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Tomb of Terror #1 Review

Fans of old school horror rejoice! Tomb of Terror brings you four tales of terror with black-and-white artwork reminiscent of your darkest nightmares, and filled with chilling twists. The fourth tale is unfortunately a boring three-page long short story. It’s still worth buying, however, to see Man-Thing, the Son of Satan and Werewolf by Night within pages of each other.

Man-Thing takes the number one spot in a story known as “Descent of the Beast.” For the moment he has regained his memory and attempts to save a boy from two trigger-happy racist hunters. The story is done by Paul Hornschemeier.

Each story only spans ten pages, so it is a challenge to add a lot to have the right amount of depth in a story that must be quickly resolved, but Hornschemeier took those mere ten pages and came up with an interesting story, a thrilling conclusion and a small appearance from a beloved Marvel character. Man-Thing’s inner monologue is so eloquent it keeps you entranced until the final page, where we are also treated to Mark Texeira’s beautiful and graphic artwork. The black-and-white works perfectly with this story and gives a nostalgic feel to old science-fiction movie lovers.

Story: 9.0

Art: 9.5

Which does raise a question about the cover: why does everyone except the best-drawn character in the comic look better on the cover? Man-Thing looks oddly proportioned. The cover artist may be different, but he still manages to draw the other characters well. Just another of the many subtle irony’s in this comic.

In the second story (simply titled “Silence”, the Son of Satan confronts a killer, who describes his disturbing and grisly murders). Rob Williams’ ability to write such a deranged individual makes me question his own sanity. His perception of the murderer’s mind is just that chilling.

The art is mediocre, and pales in comparison with the second story. The last page of the first story is directly next to this one, and it really is a shift from the best page to the worst in the comic. The rest of the artwork is not really that bad, but it is nothing special.

Story: 9.5

Art: 8.0

Our final good tale of terror is “The Cure.” Everyone’s favorite werewolf by night Jack Russell is hunting another of his kind. His goal: kill the other werewolf, instigating the cure of his lycanthropy. Joe Pruett writes his character very differently than the first two; Man-Thing and the Son of Satan were both very serious throughout their stories. Jack is consistently making sarcastic remarks. He gives the characters more individuality, even though they are all tragic anti-heroes in a horrific world set pages between each other. The story sounds more interesting then it really is, that is until the twist surprises you.

The art unfortunately used more black than white, which made the first two stories clear and easy to see. Jordan Raskin’s sudden use of black makes it harder for the reader to adjust, and sometimes it is difficult to see what is happening. More importantly, Jack and the other werewolf look so much alike that I could not tell them apart.

Story: 9.0

Art: 6.0

The final story was just that – a short story called “The Heist” featuring the Living Mummy. There were only three mediocre pictures that made me think more of a toilet-papered Halloween mummy than a threatening monster. I would skip the story – there is barley any description of the surroundings, the characters are stereotypically greedy and I found myself skimming through most of the story. This one is not graded since I am choosing to omit its existence.

The artwork in the first story was so phenomenal it made the other two pale in comparison. One thing that did hold strong throughout the comic was the creepy stories and amazing conclusions; with only ten pages most people won’t have time to guess the conclusions, making them even more of a surprise than normal. As long as you skip “The Heist” there are plenty of creepy moments that will have you wishing for this to be more than a one-shot – unless you pick up the classic Tomb of Terror series that ran in the fifties, which is now worth a lot more than you can probably afford.

Overall: 8.5

Rating
8.5

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