ND Comic Book Review: Grim #1 - BOOM! Studios


Issue #1 - Chapter One: Don't Fear The Reaper

Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Illustration: Flaviano
Colors: Rico Renzi
Letters: Tom Napolitano

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the first issue for this new series from BOOM! Studios. I've been enjoying Stephanie Phillips work on Harley Quinn for DC and Taarna with Heavy Metal. I loved Flaviano's art on the Power Man & Iron Fist book for Marvel. So going in I was already excited just by the names on the creative team. I was rightfully excited. I enjoyed Grim a great deal and I'm looking forward to the next issue.

Given that this is the first issue, Phillips has to do some of the work of establishing our main character and the world we're operating in moving forward. We're introduced to Jessica Harrow, one of many reapers who work for Death to guide souls to the afterlife. The story opens as she guides a man to the afterlife after he gets killed in a car accident. The first few pages are the usual stuff we've seen with these kinds of stories. The dead not realizing the are dead, until they are standing over their lifeless body, trying to escape their fate, the usual stuff. 

Things get increasingly more interesting as we go with Jessica as she takes her assigned soul to the afterlife. Seeing creators different interpretations of the afterlife is always something I enjoy. The version that Phillips and Flaviano creates is impressive. Flaviano captured the vastness of these world incredibly well and the color palettes selected by Renzi gives a real sense of separation between each of the realms. 

After Jessica finishes her assignment, things start to shake up when Jessica realizes her scythe has been stolen. She and a couple other reapers go back to Earth to track it down. This leads to some other startling developments.

I've read this comic over a couple times. It's a quick but satisfying read. The second time over I paid more attention to people and things in the background. Especially in parts of the afterlife this has me asking other questions that I hope are answered in later issues. I can't recommend this issue enough, the creative team did such a great job setting the stage for this series. The characters are interesting and the artwork is fantastic. Jessica Harrow's costume and look is so cool, I can easily see cosplayers doing their interpretations of this character is upcoming conventions.

Grim #1 will be on stands May 11th, 2022. Definitely pick it up

Here are some preview pages and cover artwork for you to view in the meantime, all images provided by BOOM! Studios:


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