I was really looking forward to one of the latest issues of Grimm Tales of Terror, volume 3 issue 10. I was. And yet, I was sadly disappointed by Zenescope for the first time. This issue was so frustrating I chose to do a quick blog post instead of a full-on review because honestly, there really just isn’t much to say.
The story is extremely hard to follow. The main character speaks like a burned-out hippie with a fractured thought process. It’s very difficult to understand what he’s saying and while I can clearly gather that that was, in fact, the goal, I do think it went a little too far. I mean, I know some very cool people with VERY fractured thought processes (for whatever reasons) and THEY are easier to follow than this character. I even read this stuff twice, three times on some pages, and I promise you, it’s some of the most inconsistent, fragmented thinking.
The way the frames are arranged and what is presented in them makes it a lot of work to read this issue. Frankly, so much of all the components of this issue seemed very repetitive. It started out strange, progressed to annoying, then it became frustrating. I read comic books to relax and for entertainment. I don’t expect or want it to be some sort of jumbled code that I have to decipher. I might as well read a novel in French if I want to have to translate something.
Even worse, it left me afraid to pick up issue 11. Hopefully, that will be the redemption issue. Although, the cover isn’t the normal style so, it does leave me a little worried. We’ll see what happens. I’ll let you know.