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"Grimm Tales of Terror (Volume 3) #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Zenescope Entertainment

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Written by Pat Shand
Illustrated by Vincenzo Riccardi
Colored by Valentina Cuomo
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 15th, 2017


The Black Eyed Children went from an urban legend I had never heard about to the star of an ongoing comic series as well as this issue of the anthology series, Grimm Tales of Terror from Zenescope Entertainment. The idea is that these creepy kids show up in the middle of the night knocking on your door and asking to be let in, presumably to perform unspeakable acts of violence. Their pupils are nothing but darkness.

Writer Pat Shand introduces the basic idea of the myth pretty quickly and efficiently. You get the instant vibe that these kids are bad news and their presence serves as foreshadowing for some violent deaths. Their origin is not explored and it's not needed for this type of story. They're just this malevolent force of evil.

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Much of this comes through in artist Vincenzo Riccardi's depiction of the children. Their eyes are vacant sockets showing nothing but an abyss. They're clad in matching hoodies and show no real emotion. Somehow that's even creepier than if they were smiling or angry. It's easy to see how frightening they'd be just standing there on your doorstep.

Conversely, there is a ton of emotion that comes through in the expressions of Lacey and her elderly father, the would-be victims of the Black Eyed Children. The old man is having trouble remembering things and Riccardi does a brilliant job showing the fear and frustration on his face as he realizes he's forgotten someone or something important. This also comes through in the look of concern mixed with pity on Lacey's face. These details make the characters relatable early on.

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The one odd bit about this tale is Lacey's reaction to the Black Eyed Children. She jumps right to demons and the supernatural, doing weird research on the internet to find ways to keep her and her father safe. It's a sudden jump into crazy town with little to go on. It's not like she's seen this kind of thing before.

This issue ends with a great twist. It's something I did not see coming and puts a very cool spin on the Black Eyed Children urban legend. It works really well and takes the book to an entirely new level. It's this kind of work that solidifies Grimm Tales of Terror as a go-to horror anthology.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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