For those of us nursing either Star Wars Day or Cinco de Mayo (or both!) hangovers this week, luckily there’s new comics to help distract us from the cottonmouth and temple pounding headache. While there may not be a ton of stuff to pick up, this is one of those special weeks where the quality more than makes up for the lack of quantity. In fact, I defy anyone who is currently reading (or writing about) horror comics, to choose just one of the books on the racks this week as their favorite. It simply can’t be done. That said, this week will be another spotlight potpourri, because I simply couldn’t decide which book was more important than the others.
With Wolf Moon, Cullen Bunn and Jeremy Haun have given us the single best piece of werewolf fiction since Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf. It’s been that good. This week sees the conclusion of the six part series, and believe me when I tell you, these tears are real. I’m going to miss this comic like Herb missed Brady, and if you get that reference I’ll buy you a beer sometime. Here’s hoping that the werewolf manages to escape from Dillon and we get a sequel, or ongoing, in the near future.
Nothing I can really say about Afterlife with Archie that hasn’t been said before. You need to be reading this comic. It doesn’t matter if you like Archie or not, the fact of the matter is, The Walking Dead has been dethroned as the best zombie comic in publication, and just like Jughead, Afterlife with Archie is now wearing the crown. This is easily the best current horror comic on the stands.
Richard Corben’s Rat God admittedly got off to a slow and somewhat confusing start in the first issue, but by #3 I had a fairly good grasp of what was going on. Turns out if you’re chosen as a child to be ritually sacrificed, you can run away all you want but you can never truly escape your fate. With that last issue, Corben really cranked the Lovecraft dial up to 11. The story is taking off, the art is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to get into issue #4 this week.
As if all that weren’t enough, this week also has a brand new Lord Baltimore comic, Cult of the Red King, as well as the second issue of the final act of George Romero’s Empire of the Dead, and the final issue of Return of the Living Deadpool, also from writer Cullen Bunn.
Also Out this Week: