Reviews: Grimm Tales Of Terror & The Black Knight

Some thoughts on two of this weeks digital comics from Zenescope Entertainment – including the final issue of The Black Knight mini-series.

Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol. 4 #13

The Black Dahlia: 
The Black Dahlia is one of the most famous unsolved crimes of the twentieth century. Some experts think she was murdered by a serial killer, others think it was a crime of passion. As a modern-day investigator digs deeper into the case, she uncovers the sinister truth behind this murder… and she comes to wish she had heeded the cryptic warnings to leave it alone.

Writer: Joe Brusha
 Umberto Giampa

A good murder mystery here. This issue is a little more grim, with some grizzly murders and I looks like they are copycats of the past. I enjoyed the build up on all this, with the different types of murders from history being copied.
This issue had a few good twists and turns and kept me guessing until quite close to the end!
The art is enjoyable too. It gave me a real hard-boiled detective feel, which I guess is well in keeping with the story.
The reveal of the killer was interesting in a few ways, and it’s kind of a double reveal at the end, with an added twist to turn the knife. That did make it interesting and felt like it was something who may have guessed at the ending.

The Black Knight #5

Do you have what it takes?

 The entity that Nadia answers to is coming to Earth. Even if the Black Knight can stop it, that might not be the true threat. Nadia gets what she craves, but she should be careful what she asks for. Peyton Parks is about to pay a high price to learn what it takes to be a hero.

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Sergio Arino

The final issue of the mini series. While this has been a good stand alone read of the adventures and problems of the Black Knight, I can’t help feeling that this mini series could have done with another issue. Don’t get me wrong – this was an enjoyable read, with a lot going on, but it did feel like a lot was crammed into this final issue. We get a lot more about Peyton’s issues with her father and brother, a reveal of the ‘big bad’ of the series and some good fight scenes. This all came together in one issue (plus a tease for the future!) The big bad could actually be a good villain for the whole of the GFT universe, and that may be something going forward! The Black Knight character is well told – she is conflicted as to her role as a hero/vigilante and her ‘day job’ as a lawyer!
I enjoyed the final battle, and the trust issues between the villains was well done -especially the very end, with the sentencing! It’s rare that you see that – especially with a certain loophole being closed!

This was a good mini series though and the character is worthy of more!

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