The Evil Inside
Three cheers for the horror anthology. Granted, I wish somebody was doing justice to the cheese of the old Tales From The Crypt comics, but I’ll take what I can get. This is a collection of three stories, none of which are in the cheesy vein. First up is Southern Hospitality (drawn by Paul Schultz), probably the strongest piece in the comic, dealing with two traveling businessmen, a lot of booze, a secret serial killer and a family of killer misfits. Next is Word is Bond (drawn by Jake Sumbing), on the dangers of why anydody, ever (especially in story land) starts a sentence with “you know, I’d give my soul for ___”. Finally there’s Fox In The Henhouse (drawn by Giovanni Timpano), a frantic tale about a robbery followed by another robbery and the secret of the man behind the counter. Which, I have to say, didn’t make sense to me until I read the afterward. All told this is a decent bunch of horror stories, although if I had to offer one piece of advice (and this gets into spoilers a bit for people who hate those sorts of things) I’d say that not every evil killer has to have noble reasons for his actions. Bart seemed to fall into that trap for all these stories to some extent, and sometimes people do evil things because they’re crazy or just for the sheer fun of it. Not everything has to have a reason. OK, like I said, still worth a look if you’re a fan of the horror anthology. $3.50
The Three Keys #1 (with Paul Schultz) Now Available! $2.75
You probably know already: do you like fantasy comics? I like fantasy books, on occasion, but the comics have always left me kind of cold. Purely a personal taste, as I’m aware that most mainstream comics have at least some element of fantasy to them, and a whole bunch of them do quite well. This is the story of a battle, told from the point of view of the three main characters: a magician, a rogue and an archer. Or possibly those aren’t the technical terms, I’m a bit rusty at the terminology. Anyway, the dialogue is more than a bit cheesy, but as they’re all telling increasingly fantastic tales, I think that’s perfectly OK. The art was great for the wacky sort of thing that they’re trying to do here, but the whole thing didn’t do much for me, as these comics usually don’t. Still, if this is sort of thing you’re into it’s a pretty fun comic.