Story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, Jay Sandlin
Written by Jay Sandlin
Artwork by Rodrigo Xavier, Allan Otero
Colors by Maxflan Araujo, Vinicius Andrade
Letters by Carlos M. Mangual
Ever since Zenescope turned Grimm Tales of Terror into a quarterly issue instead of a monthly issue, I’ve been a little dejected. This was one of the top three comics I looked forward to every month. Now I have to wait three months for my fix.
However, it seems that the folks at Zenescope realize that their customers might be feeling a little shorted so they do bulk up the quarterly issue. Luckily this allows for a longer and more detailed story. The downside is they charge more than the regular comic price due to the added length and artwork. I guess my opinion was ‘well it all works out in the wash’ (a midwestern saying for everything evens out in the long run).
Then I got this quarterly issue. An entire issue based on H.H. Holmes. Those of you that have read my website will know that I find Holmes a fascinating serial killer. The work put into this issue takes the truth that has been publicized for decades and adds a little mystery, a little paranormal twitch here and there, and comes up with a whole new story based on real events. Except this is a story that uses the real events to form the foundation of the fictional side of the tale. They’ve also modernized the setting of the story a little bit to make it fit in with our current era.
In this particular issue, the story is great, everything is very well written, the artwork is excellent and of course, all that put together makes for a most entertaining read. In certain panels there is a fascinating use of color that sears the images into your brain, making everything feel so much more impactful and realistic. The use of truthful events as individual parts of the plotline instead of purely for inspiration makes the story seem like something we would see in movies these days. I can just picture this whole issue playing out on the big screen and just enthralling the captivated audience. Definitely worth the read, even if it is only quarterly now.