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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 Coins of Zakynthos

Plot by:
   Jim Kouf
   David Greenwalt
Script by:
   Marc Gaffen
   Kyle McVey
Art by:
   José Malaga
Colors by:
   Thiago Dal Bello
Letters by:
   Marshall Dillion
Collection design by:
   Josh Johnson
Special thanks to:
   Chris Lucero
   Lynn Kouf
   Kim Niemi
   Ed Prince
Based NBC TV Series Grimm
First, while I'm very familiar with fairy tales, including those by the Brothers Grimm, I only began to watch the Grimm TV series, and I'm only half way through the first season. However, I could immediately tell that the characters in this graphic novel were recognizably based on the actors who played the parts of Nick Burkhardt, his partner Detective Griffin, and his friend Monroe. There are also chapter breaks with sepia toned drawing of various fairy tale monsters that make a nice break from the actions.

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.

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