Hey, it’s 4/20! You know that means? That’s right. Another installment of JAZM, Just Another Zenescope Monday. This week we will be previewing the new books coming out from Zenescope on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Two great series continue, Charmed and The Little Mermaid. Also, a big shout out to our winner of the Super Rare Retailer Incentive cover for The Little Mermaid #1, Austin Baroudi. He was one of the very, very few people who undertook the achingly difficult task of commenting on the article a couple of weeks back. I will say that it is truly so hard to get free stuff… Not sure why you would even try. All it took was a comment. I mean, really?
If you can bring yourself to do it, please take a look at this week’s reviews.
Charmed Season Ten #7
“Hard Knox Life” is a stand alone tale this week. The three Halliwell sisters have been through a lot in their time together since they realized their powers. The return of their sister, Prue, was even more of a challenge for them, since she was dead. They have faced a nasty monster, Gaxageal, so far in this series and seemingly defeated him. Also, they have lost one of their dearest friends, someone they thought they could never lose.
Now, things are getting serious as Knox comes to collect on the deal that was made to get information about the Ancient Athame, the blade that can ultimately destroy a soul. Leo made the deal and, under a soul agreement, promised that he and the Charmed Ones would all assist Knox in whatever he asked. I like that we get a solid back story for Knox that gives us a little deeper understanding into who he is and why he does things the way he does. Through this story we are also introduced to Aldar Kose, a powerful magician who became Knox’s mentor. But, it turns out that Kose has a deeper evil plan. He wants to resurrect the Old Ones, like Gaxageal, creatures that cannot be destroyed through any known magical means.
So, the sisters must figure out a way for Knox to kill Kose, thus negating the soul agreement he has with Kose, or else the soul agreement that Knox has with Leo will activate and they will lose him. Seems like a challenge that might be more even than the Power of Three can handle. Will these brave witches prevail and stop the souls of the Old Ones from hatching from the bodies of the students at the Knox Academy? Find out this week.
Grimm Fairy Tales presents The Little Mermaid #3 (of 5)
Things get deep this issue as we discover more about Erica’s birth and how she was taken from her parents. She is the heir to Atlantis, so there were a lot of people who were after that baby, but, while her parents always thought it was the Sea Witch who took her, turns out there was someone else… But who?
The Sea Witch makes her way to Atlantis, Erica’s human mother Liz in tow, to negotiate with Issoro, Erica’s father and king of Atlantis. It is clear that the Sea Witch has some sinister plans of her own, but what she is offering seems a great deal more valuable than what she asks in return. Information about Erica in return for the king’s blessing? Seems almost too good to be true… and probably is.
Meredith Finch continues to prove herself as a great writer and a perfect fit to tell this tale of loss, love, and revenge. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in seeing what Zenescope is really all about.
My Rating: 4.5/5
That’s it for this week. Another JAZM in the can. I hope that you all have found series that you really love, whether from Zenescope or the many other publishers, but always remember this… While most all of the rest of the comic book industry is just now beginning to make changes to incorporate more strong main female characters into their series, Zenescope has been doing this for 10 years! Support a great company and read their books.