Hack Issues – Week of 1/21 – Steve Niles’ The October Faction #4

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Lots of good horror comics are hitting the shelves, or spinner racks if you’re still buying comics from your local drug store, this week. Including two, count em, TWO books from Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles, two issues of Crossed, a new issue of Hellraiser Bestiary, new Strain, and a new comic that I’m not familiar with, but has the single greatest synopsis I think I’ve ever read for a comic book. I’ll get to that later though. For this week’s spotlight book, I went back and forth, but ultimately landed on Steve Niles’ The October Faction #4, because although it’s only four issues in, I’m already in love with it.

The book is about a retired monster hunter named Fredrick Allan, who is attempting to live a normal life, providing for his family as a university professor. Unfortunately, as one would expect, just because you say you’re done hunting, that doesn’t mean that the name you made for yourself already is just going to go ignored by the creatures you’re famous for hunting. Fredrick’s past is coming back to haunt him, and even worse, his own children are bound and determined to find out their family’s past secrets and follow in their father’s footsteps.

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I feel like Steve Niles probably doesn’t need an introduction here, being the creator of 30 Days of Night, which was a fantastic vampire comic book. The thing is, he’s written comics focused on just about every type of monster you can imagine, werewolves, zombies, bigfoot, demons, ghouls, and the list goes on. I read every single thing the guy writes, and I have yet to be disappointed.

Niles is joined by artist Damien Worm, who previously collaborated with him on Monster and Madman, a story about Frankenstein’s Monster running into Jack the Ripper. I wasn’t familiar with Damien’s work before that book, but I definitely like his style. It’s sort of a mix between Ben Templesmith, Chris Mitten, and Menton3. It’s dark, brooding, and absolutely beautiful. He’s doing some great work on October Faction so far. I’m especially digging his covers.

Synopsis for issue 4 from IDW’s website:

Werewolves, robots, and dead men, oh my! Merle Cope’s plans to destroy the Allan family have been stopped cold, but now what to do with the body? Geoff and Vivian find out how messy the family business truly is, while Robot Face learns the terrible secret about his origin!

Quick note for fans of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain, the newest issue of The Night Eternal is out this week, and the comics have been fairly faithful to the novels. Well worth tracking down if you enjoyed them or enjoy the television show. There are trade paperbacks available for almost everything that’s been printed so far.

Other highlights from the week include the first issue of volume 2 of Zombies vs Robots, also written by Steven Niles, a new Twilight Zone series, as well as a book titled Holy F*ck, which carries with it the following synopsis:

Why is a nun barging into a seedy Tokyo karaoke bar in the middle of the night to find a sleazy naked man smoking meth? Because that man is Jesus, and Sister Maria needs him to help her and Satan stop humanity’s mythological gods from f*cking up the Earth.

Folks, you might need more than that from your comic book, but damn it if I’m not totally sold on this already. Click here to purchase The October Faction #4!

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