Codex Entertainment 2016
Written by Luis Torres & Heath West
Illustrated by Nestor Tahtiado, Tomasz Witas, Bryan Golden
Marc Oliver & Joseba Morales
Unearth the ghostly secrets contained in the twisted and macabre tales of Grimsmont City and its devious residents. Each book consists of four unique and twisted horror stories, hosted by the ghostly "Storyteller", and one pinup poster. You are greeted by The Storyteller. You accept her invitation into Grimsmont City. Your first stop is Mr. Townsons Pizza & Games.
This is from a couple years ago and it’s the Freshman release so I wasn’t expecting perfection I was expecting to be entertained. Oh I was entertained that’s for sure and I guessing you will be too should you decide that taking a walk on the macabre side of the street is up your alley. This is how an anthology should be, four stories that have some meat to them so we can somewhat get to know the folks as things play out before our eyes.
The way the book is structured is superb to see. Most anthology books while being a part of a theme are separate stories from each other in every way. The fact that each of these segments I set in the same town, so we see businesses and such that kind of weave their way through all four stories is pretty damn unique. I love that about this, the originality and the chutzpah to not only set them all in the same town but to let each one kind of bleed peripherally into the others yeah that is impressive. I am disappointed in the this Storyteller, Theodosia, we meet. I was hoping she’d be more Tales from the Crypt than Vanna White.
There are moments where I thought okay this is kind weird then gross and finally what the hell and what’s gonna happen to this dude. I mean if you do something and let it make you become this monster well I wanna see the monster in action. I do like the idea of the descent of man and how hey handles this mentally because the sudden change in someone well that’s what I want to see, delve into the madness and make him horrific in his new identity.
Sometimes when you have an anthology the different styles of the artists can compete with one another. That is never intentional but when you have different artists and add humans with their own tastes and likes well you know what comes next. Here each one while bringing their own uniqueness to the series doesn’t do that I like how the editorial folk decided who followed who. The Crying Jack scene with the dad when he gets it, that knob really it’s out of place perspective wise and who cares if it’s a man’s hairy ass in a shower. I would encourage not to censor moments like that but hey that’s just me. I have say throughout the utilisation of page layouts and how we see perspective and angles in the panels shows off some great eyes for storytelling. The linework in each one is strong and expressive and with the colours the really manage to get the over tones, moods and emotions to the reader.
I am extremely impressed with this book. The writing is good, the subject matter is fantastic and while it may not be traditional horror that’s going on here that doesn’t mean it won’t creep you out. Somehow without gore these folks have managed to keep this Teen and up in nature and trust me when I say that is all kinds of awesome. Then of course there is the fact that the stories don’t all follow any kind of set pattern. We’ve got Urban Legends, Demons, Cultural Supernatural and Madman Serial Killer which in all honesty this kind of diversity is what we want to see. Nothing gets boring and each one holds the promise of sub-genre all of which deliver on so many levels.
I love supporting indie/self-published creators and companies. These are the voices of the future, they aren’t in it for the glory they are in it because they love the medium and are passionate about what they do. Most have day jobs and do comics at night and weekends so to be able to unleash this kind of creativity and for the reader to feel everything they want us to and more. I think you should go check em out and check this and get a coy for yourself I give it an 8.5/10 and I cannot wait to see these creators grow and come into their own.
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