When Baba Yaga gives a writer the unusual power to control those he writes about, the incredible gift proves to have consequences far worse than he could have imagined. Meanwhile Baba Yaga has long sought control over the nexus and Earth itself and she may have finally found the one item that will reveal the secrets of the universe to her. One which will allow her to stay one step ahead of all her enemies.
This issue features some of the top cosplay ladies in the industry and takes place during one of the biggest conventions in the Southwest: The Phoenix Comicon!
The story to this one shot is written by Raven Gregory, Alex Lopez is on pencils, Millen Parvanov has art duties, and Jim Campbell rounds things out with letters. I’ll admit, when I first started reading this I was really scratching my head. I was wondering why what was happening was in fact happening. The story is about a group of female cosplayers as they get ready to attend the Phoenix ComicCon. They start doing things out of the ordinary, they start attacking people. All of this is done with good looks and skimpy outfits. The gang finally meets up in Arizona and goes out for the night. Things get even stranger.
Eventually we find out what the synopsis tells us, they are being controlled by the writer of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Once that happens, you can pretty much figure out how things go from there. Once we get to the final part of the story, the rest of the story clicks into place. It’s a fun romp with cosplayers. It seems like other things are being set up for other stories in the Grimm universe. This is a story inside a story inside a story. It’s very Story-ception (witty wordplay on Inception and I apologize for it).
The art and colors on this book are well done for the most part. The ladies are drawn gorgeously and the crowd shots of the convention are nicely handled. You almost treat it like a Where’s Waldo book for those scenes. You’re looking at all the costumes moving about in the crowd. At the end of the book you have some nice profile pictures and information on who the ladies are in real life as well as one on the writer.
Bottom Line: This is a story of twists and turns, some of which you see coming a mile away and some you don’t see at all. It’s a good comic convention tie-in story and tries to show off the Phoenix convention. It’s a light story. It’s accessible to new readers, but it feels like we’re seeing something that should be an interoffice book. The real life Zenescope employees are in the story, and it looks and reads like they had a blast making it. The reader gets let in on some of the jokes along the way. Because it’s a convention one shot with some decent laughs, I give it a 2/5.
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