Issue: Blokes Tomb of Horror #5
Creator: Enrico Teodorani
Artists: Mike Hoffman, Antonio Conversano, Chaz Turog, Enrique Badia Romero, Val Mayerik, Andrea Bulgarelli, Greg LaRocque, Matteo Pirocco, Nik Guerra, Alex Priano
Stories & Scripts: Enrico Teodorani, Jason Crawley
Publisher: Virus Comix
Release Date: December 2010
“Set in a dark gothic western time during the late 1800’s Djustine battles all kinds of monsters while trying to avoid Diabla, Satan’s daughter. Experience these wild adventures in this compilation of tales featuring artwork by some of the greatest artists from the past and present. The second Italian Invasion issue in the Blokes Tomb Of Horror comic series spotlights Enrico Teodorani’s DJUSTINE. This issue is available in 3 different cover options.”
Artwork: 4.5 out of 5
Holy Hell this is one massive collection of some of the more GORE-geous artwork I have seen in a horror book in some time. Right off the bat I am throwing some love at the awesome Mike Hoffman, beautiful work, but I sing your praises all the time since your so damn good at what you do. The other artist I want to throw some mention to is Nik Guerra, I love your style and I think that it is one of the best in the book. Now out of 12 stories I am only pointing out 2, but trust me this issue looks so good that I had multiple eyegasms looking at it.
Story: 3.5 out of 5
These Italian issues are something that may require a little bit of taste for the subject manner to really get into. Now that’s not saying it’s bad, just that it’s different. Some of these stories are only one or two pages, so they are quick hits. These are the ones I’m starting to not care for too much. It’s setup to be more like a horror comic strip, than a solid story. I prefer the longer shorts in this issue and felt that they were all strong horrific concepts. The dialogue is coming around too on Crawley’s work, as it is like watching child grow. You can see how he is starting to master this craft.
Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
I love this company and everything that they do. They give me anthology books that I want to read again and again, and they never stop popping them out. This may say #5 but I think they are up to like 7 or 8. I mean they are prepped and ready to kill your horror loving brain! The artwork in this issue is very strong, and it does over shadow the stories still. I do think that they are getting closer to bringing the two to the same level though and I look forward to more in the future.