So you’re hungry for another round of Comics To Feast On? There’s a whole bag full of horror comics waiting for you this Wednesday, and we’ve narrowed it down to the cream of the crop. Clive Barker begins a new chapter in Hellraiser, The blood continues to flow in Image’s Rebel Blood, Neil Gaiman’s Black Orchid is collected for the first time, plus 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 all got to limit our reading list 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 or if you’ve got any questions, list it in the comments.
The Low Down: “Brand New Story Arc! Great Jumping-On Point For New Readers! Captain Elliott Spencer is no longer Pinhead. He gave his power away to his sworn enemy, walked away from his Cenobite disciples, and returned to Earth with nothing. He is no longer feared – merely pitied. Everyone will soon learn that the former Pinhead is more dangerous now than ever before! As Capt. Spencer begins working towards his ultimate goal, Kirsty Cotton fights to keep the denizens of hell under control. Can she truly count on her predecessor’s former flame, the Female Cenobite?”
The Feast: “Hellraiser” is the only book that has made our Comics to Feast On list every single week since issue #1. Clive Barker is doing some seriously groundbreaking work, bringing the terror and mystery back into the “Hellraiser” universe. If for some ungodly reason, you have not dipped your wick in this series, this is your chance as Barker kicks off a new, beginner-friendly, story arc. Pinhead may have left hell, but on Earth he proves to be just as devious and dangerous as ever. As he attempts to destroy humanity, Kirsty, the new head Cenobite, tries to keep all hell from breaking loose, literally.
The Low Down: “A mysterious infection is sweeping the land turning animals and people into blood-crazed killers! The food supply is dwindling and you’re on the menu! How bad can things get? You’re about to find out!”
The Feast: Don’t want another zombie book? Too f*ckin bad because you’re getting one. Don’t worry, this isn’t a normal zombie story. Initially Image said they were staying away from zombie books after The Walking Dead. That is, until they read Rossmo and Link’s script. “Rebel Blood” is a frantic and disillusioned tale of an ex-fireman trying to survive in the wilderness where every man, beast, and creature is out for his blood. This book will give you the chills, and it’s an incredible showcase of what the comic book medium has to offer.
The Low Down: “As the Justice League Dark team faces the end of all magic and perhaps life itself only one man can challenge the dark force known as Cain: Andrew Bennett. He’s back from the dead, but whose side is he on? Regardless of the answer, nothing will be the same for either series when “Rise of the Vampires” is over!”
The Feast: The vamp gone good storyline has been done to death, yet somehow Fialkov and Sorrentino make it seem like they’re the first ones to do it. “I Vampire” book began as a dark love story, but it has transformed into a sprawling epic that puts the horror into the DC Universe (enough to scare even the Batman). This issue marks the final chapter in the “Just League Dark” crossover, and it’s sure to shake things up for Andrew and the gang (maybe a little bit too much).
The Low Down: “The crossover with I, VAMPIRE heats up as Zatanna and Shade stand alone against an army of single-minded vampires, with their most powerful teammates out of the action! Plus: Constantine and Deadman have gone to the ends of the earth and beyond in search of the only two powers who can put a stop to the bloody rise of Cain but what they bring back will change the face of sorcery forever! To be concluded in this month’s I, VAMPIRE #8!”
The Feast: This is a bittersweet ending, as this issue marks the final issue of Peter Milligan on “Justice League Dark”. He will be replaced next month by Jeff Lemire (which we couldn’t be more excited about). So far the team’s involvement in the “Vampire War” has been muddled and messy, but that’s because they’ve never functioned as a team to begin with. Nonetheless, it’s been a fun start for a team that DC definitely needs in order to divert some attention from their A-list heroes. If you haven’t been following and feel left out, just wait for next month when Lemire brings the goods and remodels the series.
The Low Down: “Written by Dan Brereton (Nocturnals, The Last Battle, Punisher: Frankencastle, Red Sonja), Vampirella and a colorful, driven lawman track vampires on a blood-letting rampage through rural Arkansas to the Red Room, an underground circuit where high rollers stage mortals vs. monster death matches. She faces a host of fiends, quickly realizing more arcane forces drive the bouts and their frenzied combatants, enhanced with a powerful, corrupting essence, firmly stacking the odds against Vampirella surviving the night.”
The Feast: Who doesn’t love a sexy vampire babe fighting off all sorts of demons in a red string bikini that hardly covers her nips? That’s what I thought. Following in the vein of vampires gone good, Vampirella and her pal track down vamps to an underground crime ring to bust some heads. Dynamite has been pushing this series since they got the rights to it last year and it’s been nothing but good times since. Recommended for those who like their vampires busty.
The Low Down: “The focus turns to the inspiration behind Throttle, Richard Matheson’s classic tale of isolation and terror, Duel! See the story that inspired Steven Spielberg’s movie come to vivid life here, courtesy of adapter Chris Ryall and artist Rafa Garres!”
The Feast: With the first two issues under the rug, Ryall and Matheson kick “Road Rage” into a new gear, veering from the Stephen King story and going into “Duel”. “Duel” was the inspiration for one of Spielberg’s first films, which saw a businessman terrorized by a mysterious truck driver. It’s an abject, absurd, ridiculous story about the fear of being alone on the open road. Based on the first two books of this mini-series, this one looks damn good, and it’s a good place to jump on board.
The Low Down: “Someone is killing the dead! Inspector Suttle’s investigation continues as he pursues the identity of the victim and attempts to determine the method of murder. But he must work circumspectly, because the answers he is seeking are literally matters of life and death, and they will rock the very cornerstones of Deadwardian Society.”
The Feast: There’s nothing quite like the zombies, vampires, and murder mystery set in Victorian England. The last homicide detective in town, who happens to be a vampire, finds himself in trouble when a vampire corpse washes up on shore. “The New Deadwardians” is griping, original, funny, and it will transport you back to a world you probably don’t know much about. If you’re a fan of Gothic literature like Dracula, Frankenstein, or even Poe, we highly suggest you pick this one up.
The Low Down: “Before introducing the modern version of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman wrote this dark tale that reinvented a strange DC Comics Super Hero in the Vertigo mold. Featuring spectacular painted art by Dave McKean, the 4-issue BLACK ORCHID miniseries is now collected in hardcover for the first time.
After being viciously murdered, Susan Linden is reborn as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, destined to avenge her own death. Now, as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile human memory and botanical origins, she must untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her death. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the Amazon rainforest, this book takes the reader on a journey through secrets, suffering and self-rediscovery.”
The Feast: Before Gaiman and McKean brought us their fabled Sandman series, they worked on an odd superhero book called “Black Orchid”. Gaiman rarely works in comics anymore, so it’s always a treat to get reprinted editions of his masterful work. This is the first time this wonderfully dark tale has been collected and it’s great for new and old readers alike.
The Low Down: “With matters cooling down after Wovlerine’s last battle, things seem to be getting better for the feral fighter. Undoubtedly, this won’t last for very long!”
The Feast: Cullen Bunn, the mastermind writer behind the multi-award winning western horror series, “The Sixth Gun”, steps in at Marvel to take over the ongoing “Wolverine” series. “Wolverine” has, is, and always will be everyone’s favorite X-Men, and his solo-series has been hit or miss recently. We’re hoping that Cullen Bunn will pick up some of the slack and bring this one up from the dust. A book that’s all about Wolvy should be nothing but hard, fast, and bad to the bone. We can’t wait to see what Bunn has in store for the most beloved mutant of all.
The Low Down: “Jamie Delano’s first foray into the Crossed universe has left a terrifying impression. This special 1500 copy limited edition first printing with a new “EC Homage” cover by Jacen Burrows.”
The Feast: Jamie Delano, the man behind “Hellblazer”, is stepping in for Garth Ennis for a new arc in the “Crossed: Badlands” series. Delano continues the madness in a world were a spreading plague turns people into bloodthirsty psychopaths who will stop at nothing to fulfill their most repulsive, violent, fantasies. We’ve got an interview coming up with Mr. Delano, so stay tuned for that later this week!