MAGAZINE REVIEW: GRIMM Collector’s Edition #1

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Following the success of NBC’s hit TV-show Grimm, Titan Magazines will publish two special collector’s edition magazines. Issue #1 hits newsstands on March 12, 2013 and will be the ultimate companion to the show.

Inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, NBC’s Grimm follows Portland Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, Turn the Beat Around). After he discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as ‘Grimms,’ Nick increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a ‘Grimm.’

Titan Publishing have always jumped onto what is hot right now and delivered what the fans want but does this magazine do justice to one of the er grimmest shows on TV right now?

The great news is that the magazine delivers for a number of reasons.  Fans of Grimm will be pleased to know it has everything you would want and for those not aware of the show this give you a great introduction.  Newbies be warned that the magazine does contain spoilers.

At nearly 150 pages issue one provides details on every aspect of the show from interviews to special effects, props, stunts, set tours and episode guides. In a nice touch the magazine is laid out as if it is one of the case files of Aunt Marie and written by the hunter herself. Something for everyone!

The interviews are funny, insightful and cover most of the main cast including Juliette, Captain Renard, Adalind, Sergent Wu, Rosalee and of course Hank, Monroe and Nick our shows latest Grimm.

The producers talk about how the show evolved from its beginnings to where it is headed for the next season, and what type of Wesen they will use.
The stunt coordinator Matthew Taylor gives a rather candid talk about how they plan and execute the stunts on Grimm while the prop master shows off his collection of weapons and other cool stuff that is sometimes missed on the show.

A key part of the show is the special effects and a lot of the magazine is dedicated to exploring the special and visual effects as well as the make up. Giving away these trade secrets affords the reader with a new appreciation of how the showrunners combine all three to deliver one of scariest looking shows on TV.

The episode guide is excellent and combined with the Wesen 101 guide you have all you need to completely immerse yourself into the show so far.

The coolest part of the magazine comes from the world of Grimm itself with Aunt Maries Casebook files that cover five of the key Wesen out there. It gives full details on the powers, weaknesses, weapons, culture and lots more. Add in some cool original images and you have the perfect companion for any Grimm fan.

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Titan really knows how to make excellent magazines but they will have to work hard to deliver the same level of excellence for each issue.  I cannot wait to pick up the second issue in summer to see what else they can produce.

GS Rating 5/5

Source: Titan GRIMM
Reporter: Montoya

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