Frolicking With The Grove Nymph

the_grove_nymph_cover Cameron Hatheway writes;

Unfortunately whenever I see the word ‘nymph’ nowadays, I automatically think ‘nympho’ or ‘nymphomaniac,’ forgetting that it used to stand for something magical and pure. For too long has our society corrupted the word, turning it into a label for people like my psycho ex.

Then again, putting a naked woman on the cover of The Grove Nymph #1 certainly could be perceived in a more erotic light than intended. But fear not! This series is nothing more but a simple fantasy genre, and nowhere near the Zenescope kind.

Focusing on a nymph named Mira, she grows bored of sitting idly by the springs and groves in the forest with her sister nymph Mari. Mira longs for adventure, for they’ve been doing the exact same routine for the past century. Deciding to finally go exploring, Mira immediately finds herself rescuing a Pom Sprite who was about to get eaten by a nasty Root Goblin, and that’s when things start to really get interesting. The Pom Sprite is on a mission to rescue its sisters from a monster who kidnapped them beyond the grove, and Mira decides to embark on this quest and help out anyway she can.

There is lots of nudity in this first issue, but all of it is tasteful. Nymphs are beings of the elements, so to find one with clothes in nature would look truly out of place. Jecaro’s style for the nymphs and Pom Sprites are simple yet incredibly well detailed, while the more bizarre creatures like the Root Goblin and eye-kneed guy are creepy yet intriguing. I especially enjoyed the color choices, and laughed at first when I saw that Mira’s carpet did in fact match the drapes.

With only two issues left, I highly recommend tracking down this first issue and give it a read. For 99 cents on ComiXology, do you really have an excuse to pass it up? I thought not.

The Grove Nymph #1 by Jecaro
55 Pages, FC
Ages 17+

Cameron Hatheway is the host of Cammy’s Comic Corner and Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Sonoma State STAR. You can sell him a Root Goblin on Twitter @CamComicCorner.

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