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Grimm Tales of Terror: A Must-Read Horror Comic

Grimm Tales of Terror #1 Publisher:  Zenescope Writer:  Ralph Tedesco Art:  Antonio Bifulco Colors:  Marco Lesko
Grimm Tales of Terror Publisher: Zenescope
Writer: Ralph Tedesco
Art: Antonio Bifulco
Colors: Marco Lesko

Zenescope has returned to its’ stomping grounds with Grimm Tales of Terror, a newly released, ongoing monthly horror comic series.  Inspired by Twilight Zone, Creepshow, and Tales from the Crypt, Zenescope, publisher of classic tales with horror and supernatural twists, already has my full attention.

Currently on its second issue, the Grimm Tales of Terror horror anthology was on my pulls list from day one.  The above picture is one of the covers to the first issue.  I pre-ordered that specific cover from my local comic shop, but for some reason it was not in my box.  The book wasn’t even on the shelf.  I was livid, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying a title from one of my favorite publishers.  Although I prefer print format for my comic books, I went ahead and ordered it digitally from Comixology.

Written by Ralph Tedesco, the stories so far have given me the chills.  Very Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt style.  Great scripts with the perfect blend of horror and dark humor.

The amazingly terrifying art comes from the creative team of Antonia Bifulco (art) and Marco Lesko (colors).  The gory and horrific creature panels are so beautiful, horror fans will become instant fiends.

Grimm Tales of Terror is a must-read for both horror comic readers, and horror fans in general.  You will definitely be frightened and entertained at the same time.

As a lifelong horror fan, and a fan of the above three classic, horror anthology television shows since childhood, there is no doubt that I will become, and remain, a fan of Grimm Tales of Terror.

By the way, don’t let the covers fool you.  If you don’t know by now, let me tell you.  Zenescope is also known for its’ exotic covers.  Scantily clad women.  That is not what’s inside their comic books.  You get exactly what you read in the descriptions and previews.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

I am giving this title what it deserves, 5/5 stars.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Helsing #1 Review

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Liesel Van Helsing escaped the Shadowlands, after being trapped for more than a century, and is adapting to life in the present.  Not only is Liesel an inventor and a skilled hunter, she is also the daughter of the famous vampire slayer, Abraham Van Helsing.  And Liesel Van Helsing has already proven to be a badass in this debut issue.  Helsing is a 4-part horror comic mini-series, published by Zenescope.

Liesel invents and uses her own weapons to extinguish vampires.  Her latest weapon is a gun that shoots stakes, laced with a chemical that explodes upon contact with the vampire.  The explosion emits a sunlight effect, causing an instant kill.

When her father’s diary mysteriously appears, Liesel Van Helsing travels to Italy to search for answers, starting with who sent it and why.

Pat Shand is the writer of this horror comic mini-series.  Well-written script, especially Liesel’s stern voice.  I don’t like modern-day vampire stories, I prefer the classics, vampires that only come out to play at night, and are killed by a wooden stake driven through the heart.  Shand appears to have kept the classic vampire traits and that is what hooked me to this comic.

The awesome visuals are provided by Tony Brescini (art), Andress Esparza (art), Fran Gamboa (colors), and J.C. Ruiz (colors).  I especially like the cold and eerie feeling I got while looking at Walt Melville.  It’s like a warning for me to read the rest of the series in the daylight.  But I’m not.  I’m a horror, especially classic vampire fan, so I’m not scared to read the book at night.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
If you’re a fan of classic vampire stories, or horror in general, then I strongly recommend this 4-part mini-series.  Helsing is a classic vampire story with a modern-day twist.  And I don’t mean that vampire walking around in broad daylight and taking forever to turn into a vampire twist (ugh).  I know that sentence was long-winded sentence, I just always wanted to write one.   The debut issue of Helsing gets 5/5 stars.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES – AWESOMELY WICKED

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Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales adds horror and suspense to our beloved classic fairy tales.  Each issue has two parts.  The first part is the framework of the story.  Sela Mathers has a special ability that she uses to teach life lessons to those who need it. Those that ignore the lessons suffer consequences.

The second part of the story is ALWAYS a twisted version of a classic fairy tale, and the fairy tales are usually violent.  The tales are warning the readers to change their ways or suffer.

I’ve read the first three volumes, a total of 18 stories.  Here is my review of issue #7, Snow White.

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The story begins with a young girl, Stephanie, who has been ill for a few months.  Her step-mother, Terry, appears to be the perfect stepmother.  She even tells Stephanie to call her “mom.”  When Stephanie asked Terry if she thought she’d return to cheerleading, Terry revealed that she was a cheerleader captain just as Stephanie had been before she became ill.  She also told Stephanie she missed being the center of attention, young and full of life.

Terry goes back to preparing lunch for Stephanie, which included poisoning her food.  Sela shows up at the doorstep and hands Terry the book of fairy tales, suggesting she read Snow White.  So Terry reads the twisted fairy tale.

We all know the story of Snow White so I’ll skip to the twisted part.  The dwarves feed on human flesh that has dark souls.  They couldn’t eat Snow White because of her innocence.  While the dwarves were out, the queen appeared at the doorstep and gave Snow White a basket of fruit laced with poison.  She ate one of the apples and fell to the floor.  The dwarves returned to find a dead Snow White.

Back home, the queen looked into her mirror and asked who was the most beautiful in all the land.  Suddenly all seven dwarves appeared and ate her alive.

Terry didn’t think twice about the story after she finished reading it.  She heard a noise in the basement and went to investigate.  In the basement was a mirror.  She looked into the mirror and the seven dwarves appeared and ate her alive, like the queen.  The story ended with Terry in a straight jacket at an asylum.

Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco does an excellent job at writing the stories.  Anthony Spay does a superb job with the artwork.  The characters are well detailed, especially  their facial expressions.

All the issues have provocative covers.  But there’s nothing provocative or explicit about the stories on the inside.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

Grimm Fairy Tales is a remarkable piece of work.  The stories told, and the lessons they provide, are worth the read.  Artwork is great.  If you’re a horror fan, then you’ll definitely love these classic tales with its’ horrifying twists.  I’m sticking with this horror comic, and I plan to read until I’m caught up with the current issue.