Remember last week when I sort of complained about the lack of new horror stuff coming out since we’re nearing that magical time of year? Well this week we’ve got new stuff! I’m gonna do another post highlighting a few things instead of just picking one comic and talking about it. There’s some pretty big stuff this week, and a new book with a premise that’s absolutely filled with possibilities if it’s done well. Let’s get to it.
First and foremost, if you don’t take a single other recommendation from me this week. Hell, if you haven’t taken a single one from me this YEAR, do yourself a favor and snag a copy of this one. I’ve yet to run into a single person who doesn’t at least enjoy Michael Dougherty’s Trick R Treat. Sam has secured himself a spot in almost all of our heart’s, and he’s there to stay. This week Legendary Publications is shipping a graphic novel with four brand new tales from Sam’s world, titled Trick R Treat: Days of the Dead. Unlike the first Trick R Treat graphic novel, it looks like this one won’t just be an adaptation of the new movie, but original tales featuring our favorite spirit of Halloween. Dougherty himself is credited with writing, with various artists lending their talents, including Fiona Staples (of Saga fame) and others.
The synopsis for this graphic novel reads:
From the twisted imagination of creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampusand Trick ‘r Treat, screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) and a top-notch team of artists including Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel! Across the centuries of Halloween horror, wherever fear lies, Sam will be waiting. ‘Seed’ explores two star-crossed lovers in the old world whose fate will change Halloween forever! ‘Corn Maiden’ is a tale about pioneers who venture West and bring darkness with them; ‘Echoes’ is a horror noir set in 1950s Los Angeles amid a serial killer’s vicious rampage, and ‘Monster Mash’ unleashes Halloween on small town America, and two boy’s lives will never be the same! The dark and twisted face of the cult horror hit Trick ‘r Treatis back… are you ready for the return of Sam?
Next up is Paper Girls, a brand new ongoing from writer Brian K. Vaughan. You should already be familiar with that name, but just in case you aren’t, stop whatever you’re doing and go out and get as many volumes or single issues as you can of Y The Last Man, Saga, and Ex Machina. Vaughan is one of the biggest and brightest talents to grace comic books in decades. He’s yet to write anything that I didn’t enjoy. He doesn’t get much traffic here in Hack Issues primarily because he’s not necessarily a horror writer, and I try and keep things spooky here. In all honesty, even Paper Girls is a stretch, but I feel like the subject matter, and the fact that it’s being described as Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds warrants our attention. This one’s going to be good guys, believe me. Joining Vaughan on the book is artist Cliff Chiang, also a talented comics contributor who has worked primarily with DC, on books such as Green Arrow and most recently a long run on Wonder Woman.
The solicit from the Image Comics website:
SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN launches a brand-new ONGOING SERIES with superstarWonder Woman artist CLIFF CHIANG! In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Stand By Memeets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure, starting with a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99!
And finally, I get to talk about a new Vertigo book guys!!! How long has it been since anything worth mentioning has come from Vertigo? Cullen Bunn’s Wolf Moon was the last thing I can think of. A few months back, Vertigo announced 12 all new series, of which I think i signed up for two. For an imprint that at one time I read every single offering from, times have certainly changed. One of the new books did catch my eye though, Survivor’s Club. I’m going to be totally honest, i don’t know a thing about the creative team. I’m interested in this comic based solely on the premise, which I’ll let you read for yourselves in the solicit. It sounds like it could be a really cool book, which is why I’m spotlighting it. Fingers crossed.
Solicit from the Vertigo website:
One was possessed by a poltergeist. Another was trapped in a haunted house. A third had a killer doll. Ever wonder what happened to these children of the 1980s? Find out in SURVIVORS CLUB, a new series cowritten by renowned horror novelist Lauren Beukes and award-winning cover designer and illustrator Dale Halverson, with art by Ryan Kelly (NORTHLANDERS). Having found each other over the internet, six grown-up survivors are drawn together by the horrors they experienced in 1987 when a rash of occult events occurred around the world—with fatal results. Now, there are indications that it may be happening all over again. Is it possible that these six aren’t just survivors—but were chosen for their fates?
Other notables this week include Project Nemesis #1 which I did an early review of and you can check out here, as well as new October Faction from Steve Niles, and a new issue of The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time.
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