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I wasn't shocked when I heard the popular NBC title Grimm was going to become a comic book and have graphic novels. I didn't know that NBC had already started pitching Grimm to Dynamite Entertainment from Season One to become a comic book, but waiting until the second season when the mythology built up to get a license for a proposal to Dynamite offering an aggressive creative, financial, and marketing plan. No, I wasn't shocked because after seeing the Grimm TV show advertised in the back of every other comic book with comic book artwork, I'd mistaken the show for a comic book several times over before finding out what it was. For the record, if the artwork looks anything like it does in the ad I shouldn't be complaining.
Grimm will be in stores for 2013 and is licensed through NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products. Dynamite Entertainment has not yet announced the creative team for Grimm. The story of Grimm, for the apparently record-breaking millions who haven't been watching, is about a homicide detective named Nick Burkhardt. He is the descendant of a long line of guardians better known as Grimms whose job is to keep a balance between humankind and mythological creatures known as Wesen. Burkhardt battles Wesen and other maladies from episode to episode with the aid of a reformed wolf Wesen (and great comic relief) and his partner, played on the show by Lincoln Heights (another great but unfortunately unsuccessful show) survivor Russell Hornsby as Detective Hank Griffin.
Executive Producers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf say they're excited at
"The opportunity to delve even deeper into the Grimm universe is an exciting prospect. One we hope fans of the show and comic books in general will equally enjoy... The medium will allow the story to go places we never could within the constraints of a television production. It's pretty cool."
The Director of Licensing for NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Chris Lucero says
"Grimm's blend of humor and horror make it an ideal series to work on with our longtime partners at Dynamite, who have a knack for this kind of storytelling... We look forward to exploring the series' deep mythology; telling exciting tales that will broaden the Grimm universe for fans, everywhere."
I understand why you would turn Buffy or Smallville into comics. Their shows were over, but the creative juices flowing in their writers hadn't stopped, nor the potential for stories. But Grimm is still airing, and based on its popularity doesn't look like it will be ending anytime soon. I'm not just saying Grimm isn't necessary because I'm a fan of the other fairy tale show that is coming out at the same time, Once Upon a Time. In that show every episode is consequential and almost always a must to watch, so throwing a comic book in the mix could be even more disastrous there than with Grimm. But does Grimm really need a comic book? No. But they're making one anyway and who knows, it could turn out to be pretty magical...