Comic publishers are kind to us this late week in June, offering what looks to be one of the best weeks of the summer for horror comic fiends. Caitlin R. Kiernan continues her Alabaster: Wolves series, Riley Rossmo concludes his zombie epic, Rebel Blood, IDW’s new Mars Attacks series begins, and a whole lot 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: “Stephen King’s most celebrated novel comes to life! Roland continues his journey towards the Dark Tower in his search for the Man in Black–but will he betray young Jake along the way? Don’t miss the exciting fifth and final chapter in the Dark Tower: Gunslinger saga! Superstar artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Halo: Uprising, Moon Knight) joins Peter David, Robin Furth and Richard Isanove on this last epic adventure!”
The Feast: I refuse to believe this is actually coming out this week, but nowhere could I find any information regarding a schedule delay (and Marvel didn’t answer me). If this is real, get out your six-shooters and your cowboy boots because “The Dark Tower” comics are finally catching up with the novels. This series has been nothing but brilliant from the start, and it’s all thanks to Peter David’s incredibly moody script work. This would be a great jumping in point for any of you who are new to the series.
The Low Down: “’I'm a funny guy…’ Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.”
The Feast: The original series began with the death of the Comedian. But who was the man really? We caught glimpses of his bleakness throughout the book, but never a clear image of the man under the mask. Of all the “Before Watchmen” books, this seems to be one of the most significant, so let’s hope it’s a good one.
The Low Down: “The invasion begins! The first stories of an all-new MARS ATTACKS universe are here, bringing outrageous action and dark humor to the comics page. Eisner-winning writer John Layman (Chew) is joined by Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman) to sound the alarm. Beware! The Martians are coming!”
The Feast: Tim Burton has gone down hill, but before his remake stage he made some fine films, including “Mars Attacks” (based on the original trading card game). Now those bugger aliens are back for another invasion story with a wicked creative team bringing them to life. John Layman of Image’s hit series “Chew” is penning this one, and we can’t wait to see what he does with the martians.
The Low Down: “’SOMETHING TO FEAR’ CONTINUES! The unthinkable happens, as we all gear up for next month’s monumental issue 100!”
The Feast: Issue #100 is almost here, and many sites are already speculating the sales records it will break. But before we get there, we’ve got the set up issue #99, which in my mind, is just as important.
The Low Down: “Boxer is ready to settle the score with Godzilla, and assembles his ‘Monster Kill Crew,’ a group of highly-trained weirdos, each with their own private grudge against the kaiju. As we get to know these mercenaries the team stocks up on all the equipment they’ll need to take down their first bounty-ANGUIRUS!”
The Feast: destruction, monsters, chaos, and laughs, the new “Godzilla Ongoing” series has it all. The debut issue was stellar, proving that Godzilla still reigns supreme in the world of giant, city-crushing, monsters. I know many of you readers haven’t gone into “Godzilla” before, but trust us, this is worth checking out.
The Low Down: “Guided by a mysterious voice through a night of carnage, you know the worst of it is still coming. After all, every step of the way home has been a fight for your life, against a whole world out for your blood. Any nightmare could be waiting for you around the next corner. The terrifying conclusion to a night of carnage, with the trail of blood leading right to your own front door!”
The Feast: I have no idea how this is going to end after only four issues, but Image promised it would be a shocking ending, and that’s probably what we’ll get. Rossmo doesn’t fail to deliver and the conclusion will undoubtedly bring on loads of blood, grotesque images, and a jaw-dropping finale.
The Low Down: “Welcome to SEXTILLION, a distant planet where even your darkest fantasies become reality. See why everyone’s talking about this hit new ongoing adventure from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and FIONA STAPLES!”
The Feast: I overheard someone in my local comic shop asking another customer “have you heard of Brian K. Vaughan, the author”. Are there really people out there reading comics who don’t know who BKV is?
The Low Down: “Ambushed by KILLER CROC! The penultimate chapter of ‘TO DROWN THE WORLD’ reveals the true nature of the villain BATWOMAN has been searching for all this time!”
The Feast: This is the culmination of what J.H. Williams III has been building for over a year, as Kate Kane dukes it out with Killer Croc. Williams III has proven himself to be more than just a groundbreaking artist, he knows how to tell a creepy and engaging story as well. “Batwoman” unique in it’s approach to characterization in the superhero world, and this issue should be a big one.
The Low Down: “A glimpse into Dancy’s past, as she follows her two guides-each less trustworthy than the other-deeper into the twisted maze of the town.”
The Feast: Kiernan has transitioned her albino demon huntress seamlessly into the comic world. In fact, Dancy seems to work just as well, if not better, in comics than she does in the literature. All the kids want are zombies and vampires these days, but werewolves also seem to be making a comeback, and “Alabaster: Wolves” is setting the bar high for whatever follows suit.
The Low Down: “’That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die,’ declared H.P. Lovecraft describing the truth hidden beneath the surface of his most nightmarish stories. In this collection of six short stories and novellas, Lovecraft explores the boundaries of modern horror, ranging from the cosmic dread of demonic creatures from the stars in ‘The Call of Cthulhu,’ to ‘The Haunter of the Dark,’ and the hidden horrors lurking within ‘The Shunned House’ and ‘The Diary of Alonzo Typer.’ Also includes ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ and ‘The Festival.’ With color art by Sam ‘Mister-Sam’ Shearon and a new introduction by Lovecraft scholar Robert Weinberg.”
The Feast: No horror collection is complete without a solid range of Lovecraft books. This week, IDW releases their second volume of their “Lovecraft Library” project, collecting all kinds of blood curdling tales from a true master of horror. Classic Lovecraft stories you love, illustrated by Sam Shearon; a nice addiction to any library.
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