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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Horror

Tis the month for some extra horror, so let's take a look at a few upcoming horror titles that caught my eye.

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Dan Watters (A/CA) Caspar Wijngaard

The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS (Lucifer, COFFIN BOUND) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (Star Wars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt), launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.

In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band-who's been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that's Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).


Why this caught my eye:

That solicit definitely sounds great as I'm equally curious about the walking haunted house and the Power Rangers/Shining mash-up, plus I really enjoy Wijngaard's art style.



(W) Mark Sable (A) Giorgio Pontrelli (CA) Jeremy Haun, Nick Filardi

Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries - cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls - but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley's elite.

These horrors reach a breaking point when the brilliant, hard-nosed investigator Miranda Keller is sent to stop the bombings. To J. Edgar Hoover, there can be no other explanation than those responsible for similar actions during the Red Scare of the 1920s...but when Miranda digs too deep, she uncovers an unimaginable occult conspiracy, one that may cost Miranda her job - and her sanity.

From writer Mark Sable (GODKILLERS, Graveyard of Empires) and artist Giorgio Pontrelli (Dylan Dog), MISKATONIC is a mix of historical crime fiction and Lovecraftian-horror that dives deep into the American nightmare.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm here mostly for Pontrelli's art, but I'm also really intrigued by a Lovecraftian mystery that seems to be approaching it more from the context of a government investigation that just so happens to trip into the usual horror tropes.



(W) Junji Ito (A) Junji Ito

An unknown planet emerges from inside a wormhole, and its discoverer, Dr. Oguro, christens the celestial body "Remina" after his own daughter. His finding is met with great fanfare, and Remina herself rises to fame. However, the planet picks up speed as it moves along in its curious orbit, eliminating planets and stars one after another until finally Earth itself faces extinction... Is the girl Remina the true cause of the catastrophe? A masterwork of horror from Junji Ito, unfolding on a universal scale. OCT201791

Why this caught my eye:

If you're already a Junji Ito fan you're probably gonna catch wind of this anyway, I just feel like it's worth highlighting.



(W) Dan Watters (A/CA) Kishore Mohan

As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world...and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned-with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Deep Roots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.


Why this caught my eye:

Dan Watters gets double duty on this spotlight installment but he's kind of killing it with the concepts. I don't think there's enough horror fiction that has played with Dorian Gray at all, plus Mohan's artwork looks refreshingly compelling. Plus, it's just always worth giving a new Vault title a shot.



(W) George C. Romero (A/CA) Diego Yapur

The film Night of the Living Dead changed popular culture forever, and now George C. Romero, the son of legendary film director George A. Romero, tells the story before the worst night on Earth. Learn about the death, destruction, and tragedy that led to the birth of the modern zombie in this prequel horror saga to the most significant and influential horror film franchise in history!


Why this caught my eye:

Lord knows if Romero's son is a good comic writer but it's definitely an intriguing project and kind of an odd publisher to see it pop up at. Yapur's art looks top notch though and this looks like this could be a good spotlight for his work.


That does it for this chunk! We'll do a little sci-fi on the next round!

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