the thing, what motivation does Dina have for not telling Trubel, when they are handcuffed to the radiator together, that Juliette isn’t human? How would Adalind not feel the power of two hexenbiest fighting each other in the circle?
I get that Kittredge has to work with what the TV show gave her, but this isn’t navigating those issues well.
Also, no one cares about Latimer. This hexenbiest mystery is way more interesting, and I don’t understand why a non-hexenbiest (Latimer) would even want this hexenbiest power booster.
Grimm #5 by Caitlin Kittredge
Art: Maria Sanapo
Holy crap, in this issue, there’s a scene where they are discussing how they have to rescue Trubel, and Trubel is in the scene with them! She even has dialog! (I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be Adalind.)
This is the problem I have with Dynamite. They always have quality issues in their books. Often those quality issues are related to the art work. I want to be clear that I rest the blame for this error on Dynamite’s editorial team. This is a mistake that they should’ve caught and cared enough to fix. They should try to make better comic books, instead of just making money off popular properties. (Well, we can argue just how popular Grimm is.)
Okay, resolution, dumb.
Of course, Juilette beat Latimer with her big bad hexenbiest powers. Those which were amplified by this magic doodad that was apparently just a rock. One of the biggest, missed opportunities of this show was to actually show Juilette being that kick ass and all-powerful hexenbiest that they promised. Especially in that last season where she get weakened, almost turns hexenbiest all the time, loses her powers, and then decides she likes them so Diana, a child, gives them back.
This needed more friendship and more bonding. Of course, that would require trust. And that sort of trust would require Juilette to actually tell Rosalie and Trubel about her powers.