Review – Grimm Spotlight: Red Agent Beast of Belgium

Out now from Zenescope Entertainment is a new Grimm Spotlight, this time it’s Red Agent Beast of Belgium.

In 1914 Belgium a terrible creature stalks the World War I battlefields, ripping the throats from soldiers and tearing their bodies to pieces. Whispers of the Beast of Belgium spread through the terrified ranks of soldiers on both sides of no man’s land. Over one hundred years later, in present-day Paris, the bodies of gang members are being found with their throats torn open and their bodies mangled, and rumors are spreading that the Beast has somehow returned and found its way to the City of Love. Britney Waters, a.k.a. Red Agent, has been tasked with finding the truth behind the murders and the mysterious Beast, a mission that might just cost her her life.

Writer: Joe Brusha
Artwork: Jordi Tarragona

Ensuring we don’t forget them, this large issue of Red Agent allows us to enjoy a pretty much action-packed comic.

This time, given a mission to ensure that the gangs of southern France are in equilibrium this story adds in some interesting monster history of World War One.

The prologue gives us a really good indication of the monster involved. It is a wolf-man in Imperial German uniform. I love the way the art is in this, and the setup shows the brutality of the monster involved.

Britney and Avril are joined by someone new in this issue. Phoenix is an interesting character and initially, I got some ‘Blade’ vibes from him – from his outfit to his lack of talk. He is something new though and looks to be a new addition to the team, and he does show his worth (eventually)

The story moves on well – another good example of the larger size, allowing us to learn more and look at the history of the wolfman and his motivations. This links in well to the ending of the story with an interesting thread left hanging, which may come in in the future.

The art is enjoyable – it may be too cartoony in some cases for some, but I found it didn’t detract from my enjoyment. The violence was well shown, and the emotions of many of the characters. The wolfman was perfect, and intimidating. With some interesting scenes and colouring.

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