Staying in this All Hallows’ Eve? As you sit by the fireplace nothing would make the sound of snubbing those irritating trick-or-treaters more satisfying than relaxing with a bottle of wine and a good book. A comic book, that is. Here are some of this year’s terrifying tomes that are hitting comic books stores just in time for Halloween.
The Art of Troma
Writer: Fred Van Lente
If you are a fan of Troma Studios and such shock exploitation films as Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Redneck Zombies, Surf Nazis Must Die and the unforgettable Toxic Avenger series, this book is for you. The Art of Troma recounts the studios rise from obscurity to one of the most treasured, slime ball, independent studios of all-time. Comes with a video cassette-themed slipcase and features both a print signed by Lloyd Kaufman and a supplemental book featuring art from Troma fans. The Art of Troma is more fun than being soaked in toxic waste and becoming a really ugly, green superhero but a superhero nonetheless.
Pumpkinhead Vol 1: Sins Revisited
Cover: Kelley Jones
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Blacky Shepherd
One of the most underappreciated horror franchises gets its own comic book series from Dynamite. In this brand-new tale about a rural demon who rises from a pumpkin patch to deliver vengeance (or is that justice?) for those who have been grievously wronged, another grieving family seeks justice for the death of their child. The origin of Haggis, the Old Witch of the Woods, is revealed along with the identities of a coven and the stunning revelation that Pumpkinhead is not the only demon in them there woods.
Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1
Art by: Riccardo Federici, Riley Rossmo, Becky Cloonan, Mark Buckingham
Written by: Riley Rossmo, Tim Seeley, Bryan Hill, Becky Cloonan, James T Tynion IV, Gary Dauberman, Magdalene Visaggio.
Stealing a page from the illustrious Tales from the Crypt series, DC has released this Halloween horror-themed one-shot. It features 10 stories of the weird and the fantastic set in the DC universe. The stand-outs are Tim Seeley’s The Spread featuring Swamp Thing; Michael Moreci’s The Monster In Me starring Green Arrow; Magdalene Visaggio’s chilling Superman story Strange Visitor; and best of all, Bryan Hill’s Mercy Killing, a J-horror story spotlighting Black Lightning and Katana as a sort of preview to Hill’s Outsiders series debuting in November.
Army of Darkness Halloween 2018 One Shot
Writer: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Benito Cereno
Art: Eoin Marron, Anthony Marques
A wise-cracking, chainsaw-wielding Ash encounters a ship-load of undead led by Blackbeard while being stood up for a Tinder date then Ash busts some goofball high school kids messing around with black magic in a cemetery in a second story. Blood, beer and babes. What more could you ask for?
Red Sonja Halloween 2018
Writer: Erik Burnham, Tom Defalco.
Art: Tom Garcia, Anthony Marques.
Everyone’s favourite She-Devil with a Sword stumbles into the world of the supernatural as she faces one of her greatest enemies, apparitions, a ravenous monster and an evil sorcerer in two spooky tales which are just perfect for the season.
Vampirella Halloween 2018
Writer: Scott Lobdell, Blake Northcott
Art: Rapha Lobosco, Anthony Marques
You get two for the price of one in Blake Northcott and Scott Lobdell’s chilling, thrilling and blood-spilling Vampirella special. In the first terrifying tale by Scott Lobdell, Vampirella finds herself defending Earth against invading monstrosities on Halloween night. In the second spooktacular story by Lobdell and Northcott, Vampirella runs afoul of some disrespectful ankle biters who eventually discover the magic that is Halloween. For even more mysticism and mayhem check out Northcott’s new book The North Valley Grimoire.
Writer: William Prince
Penciler: Stefano Raffaele
This stinks worse than a month-old cadaver. Then again… this is Marvel Comics 2018 we are talking about so this book is predictably D.O.A. Just another Walking Dead rip-off with Daredevil, Spider-Man, Misty Knight, Moon Girl, Black Widow, Falcon and Fake Hawkeye keeping their heads above the zombie tide. One sympathetic zombie breaks ranks and joins them an ally…or does he? More of that popular pale, bland colouring in a comic that spends more time on the heroes babbling to one another than fighting the actual undead horde.