Grimm Tales of Terror: H. H. Holmes Review
Writer: Jay Sandlin
Art By: Rodrigo Xavier & Allan Otero
Colours: Maxflan Araujo & Vinicius Andrade
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹
With 9 confirmed and 200 suspected souls on his hands, HH Holmes is one of the most notorious serial killers of all time. It has been over 100 years and his name is still synonymous with murder and torture.
But now over a century later in the city of Chicago bodies are showing up, and the way they are being found is way too familiar to those who know the history of this city. Is there a copycat loose showing their idolization for the famed killer or is there something more sinister happening here?
A deep dive into the minds of monstrous beings hellbent on the mindless murder of anyone and everyone.
Jay Sandlin takes us on a journey through the devastatingly evil minds of 2 mass murderers. One an infamous Jack the ripper style murderer and the other, a copycat determined to outshine his inspirational predecessor. This story is like something straight from a horror/murder mystery TV show or movie. I felt like I could, in a few years time, be watching a Netflix special on the true life inspiration for this story. Expert storytelling ensures that each character has ample development time which allows the reader to start developing their own thought trails in regards to who did the murdering and who placed all the infernal traps inside the hotel. The story comes full circle with a couple of fantastic twists at the end that had my jaw on the floor.
The art in this comic is very...well...It’s not for the faint hearted, let’s put it that way! Some of the panels that involved torture were horrifically gory. I loved it but then again I'm a fan of gore and let’s face it a murdering, torturing psychopath isn’t going to make tidy kills with a whole secret part of a hotel at their disposal. The anguish and pain on the faces of the victims is incredibly telling and tells its own story. I’m always in awe of an artist's ability to convey emotion purely through the effective use of characters' faces. In this comic, the emotions are absolutely spot on and provide brilliant support to Jay’s fantastic writing.
Grimm Tales of Terror: H. H. Holmes is a superb horror story that has all of the elements that a good horror needs. Exceptional writing from Jay and stunning & graphic artistry from Rodrigo and Allan connect exceptionally to create a comic that, at the time of writing this review, is my number one horror story of the year. The art combined with the writing seemed to generate a suspenseful soundtrack in my mind. Which is scary in itself! How does that happen?!?! This just added to the enjoyment of the comic and I'm looking forward to future horror releases from both Jay and Zenescope.
“Digging inside the human body...up to my elbows in flesh...it invigorates me.” - H. H. Holmes