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"Tragic Tales of Horrere #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Madius Comics

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Written by Rob Jones, Michael Sambrook, and Luis Roldan
Illustrated by Neil Ford, Diego Simone, Gareth Sleightholme, and Alisdair Wood
2016, 40 Pages

Review:

Dive back into the dark world of Horrere!  The horror anthology from Madius Comics is back with more tales of terror.  This time around we visit graveyards, a zombie apocalypse, and a hospital for the mentally disturbed.  Each tale is unique and with the exception of the ongoing story “Grimoire” has a beginning, middle, and end.

As with most anthologies, there is something for everyone here.  Horrere has a high level of quality and all four stories included are pretty solid.  This makes it tough to pick a favorite.  Each one scratching a different itch.  You've got gore with “Tupper” and more unsettling horror with “The Thin Place.”  Then there's “The Gilded Cage” which is a little of both.  

Tupper” presents a particularly sinister situation in a world overrun by zombies.  It begins with a group of desperate survivors scavenging for food.  They are at their wit's end and they're snapping at each other.  This is something we've seen in most post-apocalyptic scenarios.  What sets this one apart is the twist.  It's hinted at early on, but then writer Luis Roldan shows the full extent of what's at play in a startling manner.  

You can feel the tension coming off this group.  This is especially true of the characters' facial expressions.  Matt stands out here as he's clearly fed up with everyone.  He's aggressive and selfish so working with a team doesn't come natural to him.  Artist Diego Simone captures that internal rage well.    Matt is often shown in shadow with his beady eyes peering out of the darkness in anger.  This contrasts nicely with the other members of the group such as the child, Tommy.  They're not yet hardened by the horrors seen in this zombie-filled world.  

The other two stories are equally as solid.  Both of them have some hard-hitting twist endings.  You can see pieces of them coming, however that doesn't take away from their impact.  If anything, it made me more excited to see how they would play out.  Are they really going to go there?  Oh, they totally did?  These creative teams lead into the dark and terrifying.  

Tragic Tales of Horrere is quickly becoming a go-to horror anthology comic, filling the void left from the likes of Creepy and Eerie.  This indie title is packed to the brim with quality horror shorts showcasing an impressive array of talent.  It's well worth checking out.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars Horrere 2 Cover
Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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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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