Following up on last year’s reading list, and with Halloween actually falling on new comic book day this year, it would be crass not to offer you up another handy pocket guide for what’s out there in the world of comics this All Hallow’s Eve. You may have made Halloween great again, America, but remember that it came from over here in the Old Country. And, as one of the last pagan-flavoured festivals we still cling onto, I love it and horror comics only go to make it that little bit more special.
Without further ado, let’s jumps straight in shall we?
Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1 (DC Comics)
Out now from DC Comics, it’s plays on the EC Comics covers of yesteryear with tongue firmly placed in cheek.
Horror! Death! Uh…Face-punching! Witness ten all-new stories that promise to be the most terrifying, most shocking and most horrific comic that DC Comics has ever published! (Hyperbole much?) Batman, Wonder Woman, Guy Gardner, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and more of your favorite heroes face unspeakable horrors from the streets of Gotham City to the darkest sectors of the universe.
Batman: Haunted Knight (DC Comics)
Collects Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Madness #1 and Batman: Ghosts #1 by writer Joeb Loeb and artist Tim Sale.
Batman faces off against his most demented and wicked foes in three dark tales of horror and intrigue. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Dark Knight Detective confronts his deepest fears as he tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, Penguin, Poison Ivy and The Joker.
Star Wars: Tales From Vader’s Castle #1 – 5 (IDW/Disney)
Another comic that’s already available and with two issue already dropped, there still three more issues left, with #5 timed for Halloween. Each issue is adorned by an eerily evocative cover by Francesco Francavilla.
Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away…
This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hear, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader -all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle!
The Witcher (Dark Horse)
Collects issues #1-#5 of the Witcher comic series House of Glass, Fox Children, Curse of Crows, and the Killing Monsters one-shot-and features annotations from the creators of the comics, as well as a sketchbook section.
Written by Paul Tobin this collection featuring story art by Joe Querio, Piotr Kowalski, Max Bertolini, with a bonus sketchbook section and additional art by Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), Dan Panosian (Slots), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Duncan Fegredo (MPH), Simon Bisley (Lobo), and a cover by Mike Mignola (Hellboy).
Lady Death: Pin Ups #1 (Coffin Comics)
It does what it says on the cover: featuring pin-ups of Lady Death, these two variant covers are each limited to 666 serially numbered copies. Each edition comes bagged and boarded. Its also my favourite cover of any of the Halloween/supernatural themed issues presented here.
Hex Wives #1 (Vertigo)
For hundreds of years a war has been waged between a coven of perpetually reincarnating witches and the all-male conspiracy known as the Architects. After the death of the lead Architect in 2005 it seemed the witches had finally defeated their foes.
Now, 13 years later, waking up in a perfect cookie cutter home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a sunny corner of suburbia, Isadora has no recollection of her past life as the leader of a witch coven, nor her soulmate Nadiya, let alone the centuries-old war she has waged in defense of the soul of America…
H P Lovecraft: Four Classic Horror Stories (Self Made Hero)
In Providence, Rhode Island, a dangerous inmate disappears from a hospital for the insane. At Miskatonic University, a professor slumps into a five-year reverie. In a mysterious and vivid dreamworld, a melancholy man seeks the home of the gods. And in the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, polar explorers unearth secrets that reveal a past almost beyond comprehension – and a future too terrible to imagine. Graphic novelist I.N.J. Culbard gives terrifying form to four classic tales by H.P. Lovecraft: “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” “At The Mountains of Madness,” and “The Shadow Out of Time.”
Scream & Misty Halloween Spacial 2018 (Rebellion)
Following the success of last year’s fright-filled outing, the Scream & Misty Special returns for 2018! Two of Britain’s best loved comics have reunited offering an anthology of brand new tales, guaranteed to terrify and entertain you this Halloween! Featuring more treats than tricks, including the further misdemeanors of Max the computer in The 13th Floor, ghoulish goings on with the undead WW1 pilot the Black Max, zombie and vampire DNA combine to create a brand new horror sensation called Decomposition Jones plus a tomb full of other tales from the realms of the Mist.
House of Waxworks #3 (Waxwork Records)
In the third haunting installment of House Of Waxwork readers are guaranteed an overdose of terror with two new stories penned by Thomas Crowell. Sushi Of The Gods will take readers to modern day Japan where mythology and old world traditions never die. In the rousing story Necropants, readers will learn that mixing Heavy Metal and Black Magic can take you far in the music biz… even to the grave. Also featured in House Of Waxwork # 3, prepare to meet an all new, and very important character named The De-Composer!
Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror #1 (Ahoy Comics)
Edgar Allan Poe mangles classic tales and brand new stories in this cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt! First, meet AHOY’s own alcohol-damaged version of Poe in “The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar,” adapted by Tom Peyer (Batman ’66) and drawn by Fred Harper. Then: Sugary cereal meets vampirism in “Dark Chocolate,” by writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Peter Snejbjerg (Starman). EXTRA! Comics by Hunt Emerson, unsettling verse by Cienna Madrid illustrated by Carly Wright, and a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler!
Read our review here.
Frank N. Stein: Private Eye #1 (Darby Pop)
Frank N. Stein has the face of a monster, the brain of an inquisitor, and the soul of a poet. Currently, Frank ekes out a living as a private dick on the streets of Monstertown, a place where all the fictional characters in the world co-exist. Whether you’re a fairy tale princess, a superhero, or a mythical beast, everyone has a secret. And for a few dollars and a milkshake, Frank N. Stein just might be willing to unlock yours.
Plenty for everyone on this list. From straight up chills to more humorous horror and everything in between, it looks like it could be worth the trip to u=your local comic boo store this Halloween.
Happy Halloween you groovy ghoulies!