Come one, come all to your weekly dose of Comics To Feast On! Yet again, we’ve got another stellar week of horror comics heading your way, and the beginning of some new story arcs that you won’t want to miss. For the first week of April, Jeff Lemire continues his brilliant ANIMAL MAN, BOOM! Studios finally launches their FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES series, Jeff Parker’s Haunted Hulk storyline begins in the pages of HULK, and a whole bunch more.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve got to limit our lists for the week somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about, list it in the comments. Read on for the skinny…
WRITTEN BY: Sam Humphries
ART BY: Jerry Gaylord
The Low Down: “One is a decrepit mob of gurgling, ravenous fiends…and the other is a zombie outbreak. When there is no more room in Hell, the undead shall take over Comic-Con! A crew of feuding best friends find themselves trapped inside America’s largest comic convention transformed into a seething cauldron of zombies. Is a horde of starving brain-eaters any match against reflexes battle-hardened by video games, nerves tested by horror flicks, and courage crystallized by comic books? Find out as an unlikely band of nerds use their genre savvy to survive in Fanboys vs. Zombies!”
The Feast: BOOM! Studios has been hyping this book up for a while now, and it’s finally about to land. Making every nerd’s dream a reality, find out what happens when the dead rise and humanities only hope are a bunch of video-game-playing, comic-reading, toy-collecting nardwards at a comic con. No doubt this one will be a blast from cover to cover.
WRITTEN BY: Various
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
The Low Down: “Uncle Creepy has unearthed another malicious mag’s worth of terror! Waiting in these pages are brand-new stories from Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts, Hulk), Colleen Coover (X-Men: First Class), Rick Geary (A Treasury of Victorian Murder), Doug Moench (Batman), and Kelly Jones (Criminal Macabre) all wrapped up in a cover from horror master Richard Corben (Hellboy, classic Creepy and Eerie)!”
The Feast: If you’re looking to reminisce and travel back to horror stories of old, Creepy Comics can feed that hunger. Combining wicked tales from the past and present, this anthology is gunning to be the best of it’s kind. With the volume of stories found in the pages of Creepy, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Plus it just won a Ghastly Award for Best Anthology!
WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Christopher Mitten
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
The Low Down: “Monster hunters Cal and Mo’loch are hired by a giant stranger and his fetal sibling to make a final stand in the war between good and evil.”
The Feast: Steve Niles has become a household name among horror comic fans, and he shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Criminal Macabre is a testament of Niles’ dedication to the craft with punchy dialogue, excellent characters, and bizarre tales that will have you drooling for more. If you haven’t been following this series, this one-shot is a perfect place to jump on board and see what the fuss is all about. Criminal Macabre is perfect for fans of BPRD, Animal Man, and The Goon.
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire
ART BY: Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh, and Jeff Huet
The Low Down: “”Animal vs. Man” Part 2! Buddy takes a stand as the horde of Rot-infested animals continues to grow and close in on the Baker family. But the results are disastrous, setting up a chain of events that may lead Maxine right to the Hunters.”
The Feast: There are only so many times I can praise Jeff Lemire for his work at DC Comics. Anyone reading DC’s New 52 knows how good Lemire has been over the past few months, and for those who skipped out on DC’s new books because they thought it was dumb, you still have a chance to get on board. Animal Man is a mind blowing superhero story, but what makes it so fantastic is that it is equally a horror story. We cannot recommend this book enough.
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ART BY: Yanick Paquette
The Low Down: “Behold the terrifying true potential of the Swamp Thing a form so fearsome we couldn’t put it on the cover! The Green sought a warrior king, and now they have one, but will they regret unleashing a being this powerful? And can all that strength save Abigail Arcane from her destiny in the Rot’s clutches?”
The Feast: Much like Lemire’s Animal Man, Snyder has been delivering a powerful storyline with his re-birth of Swamp Thing. This book has gotten better with each issue, and I seriously don’t know how Snyder will be able to top last month’s installment. If you’re enjoying this, I advise you to seek out Alan Moore’s run from the 80s.
WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison
ART BY: Frank Quietly
The Low Down: “Once he was Hero of the Beach…and of the Doom Patrol. Now Flex Mentallo, Man of Muscle Mystery, returns to investigate the sinister dealings of his former comrade, The Fact, and a mysterious rock star whose connection to Flex may hold the key to saving them both. Don’t miss this deluxe hardcover collecting the four-issue miniseries from the team behind ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, including a special sketch section and recolored art.”
The Feast: Morrison’s Flex Mentallo is somewhat of a mystery to the younger comic generations (like myself) as it is quite hard to get a hold of. Finally DC is re-releasing the story in a special hard cover edition. For anyone who has not had the pleasure of reading some of Morrision’s more expansive works, this is a great introduction to his comic book canon.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Luna
ART BY: Joshua Luna
The Low Down: “Sam has a wild imagination. However, as his supernatural ability allows him to see things the human eye cannot and should not see, the more reality will prove to be stranger-and more hellish-than he could ever imagine. JOSHUA LUNA of THE LUNA BROTHERS (ULTRA, GIRLS, THE SWORD) makes a solo debut with a dark, supernatural thriller that questions free will and explores the obsessions, addictions and urges we all have and may not have control of at all.”
The Feast: Following the story of a severe OCD dude in his mid-twenties who discovers he can dream walk, Josh Luna’s Whispers is as mysterious as it is engaging. There’s no telling where this dream-walking will take Sam, but it seems as though it’s going to much darker places. For anyone who has ever had a nightmare, anyone who has ever had their heart broken, or anyone that has anxiety issues (everyone), this one is sure to strike a nerve.
WRITTEN BY: Jim Zubkavich
ART BY: Chris Stevens & Various
The Low Down: “In Skullkickers, two hard-headed mercenaries kill monsters and cause havoc in their search for money, fame and adventure. Along the way, they’ll gore goblins, smash skeletons, punch plant people and whomp werewolves. This gorgeous oversized edition, loaded with extras and rarities, follows the SKULLKICKERS through the first 12 issues of their cult hit comic series.”
The Feast: Big, fun, fast, action-packed, and bloody, Skullkickers is a wild adventure that combines D&D, Boondock Saints and Army of Darkness. With Skullkickers, you get exactly what you ask for, an exciting pager-turner that isn’t afraid to go a little crazy sometimes. This Treasure Trove hardcover edition throws in some extra goodies to make it worth the $35 price tag. You can check out issue #1 for free here.
WRITTEN BY: Jeff Parker
ART BY: Carlo Pagulayan
The Low Down: “HAUNTED HULK PART 1 Which devilish dark figure dares to haunt the Hulk? With appearances from some of Marvel’s most powerful heroes, will might be a match for malevolent magic?”
The Feast: It’s been a while since we’ve featured any Hulk books here on Graphic Content, but it’s back and more horrific than ever as this week kicks off the Haunted Hulk storyline. The big bad Red guy gets haunted by some hellish creature (sounds a bit like Hellboy to me), and he’s got to count on his size to match up against the supernatural. We’re excited to see Marvel bringing some horror into their pages.
WRITTEN BY: Rick Remender
ART BY: Lan Medina and Tony Moore
The Low Down: “After halting Hell itself from destroying Earth, Venom is welcomed into the ranks of the Secret Avengers? After his recent trials and tribulations however, how much of Flash Thompson’s humanity is left to fight alongside Earth’s heroes.”
The Feast: Venom is now a member of the Secret Avengers (also written by Remender), and while he is usually more of a one man wolf pack type, it’s going to be interesting to see how he gets along with a team of do-gooders. I know some people are still pissed that Eddie Brock is no longer Venom, but seriously, get over yourself and the 90s, because this book is one of the best out there today.