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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Horror/Supernatural

This batch features a pair of Lovecraft adaptations, some vampire femme fatale action, sacrificial and murderous duties, some Goonies-style terror, and a demonic Rakshasa with a down-to-earth dream of becoming the next Anthony Bourdain.



(W) Florentino Florez (A) Guillermo Sanna (CA) Jacques Salomon

"Aa-shanta 'nygh! You are off! Send back earth's gods to their haunts on unknown Kadath, and pray to all space that you may never meet me in my thousand other forms... for I am Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos!"

Randolph Carter, a traveler to dreamland, tries not to wake up before reaching his goal, the elusive Kadath: the home of the gods, a place of fantasy and overflowing imagination. Carter walks through a world full of threats and abominable monsters, but also of palaces, exuberant cities, and geographies that remind man of his insignificant role on the gigantic cosmic chessboard.

What are the reasons to keep going when everything around us is terrifying and lethal? Kadath may offer some answers to this question!

An adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath unlike anything you've read before. Collects the complete 8 issue series, plus cover gallery, bonus material, and the original prose story!


Why this caught my eye:

There's a relatively consist flow of Lovecraft adaptations to parse through but Sanna's artwork made this one stand out a bit more. Check out the preview pages.



(W) Danilo Beyruth (A/CA) Danilo Beyruth


A lone female vampire, Helena, stumbles into an alliance with Marcus, an unwitting human, when she's attacked by a rival coven on the streets of Sao Paulo. But when what seems at first to be a simple fight over hunting territory quickly turns into a lethal game of cat and mouse, Helena is forced to confront a shocking past betrayal and battle for her very existence.


Why this caught my eye:

This one popped up on radar earlier in the year and Beyruth's art looks great.



(W) Brian Hawkins (A/CA) Sami Kivela

THE VINEYARD is a family-owned winery that sows and reaps by the blessing of the great god of wine and revelry, Dionysus. However, the Vines family's patron god requires complete devotion in the form of four sacrificial killings a year before each harvest. This has been done in unfettered obeisance. But all of that changed when the family's patriarch, Didache Vines, was in a horrible accident that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair.

Now, the sacrificial and murderous duties of the Vines family have fallen to wife and matriarch, Maranatha Vines. With harvest season fast approaching and the family short of their annual sacrificial killings, Maranatha's struggle with her conscience puts all of her family - husband, son and daughter - in jeopardy.

Written by Brian Hawkins (Black Cotton, Believe in the Name, Don't Ever Blink) and illustrated by Sami Kivelä (THE HEATHENS, UNDONE BY BLOOD, Abbott), THE VINEYARD is what happens when family values and otherworldly obligations collide.

This 104-page volume contains the entire series, issues #1-4.


Why this caught my eye:

That's a solid pitch and I really like Kivelä's work.


THE CULL #1 (OF 5)

(W) Kelly Thompson (A/CA) Mattia De Iulis


Eisner-winning writer KELLY THOMPSON (BLACK CLOAK) and superstar artist MATTIA DE IULIS (Captain America) team up for their first creator-owned work together!

Something is Killing the Children horror vibes mix with The Goonies-style adventure as five friends set off to shoot a short film on a forbidden rock near their home the summer before they all go their separate ways. But that's not really why they're there. One of them has lied. And that lie will change their lives forever. JUN230033

Why this caught my eye:

I'm late on this one but I likes me some Kelly Thompson and the art looks great in the preview.



(W) V. Ram (A/CA) Filipe Andrade

Discover the tantalizing tale of Rubin Baksh, a demonic Rakshasa with a down-to-earth dream of becoming the next Anthony Bourdain.

To achieve his vision, Rubin enlists Mo, a filmmaker who has seen better days, to document the world-renowned cuisine of India and the people behind such glorious food.

But little does Mo know that there's more to Rubin than meets the eye, and the mortals play a darker role in the show than they were prepared for...

Entice your palate with the follow up offering from the Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo Award-nominated team of Ram V (Detective Comics, Blue In Green) and Filipe Andrade (Fantastic Four, Star) in this series painstakingly prepared for fans of Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts and Eat The Rich!


Why this caught my eye:

This one has been getting some good hype and I enjoy Ram's horror material so it should be worth checking out.



(W) Gou Tanabe (A) Gou Tanabe

A new manga adaptation of the only H.P. Lovecraft story published as a book during his lifetime, by modern horror master Gou Tanabe! In the winter of 1927-28, the isolated coastal settlement of Innsmouth, Massachusetts was assaulted by U.S. government agents, its waterfront burned and dynamited, its people taken away to internment camps. Yet that was neither the beginning nor the end of the horror uncovered by a young antiquarian who traveled to Innsmouth in search of rumors from the town's dead past, only to find them still very much alive... and find truths lying under water deeper and colder than any earthly grave! This book includes a tip-in title page in silver ink and 12 pages in full color!


Why this caught my eye:

Figured I'd make a Lovecraft sandwich this time around. Also Dark Horse has been doing a nice job with their Gou Tanabe collection of adaptations in case you haven't checked them out yet.


That's it for this batch, we'll check out some sci-fi on the next round!

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