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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Horror/Supernatural

This batch of horror titles includes a schlub-turned-god after a botched exorcism, children paying the price for power and magic, a new chunk of Mignolaverse material, a terrifying tale of a family driven to rage and vengeance, a new installment of Junji Ito horror, another adaptation of The Mountains of Madness, some Dracula action, and a tale of a man and his elderly mother trying to escape from a mutant-locust infected and decimated New York City.

 

LUCKY DEVIL TP

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Fran Galan


A down-on-his-luck schlub is possessed by a malevolent demon. Just when he thinks things can't get worse, the exorcism goes wrong . . . and he finds that somehow he's retained all of the entity's supernatural gifts. After a path of revenge on all the people that have wronged him, he begins to gather worshippers and form a cult. But the legions of Hell don't take kindly to this, and they send demonic agents to murder the schlub-turned-god before he gains too much power.


Collects the four-issue miniseries.

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Why this caught my eye:

I love the pitch, and the more I see of Galan's art the more I like it.

 

CHILDREN OF THE WOODS TP

(W) Joe Ciano (A/CA) Josh Hixson


After a tale of revenge leads to a monstrous outcome, Amber and Quinn pay the price for power and magic as they become the newest children of the Black Woods. As Amber becomes intertwined with the secrets of woods and the town they live in, Quinn learns he is not alone in the woods. And not all who reside there are welcoming.


Featuring art by Josh Hixson and story from Joe Ciano, Children of the Woods will explore the monster within and what is left when that monster finally comes out.

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Why this caught my eye:

Really liking the look of Hixson's art, plus I'm down with some small town horror storytelling.

 

TALES FROM THE OUTERVERSE HC

(W) Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden (A/CA) Peter Bergting


Mythical hero Cojacaru the Skinner returns from the grave, the legendary Golem awakens, and the powerful Wyrder Imogen pursues her foes in this stunning collection of stories from Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden's world of witches and warriors.


Collects Cojacaru the Skinner #1-#2; The Golem Walks Among Us! #1-#2; and Imogen of the Wyrding Way one-shot.

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Why this caught my eye:

I generally do collections anyway, but that goes double for the Mignolaverse material as I just don't have the patience to track all these two issue minis and one-shots. At this point I just consider highlighting when a collection comes out to be a sort of public service for everyone else like me.

 

POSSESSED TP

(W) Steve Niles (A/CA) Gyula Nemeth


In Nazi-occupied Budapest, a young woman sees her mother and father brutally murdered by an SS Officer. She escapes with her Grandfather and the help of a Rabbi. Filled with rage and hatred, the Grandfather asks the Rabbi for help and he shows them an ancient box that contains a demon filled with hate and violence. They can have the revenge they want but only by giving up their sense of right and wrong.


Horror master, Steve Niles, pairs up with his Criminal Macabre artist, Gyula Nemeth, on this poignant and terrifying tale of a family driven to rage and vengeance. OCT201290


Why this caught my eye:

I'm not the biggest Niles fan but I do find myself really liking Nemeth's art style and am down with trying this to see more of their work.

 

DESERTER JUNJI ITO STORY COLL HC

(W) Junji Ito (A) Junji Ito


A vengeful family hides an army deserter for eight years after the end of World War II, cocooning him in a false reality where the war never ended. A pair of girls look alike, but they aren't twins. And a boy's nightmare threatens to spill out into the real world...


This hauntingly strange story collection showcases a dozen of Junji Ito's earliest works from when he burst onto the horror scene, sowing fresh seeds of terror. For older teen audiences.

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Why this caught my eye:

It's always worth highlighting a new Ito collection so just consider this your quasi-regular Ito Public Service.

 

MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS HC GN

(W) Adam Fyda (A) Adam Fyda


Writer / Artist Adam Fyda brings new life to the classic HP Lovecraft tale of terror! In 1932, two years after the initial Antarctic expedition, another sets off to try and discover exactly what happened on that fateful trip. Before it leaves, a stranger gives a notebook to the expedition director, Howard Pym, and implores him to read it before they reach their destination. Preoccupied with the voyage ahead, Howard forgets about it, and naively sails into the dangerous waters ahead.

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Why this caught my eye:

On one hand we don't really need another adaptation of this, but on the other hand I'm always interested to see if people can bring anything new to the table with their interpretation. And finally in the third tentacle/hand, that's just a super nice cover. You can check out some sample pages here.

 

RISE OF DRACULA #1

(W) Rich Davis (A) Puis Calzada (CA) Keyla K. Valerio


Rejoice! For the great purge is upon you. Come and see! Nations shall fall. Every human shall be held to account. Witness the rise of Dracula! By her blood will the world be born anew! Chapter two in Rich Davis' award winning Dracula nightmare continues with "Rise of Dracula."

Soon to be a television series!

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Why this caught my eye:

Gonna be real honest again and say I'm mostly here because of that Valerio cover because I truly love her style.

 

LOCUST TP VOL 01

(W) Massimo Rosi (A) Alex Nieto


Most of humanity has fallen victim to a horrendous plague that has turned them into giant insects. The others, the uninfected, struggle against the locusts in a fight for their lives. In the midst of the "Great Transformation," a fisherman named Max and his elderly mother try to escape from an infected and decimated New York City. The locusts are only be the first of many terrible dangers.

Collects #1-4.

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Why this caught my eye:

I'm really loving Nieto's artwork and the pitch sounds like fun, plus Scout's White Ash really impressed me so I'm down with checking out more projects from them.

 

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

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