A new Grimm Tales Of Terror from Zenescope Entertainment. Out now here are my thoughts on this quarterly horror.
For centuries, the Order of the Secret Circle has lurked in the shadows, reinventing itself for each new generation. It has gone by many names — the Order of the Temple of the East, the Order of Knights and The Hellfire Club — and it seeks to bend the twelve demons of hell to its will.Writer: Joe Brusha
In 1912, Alleister Crowley took control of Hellfire and attempted to bring the Great Beast under his control. While ultimately failing, the ripples from that dark spell echo to the present, calling forth a new congregation who seek to reform Hellfire and tap into the evil power it promises.
Artwork: Andrea Mutti & Umberto Giampa
This oversize special looks to combine the world of Grimm Tales Of Terror with Grimm Fairy Tales.
It’s a larger issue, with a lot going on. There are some suspect characters (in the present time) and the buildup is really well done. Once we get to the final quarter things move pretty fast.
There are some interesting additions here – Shang for one, is involved. I like that he is jumping around history since the Shang mini-series. This builds on his mythos well.
Obviously he is not about at the moment, so there will need to be someone else to bring that together. That person makes an interesting appearance half way though. I thought this was interesting as they are not someone we’ve seen get involved in these stories before. There is a further tease of others joining in at the end of the story.
Using the Hellfire club is a good aspect – they have a good horror pedigree and the mix of the real group and the GFT/GToT style works really well.
The art is sufficiently dark and dank, with only some light daylight. It works well though and adds to the horror mystique. There is some good colouring and I’ll have to look out next time I’m in Scotland!
This was a good combination story – giving us a special story, as well as building up to the new stories to come.