When a group of treasure hunters heads to the Amazon in search for the priceless Spider Queen relic, they will find that their greed puts them in a horrifying predicament. The second issue in the new, on-going series from Zenescope, Grimm Tales of Terror puts the horror back into horror stories and returns the Grimm Fairy Tale series to its roots. Join writer Shane McKenzie as he brings this new nightmare.
Greed – one of the biggest problems in the world today. It corrupts the human soul until it completely consumes them. At that point any hope of redemption is all but lost. This is the theme of Grimm Tales of Terror issue 2, written by Shane McKenzie. As in the beginnings of the Grimm Fairy Tales series, the issue begins with a misdeed occurring, in this case an abusive collector, who cares for nothing but his possessions. Shortly thereafter a mysterious woman shows up to recant a story pertaining to the situation. The story is about an artifact collector, who had sent and Indiana Jones-type hunter to obtain the relic of the Spider Queen, only to have never returned. The thought of this treasure just sitting out there in the jungles, waiting to be snatched up, drove Thomas Tessier mad. So, he manages to persuade the ill-fated hunter’s two sons, Tyson and Chip, to help him obtain the relic themselves. Despite all of the perils that befalls the group, Tessier’s lust for the artifact gets the better of him and he winds up getting more than he bargained for.
What’s cool about this is that it goes back to the original formula of the Grimm Fairy Tales series, before it essentially became a superhero series. However, the twist here is that instead of trying to better the people that the story is being told to, the woman, who I believe is Death, or whatever she’s going by in the Grimm Universe, pretty much shows them what’s going to happen because of the path they’ve chosen. No real chance at redemption, just simply “you’re screwed” and there’s nothing more to be done about it. This of course leads to much more gruesome fates for these people hence why this is a Grimm Tale of Terror instead of a Fairy Tale. The focus is more on myths and urban legends than what were originally contrived to be children’s stories. It’s a look at the darker tales that people aren’t always readily forthcoming to divulge.
One thing that threw me off a bit was after the opening sequence, it switches over to the main story without any sort of cues. Usually after meeting the woman, a story would be told and it would take place either elsewhere or in the past. With this issue, they decided to blend it all together, which is something I wasn’t entirely prepared for. I initially thought I missed something when I first read it and it wasn’t until I went over it second time, that it all happened at the same time and place. A little scene indicator at the top would be helpful the next time around, but just readers beware when you pick up this one.
This is a tale of woe to the greed filled people, that if you’re not careful that greed could consume you. There’s plenty of gore to go around, so if you’re looking for a good horror story, then this is a good place to start, one can only imagine what the rest of this series will bring. So, pick up the second issue of Grimm Tales of Terror (and while you’re at it, pick up issue 1) and scare up a good time with this newest addition to the horror genre. For more info on where to find this issue, visit the Zenescope website, or the Zenescope Facebook page.