Grimm Fairy Tales: Tarot #3
Written by: Joe Brusha
Art by: Renato Rei and Grostieta
Published by: Zenescope Entertainment

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

The anti-hero Nataliya may be my second favorite Zenescope character, right after the green archer Robyn Hood. Her Tarot miniseries has been quite interesting up until this point as Nataliya’s relationship with the evil Tarot order soured to the point where she now faces certain death. Issue 2 ended with Nataliya locked in battle with the Queen of Swords. Who is the Queen of Swords? She is a beautiful badass who is extremely deadly with sharp blades. The combat is a fight to the death so how will Nataliya be able to survive?

The answers come quick in issue 3 as the issue starts off with the fight. Now I won’t spoil anything but I will say that Nataliya is able to survive the fight. I mean she had to. There’s three issues to go! But because Nataliya survives it brings accusations of cheating, an offense that is also punishable by death. How does one escape death only to be threatened with death?

As this book is a massive crossover between Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales universe there is a lot at play beyond Nataliya. The Emperor is looking to take over every single fairy tale world and, at this point, there really is nothing or no one to stop him. Even behind the scenes there is cunning and trickery from the Courts of Swords, Cups, Wands, and Pentacles. We get a huge glimpse of this in issue #3. Sex. Violence. Intrigue. There’s also a huge sense that no matter what happens at the end of this miniseries there is still something MASSIVE coming from Zenescope shortly. This story in Tarot is way too big for it not to spill out into some major event.

The rest of the issue deals with most of the intrigue going on behind the scenes. Nataliya does get back into the story for a moment as she finds her new friend Talisman who seems to be the key to defeating The Tarot. Talisman has been training though he still seems the reluctant hero. Hopefully he is up for the task because the setup here means he is in for a world of hurt.

Love this story by Joe Brusha. I’d love to know where this is going. I’m sure the creator of the Grimm Fairy Tales world has something huge cooked up and this miniseries just screams of a massive upcoming war. Tarot definitely shows the first salvos of this upcoming war and I can’t wait to see how it’ll affect the entire Zenescope universe. Renato Rei’s art? Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. In a Zenescope stable of amazing artists, Rei may be the finest of all. My God this book looks fantastic.  One hell of a read.

With three more issues to go I can’t wait to see where Tarot goes and where it may lead us. I’ll just be sitting here impatiently waiting for the next issue.


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