"Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Zenescope Entertainment
Story by Joe Brusha and Dave Franchini
Written by Dave Franchini
Illustrated by Salvatore Cuffari
Colored by Leonardo Paciarotti
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 14th, 2016
Brought back from the grave, Cinderella has a second chance at life, so long as she plays nice with the Dark Horde. That might be a little problematic given that she betrayed them to save the world, which led to her dying in the first place. Fortunately, all the Horde wants her to do is kill Robyn Hood, and she's pretty good at that. Welcome to Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess (aka: Cinderella Kills the Zenescope Universe).
This book is a non-stop bloodbath. Once you get the pesky exposition out of the way in the opening pages, it's wall-to-wall slaughter as Cinderella hacks and slashes her way through several of Robyn's close friends in an effort to get to the archer. I'm not up to date on Robyn Hood's tales, but these seem like pretty major characters to her story, which leads me to believe that their deaths won't be permanent, as why would you kill off someone important – let alone several important people – in a mini-series that only tangentially stars the main character? It would be like killing Lois Lane in an issue of Green Lantern.
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Cinderella's killing skills are second to none. She's an expert murderess, thinking of more creative and brutal ways to attack her victims. This ranges from destroying a disabled woman's legs to cutting off someone's head and using it like a puppet. She does all this with a smile on her face. Leonardo Paciarotti's colors complement this, particularly with the blood splatter. It's almost out of control, flying every which way, like it was splashed onto the page itself.
The title character is a wide-eyed cheerleader, fulfilling the stereotype of a brainless valley girl. Her quips are dated and lackluster. There's no wit here, but that's who the character is. She's ditzy and full of herself, although not too bright.
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Artist Dave Franchini's design for the character is a great juxtaposition to the bloodshed she causes. Clad in a skimpy outfit that's little more than a bathing suit, she wields a samurai sword with expert precision. It's not the best uniform for a murderer, as it provides absolutely no defense. If she were to trip in her high heels (also not ideal), she'd be covered in scrapes and bruises.
Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess is a wet dream of violence. Every other character is cannon fodder for the star, as she literally cuts through them like a hot knife through butter. If you're a newcomer to Cinderella and by extension, Robyn Hood, these deaths will lack any real meaning, as you won't know who anyone is or why they're important. If you want to see a beautiful woman murder a number of people in increasingly elaborate ways, this is for you.