Written and Created by R. Lopez and WRGII
Cover and Illustration by Neal Anderson
Edited by P. Stacy
I knew this story was going to get crazy and this issue was definitely a wild one. An issue that surely is not for the faint of heart or those who are easily offended. But then, you should know by now (and honestly by the name Crude Comics, Inc.), none of these comics are for those with soft stomachs.
There was a lot of action in this issue…of ALL kinds. Which is always good. It keeps the pages turning and eye moving. The story reads quickly still and is still very well written. I’m anxious to see what the last two issues bring.
There was also a lot of violence and blood and gore in this issue. A great splatter scene that really got my attention takes up an entire two-page spread. The artwork is fantastic too. It’s all black and white. It’s detailed enough to get the point across but not tedious.
I’m really becoming a big fan of these guys over at Crude Comics. They really do have a knack for the more lewd and lascivious side of comedy. The crude toilet almost high school humor is a comic relief element to the blood and gore splats and splashes. They translate it very well into the comic book world. I always get a good laugh reading their work. And they have just the right amount of suspense and horror in there. It’s great.
AND they are right on the trail of Yeti! It’s only a matter of time before they come face to face with this blood thirsty monster of a creature. (I swear, if I get to issue four and this Yeti turns out to be all rainbows and smiles and tries to lick them to death like an over loving happy-to-see-you puppy, I’m going to have a conniption fit. I mean, I love irony and twists and turns but, that might just start the war to end all wars right there.)
We’re only half way through the mini-series so, you still have time to get caught up.
Writer: Joe Brusha
Artwork: Babisu Kourtis
Colors: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
This was a good issue for an introductory issue. It definitely got the curiosity going. I’ll go ahead and give you the little blurb from the inside cover and then I’ll tell ya what I thought.
“While taking a cross-country trip, a young couple stops to visit one of their long-lost friends who live in an idyllic gated community. Not long after they arrive, they find that something sinister may be lurking behind the mansions and well-manicured lawns of Paradise Court.”
Paradise Court is a gated community. A gated community so perfect it’s creepy. I mean these people have perfect hair, perfect clothes, perfect teeth, perfect houses, perfect lawns, perfect pools, perfect cars, perfect lives…just perfect, perfect, perfect.
Until someone goes missing. Then the illusion of perfection is shattered and the suspicions begin. Fingers are being pointed. Questions are being raised. And skeletons are being found.
I enjoyed this whole issue. The artwork is good. The colors are lively and vibrant. The writing is also excellent. The suspense factor is good with a fantastic build up all the way to the end. There’s enough meat to the story that it’s interesting to read but not so much that it’s overwhelming or boring. The issue covers a good span of time and there’s even some comedy that’s good enough to make you chuckle. The issue also has a great mysterious feel to it as you flip through pages. All in all, a good first issue. As usual, there’s not a lot to say about an introductory issue. But, I really think this is going to be a good mini-series.
Written and Created by
WRGII & R. Lopez
Cover Art and Story Illustration by
Cover B Art by
Table of Contents Image by
Editing and Layout by
This is the second book in this four book series. You will see, as you read through this one, things just keep getting better and better. The guys at Crude Comics Inc. never seem to disappoint and have made a true fan out of me.
We have this character, Driver. He is a vigilante of sorts. A vigilante on the fly, I guess you could say. But he’s not just any kind of vigilante. This guy is special. He can sense the evil and the terrible things inside the people he comes into contact with, knowing their intentions before they get the chance to act on them themselves. He is a protector, stalking the horrid and vile through the night, wreaking havoc on all that he finds offensive and wrong.
This issue was fantastically written and leaves you wanting nothing but more. No disappointment. In fact, the ending is, in my opinion, is perfect. Like I said, when you’re done reading you’re in this mode of “NO! Wait! What happens???? Tell meeeeee!!!”. But, you just have to wait and read the third one. Probably best if you get both two and three at the same time, if you can. It’s senseless to cause yourself the suspense when you can have it right there in your hot little hands.
The artists have a true talent for recognizing when color is needed and when color is an accessory. Here, they expertly use small splashes of color amidst black and white, the impact of the colors almost popping off the pages. This gives a phenomenal effect to the feel of the story. Plus, it adds to the beauty of the basicness of the book. Simple art. Simple story. No clutter. No frills. Just good old fashioned storytelling and artwork brought together in a creepy harmony of horror.
This series is a definite must read. I have book three waiting for me to read already. Do you have yours?
Written and Created by
WRGII & R. Lopez
Artwork and Cover by
Table of Contents:
Art by Thulasi Dasan
Colors by Jermael Lessey
This was the conclusion of a two book mini-series. And what a way to finish! These guys give us more blood, more gore, more disgusting comical depravity and more kill scenes than one could ever expect. Packed with gory, seedy violence and full of cries for mercy splashed with spurts of blood, the meat of this story is told less and less with words and more with the images these fellow horror lovers have expertly created.
Stuffed with dark comedy and the ever so perfect stereotype of male chauvinism, we get the crude enjoyment of other people’s demise that we have come to count on from Crude Comics Inc. There’s a spectacular use of color and the contrast of that with sections of black and white really make the splatter scenes jump off the page at you.
We are gifted with blood on almost every page and the joy of getting right down to the dirty dying instead of being bombarded by a bunch a needless and un-natural chatter between characters. This issue is a fast read with tons of nasty and raunchy blood splashed action. I’m telling ya, these zombies are literally dripping with nastiness. I love it!!!
I think the guys have hit a home run with this two issue series. But, perhaps it should come with some kind of warning, for those of you with weaker stomachs and all. (Non-offensive eye roll inserted here. Buck up people.)
Seriously though, you REALLY don’t want to pass this up. It’s got everything you need: chicks, beer, sex, death, drugs, blood, zombies, gore, bikinis, spring break, young stupid people…I mean how picky are you about your horror???? What more do you want?!?!?!
Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini
Writer: Ben Meares
Artwork: Jason Muhr
Colors: Marco Lesko
Letters: Fabio Amelia
This issue deals with an urban legend involving gang initiations. I AM familiar with a number of versions of this story. Basically, a group of gang prospects all pile into a car at night and drive around with their lights off. Once someone flashes their own lights to tell them to turn their headlights on, they follow that person and shoot them, then flee. There’s also a version where the prospect hides under a car and waits for the owner to walk up and open the door. Once their feet are visible and within reach, the prospect slashes the Achilles tendons of the victim and runs off (or steals the car), leaving the victim there to bleed and helplessly wait for someone to come by, which could take hours if not days.
In this story, it’s a car full of guys. One is already a member and the other three are getting initiated, one a night for three nights.
The first one did his deed the night before. The second waits for the lights to flash on a passing car and shoots her as she driving down the street. Her car crashes and she and the vehicle both catch fire. She is burned alive as the gunshot wound didn’t take her life, only wounded her.
Then it comes time for the third guy. But he’s having second thoughts. Especially after they watched that young woman screaming as she burned to death. One of his friends finds out that he is having second thoughts and threatens him that, if he doesn’t go through with it, he is a witness to the murders the other two prospects committed and must therefore be eliminated.
Left with no choice, he decides he must take his turn.
Meanwhile, a family across town is getting up before the sun to get on the road for their family vacation to Zappyland (does that ACTUALLY sound FUN to anyone? Sounds like a place for electric shock treatments.). They get in the car and begin their journey. As all kids do, the two children in the backseat start to complain about being hungry. Dad says they’ll stop on the way and get something.
While on the hunt for someplace to eat so early in the morning, the family spots a car driving in the dark morning hours without its lights on. As the Dad flashes his lights the guys in the gang car start trying to amp up the last prospect, telling him to start shooting. But he just can’t bring himself to do it…no matter the risk to his life, no matter how much cocaine he snorts, no matter how much he drinks and no matter how much the gang members yell at him, he just can’t do it.
This is a huge problem because the leader points out that the family in the car had to have seen ALL their faces. They MUST eliminate the family. There is no other option in their eyes. So, the leader decides to make a quick U-turn in the middle of the street, speed up behind the family wagon and crash into the back end, hurling them into the air, flipping the car and sending it into a streetlight pole.
The Dad crawls out of the car and tries to escape but, the gang chases him down to shoot him and kill him. But, they are in for a surprise.
Meanwhile, our friend with a conscience goes to check on the family. As the wife and children are laying in the car he tries to apologize. He is catastrophically interrupted by the screams and cries of his cohorts, who have trapped their victim in a dead end alley…or should I say, their victim has trapped them.
Mr. Morality looks up in time to see this disgusting monster with a huge and grotesque mouth carrying out his pals by their feet, covered in blood. Then, all hell breaks loose. The whole family has transformed into these hideous creatures of death and are ripping the gang to shreds, feeding on them in a delicious gorge.
Our guilt ridden pal is the only one there when the cops show up. Standing in the middle of the gory massacre he is apprehended immediately. When he’s asked what happened he tries to explain that there were monsters that ate his friends. The cops don’t believe him but, can’t see how one man could have done such extensive damage due to the animal type bites and tears. They take him into custody and plan to get the “real” story once he comes down from his cocaine bender. But, they’ll never get the story they WANT to hear…just a babbling fool rambling on and on about monsters eating his friends.
This was a good twist on the regular urban legend this is based off of. I like the addition of monsters and the idea that this guy has to take the fall for a triple homicide when he was the only one that didn’t hurt anyone or anything, except himself. It’s just the kind of sick and twisted joke life would play on someone who was pushing their luck with tempting fate.
I will say there is a lot of back and forth in this issue and it was a little hard to follow at first. The layout and flow is a little jagged. Plus, there’s a lot of panels (or frames) with a time stamp on them. Normally, that kind of thing doesn’t bother me but, I think this time they took it a little too far. I mean, in some parts they pointed out the time second by second. Does it really run that deep? Talk about obsessing.
The artwork is pretty good in this issue but, I feel the way it’s all laid out takes away from the skill and finished look of the art itself. The best images are of the monsters. These are great pictures of some pretty nasty looking monster villains. And we still see part of their human characteristics so, that DOES make the monsters look somewhat creepier. But, again, the twist in the ending is really what makes this issue. It’s such a smack in the face with irony…REAL irony, making it new, fresh and interesting. Definitely a fun little story for bedtime.
Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, Billy Hanson
Writer: Billy Hanson
Artwork: Renzo Rodriguez
Colors: Fran Gamboa w/ J.C. Ruiz
Letters: Fabio Amelia
This is a take on an urban legend about a mysterious television broadcast that infects a small town and causes illness or death.
We start in a small town in Wyoming, 2006. While a father, Marshall, and son, Jacob, and the son’s friend, Davis, are watching TV, the regular programming is hijacked and interrupted with a different broadcast in its place. Across the screen comes a creepy, stretched out and distorted evil looking face. The sound emanating from the television is one of a dark and unnerving nature, a voice spouting commanding statements, almost like warnings. “You have a sickness in you.” “You will see such pretty things.”
After viewing the broadcast many people get sick with headaches vomiting, blackouts, dizziness and seizures…and those are the ones that survive. The rest die including Marshall’s son, Jacob. However, Dad and the friend, Davis Mills, do not seem to be affected in any way. Because of this, the doctor overseeing the event and its aftermath, Dr. Zayas, requests to run extensive tests on the two of them.
The creepy thing is that this event is never heard of outside the town limits. No breaking news reports about a small town and the mysterious broadcast that wiped it out, no newspaper articles, no phone calls, nothing. And life around the world just goes on like normal.
Fast forward to 2018…
A zealous reporter named Astrid convinces her boss to let her go investigate the Wyoming incident. She has been digging and found out about the broadcast, having uncovered a string of similar cases within the past few weeks. This leads her to wanting to track down Marshall, one of the non-affected people and get the scoop. Against the wishes of her boss she takes the trip to Wyoming to get her story.
She finds Dr. Zayas and begins discussing things with him, revealing her discovery of recent similar cases. He emphatically and condescendingly denies that any such broadcast took place and demands she leave his hospital at once. On her way out, she encounters a man strapped to a gurney, screaming wildly as he tries to jump and grab her. Scared and shocked, a nurse walks up to make sure she’s okay. The nurse also tells her that she found an address for Marshall and she should go talk to him if she wants more information.
When she goes to Marshall’s house, he leads her to his basement (ummmm…yeah, HUGE RED FLAG but, moving on…) where he shows her the walls, plastered with polaroid pictures and information about the broadcast. This confirms her suspicions that there IS a broadcast and that something weird is going on.
It is at this point that Marshall very clearly warns Astrid and tells her to leave, before she falls into the black hole of obsessing over finding answers. Basically, for her own good, she really just needs to let this go and walk away. But, she does not heed his warning.
Soon, Dr. Zayas enters the room and she finds out that he and Marshall are in a sort of business deal together. They sell young bodies to older or elderly people and transplant their memories, personalities, everything to let them take over that younger body. They tell her that the broadcast is a test to see who is viable for transplant and who is not. Those that aren’t affected or minimally affected by the broadcast are perfect candidates for the procedure. Oh, and Davis Mills, the son’s friend, is the mastermind behind the whole transplant scheme, making billions of dollars and living forever.
Astrid also finds out one final and very vital piece of information…SHE is the next transplant subject…for Marshall.
I loved this issue. The twist at the end was fantastic. It was extremely well written and read swiftly and easily. This is another urban legend I am not familiar with. I did look it up and I guess people really tried to get this story going, so much so that snopes.com had to debunk it.
These guys always do a fantastic job but, this was an exceptional issue. It was a tale full of suspense and intensity, adding depth to a looming feeling of foreboding and doom. The cover is awesome as always but, the artwork inside in really good in this issue. The detail in the line work showing the facial expressions and emotions is stellar. I feel that it can be very difficult to accurately draw and portray facial expressions. Just the slightest change and you get a completely different result.
With every page turn, this gritty tale builds and builds, keeping your interest and entertaining you simultaneously. I highly recommend you pick this up if you get the chance. It’s definitely worth it.
Written by W. Maxwell Prince
Art by Martín Morazzo
Colors by Chris O’Halloran
Cover A by Morazzo & O’Halloran Cover B by Vanessa R. Del Rey
In this issue we have a slightly messed up and demented tale about two ambulance drivers on the night shift. However, these aren’t the kind of people the average person would want to put in control of saving their lives.
Their biggest problem is that they steal pharmaceuticals from the hospital the work at. And they take whatever they can get their hands on. They take anything from leukemia meds to pain killers, mixing things like Eszopilone and Escitalopram to create a hallucinogenic high, and a very short one at that.
They are so high and so into their stoner-like conversations about how they know the secret to saving the world, pointing out all that is wrong with it, pitying themselves. And they drive around doing this all night long. They are so high that they completely pass the call locations they get radioed for and merely just keep going, oblivious to the death and suffering they are causing.
They stop at a diner to eat and even THERE when the injuries are happening right in front of them…and they do nothing. They just keep driving.
Then something hits the chick that has actually been the one behind the wheel all night. She slams on the breaks and realizes they have forgotten something incredibly important.
The man in the back of the ambulance bleeding out with a knife stuck in his throat.
I really thought this was a good comic. The twist at the end was perfect and really made the whole story end with a bang. These two come across as very sad, lonely and depressing high people. They like to complain and point out flaws of other people and the world around them. And with the way they were chatting each other up, it doesn’t seem like they are getting any kind of personal fulfillment from their work.
The artwork in this issue is still good like the other issues. This artist has a gentle realism about how he draws the characters. The colors are vivid colors but, they are used in a more muted style (I hope that makes sense). It’s like they are softer versions of the bright colors but not lighter shades.
I can finally recommend another Ice Cream Man issue. I think one will be well worth purchasing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Creator/Writer/Letterer: Benito Andino III
Artist/Colorist: Roman Gubsky
I read a fantastic comic book the other day. It was even in digital format and I STILL loved it! Usually, I have a hard time reading digital. I’m just an old fashioned person, I like to have the book in hands, turn pages, etc.
However, this was truly a very unique and intriguing comic. First and foremost, is the clown, Tortura. The artistic rendering of this character is only enhanced and bolstered by the writing of his personality. The whole comic is just creepy but, Tortura is, by far, the creepiest thing in the comic.
It’s so hard to find an introductory issue of a comic book that really makes you want to read the series. This one happens to be very enticing. We meet a variety of characters, all with their own distinctive traits. And troubles. These characters are really what got my attention. The creator of this comic has really dug deep to come up with something incredibly different for readers. Andino pulls zero punches in the creation of this comic.
We start at a comedy club with a gal who is nervous as hell to go out on stage and do her set. Throughout her performance we meet our various characters and how they are woven together in this story.
While I like the artwork and it’s definitely very stylized to the artist himself, it’s the story that has peaked my interest so much. In my opinion, it’s very creative. The story is complex with a number of characters making appearances in the first issue but, that made for a very exciting read. There was some kind of action on practically every page.
I highly recommend this comic book. Especially for horror fans or someone looking for something new and different. Definitely worth the read!!!
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Created, Written and Drawn by Rob Guillory
Colors by Taylor Wells
Lettering and Logo by Kody Chamberlain
This issue focuses mainly of the daughter of local body part farmer Jed. We start with her in a military hospital with a number of injuries including an amputated leg. Her CO comes to her in the hospital with orders to return from Germany to stateside. She initially thinks it’s because she so badly wounded but, then he tells her that they have a mission for her in her hometown. It turns out that mission is to spy on her father and his body part farm and technology and then report back to the government agent in charge of the matter.
You can tell she is really uncomfortable and rather pissy about the whole thing. It sounds like she never had any real plans to return home to start with. So, needless to say, she’s not thrilled about this. It really comes across in her meeting with the agent in a bar.
Then, while getting another drink, some sleazebag sitting at the bar starts talking to her as if they are friends. He asks her if Jed is her father and then starts razzing her about how her Dad swindled his Dad and blah blah blah. She tells him to back off, finishes her drink and walks out of the bar.
Meanwhile, Zeke, her brother, is reminiscing about the day his father gave him his rifle and then goes outside to shoot wolves and coyotes prowling the farm.
When Andy exits the bar, a group of men follow her and start heckling her outside in the parking lot. One man, the bitter boy at the bar, starts screaming at her these insults about her father and her family. Eventually, Andy can’t control herself anymore and she swings on this douchebag…and hard. Then the other fools join and she whoops each one’s ass, one by one. They had no clue she trained military. Jackasses.
After the fight at the bar, Andy goes to Monica Thorne’s house, the woman running for Mayor against the current Mayor, Randall Lafayette. It’s a rather encounter. Monica says that she’s been expecting Andy’s visit and they have much to talk about.
While this issue didn’t have near the excitement of #3 it was still a good informative issue. It also introduced a lot of things foreshadowing some things to come in future issues.
Normally, I have a hard time following a story when they cut back and forth between things happening concurrently or when there’s a lot of flashbacks. But this time, it was done so well it was easy to read and added a little suspense to the whole reading experience.
The artwork is still great, very unique and stylized to the artist. It’s almost cartoony in a way. But, somehow, it just fits the premise of the series perfectly. I can’t imagine it being down by any other artist.
Also, I give mad props when the creator of the comic is also the writer and artist. I admire that they are part of more than one aspect of creating such a great series.
So, go grab your issue of #4. My description here is not as detailed as it could be so, you still have things to learn in this issue. Hope you all enjoy it!
Written by Dave Franchini
Artwork by Deivis Goetten
Colors by Jorge Cortes
Written by Terry Kavanagh
Artwork by Julius Abrera
Colors by Fran Gamboa with J.C. Ruiz
Written by Erica Heflin
Artwork by Marcelo Basile
Written by Ben Meares
Artwork by Eman Casallos
Colors by Ceci de la Cruz
Letters by Fabio Amelia
This was a great Halloween issue. Three smaller tales inside the main tale. That makes for a very interesting read. The stories are all Halloween based and are entertaining to read.
It starts with a group of people in costume arriving at a house for a costume party. While their host (Red) is leading them to the party room, she decides to give them a little history lesson and a tour of the building. She talks about the lore behind Halloween and how some of the traditions came about.
The first story is about the origin of the Jack-O-Lantern and its power to ward off evil. Then, in Scarecrow, we learn of the horrific past of one single woman and the vengeance a Scarecrow can unleash. In the final story, which is my favorite in this issue, the age old fear of getting poisoned candy on Halloween is brought to life…with a twist. (Honestly the last tale would have made an excellent Twilight Zone episode.
Each tale has its own pizzazz, its own punch and style. Each is written well and the art is fantastic, as usual. I like that we had three stories inside the main story because it makes the issue easier to read, it reads a lot faster and you feel like you got more out of the single issue. It’s almost like a three for one kind of deal. I also think they did a really good job embodying the whole spirit of Halloween and spookiness and trying to scare people. It turned out really well.
As always, I recommend the Grimm Tales of Terror comics to any horror comic fan. There’s nothing super gory in this issue so I think even non-horror fans might like it due to the folklore story telling aspect. But mostly, all you fellow horror comic fans would be the ones to like it.