The Crypt-Keeper and friends return in this revival of the classic horror comic. Tales from the Crypt was one of the most popular comics in the 1950s, read by youth as well as adults. Claims that the comics contributed to juvenile delinquency caused the series to cease publication in 1955, after only 30 issues. Ironically, this update is produced by a company known for its comics series for young readers. The format that caused the comics to “murder” the competition has stayed largely the same, with several popular writers and artists collaborating to create a slate of short, shocking tales. Readers will find four stories here, but the two that really “kill” concern a crazy collector of action figures and a devilish designer, who most definitely wears Prada. The stories feature mostly adult characters (from warty and disgusting to fashion-mag types), and the art expertly fits the tales, with colors varying from vibrant to dark, depending on the scene. Appended material includes some series history and a good deal of annoying promotional stuff. Grades 6-8. --Kevin King
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