Art By Eric Basaldua & Nei Ruffino,
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More and more, these days, we are seeing modern takes on auld folk materials - namely, adult, contemporary retellings of classic fairy tales! And they each get to be more clever than the last - lest it is just more raunchy? We are miles away from the artsy, tasteful and quite reverent even reimaginings done years ago by the likes of Neil Jordan's Company Of Wolves
Currently there have been a flurry of Red Ridinghood reinterpretations to go along with broader projects that regroup a number of them fairytale sources into a single tapestry of nonsense spiced up with elements taken from the tested and true soap opera formula or the episodic suspenseful drama that peaked with Chris Carter's X-Files
- lest it was with J.J. Abrams' Lost
? ABC's Once Upon A Time
is a resounding success in that vein - especially when compared to a previous effort such as The 10th Kingdom
... But that is another story!
Disney gave all the fairy tale princesses a makeover when they regrouped them and made them marketable with tons of merchandising based upon their collective and individual image. Even the Evil Queen
got in on the fun and proved to be quite the cash cow as well - but that's another story too!
Disney plans to do the exact same thing with super-heroes as it acquired Marvel's stable and is now bent on milking it for all that that investment is worth...!
But we are not having Disney on trial here today - hold off the lawyers and plutos, Mickey!
We merely established the newly renewed and very tangible link between comic-books and fairy tales of old - for what is the former if nothing other than a modern take of the latter?
And so, we ask this question as we admire the artwork above, a true gem by artists Eric Basaldua & Nei Ruffino, truly: this stuff puts rival DC's master of babedom pin-ups and cover art, Adam Hughes, to shame, actually...!
We ask this question: were Snow White, Red Ridinghood, The Little Mermaid (Hans Christensen's baby!) and the rest portrayed there (Sleeping Beauty? But she's wide awake! Was she also or is she a Sleepwalking Beauty now? I'm just not sure who the others are supposed to be anymore...!) - are they supposed to be good, pure, virtuous ladies or, er, party girrrls after all?
Saints... Or Sinners?
You answer that!
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