Before I get right into the Penny Dreadful tarot, I’ll take a mo’ to remind you all that I’m reviewing Penny Dreadful for GeekBinge. The first episode looked like 75% vampire wank, 25% cool Frankenstein stuff. The second episode was fucking incredible. If you check out my review, you’ll see that Alex Price (Proteus) stopped by to give it a read. Squee, am I right?
Before the show aired, I went ahead and ordered the Penny Dreadful Tarot from the Showtime store. Their Dexter stuff is of good quality, so I figured these would be cool. By the by, you can get Penny Dreadful Tarot readings Here. They are silly.
First off, the Penny Dreadful tarot is smaller than a typical deck, though larger than a playing card deck. 2.75″ x 4.75″ They are purple with line drawings, and no other color. I don’t have any other decks like that, so that’s neat. If you’re wondering, these are the other decks I have:
HR Giger (Major Arcana only)
and now this one, the Penny Dreadful tarot.
The major arcana cards are interesting, if not particularly true to the original symbolisms.
( I’m gonna cut the pics since they’re kinda big )
The so-called face cards are unique and cool also. I just don’t think I could ever actually read with this deck. But then, I don’t read with the Giger deck either. I have it because it’s utterly badass, and was a gift from an old friend.
What I think is cheap though, is the number cards. Each suit has one card design, with the symbol added to match the count. So the II of Cups is the drawing with two cups. The III of Cups is the same drawing with one more cup…and so on through 10.
( Here they are )
So yeah, they aren’t bad. They aren’t very expensive, so I think the Penny Dreadful tarot deck can be a fun little treat. But don’t expect to actually read anything with it. The good news? After a slow beginning, Penny Dreadful is kicking ass and has every indication of being a top-notch show.Tags: consumer product watch, horror, scribing, tv, witchy