As we get closer October, comic publishers will be releasing more horror titles to keep you little freaks satisfied before the Halloween season. This week looks to be the tip of that iceberg with John Arcudi’s The Creep #1, the collected edition of Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre: The Iron Spirit, issue #3 of Hoax Hunters, and plenty 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: “A pair of teen suicides raise terrible questions, but can a grim private eye commit himself to a case that is so closely connected to his own haunted past?”
The Feast: Arcudi continues his revival of “The Creep”, fresh out of the pages of “Dark Horse Presents”. “The Creep” offers a nice twist on the hardboiled detective archetype, adding elements of the grotesque and death to make for a darker kind of noir. If you missed the #0 issue, not to worry, you can take it from here.
The Low Down: “”DIE OFF ANOTHER DAY,” Part Three The carnival proved to be more dangerous than even the Hoax Hunters anticipated, and now they must battle Clive’s relentless forces to stay alive. Also, Jack digs further into his father’s mysterious past and is shocked by what he uncovers.”
The Feast: Moreci and Seeley’s “Hoax Hunters” really blew up over the past few months (largely due to the glorious covers). It’s a strange little book that packs a mean punch. After issue #2, it’s clear that the creative team have a huge vision for the series, proving that the book is more than an excuse to tell cool stories about American hoaxes.
The Low Down: “- Frankenstein meets his maker . . . literally!
– Learn how Frankenstein was recruited by S.H.A.D.E.
– What does the future hold for S.H.A.D.E.?”
The Feast: This is a chance for Kindt to really show us what he can do with “Frankenstein”, and open doors for the future of the series. So far, Kindt has done a great job of stepping in after Lemire.
The Low Down: “As an epidemic of vampirism engulfs Manhattan, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather tries to uncover the conspiracy aiding these monsters’ ascent to dominance. Meanwhile, an attack in a police transport will force one man to become a vampire killer instead of a meal!”
The Feast: Some are calling Lapham’s adaptation of “The Strain” the best vampire book on the market. This is a rather controversial statement when there are books like “I, Vampire”, and “American Vampire” out there, but the fact that you can even compare it speaks volumes. Lapham’s adaptation one of the strongest we’ve seen in a long time.
The Low Down: “A haunted veteran leads monster hunter Cal McDonald to a creepy subterranean military base where mad-science experiments were conducted on US soldiers. Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) takes his occult detective into a new collector’s format with Eisner winner Scott Morse of Pixar and TR!CKSTER fame!”
The Feast: With “Criminal Macabre: Final Night – The 30 Days of Night Crossover” on the way, you’re going to want to catch up on your “Criminal Macabre” reading. This is a superb series that any horror fan can dive into.
The Low Down: “Bruce Wayne has returned from his worldwide quest to take the law into his own hands!
This issue reveals the early steps of building everything that surrounds Batman the costume, the cave, the car, the gadgets!”
The Feast: Despite recent rumors of Greg Capullo’s conduct at a certain DC panel, there’s no denying he’s the best “Batman” artist in years. Together with Scott Snyder, they weave magic. We’re hoping “Batman” #0 will offer more of that Snyder charm to deliver a different side of Bruce before Batman.
The Low Down: “ Deep in the past of The New 52, Etrigan the Demon and Jason Blood struggle against Merlin and Lucifer!”
The Feast: Cornell’s “Demon Knights” is one of the most fun books of the New 52. Constantly packed with action, paranormal activity, and red hot demons. This issue is particularly of note because it brings Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer back into the New 52. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of him.
The Low Down: “Mitch Shelley discovers the truth of his existence, and even the ability to return from the dead won’t save him!”
The Feast: Sadly this is the final issue of “Resurrection Man”, but it seems it’s gone through far too many ups and downs over the past year for DC to continue its run. It may be a while before we see Mitch again, unless he turns up in the pages of “Justice League Dark”.
The Low Down: “What starts off a meek chicken stuffed with melancholia, turns decidedly steamed, broiling along until it mutates into a body of pure destructive anger. This is MONDO, the jam-packed ‘roid-raging trade, with over 100 pages that combines all three issues of the twisted dark comedy series, plus a plethora of unused art, doodles, and odious stuff that was too unfit to appear in the regular monthly run. Collects MONDO #1-3”
The Feast: If you want to read a weird book that will blow your mind, pick up Ted McKeever’s “Mondo”. No one, and I mean no one other than KcKeever could come up with this shit.
The Low Down: “After discovering a dead body in an office bathroom, hungover job interviewee Rich ‘Bucko’ Richardson becomes suspected of the murder. What he thinks is a quest to find the real killer turns into a weeklong romp through the wilds of Portland, Oregon, complete with bike-mounted cover bands, steampunk Makers, Juggalos, SuicideGirls, meth heads, so much absinthe, and an entire city made of books. After taking the Internet by storm, Jeff Parker and Erika Moen’s dirty, funny murder mystery is now the most hilarious book in comic shops!”
The Feast: Rock music, steampunkers, tattooed chicks and a murder mystery all wrapped into one hilarious package. Parker and Moen’s “Bucko” is an absurd piece of graphic comedy and if you’re looking for something a little different this week, don’t miss this collected edition.