Given the last time I had an issue of this I wasn’t all that impressed, I’ve decided to give it another go. So this week, I’m reviewing Zenescope Entertainment’s Grim Tales of Terror Volume 2 #12.
In this issue, the story we’re given centers around a bunch of missing little girls who all have one thing in common: poor taste in shitty mobile apps. A private investigator gets brought in by another private investigator to try to solve where these kids have gone… As you can guess, things go south for the dick and he doesn’t resolve jack shit. It takes a pretty sharp turn towards the end which I wasn’t expecting, but that’s probably because it’s borderline ridiculous.
“The App” is a story concocted by Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha and written by Troy Brownfield. I’m not sure how this is working but I would like to know. I’ve never had to write someone else’s story before, I’m guessing Joe and Ralph just gave Troy an outline of what happens and Troy scripts it. I didn’t mind the story too much but the execution wasn’t all that great. Some of the dialogue is downright diabolical.
The artist for this issue is Edu Menna, and I have the same feelings towards the art in this issue as I did the last. Edu does okay with it. Some of the faces look a bit rough at times but other than that it’s fine. Some of these characters, though… they look a lot like other people. There’s a part where the P.I. is interviewing a black couple and I was thinking to myself, “The dad looks a bit like Lionel Ritchie.” And as I’m reading this at my day job, one of my colleagues walks up behind me, sees the page and starts singing “Hello” without me even saying anything. I shit you not.
You also get Shaggy from Scooby Doo in this issue. The P.I.’s intern, it’s straight up Shaggy from Scooby Doo. You first see him wearing a white t-shirt and then the next time you see him, he’s wearing a green shirt. I’m sure colorist Robby Bevard was having some fun there. No complaints about your color work either, Robby. You’ve done a decent job there.
The issue was a little better than the last one, but I’m still not really feeling it. I think it has the potential to be a great book and a great platform to show what modern horror comics can be. It just needs a bit of a kick up the arse.
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Grim Tales of Terror Volume 2 #12
Writers: Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha & Troy Brownfield
Artist: Edu Menna
Colorist: Robby Bevard
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital