Posted on March 30, 2011 by DecapitatedDan
Issue: Blokes Tomb of Horror No. 2
Writers: Jason Crawley, Enrico Teodorani,Francesca Paolucci,Andrea Teodorani,Maurizio Ercole
Artists: Ju Gomez,Andrea Bulgarelli,Fernando Ignatius,Matteo Fioramonti,Alessio Nocerino,Manolo,Maurizio Ercole
Cover Artist: Silvano
Cover Colors: Maximilian T.Plissken
Publisher: Virus Comix
Release Date: February 2010
“Featuring 7 tales of terror, Virus Comix is proud to present the second issue of its anthology series, bringing together a collection of art styles from around the world into one issue.“
Artwork: 4.5 out of 5
Wow, seven awesome looking stories. The art styles range from realistic to cartoonish, they go from highly detailed to perfectly inked. I can’t say enough on how nice this issue looks. I don’t even want to try and pick a favorite. One thing that most of these stories had in common was that awesome old school horror look. Nicely inked pure black and white panels that just add so much to the story. I want more and I want it now. Lets get these guys doing more books for my viewing pleasure.
Story: 4.0 out of 5
Some of these stories are very short, but they are solid. That is just how things are done when working with some of these great artists from Europe. I welcome it. I think that presenting these stories to the American reader is a great way to show the diversity in the genre. I was happy with all of the translations, every story was great. They didn’t always read the way you might expect them to, but nothing was lost in the end. If I had topic out my favorite, it was “The Art of Dying.” I just found it to be the most entertaining, and it is covered with the Tales from the Crypt vibe.
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
Another anthology title worth reading. When I put this book down I thought to myself, “What the hell did I just read!” That is by no means an insult, matter of fact it was the complete opposite. I couldn’t believe how much Virus Comix stepped up their game from issue #1. I want to make sure this is as clear as possible. This book is great, but I don’t know how many people it will appeal to. You have to know what your getting into ahead of time I think. Working with these great European Artists can create some restrictions in terms of translation and how things are presented in Europe. So keep that in mind, but please don’t let it deter you from checking out this title. It is worth it to try something new and possibly gain a new perspective on the horror genre.
Written by Dan Royer