Grimm Vol. 1 - The Coins of Zakynthos
by Jose Malaga
Cover Artist: José Malaga
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dynamite Entertainment Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781606904503
Date: 19 November 2013 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The story begins with Burkhardt (the Grimm) and Griffin dealing with a kidnapping of a couple who were at church about to be married. It seems that these fantasy creatures are as concerned with mixed marriages as many human were once, and many still are, against.
Just as they finish up the case, Burkhardt gets a call from his mother, who is in Vienna. She's in trouble with the Verrat and she's hidden the coins that they want. She needs him to come to Europe to help her destroy the coins before they can be used by any of the groups looking for them. In the past, these coins had been used to help someone rise to power and control all those around them into doing their bidding -- so not a good item to be left around for people to pick up and use.
Burkhardt, Griffin, and Monroe go to help her in her task. But it doesn't take long before they are being shot at, kidnapped, beaten, misled, blackmailed, and otherwise in over their heads. It's a page turner as the various characters all have their own agendas and Burkhardt and his friends don't know who to trust. There's twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing about just which characters or side can be trusted and how far. I found this graphic novel's plotting to be far more involved and intricate than that of the shows that I've watched so far.
If you enjoy the TV show, you should give this volume a try.