I haven’t exactly been shy about my feelings for the Zenescope books Comic Bento sends me. I haven’t really liked them. They’re poorly plotted or full of unsympathetic or unfamiliar characters, a lot of generic T&A style artwork, and not my cup of tea.
But this month, Comic Bento promised a series of “team” books, and a first time six-book box. The first was a Zenescope book in their Grimm Fairy Tales universe called The Dream Eater Saga. How did it turn out?
Truth be told, I didn’t mind this one. Yes, it still has the things I don’t care about for a Zenescope book, like not really knowing the characters or their history, and the bonus material in the back with all the extra covers is full of T&A artwork, but I didn’t dislike this book. That’s a far cry from saying I liked it, but it had its moments.
The general gist is during one of the previous big storylines, a character called Thane of Oz (a lion man who probably isn’t very cowardly) releases the Dream Eater to stop some huge threat. His actions were actually unnecessary, but the Dream Eater got loose anyway with the ability to transverse time and space. It eventually takes the form of an old man with a cane, but it largely invisible to regular people. Heck, he can revive dead humans and sees himself as the protector of humanity against magical attack.
The problem is the Dream Eater doesn’t distinguish between good and evil magical creatures. This universe is full of evil entities that might be familiar to readers like the Pied Piper, the Cheshire Cat, a sexy version of the Baba Yaga, and Peter Pan (yes, Peter Pan is evil…very evil). But good guys of this universe are also threatened by the Dream Eater who, literally, eats his victims. All the creatures he finds for this volume are of the evil nature, but the handful of benevolent ones he meets just manage to escape.
So, the Dream Eater only threatens magical creatures from the various worlds based on old children’s literature (Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland for starters), but as of this book (only the first half of the story from the looks of things), he has only eaten evil creatures and even resurrected many of their victims. If these characters mean something to you, then obviously the Dream Eater is a problem. They mean nothing to me due to my unfamiliarity and general apathy towards Zenescope’s books, so it wasn’t a bad story, but I don’t really care to find out what happens next. Since I suspect Comic Bento is acting at least a little as a means for publishers to find new readers, then this one doesn’t work out so well for me. That said, it wasn’t terrible, so let’s go with the barely passing grade of seven out of ten cover images inappropriate for younger readers.
NEXT BOOK: OK, so, Comic Bento hasn’t gotten me interested in more Zenescope. But they have gotten me interested in Valiant Comics. And it looks like next we have a new volume of Archer & Armstrong up next, so that should work out for me much better.