This week in horror comics, there are two books I want to spotlight, one I have genuine excitement for, and one that I initially had genuine mega excitement for that now is sort of a sad enthusiasm. It’s Halloween week though, so let’s hold our heads up high, and our candy bags open. Diamond (the distrubution company that shops get their comics from) does a promotion this time of year where they offer stores up some extremely cheap horror comics to give out to trick or treaters, or simply as Halloween treats. Your mileage will definitely vary as to whether your shop chooses to participate, but it might be worth asking about when you go in this week. Now, on to the comics!
First up, let’s go ahead and get into Coming of Rage. This was the book that Wes Craven worked with Steve Niles on. It started out as a digital comic, and was released back in November 2014. This week it will finally see print, and since I’m not a fan of digital comic books, you can understand my excitement. It started off as an idea for a joke Wes had, “a vampire, a werewolf, and a zombie walk into a bar…” and from that his mind started to think of the crazy possibilities a meeting between three characters of such vast differences came together. He then contacted Steve Niles to do the scripting, and thus the horror comic book fanboy’s wet dream became a reality. I say that I’m now sadly enthusiastic instead of my initial excitement of course because of Wes’ recent passing. It hit me when I saw this on the invoice last week that this will likely be the last new project from Wes Craven that I’ll ever get to experience. That of course won’t stop me from enjoying it, it just puts a bit of a sad note on it.
You can read more about the comic on the Liquid Comics website here, and go ahead and check it out digitally if you’re into that sort of thing here. Finally, you can read about the comic from the master himself, Wes Craven, here.
Coming of Rage is a five issue monthly mini-series with a cover price of $3.99.
Next up is a new series from Image Comics from writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott, titled Black Magick. Now then, yes Nicola Scott is an amazingly talented artist, and I thoroughly enjoyed her work on Birds of Prey and Secret Six, but my interest in this one lies mostly on the fact that Greg Rucka is writing it. He’s another of those writers whom I’ve yet to mention since I started Hack Issues many moons ago, and that’s simply because he doesn’t write horror comics. What Ruck is known for, however, is crime and noir. He’s not only known for it, he’s a master. For those of you who are watching and enjoying Fox’s Gotham tv series (I am too), I can’t recommend enough checking out a DC book that came out back in 02 and ran until 2006, to see just how great that show could be. Rucka has written some of what are hands down my favorite comics of all time, and for him to be dipping into the realm of the supernatural makes me absolutely giddy. Black Magick also looks like it may have a bit of a Lovecraftian vibe to it, which has my giddiness at near fainting levels.
The solicit for Black Magick from the Image Comics website:
The hammer falls this Halloween! From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, Stumptown, Gotham Central) and superstar artist NICOLA SCOTT (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Earth 2)! Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the truth about herself… both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet there are others in Rowan’s world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet. PLUS, each issue also features an all-new work of original fiction by GREG RUCKA! A new gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy, destiny, redemption… and the price of magic
Black Magick is a monthly ongoing series from Image Comics with a $3.99
Also Out This Week:
- Colder: Toss the Bones #2
- Creepy Comics vol 2 #22
- Crossed Badlands #88
- Fight Club 2 #6
- Gotham by Midnight #10
- Hellboy and the BPRD 1953: Phantom Hand and the Kelpie #1
- Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare #1
- Puppet Master #7
- Puppet Master Halloween Special One-Shot
- Revival #34
- Spread #11
- Where Monsters Dwell vol 2 #5