My general opinion of this issue is that it is filled with a variety of story lines, writers and artists that have made the collective experience of reading a Terrible Tomb of Terror magical. You're not getting one artist or one artist with one story line set on repeat to Gothic Rock Volume #3. This book, as with its predecessors, is an amalgam of some of the best tropes in horror film, literature and comic. The Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror survives by the conciseness of its tales mixed with the O'Henry irony that you've grown to love from the books of William M. Gaines and yet break off into modern equivalents of said tales all the while cuddled, lovingly, by the wit and wisdom of THE BLOKE HIMSELF.
In issue #5 you're treated to five tales of madness:
THE SCREAMING STATUES - A Tale that had me moderately confused on the first read, recants the tale of an ancient legend based around a collection of statues that have a story all their own. While I it took a few thumb-throughs to get the gist of the story, it's a good tale that may not have been as obvious as some of the previous tales in the Bloke's tome. Immerse yourself in ancient art, ancient lore and modern day death. The framing is truly unique and blends a disjointed chaotic frame with some action comic, sound effects to snap you into the story.
As always The Bloke has a featured pin-up girl and this month it will have you sitting on your tentacles with anticipation. I love the way Tomb of Terror draws the girlies. The Robert Crumb sensibilities are strong with these ones. Blessed are the comic book boobie men for they are the creator of dark fantasies. The cover art and back cover are true pieces of artwork. The book is funny and well written. My only criticism is that I want more sooner which is really my own selfish desire rather than anything The Bloke and company are doing.
Credits for this issue include:
Writers - Jason 'The Bloke' Crawley , Richard Matheson, Scott Tipton, Fabrizio Fassio
Artists - Mike Hoffman, Jason Paulos, Jon Christopher Ledford, Rock Baker, Scott Shriver, Alessandro Borroni, Marco Perugini & Rob Moran
You can read the review of the first four HERE straight from the Doc's mouth. Follow The Bloke on FaceBook HERE. Purchase your copy HERE.
Thanks again to The Bloke, Jason Crawley, for bringing me a book that excites, titillates and, yes, even scares the pee outta me!