Grimm Tales of Terror 9

The famous urban legend about an escaped homicidal mental
patient stalking a couple in their car comes to life in Zenescope’s newest
twist on the popular tale.
Another classic staple in the horror genre is brought to
life in the latest issue of Grimm Tales of Terror.  In typical fashion, the issue starts off with
two teens “getting better acquainted” in a convertible.  Their make-out session is soon cut short by a
passing police officer.  From there,
things get even worse for the teens as the escaped mental patient begins to
terrorize them.  Unfortunately for them,
there’s more going on here than they realize.
Overall a good idea. 
This type of story fits in perfectly with the rest of the series, but I
felt it lacked substance.  Maybe
substance isn’t the right word, but it definitely lacked something.  It was pretty predictable (at least for me it
was) and it just seemed like everything happened so quickly.  Which seems to be the main problem with this
series lately (I may have touched on this already), but it would be nice to
have a bit of a story established before all of the hacking and slashing
begins.  If I’m going to be reading a
horror story, then the suspense needs to be there.  I mean, the teens end up at the gas station a
page after the intro, the escaped killer is briefly mentioned and then the
killing begins.  With this series in
particular, I may be asking too much, but a build-up to all of the murdering
would make the deaths that much more impactful. 
I guess the short horror story works better with the fairy tales because
the majority of the people know the characters and stories already, so when
things turn deadly, it’s a bit more of a shocker.  However, when it comes to the urban legends,
like this one, I feel that more of a back-story is needed to really drive the
point home (no pun intended). 

I really don’t see changes to this format any time soon, but here’s hoping that as the series progresses, the suspense factor is a little more well maintained. A good book to keep up with your collection, but not really one to judge the series by. The killer is still out there, so watch yourself when you go to pick up this one. For more info on where to find this issue, visit the Zenescope website, or the Zenescope Facebook page.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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