I know some of you don’t want to hear it again, but it’s that time of year again. Grumble, grumble. But don’t fret, ladies and gents; gift buying does not have to be stressful, especially when you’re buying stuff people actually want. So we’ve made it easy for ya this holiday season, after the jump, check out some awesome (and generally inexpensive) gifts to get your fiend (or yourself) this season. Be sure to check out the websites listed, as well. Read on for the skinny…
Okay, so the first choice is a bit obvious. In all seriousness, though, Batman: Noel is not just a Christmas special. Not only does it contain one of the most creative Batman/Joker trysts this year, it has some breathtaking illustrations. DC, once again, delivered an instant classic Batman: Noel is a staple for any Batman fan. However, fair warning, it is rather difficult to get in stores seeing as it’s quite popular.
Amazon.com Price: $15.63 (price may change or vary)
It should come as no surprise by now to hear it, but here at BD we are head over heals in love with this horror masterpiece. A cross somewhere between Dr. House, Re-animator, and Buffy, this book really has something for everyone, and it is not to be missed. Many people believe that the horror comic game has been dead for a while, but this book is single handedly proof that the horror comic game is still very much alive and kicking. Witch Doctor is smart, gripping, funny, gory, and extremely original. This is a must for any horror fan in your life.
This novel isn’t new, but it’s still definitely the perfect time to get your favorite comic enthusiast Steve Niles’ Remains. Steve Niles has had a good year, with his new series of 30 Days of Night on comic stands everywhere, and a highly anticipated TV-movie adaptation of Remains, airing on Chiller TV on the 16th. This graphic novel is classic Niles, and will definitely excite anybody who hasn’t caught the film yet, as well as those who already have.
Amazon Price: $19.27 (price may change or vary)
This is arguably the most celebrated Batman tale of recent times, and it’s the perfect introduction into the Batman Universe. Bringing in nearly every villain, and delivering a story that you will never forget, you’d be hard pressed to find a better Batman book. For the real comic lover this one is available in an oversized (expensive) absolute edition, or you can just pick up the regular 13-issue trade. This book is an essential for anyone, comic lover or not. And don’t worry, it’s not just Halloween, it goes through all the major holidays!
Starting from $16.49
Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, took horror comics to a new plateau with his Locke & Key series. This book mixes moments of abject horror with downright bizarre, and it will definitely leave a long lasting impression. With this oversized special edition, the art becomes all the more potent really allowing you do dive into the world Hill has created.
This trade paperback assembles Scott Snyder’s powerful and emotional run on Detective Comics earlier this year, it’s already being called one of the best Batman stories ever. This is a dark, gritty, and complex Batman tale, and it’s sure to make your skin crawl.
With Scott Snyder’s new Swamp Thing series being the talk of the town, we cannot forget that Alan Moore first re-invited this character, putting Moore on the map as the weird bearded dude to look out for. Moore’s run on the series is famous for good reason; it is a haunting horror story that utterly redefined what it was to be an intelligent and suspenseful novel. There are 6 volumes of this must-have, and you need to start with #1.
I shouldn’t need to say much about this. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead is the most renowned zombie book of all time, and volume 15 the latest installment. If you or that someone special in your life haven’t read the other 14 books, you will want to start out there, but for the Walking Dead nut in your life, this will satisfy all their undead cravings.
Noticing a Snyder theme here? We’ve been spilling our hearts out for Scott Snyder’s American Vampire series since day one, and for good reason. This is the best vampire story around, which says a lot given the insane amount there are right now. The first volume is co-written by none other than the legendary Stephen King, introducing the badass Skinner Sweet. This book is the definition of good storytelling, yet it also manages to mix in a fair share of blood and guts, sit anyone down with this book and they won’t get up until they’re done.
$19.99 and $24.99
AMC’s The Walking Dead just concluded an amazing 2nd season, and some amazing merchandise has been released as a result. A fan of The Walking Dead would definitely appreciate these stunning action figures, including Officer Rick Grimes, sold on Entertainment Earth’s horror section.
EntertainmentEarth.com Price (for figure above): $14.99
Of course, would any gift guide this year be complete without Batman: Arkham City? It is a bit of a splurge, but it’s definitely a flawless gameplay experience. Let’s just keep it real for a second; this game is spectacular. The graphics are smooth and meticulously detailed, the soundtrack is compelling, and the best villains are included. Oh, and SPOILER ALERT: smoke pellets FINALLY! It’s worth the $50 price tag, but if you are a bit of a penny-pincher, it’s only $40 for the PC.
Amazon.com Price (may change or vary): Xbox 360 and PS3 – $49.96 PC – $39.99
Fun hats are definitely a major trend this winter. There seems to be one for every interest, and now ThinkGeek.com has finally added a horror hat to the arsenal of eccentric winter caps. So for the horror fiend that needs to stay warm (assuming that he or she is not already undead), this adorably gruesome fellow is sure to satisfy the hunger.
ThinkGeek.com Price: $14.99
So it’s science fiction, but seriously, this is an insanely clever idea, and is sure to be the hit of any Star Wars movie marathon (or any party, for that matter!). In the end, who doesn’t want to have an ice-cold beer with Han Solo? Carbonite not recommended for use.
ThinkGeek.com Price: $9.99
As every horror fan knows, “Evil never dies,” and now Marvel Comics has adopted this concept with the recent restorations of Carnage and Venom in the Marvel Universe. Carnage is possibly one of Marvel’s most elaborately illustrated villains, and this shirt definitely captures the chaotic evil that is Carnage. Hot Topic definitely has this available online, but it may not be available in-store, so get it while it’s hot. Also, be assured that is unisex.
HotTopic.com Price: $20.50-24.50 (depending on size)