If you aren’t stupidly excited to be heading to your local comic shop this Wednesday, chances are, comics just aren’t for you. Sweet Jesus, this is the first official “holy shit” shipping week of 2015. I can already hear my wallet begging for mercy, however none shall be granted. Perusing the list, and trying to come up with a spotlight book is no easy task this week. Of course I’m tempted to just write about Wolf Moon or Wytches again, but if you’ve been keeping up with Hack Issues, you are undoubtedly already reading those two books. I could talk about a brand new Grant Morrison sci-fi horror story, in Nameless #1 but other than it’s a Morrison and I’m excited about it, I don’t know much else. Then there’s a new issue of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952, a new Goon story is kicking off in Once Upon a Hard Time #1, and the list goes on and on, and on.
It took new material from a legendary horror artist to finally make my decision for me, though. The name Richard Corben should be of the household variety if you’re reading this website. Corben has been illustrating horror comics since the late 60’s. He started working for Warren in 1970, with his work appearing in Creepy, Eerie, and others. It’s Creepy that first turned me on to him, and I’ve never looked back. He has a style unlike anybody else out there, and any time I see his name attached to a project, I sign up for it without hesitation. There’s plenty of classic material available in trade form, and absolutely every bit of it is worth tracking down. His latest work has been for Dark Horse Comics, where he’s done a series of adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems, which are all collected in the Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead hardcover, and it also comes with my highest possible recommendation.
This week, he’s back to doing his own thing, handling both writing and art in Rat God #1, which was solicited as a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and Native American folklore. As if just seeing Corben’s name wouldn’t have been enough, I’d have signed up for this book regardless of the creative team. While I haven’t read an advanced copy or anything, I have checked out the preview pages at darkhorsecomics.com, and they’re gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my hands on the full issue Wednesday.
Here’s the synopsis for Rat God #1 from the Dark Horse Comics website, including praise from Guillermo del Toro:
Terrible things stalk the forests outside Arkham in this chilling original tale from comics master Richard Corben! An arrogant city slicker on a quest to uncover the background of a young woman from the backwoods finds horrors beyond imagining, combining Lovecraftian mutations with Native American legends.
* New from the Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee!
* The gold standard in horror comics for over 40 years!
* An original tale of backwoods terror inspired by Lovecraft.
“He is the mainstay in my collection of original art and one of the most precise and admirable storytellers in the medium.”—Guillermo del Toro
Aside from the others mentioned above, highlights this week include Lady Killer #2, Afterlife with Archie Magazine #4, a new issue of Saga, Escape from New York #3, Deadpool is fighitng zombies again in Return of the Living Deadpool #1, and the second issue of Marvel’s new Star Wars book.
Also out this week:
- Afterlife with Archie Magazine #4
- American Vampire: Second Cycle #6
- Angel and Faith Season 10 #11
- Crossed Badlands #71
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #3
- East of West #17
- Escape from New York #3
- Game of Thrones #24
- God is Dead #28
- Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1
- Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 #3
- Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #2
- Lady Death Apocalypse #1
- Lady Demon vol 2 #2
- Legenderry Vampirella #1
- Nailbiter #10
- Nameless #1
- Return of the Living Deadpool #1
- Robocop #8
- Saga #25
- Star Wars vol 4 #2
- Tower Chronicles: Dreadstalker #7
- Vampirella vol 5 #9
- Wolf Moon #3
- Wytches #4
- Zombie Tramp vol 2 #7