Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #53
Reviewed by Jeremy Wiggins from the Zodar Zone
Written and Illustrated by Jim Balent
This issue harkens back to the classic EC horror comics with a story that mixes ghosts and grisly murders with ludicrous motivations. I've never been one that understood the attraction of combining gore and sex, but it seems to be a popular niche and this issue fills it with plenty of boobs and blood. I wouldn't call it "skingoria" or slasher, though, as the worst of the violence is either implied or occurs "off screen"
It begins with Jon, the Skeleton Man, trying to help some ghosts with unresolved issues. His power gives them form, and they immediately go on a killing spree to retrieve their body parts that were harvested post-mortem for cosmetic procedures.
It's kind of like the first Brendan Fraser Mummy movie, but with five creepy -yet sexy- ghost nurses instead of Arnold Vosloo. The ghosts changed their minds about being organ donors and now they want their eyes, lips, and, uhm, other parts back.
Anyway, Jon, being the good guy, tries to stop them and gets to scream lines like "You have to get out of here! Your vagina is haunted!" OK, so it is a little different than what you'd find in Tales From The Crypt. It features a unexpected end that makes perfect sense with Jon's history and abilities.
Jon is not a super hero; and this is, at its core, a horror story.
Rating the Book
Story: Overall 5
Name: Jeremy Wiggins
Been reading comics: for 18 years.
Review Bio: I clearly remember running home from school to plop my butt down three feet from the television to watch the first episode of Transformers back in 1984. Since then they've been the main focus of my nerdom and I continue to collect the comics and figures. I started collecting other comics in 1990 so right off the bat I was there for the big X-plosion (sorry) of X-Force #1 and X-Men #1, the creation of DC's Vertigo imprint, and the birth of Image. Since graduating from OSU in 1999 with an English degree, I've had a couple of different jobs but most have, of course, been in customer service. I'm finally getting to the point in my collecting where I'm moving away from completism (and hoarding things that are no longer good) to following creators that I enjoy.
Favorites: Guardians of the Galaxy (new and old), Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith, Fantastic Four, runs by John Byrne, Walt Simonson, and Mark Waid, Thor, runs by Walt Simonson and Dan Jurgens, Small Favors by Colleen Coover, Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston, Owly by Andy Runton, everything by Adam Warren
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