So here’s what you do. You turn off all the lights, light a candle or two, grab a snack like popcorn or chips or candy, pour a refreshing beverage, perhaps Hi-C Orange Lavaburst, crawl under some blankets and enjoy some ghoulishly good comic books during this Halloween. It’s just like Bastian did in The NeverEnding Story instead you’ll be enjoying some chilling, some gruesome, and some haunting stories from great writers and artists. Without further delay here are my suggestions:
Batman: Haunted Knight (DC)
Batman: Haunted Knight is a collection of three Halloween one-shots all done by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the same team that later did the remarkable Batman: The Long Halloween (which isn’t really about Halloween). But Haunted Knight collects three tales that features great villains like Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, Joker, plus Batman encounters the Grim Reaper. “Fear”, “Madness”, and “Ghosts” are exactly what these three ghoulishly good stories are about and are put together by a heralded creative team. Plus it has a homophone pun in the title!
American Vampire (Vertigo)
Okay, okay. So this book is about a new bloodline of vampires in the 19th century. Some of who are outlaws. This book has won the Eisner Award which is the comic book equivalent of the Oscars. The first five issues feature a backup by someone named Stephen King. The entire series features main plots by some guy called Scott Snyder who went on to work on things like Detective Comics, Superman Unchained, and Batman. What I’m trying to say is that this is a very quality read from two guys (Snyder, King) who know how to weave a spooky yarn.
The Walking Dead (Image)
It’s what the hit AMC television show of the same name is based on, written by Robert Kirkman. I don’t need to further explain.
Billed as a rural noir, Revival is most certainly not a zombie story but nevertheless a chilling story of one town affected by the dead returning to life. This is great news for some as they get to reunite with their deceased loved ones, but for some it means they have to come face-to-face with people they just recently killed. Along with one of the central characters trying to figure out who killed her, I’ve heard people refer to this book as Under The Dome + The Mist.
Marvel Zombies (Marvel)
A limited series, written by The Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, where a zombie infection runs rampant through the Marvel universe. The difference being any zombie superhero retains their intellect and personality but becomes obsessed with an insatiable hunger for human flesh, which they then eat all the humans and are still hungry. The single issues feature great zombie parodies of classic Marvel covers.
Afterlife With Archie (Archie)
So I picked this book up, and in my naivete I figured it was Archie and the first few pages read sort of like Pet Sematary. And then Sabrina the Teenage Witch breaks a big rule and shit gets serious real quick. The crux of which is Jughead’s dog, Hot Dog, is killed and Sabrina resorts to dark magic to bring him back, and a zombie-fied Hot Dog bits Jughead, who turns into a zombie, and things quickly escalate. This book is playing for keeps and features a great limited color palette and haunting covers by Francavilla.
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