While checking out some horror comics at Kapow Comics here in Atlanta, http://www.kapowcomicsandgames.com/ I came across some interesting facts. While Superhero and action/adventure comics are clearly more popular among the masses,the world of the horror/supernatural comic seems to be on the rise. The top publishers Image, IDW, Dark Horse,Top Cow and Dynamite to name a few, are consistent with their dark titles in the marketplace. And it’s apparent, readers who enjoy horror/supernatural thrillers are clearly looking for something different. Whether it’s zombies,vampires,ghosts,cannibals,or a humans battling demons,the stories themselves are becoming more complex. Even cross-genre titles have become a new norm. Like any comic though,the staying power of a horror comic depends on it finding an audience. If you look at the more popular series like The Walking Dead, Harrow County, Cannibal, Hellboy,and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, you’ll see they all have some common denominators. A great story, superb art, and complex characters. In addition, many of the writers and artists work on different comics under the same publisher so readers are quick to explore those titles. But what are horror fans looking for when it comes to new titles? And what can we look forward to this year?
To begin, we’ve listed a few comics already in publication that are worth reading as well as some new releases.
Writer Dan Mendoza, Art Marco Maccagni, Cover art Celor
Ever felt like you were constantly plagued by bad Karma? everything you do and everything you try, never turns out in your favor? This is the Tale of Janey Belle. The Girl that died from these misfortunes and woke up in a rage. Now a member of the undead with mystical powers, Janey struggles with maintaining what is left of her humanity while battling what she has become. the murderous monster known as Zombie Tramp.
This series is one of my favorites. Great stories and awesome art. Check it out. Issue 49 will be released this week and their 50th anniversary issue is coming in May.
Story Caitlin Kittredge, Art Roberta Ingranata
Witchblade is already on their eighth issue and this comic is definitely worth reading. Soild story and great art.
The series follows Sara Pezzini, a NYPD homicide detective who comes into possession of the Witchblade, a supernatural, sentient gauntlet that bonds with a female host and provides her with a variety of powers in order to fight supernatural evil. Sara struggles to hone the powers of the Witchblade and fend off those with a nefarious interest in it, such as entrepreneur Kenneth Irons and his bodyguard Ian Nottingham.
New from DARKHORSE:
Blackwood May 30th
Writer:Evan Dorkin, Art/cover Veronica Fish
From the multi-Eisner award-winning creator of Beasts of Burden and the artist of Archie and Slam comes this supernatural fantasy about a magical murder in a sorcery school.
When four teenagers with haunted pasts enroll in Blackwood College–a school that trains students in the occult–their desire to enhance their supernatural abilities and bond with others is hampered by an undead dean’s curse, ghosts in their dorm, a mischievous two-headed mummy-chimp, a plague of mutant insects, and the discovery of an ancient evil that forces our heroes to undergo a crash course in the occult for the sake of the world.
New from AFTERSHOCK:
A Walk Through Hell May 2018
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Goran Sudžuka Colorist: Ive Svorcina
The series follows FBI agents Shaw and McGregor, who are looking into the mysterious disappearance of two fellow agents. But their search takes a horrifying turn, and the agents wind up stumbling into an all-out nightmare inside a Long Beach warehouse.
It’s worth noting that this comic was being prepared for a TV adaptation.There hasn’t been any news lately regarding the show, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.
New from ONI:
Story: Cullen Bunn, Art/Cover by Brian Hurtt
The story revolves around a cursed man named Eddie and his demonic curse—to return from the dead over and over again. The curse is always at the expense of whomever happens to touch Eddie while he’s dead. The injuries that killed Eddie are transferred, and Eddie is resurrected while the person that touched him dies. The Damned is set in a prohibition era and involves demonic gang bosses and their families/gangs of demons. While there is a supernatural element to their crimes (such as trafficking souls), they are most commonly shown committing the usual crimes of prohibition-era gangsters.
Jeepers Creepers series, grad student Devin Toulson is writing his dream thesis on Myths in American History, but when his research takes him on a journey reaching back centuries, Devin finds something horrifying. Something that crosses cultures, locations, and eras. Something that returns for a bloody feeding every 23 years. Will this young man’s investigation uncover simply an urban legend or will he come face to face with an immortal monster that has terrorized humanity from the shadows since man first walked the country?
New from DYNAMITE:
VAMPIRELLA: Roses for The Dead (mini series)
writer Kristina Deak-Lisner, art/cover Joseph Michael Lisner
Fan Favorite artist Joe Michael Linsner is joined by writer Kristina Deak-Linsner to create a 4 issue Vampirella mini-series that gets Vampi back-to-basics as Dynamite prepares to celebrate her 50th Anniversary in 2019!
Vampirella hunts down a sexual predator in order to feed her insatiable thirst for blood. While tracking him down to a Philadelphia nightclub, Evily the Witch bars her path. They clash and the plan is thwarted. Do they both decide to team up against him, or remain at odds? Whatever the means, Vampi vows to get revenge!
Of course this is just a small sample of things to come. We’ll update this article toward the end of the summer with more releases, but until then, check with your local comic shop and I’m sure they can help you with additional titles from both indie and major publishers. Enjoy your comics!