Published on May 30th, 2022 | by Lyla Saudi
Grim #1 Comic Book Review
Summary: Enjoyable and engaging with a different spin to the afterlife and the job of a reaper.
Jessica Harrow is dead. But her journey has only just begun! Discover the world of the afterlife, where Jessica has been recruited as a Reaper, tasked with ferrying countless souls to their final destination. But unlike the rest of the Reapers, she has no memory of what killed her and put her into this predicament. In order to unravel the mystery of her own demise, she’ll have to solve an even bigger one – where is the actual GRIM REAPER?
Stephanie Phillips delivers a well-paced story, where you will find yourself easily forming connections with the characters. I am really intrigued by Jessica, as she is surrounded in mystery. We (nor she) don’t know how she died, how she became a reaper, or who she really is, but she has an interesting personality that creates an understanding of her character. There is good humor, great banter, and shrouds of mystery, that all flow really well throughout the story. I found myself engaged from start to finish, especially with how the chapter ends with the interesting cliffhanger and epilogue. The afterlife is not what you would normally expect in a grim reaper tale. In this chapter it is presented as more of a business, a soul as just another number, and your assigned reaper – just another disgruntled employee, going about their mundane jobs of chauffeuring souls from point A to point B.
I enjoyed the artwork. I felt that it really tied the story together and made it come to life. The colors used are bold and vibrant, creating a sense of mystery to the afterlife, and Jessica harrow as a character. The body language and facial expressions creatively capture the emotions of each character well. My favorite elements were how the scythe was illustrated (you can feel how powerful it is) and the scenes of navigating through the river Styx.
This was a good start to what I can imagine is going to be a great (and enjoyable) series to read. I have so many questions about Jessica Harrow, which probably won’t be answered in the next issue, but I am still excited to see what happens next!
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Colors: Rico Renzi
Letters: Tom Napolitano