Publisher: Dark Horse
Writers: Gilbert Hernandez, Jamie S Rich, J. Torres, Dan Braun, and Peter Bagge
Artist: Gilbert Hernandez, Peter Bagge, Joelle Jones, and Amy Reeder
Release Date: Feb. 13, 2013
The standout story is “The Widower and the Mermaid.” In this story, a widower returns to the spot where his wife died one year before. In his grief, he spies on a woman who looks like his wife swimming out in the lagoon. He commissions a local fisherman to take him to find her. What he discovers is something he does not expect.
The other stories are just as interesting, but the writing makes too much use of the twist ending technique.
Twists spice things up, but they should be telegraphed in some way so the reader can guess what’s coming. Otherwise, the reader feels cheated. To me, “The Curse of the Moon Maiden“ and “Eye of the Beholder“ were the only two stories successful enough in telegraphing their endings for savvy readers. Like most anthology series, the five stories featured are not created equally. None of them were bad, but they weren’t all for me; “Two Faces and I,” for example. The strongest story is ” Someone to Watch,” but “The Widower and the Mermaid” is my favorite. The remaining stories fall somewhere in the middle.
Final Verdict: Positive.
For its price, the book is solid. There is enough variety in the stories to appeal to all kinds of readers. Horror fans and casual readers looking for an extra thrill can find something worth reading. If you have a few extra bucks, it would be worth the price to pick it up.
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