An anthology of twisted horror tales inspired by the classic era of movie monsters and their literary origins.
Without spoiling, we review the standalone horror comic anthology by Hellbound Media called- “Shock Value: Legacy” which features unique take on classic horror stories as well as many fresh new horror tales. Successfully funded on Kickstarter crowdfunding platform in, it’s a horror comic funded by horror fans and made by people who love giving a unique twist to the horror tales told since the classic days of Dracula, Frankenstein, and werewolves.
“Shock Value: Legacy” is a stand-alone horror anthology, featuring ten tales of terror from some of the best talent in the independent comic scene. The collection is produced by the award-nominated “Hellbound Media” team, and is the latest release in a range of horror and dark fantasy titles. “Shock Value: Legacy” will be a 92-page, black and white, perfect bound book featuring stunning art work from around the world, brought together to celebrate the monsters that stood as the vanguard of the horror genre.
Shock Value Legacy Anthology, as the name suggests is a horror comic anthology, which combines several “Legacy” of horror stories like vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein along with a lot of new original stories. All having their own unique modern twists. This anthology is in black and white, each with unique art style and stories as a brilliant 92 paged horror graphic novel created by several talented contributors.
The horror anthology opens with a prologue which feels like it’s breaking the fourth wall and then we start seeing each stories in no particular order but still being very fluid in transition. From the first page, the grim, dark, yet intriguing theme is spot on. There are plenty of monsters, and lots of interesting characters. There is a story that reminds me of the mermaids of the sea and the threat of them as seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean, then there’s a robbery mystery which gets gruesome with every stage of investigation. One story feels nothing short of Phantom comic or Anaconda movie inspired jungle hunt for creepy amphibian creatures where we meet a leading lady with the personality similar to James Bond and character mystery of Ada Wong from Resident Evil. There is very nice werewolf story which adds a new humane tone with sprinkles of friendship to the usual werewolf phenomenon we already know. The vampire story was surprisingly sad yet amusingly funny the way things happen. We also see a technological twist to the classic story of Frankenstein, which is very apt in today’s era of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) Personal Assistance and robotics. There’s also a story which gives similar excitement as Sherlock Holmes but with mystery and thrills as high as the Matrix movies, and Half-Life games. There’s a story of a mummy that feels like a superhero style story similar to the Spawn or the Ghost Rider. The comic anthology ends with an epilogue that ties up all the stories together and makes you read the graphic novel again for knowing all the connections freshly revealed.
I would like to note here that all the stories and art style feels original and I have mentioned or compared stories with big brand names only to give you an idea of how exciting the stories are or what you can expect from this horror anthology. The horror comic anthology features a lot of diversity in characters but never feels forced as it’s all suitable to the stories. Art illustrations, dialogues, lettering,editing, and writing of every story is perfect, and well-paced. There are not many stories with endings that feel incomplete or vague, and most of the stories have multiple layers of stories or character development involved. Besides the stories, you have bonus artworks included in a few pages after the anthology ends.
The horror comic anthology’s front cover makes it clear that this anthology isn’t for children. The stories are not only mature in the content but also in the themes as we get to explore stories of life, despair, murders, greed, love, lust, violence, disease, and death. Even if the comic is in black and white, the details are brilliantly realistic. There’s ample amount of blood, gore, and violence as many stories have creatures, conflict, and action. There are intimate scenes and nudity for story requirements or for character development. Some strong language is also present in tense or humorous situations. Things never get too dark or dull even for adults as everything is handled in a reasonable way.
Overall, filled with shock horror, intriguing stories and scary visuals, Shock Value Legacy Anthology is a treat for mature audience looking for something that is brave enough to explore the classic horror topics like werewolves, vampires, Frankenstein, and sea creatures with modern original twists. Besides, the classic stories, we have many original stories in the anthology that will surprise the readers with unpredictable plots, and thrilling visuals. The 92 paged horror comic anthology is a must have in any horror fan’s collection to read and revisit the stories whenever there’s a craving for horror with a unique, addictive, and fascinating “Shock Value”…
PREVIEW of two Horror Tales from Kickstarter:
EDITORS: Mark Adams & Matt Warner
LETTERING & DESIGN: Nikki Foxrobot
COVER ART: Ilan
INTERIOR BACK ART: Arfon Jones
BACKGROUND DESIGN: Atlantisvampir
PROLOGUE – GENESIS Script by Matt Warner, Art by James Gray
DEMETER Script by Matt Warner, Art by Lyndon White
ELLE BOUND AND THE CREATURES FROM THE MURKY DEPTHS Script by Mark Adams, Art by Gabriel Baltazar
BLOOD SUCKING TEENAGE BIKER MUMMY Script & Art by Paul Johnson
MEEK Script by Matt Warner, Art by Cristian David Navarro
YOUTH Script by Atlantisvampir, Art by KitsuneArt
DO YOU SEE? Script by Mark Adams, Art by Roy Huteson Stewart
OF WOLF AND MAN Script by C. L. Raven, Art by James Gray
THE PROMETHEAN PARTICLE Script by Matt Warner, Art by Atlantisvampir
EPILOGUE – LEGACY Script by Matt Warner, Art by James Gray
ADDITIONAL ARTWORK: Antantisvampir, David Charlesworth, and Dave Cufford.
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