Thursday, October 29, 2020

Fright Week Oct 25 to Oct 31 | Horror Comics To Read

We all love reading horror comics! Gives us chills each time we read them. Here's our top horror comics you should read.... alone..... if you dare!

Aliens: Dead Orbit 
Writer/Artist: James Stokoe Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Like fellow precision artists Geof Darrow and the late, great Bernie Wrightson, James Stokoe doesn’t stop drawing until nearly every millimeter of canvas is shaded, hatched and stylized. As seen in Orc Stain and his Godzilla runs, a microscope is required to appreciate Stokoe’s images in their hyper-articulate, chiseled depth. In Aliens: Dead Orbit, the cartoonist uses his talent to shape a cosmic graveyard of space junk, dwarfing in scope and mind-numbingly vast. Zoom in tightly enough, and one lone space engineer sits stranded in the wasteland. Though this miniseries utilizes one of the most iconic horror franchises in film history, it builds on its foundation by imposing a sheer sense of scale and futility. Yes, protagonist Wascylewski matches wits with the Xenomorphs and facehuggers, but Stokoe’s art begs what’s the point in a celestial vacuum of hope, light years from any aid. Aliens: Dead Orbit is a Venn diagram of awe, depression and the ghost of salvation, all splayed on 6.63” x 10.24” paper that feels as big as the universe at its most indifferent. —Sean Edgar

30 Days of Night
Writer: Steve Niles Artist: Ben Templesmith Publisher: IDW Publishing
Every time I read Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith’s grisly vampire yarn, 30 Days of Night, I say the same thing over and over: “How did no one ever think of this genius story before?” The setting? Barrow, Alaska—the top of the world. True to the title, a small population experiences 30 days of continual night during the winter. The vampire horror story writes itself. However, this script comes from the hands of narrative stalwart Steve Niles, one of the masters of modern horror comics, and Templesmith’s cold, brutal artwork fit perfectly. I still get chills every time the coven of vampires make their slow, vicious descent on the townsfolk, unaware of the true horror that’s come for them. —Darren Orf

Aliens: Salvation
Writer: Dave Gibbons Artist: Mike Mignola Publisher: Dark Horse
The Aliens franchise has seen a host of worthy comic installments under the purview of longtime license holder Dark Horse, but few have tapped into the oppressive terror of Ridley Scott’s original vision rather than the guns-blazing sci-fi action of the sequels. Written by Watchmen’s Dave Gibbons and drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola (with Kevin Nowlan’s unmistakable inks), Aliens: Salvation pits a pious space traveler against the unrelenting threat of the Xenomorphs. Like an extraterrestrial The Heart of Darkness, the true horror here lies with man’s capacity for violence, not the external threat of a “demon” with multiple mouths. —Steve Foxe

American Vampire
Writer: Scott Snyder Artists: Rafael Albuquerque, Sean Murphy, Others Publisher: Vertigo/ DC Comics
Pop-culture depictions of vampires have alternated between sinister predators and brooding romantic figures. Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s American Vampire does a fine job of reclaiming the former camp-notably, taking a man who’s terrifying enough even before he develops claws, fangs, and a taste for blood as its central character. —Tobias Carroll

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Dave McKean Publisher: DC Comics
Batman stories frequently play at horror—Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s long run and Grant Morrison’s own Batman: Gothic with Klaus Janson being prime examples—but Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth is the closest the Caped Crusader has ever come to a full-blown Francis Bacon nightmare. A powerful early mission statement from a young Grant Morrison brought to singularly unsettling life by fine artist (and Sandman cover master) Dave McKean, Arkham is fundamentally a ghost story, even if you ignore the backstory about the manor’s murderous former residents. Locked in the Asylum with his greatest foes, Batman finds himself haunted both by a ghostly pale Joker and by the very Lovecraftian notion that sanity is a brittle, fleeting thing. —Steve Foxe