Grimm Tales of Terror #9
Story by: Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco
Written by: Gerardo Preciada
Art by: Joe Diaz

Reviewed by: Dean Zeller

This review contains spoilers of Grimm Tales of Terror #9, by Zenescope Entertainment (2017)

This issue was not what I expected. I had not read the first eight issues, so I had the impression this was in the tradition of Grimm’s fairy tales, presented in their original, more gritty, setting. However, the Grimm in this issue has nothing to do with fairy tales, even the originals. This series is more the flavor of Twilight Zone, where each issue is a self-contained story with new characters. So, missing the previous issues did not affect my enjoyment.

Writer Joe Brusha has worked in Grimm Fairy Tales work since 2005, having great success with Zenescope. My research showed one issue by Joe Sanchez Diaz, The Grimm Swimsuit Issue, so he is quite the newcomer to the comic scene.

The story follows an ethically questionable man who sneaks aboard a bus, thinking it was going to Florida. In actuality, it was going to an insane asylum, and everybody on board were mental patients. Naturally, they arrive at the loony-bin, and the main character realizes they aren’t in Florida, and makes his case that he shouldn’t be there. Meanwhile, the doctors and nurses are all evil, using patients for their own sadistic needs. Dark hilarity ensues with him trying to convince everybody that he was not an inmate and should not be there.

Once the story got going, I quite enjoyed it. Given the serial nature, Brusha had to develop plot and character at the same time. The main character of our story is not a nice guy at all, yet you still feel sympathy for his challenging plight. The ending is clever and cool, with just enough predictability to have “seen it coming” and yet still enjoy it when it happens. I thoroughly enjoyed Diaz’s artwork. He has a style much like Terry Dodson, with simplicity and still body and facial expression. His male chins were a bit over-blocky for my tastes, but his female characters were awesome. I will definitely look for more work by newcomer Diaz.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the issue. It’s not my usual bailiwick, but it was a good read, and will be worth your time. Plus, I just like to use the word, “bailiwick.”

Ratings: B+ / 4 stars out of 5 / Thumbs Up

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