Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco
Writer: Jeff Massey
Artist: Chris Johnson
Colors: Saida Temofonte
Zenescope it celebrating it’s 10th year in the comic business and to mark that celebration the company is producing a group of six one-shot stories. The first of two of these one shots are SNOW WHITE and RED RIDING HOOD. These 2 books should be on your local comic store shelf by the time your read this or at least at the end of June. I have been fortune enough to read the first two and of those I enjoyed Red Riding Hood the most.
I am still getting accustom to the Zenescope Grimm Fairy Tale world but I have been finding myself enjoying the more ground in the real world stories. Yes I know it is not a real world but with the mix of fantasy and more earthly stories I enjoy the ones based on earth.
I have not followed any of the previous Red Riding Hood stories so the adventures of Britney Waters. My only knowledge of her is from an adventure with Robyn Hood. That being said I am glad this is my first full introduction to her.
Britney Waters is a described as a ninja, psychiatrist that is also a lycanthrope(Werewolf). Her job as a bounty hunter in Los Angeles has her hunting down both humans and the supernatural. I have to say I had a ball reading this book. Jeff Massey has what I like to call a true writing style. Meaning that the dialogue between the characters feels natural. Britney’s conversation with the old fellow she shares her place with very down to earth and real.
The art work of Chris Johnson really caught my eye. The work on the faces on all the characters really helped the improve on already great dialogue. The movement of the characters also very well done. The only thing for me that I did not really enjoy was the coloring done by Leonardo Paciarotti(sorry Leonardo). I felt that the wash out aspects really did not work for me. I have to say mostly in the faces. It distracted me.
The book for me was a good and fun read. I find not knowing much about the Grimm Fairy Tale world does hurt when I am read other books from Zenescope. Hopefully more books will slowly move to more earth based adventure and story telling.
In the end I give Red Riding Hood – One Shot a 4 out of 5. I also hope that the time of Jeff Massey and Chris Johnson do more adventures of Red Riding Hood (RRH). I would love to read more.
Oh the end of the book made me laugh out load.
Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed
John G M Burke