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Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #6

"Bride of Blood" part 2
Dan Panosian

Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #6

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The best thing about Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight is if you don't like the story, they'll quickly offer you something entirely new.

The second best thing Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight is there's no way you won't like the story.

The "Bride of Blood" two-part storyline has been a deviation from the previous sci-fi pulp tales, but has continued the tradition of after-hours content that makes the book mesmerizing. While this issue lacks some of the gratuitous nudity and shocking violence of previous issues, it's revenge-fueled storyline soaking in the same indulgent tone of other installments.

Branwyn, the disfigured bride left for dead, returns to revisit the massacre of her wedding day upon her groom and his men. The plus side to a protagonist who has had her tongue cut-out is the story avoids needless dialogue and exposition. After all, there's very little that needs to be understood in this scenario. Conversely, with little to read beyond anguished screams, the story ends very quickly. Yes, it a fast and enjoyable read, but you seem to stumble over the climax and find yourself feeling a bit empty at the conclusion.

Writer Alex De Campi proved previously in "Bee Vixens" and "Prison Ship Antares", which are as awesome as they sound ridiculous, that a one-two story arc doesn't have to feel rushed. So that the reader rushes through the flesh-tearing and blood-spilling only to wonder what they'd just been reading is likely a product of a story as straight-forward as this one. Of course, that's hardly a bad thing. In fact, fans eagerly waiting the return of "Game of Thrones" would do well to pick up issues five and six, especially as five has already begun to sell-out at certain local shops like Villain's Lair.

But even for someone who finishes the story far sooner than they hoped, the mock-up 70's style posters for this story and other potential stories make these books amusing until you reach the end. If only anything could be as pretty as Dan Panosian's cover...