The Best of Zenescope Special Edition collects a number of previous stories from across the Zenescope library, but in its final chapter it suggest events which are to occur in the future of the primary Zenescope characters. A mysterious figure looks at the various characters both in terms of past and future events - Sela's search for her daughter Ilys, Ilys mourning the death of her supposed mother Venus, the resurrection of Shang, the return of Belinda, the battle between Robyn Hood and Britney Waters, the assembly of the Greek Gods including Angel and the continued servitude of Cindy to the Dark One. In the case of the latter Cindy is shown trying to conjur some demonic forces for the service of the Dark One but while doing so the mysterious figure arrives and stops her and abducts her.
Dark, powerful, and mysterious leader of the Dark Horde, the Dark One is an ancient demonic evil who schemes and plots for greater power and the enslavement of mankind and Earth. In the beginning there were five realms. A realm of magic, known as Myst, a realm of hope and life, Oz, a realm of dreams, known as Wonderland, and a realm of imagination, known as Neverland. Earth was the nexus of these realms. As such it was of particular high interest to the Dark One, for if he were to have control of it, his power would be at its greatest and allow extension of rule though all realms. Originally an inhabitant of the Myst realm, The Dark One's ambitions and desires led him to Earth realm, in direct violation of the rules in place regulating travel between dimensions. On Earth, the Dark One who had not been especially powerful in his native realm, discovered a new source of energy, in mankind's vulnerability and penchant for greed and corruption. This new source of power catapulted the Dark One into one of the most feared and powerful beings in all the realms. Commanding the Dark Horde he still looks for ways to increase his powers and enslave Earth and mankind in particular. He is opposed by many including the High Council, the Realm Knights, and Sela Mathers.
The Dark One was created by writer Joe Brusha and artist Clint Hilinski for use in the Zenescope Entertainment published series Grimm Fairy Tales. The character has gone on to become one of the main antagonists of the Grimm Fairy Tales series, as well as the broader Zenescope Entertainment Universe. The Dark One first appears in Grimm Fairy Tales #37.
Powers and Abilities
The Dark One was originally of no notable concern. An occupant of the realm of Myst, the oldest realm, a realm filled with beings of both good and evil persuasions, he had no great power. Distinguished only by his extreme malice, violence and vileness. Being aware of the realm of Earth, the Dark One sought passage to this place, in spite of stern rules forbidding such travels. In the Earth realm, the Dark One's viciousness and cruelty allowed him to put fear in the heart of man, and as they feared him, his power grew. Mankind's nature and environment were optimum conditions for the Dark One's nature and powers and he quickly rose in stature and ability. Eventually becoming not unlike a god. The Dark One, commands his own army, the Dark Horde and is capable of bestowing powerful magical abilities on to others. His power is both feared and respected.