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Advanced Review: Grimm: The Warlock #1 (of 5)

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
12/05/2013 - 10:52pm | Updated: 45 weeks 6 days Ago
Writer: 
Jai Nitz,
Art: 
Jose Malaga,
Colors: 
Lisa Moore,
Letterer: 
Marshall Dillon,
Cover: 
Greg Smallwood,
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
December 11, 2013

You know the hit NBC television series. Now writer Jai Nitz and artist Jose Malaga bring it to the comic book world in the five-issue mini-series, Grimm: The Warlock. And what a mag it is!

The first issue hits stores next Wednesday, and follows the adventures of Nick Burkhardt, a Portland police detective who finds out he’s from a long line of monster-slayers called “Grimms.” From that foundation, the series immediately hops into the world of the TV show, only going it one better by exploring elements that only comics can do. And we are off!

Nick and his partner Hank face the usual stockpile of crimes as any urban lawmen, but also work to control the dangerous “Wesens” that are usually found at the heart of their cases. Those are the monsters, gentle reader.

Most of the Wesens on the show just want to be left alone, as regular viewers know. The only kind that doesn’t are the Hexenbiests (witches) and the Zauberbiests (male witches, or warlocks). They want to mix it up. So Nitz writes an active villain rather than a passive one, leading to his creation for this mini of The Warlock. 

While #1 really sets up the series nicely, establishing immediately that Dark Shadows-like atmosphere that is also urban gritty, I really like the art of Malaga. His storytelling ability is the best, and he puts in all the detail and mood that is needed but also layers it over a solid framework of sequentials.

For a finite series, this one really hits the mark of possibly becoming an ongoing. Great read!

"Grimm: The Warlock" #1 (of 5) hits stores December 11th!