The latest issue of Grimm Tales of Terror from Zenescope Entertainment is a dark and twisted story titled Black-Eyed Children. This is the March 15, 2017, No. 3 installment of what is now part of the publisher’s third Volume of horror-laden works. Like their dark fantasy volumes of Grimm Fairy Tales that have exploited some of the classic fables and molded the imaginations of generations of fandom, these tales of terror will take readers on a familiar yet modern journey.
Created by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, the Grimm Tales of Terror comics which are all edited by Jessica Rossana is a stout collection of original stories set in some of the most popular fictional events from film, literature, and anywhere else one might find twisted elements of the imagination.
Black-Eyed Children is written by Pat Shand with artwork from Vincenzo Riccardi, colors from Valentina Cuomo, and lettering by Fabio Amelio (lettering credit is often neglected in reviews, but the unique glyphic used when the mysterious children speak allows readers to believe the characters are more than just foreign entities). A number of urban legends have been noted surrounding these creepy kids; this issue does not disappoint. From the frightful backstory to paranormal elements that intertwine with a young woman living with her aging, memory-depleting father, the intense graphics and tension-filled prose make for a suspenseful and a little disturbing tale.
The first issue of volume 3 printed back on January 25, 2017 follows the title story The Invisible Man. Written by series creator Ralph Tedesco with artwork by Umberto Giampa, colors by Robby Bevard and letters by Fabio Amelio, this comic takes a fresh look at the story originally conceived by the iconic H. G. Wells. Tom has a gambling problem. Volunteering as a guinea pig for an experimental medicine brings a $20,000 payday, but the temptation to gamble again is too great, adding another twist to a maddening power.
The Cadaver Arm is the story in the March 8, 2017, issue #2 written by Troy Brownfield with artwork by Babisu Kourtis, colors by Robby Bevard and lettering from Fabio Amelio. Older fans may recognize this severed limb idea from the 1947 classic The Beast with Five Fingers, starring Peter Lorre. This time around the story is presented in the traditional sexploitation slasher setting as scantily clad people are slowly taken out, leaving the reader with a dark conclusion that still opens the door for continued horrors.
At the standard cost of $3.99 an issue, Grimm Tales of Terror is a worthy series for any fan of horror. It should be noted that these stories are barely over twenty pages in length, and aside from a smattering of cover images from the publisher’s other series’, the single saga goes by quick and may leave readers questioning the value of their purchase. Luckily the spectacular artwork and top-notch heavy construction makes up for the lack of content.
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