A quarterly edition of Grimm Tales Of Terror, looking at the serial killer H. H. Holmes out this week from Zenescope Entertainment.
With the blood of nine confirmed and 200 suspected victims on his hands, H. H. Holmes is not only America’s first serial killer but perhaps the most notorious murderer of all time. One hundred years after his final kill, his name remains synonymous with torture and death.Writer: Jay Sandlin
But bodies are now being discovered in Chicago in circumstances chillingly familiar to those who know Holmes’ story. Could a copycat killer be on the loose in the city? Or is something even more sinister about to come to light?
Artwork: Rodrigo Xavier & Allan Otero
This is a title worthy of the ‘quarterly’ format.
It is a longer story, but the larger issue allows more to be uncovered, and a lot more character development.
It is a story with a number of twists in the tale – some you would guess as they happen, others are a surprise. I would say though, that even the ones you see coming are well played out and are not to cliche.
The use of the ‘murder hotel’ is an interesting one here, and it is played out well. I like the use of the characters and the connections they all have. Detectives, maintenance, professors and murderers. It does start off a little slow, but as the comic delves into the hidden passages of the hotel, there is plenty to keep you going.
In between the present day action, we see what H.H. Holmes got up to, what he did and how he got away with it all. They make a nice link to the main story, and add some historical aspects to it. He is a serial killer that I had heard of, but I think I would like to learn more about him too!
The finish is well done, with some nice twists, and a little something extra to the story – a twist within a twist as it were.
The art is nicely done, I especially like the art style for the flashback – they fit in pretty well with the story.
This is something worth getting and getting into – it’s worth your time.