James Ferguson's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Horror DNA Reviews: 908
8.5Avg. Review Rating

A Walk Through Hell scratches my favorite horror itch. The idea that you can't trust what you see or that reality itself is altered in some way is horrifying and more than a little maddening. This is a comic that will most definitely get under your skin in the best way. It's going to stay with you for some time and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Abbott hooked me with a great premise. It's about a journalist investigating supernatural crimes that may be tied to the disappearance or death of her husband. It delivers on that and more with a gripping narrative and incredible artwork. If you want a new Foxy Brown where she deals with monsters and demons, this is the comic for you.

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I've actually been following the story of The Accelerators for a few months thanks to the I Sell Comics podcast. It was here that the creators took their idea and made it into an actual comic. Everything from printing costs to distribution was discussed, so I was excited to check out this book. Fortunately, the comic delivered. This is now a ten-issue series and I'm definitely in it for the remainder of the story because I have to see where it goes next.

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While this series marks the first Archie comics I've read, I'm very impressed by them.  Putting zombies into this world could have been a complete joke, but it's being taken very seriously.  Aguirre-Sacasa has drafted a true horror story with this comic.  Francavilla's artwork certainly doesn't hurt.  It's gory, bloody, and there are true life-and-death stakes amongst some classic characters. Plus, this comic almost made me cry...twice.  That might go on my tombstone.  "Almost cried during an Archie comic."  I'm kind of OK with that.

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Afterlife with Archie was already a solid and emotional zombie comic.  This issue expands it into further areas of horror in an organic way, setting it apart from its rivals.  From the looks of things, the creators are just getting started.

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Afterlife with Archie is not your traditional zombie comic.  It's far from it.  There are way scarier things at work here and the evil plan is starting to come together.  This issue's focus on Reggie is a glimpse into the mind of someone detached from reality.  He's broken and the dead walking certainly didn't help matters.  What's scarier is that there's a part of Reggie that thinks he's doing the right thing, which makes him an even more diabolical villain.  If you thought the undead and Cthulhu were to be feared, just wait until you see what Reggie Mantle has in store.

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Aliens: Dead Orbit is a testament to great storytelling. It shows how effective mood can be in a horror comic. You don't need jump scares or over-the-top gore. You can fill a reader with fear with the right pace and setting. Sure, xenomorphs help and I'm betting we'll get plenty of blood and guts in future issues, but for now, this is a fantastic introduction that stands on its own for new and old fans of the franchise.

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The tension never lets up. Even the scenes where the crew gets to catch their breath are filled with uneasy foreboding. Stokoe is a master at building the terror, using the story, art, and lettering together in such a cohesive way. Aliens: Dead Orbit is the kind of comic you read with fists clenched, fearful of what's waiting on the next page. This is an unforgettable book and a must-read for any fan of Aliens.

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Stokoe brings that tension to the lettering as well, with a jagged font that makes the dialogue (mostly grunts and breaths) appear pained. It's like it's a struggle for Wascylewski to even make a sound, let alone put a few words together. Screams are particularly expressive with letters changing in size to coincide with the volume. Aliens: Dead Orbit will leave you with white knuckles and clenched fists. This is the best Aliens comic I've ever read and gave me a newfound appreciation for the franchise. James Stokoe's work is absolutely gorgeous from beginning to end and I hope to see more of it very soon.

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Free Comic Book Day can be hit or miss with some titles.  Many end up as reprints of old stories or all-too-brief introductions to a story that is way far away.  ComixTribe released a great middle ground with this book, supplying a nice addendum to an already amazing mini-series and offering a fantastic introduction to an upcoming one.  There's also a teaser for a third title.  If this doesn't make you want to go through the publisher's back issues, nothing will.

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Animosity presents a frightening reality that hinges on just one element being changed in our world. Talking animals have never been more terrifying.  If anything, it will cause you to be nicer to any creature, big or small, that you see, because if they do gain the ability to speak, they're going to have some choice words for you if you've wronged them.

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Archie vs. Predator is the most fun you'll have reading a comic.  If you have even a passing knowledge of these characters, you'll find a lot to enjoy here.  If you hate them and want to see them all die, you're going to absolutely love it.  Alex de Campi pulls no punches with the mayhem raining down on Riverdale and coupled with Fernando Ruiz's artwork, it's a glorious thing to witness.

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Babyteeth is off to a helluva start. Cates writes characters that feel like actual people you've known all your life, then puts them into horrifying situations that would make any normal person break down. Coupled with Brown's artwork and Englert's colors, this is set to be an incredible series. If this is how the world ends, it's just beginning.

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Babyteeth is damn good. It has been a consistently solid read since the first page of the first issue and shows no sign of stopping. This poor young girl is about to get wrapped up in pure evil and all we can do is watch. This issue builds to a monumental final page that ups the ante considerably.

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This is the end of the first arc of Babyteeth. It will be the final chapter in the first trade paperback. If this is where the comic is starting, I cannot wait to see where it goes next. The creators have set up a compelling, unique story that grabs you from the jump with such a brilliant premise. What if a teenage girl gave birth to the Antichrist? We know that all that follows is bad news, but we don't know how we get there. That journey is full of possibilities and it's what is making Babyteeth one of the best comics of the year.

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Babyteeth feels like it's moving at a breakneck pace now. We got through the introduction of the characters and the situation they're in. Now we're quickly flying forward and not missing a beat. This is hands down one of the best comics on the stands today.

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This is the issue of Babyteeth that is not to be missed. Granted, every issue has been pretty great and you should be reading it if you like awesome comics. I mean that it is integral to the story, as there are a ton of revelations and some major movements in the plot. It's amazing to watch as characters start out one way and then slowly evolve into the complete opposite, flipping from a helpful ally to a horrifying enemy. This right here is one of the best single issues in recent memory. Babyteeth is firing on all cylinders with compelling characters and brilliant artwork. Damn, this is good.

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Family is what elevates Babyteeth, making it such a tense and exciting comic every month. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as it's a definite strength of writer Donny Cates (see also Redneck and God Country). This character-driven drama is amplified by the over-the-top and relentless action these people find themselves in. I am continually amazed at the level of quality this comic displays. This is a top-tier book that everyone should be reading, horror fan or not. It's just so friggin' good.

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Babyteeth's high level of quality is rivaled by few in horror comics outside of maybe Harrow County. The characters are so well defined and relatable, so seeing them go through such terrifying situations is riveting. Everyone should be reading this comic, not just horror fans.

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Seriously guys, just go buy this comic. Buy it every month because Babyteeth is consistently one of the best comics out there. Where else are you going to read about a young girl and her Anti-Christ baby trapped in a hell dimension? You're not going to find that in Oprah's book club.

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Babyteeth has been nothing short of incredible since it started. This issue does the impossible and takes it to even new heights. I seriously cannot believe how great this comic is and it's only getting better with each new chapter. Writer Donny Cates packs this book with so much heart and incredible character moments that propel it forward at a breakneck pace. We're so invested in Sadie's life and in the lives of those around her that we can make a jump to a place like the Red Realm without even batting an eye.

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It can be tough to do such a text heavy issue, but the creative team pulls it off in a spectacular fashion. There is not a boring moment in this book, as I was glued to the page every step of the way. This is an incredible story that has some crazy twists and turns in this chapter. It builds to an impressive, jaw-dropping cliffhanger and I cannot wait for more. I don't know how many ways to tell you that Babyteeth is one of the best comics on the stands today. It seamlessly blends horror, comedy, drama, and more into this amazing package. Buy this book with confidence.

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Batman already has one of, if not the best rogues galleries in comics. This issue adds another potential villain to the mix that is more chilling than most of the bad guys in that lineup. And yes, I understand that there's a guy in there literally called Mr. Freeze. You know I didn't mean chilling in that sense. Anyway, this is something that could give Batman pause, forcing him to rethink his actions both as a crime-fighting vigilante and as a billionaire playboy.

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If this is what we can expect from DC Black Label, sign me up for every book that's scheduled. Batman: Damned is a top-notch comic, providing something new for a character that's been around for decades and I'm not just talking about his junk. Batman must not only investigate the murder of his greatest enemy, but he has to rule himself out as a suspect. That's something he doesn't have enough evidence to do just yet, so the great detective soldiers on along a path of madness and the supernatural.

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Batman: Kings of Fear highlights one terror-filled night for the Caped Crusader. The Scarecrow is like his evil conscience, pointing out all his flaws and weaknesses along the way. There are times you want to see Batman just punch him right in his scrawny neck, but that could mean the death of a hostage and that can't be risked. It will make the Scarecrow's eventual comeuppance all the sweeter.

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There's a part of every comic fan that thinks it would be cool to see Batman take out everyone in the DC Universe, proving he's the ultimate badass. His fight against Superman in The Dark Knight Returns is an absolute classic. The Batman Who Laughs is a horrifying take on that idea. It pushes the Caped Crusader past all limits and into true super villain territory. After seeing a comic like this, the DC Universe must hope and pray that Batman never goes through such a life-shattering experience. Someone should be assigned to hug him at least once a day.

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Beautiful Canvas is a book that will surprise you.  It's a testament to a creative team that works well together, bringing out the best in one another.  This is a great mix of crime, action, and drama with compelling characters and jaw-dropping artwork.  Buy this book.

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Avery, Owen, and Jamie don't check off boxes in a stereotypical horror story trope list. They're unique individuals with interesting qualities, making them more relatable, which in turn makes us more invested in their lives (and hopefully not deaths). This solid character development elevates the story and the scares contained within. Bedtime Games reminds me of a good Stephen King tale. Here are three kids who set out on an adventure and end up with something very different.

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Birthright is a damn near perfect comic book. It packs an emotional punch and instantly creates a world that I want to explore with countless additional chapters. Williamson puts a great spin on an old classic, looking at it from a different angle that casts the fun adventure films of my youth in a whole new light. Plus, there is one helluva cliffhanger that will have you begging for the next issue.

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Birthright manages to mix emotional family drama with incredible action and an epic fantasy world.  It's a damn good story with gorgeous artwork.  There's so much heart contained within these pages, which makes the characters' adventures that much harder to witness.  I've become attached to these people and I'm truly concerned for what the future holds for them, as the forecast is rather dark.

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Bitter Root brings something new to the idea of a monster hunter. While we've seen things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, this is an entirely unique spin. It's filled with fleshed-out characters, gorgeous artwork, and an incredible mythos. The creators are building towards something big, moving multiple pieces onto the board at once. We're just getting started too as we've barely scratched the surface as to the overall story just yet.

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Bitter Root grows by leaps and bounds with this issue. This is a world that feels lived in, with deeply rooted lore. It has a ton of potential with an infinite amount of story possibilities. This one is already pretty exciting and we're only just getting started. This is most definitely a comic to watch. Do not miss it.

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Black Magick may have taken a break from the current story to provide some background on the main character, however it doesn't come across as a history lesson.  It doesn't even lose much in the way of momentum.  If anything, it has the opposite effect, making us care more about Rowan and her life so that when Rucka and Scott come back with the next issue, we'll be even more emotionally invested with her.  This is how you do great character work which in turn, translates to compelling horror.

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Blossoms 666 is a slow burn in the same vein as The Exorcist. It has a constant feeling of dread through every page. While the scares are light in this debut issue, it is one of the most riveting openers in recent memory. Writer Cullen Bunn pulls us into this creepy version of Riverdale and I am transfixed by what might come next. Archie Comics has been on a roll with its horror line and Blossoms 666 is sure to be another hit.

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This is just part of the fun of Bone Parish. You'll have segments like that one moment and powerful dramatic scenes like something out of The Sopranos or The Wire the next. Writer Cullen Bunn is spinning many plates to push the overall narrative forward. Each character gets some time in the spotlight and every single one of these threads is riveting.

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Bone Parish was already a compelling read, but the past few issues have really taken it to a new level. This is a top-notch thriller mixed with riveting family drama with a supernatural thread weaved through every inch of it. It's seamlessly blending multiple genres into an eye-popping comic that will leave you begging for more.

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Although Book of Death has been filled with an ominous terror throughout its run, this issue is packed with heart.  It's an inspiration to see how far someone will go to do the right thing.  It has similarities in tone and theme to Hellboy: The Storm and The Fury, which certainly puts it in good company.  It's the kind of book that I wish more event comics strived to be.  This is a self-contained, easily accessible story that holds deep, meaningful ramifications for the entire Valiant Universe that will take it into an entirely new phase.  It hits like a punch to the gut and pulls at all the feels.  This is a solid read and easily one of the best books of the year.

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Border Town is off to a tremendous start. It's established the main characters and thrown them into utter chaos thanks to an encounter with an insane and frightening monster. This issue closes out with a jaw-dropping image giving us an idea of the caliber of supernatural creatures we can expect from the rest of the series. Plus, eagle-eyed DC fans will find several references to other properties like Sandman, Wonder Woman, and more, so you get a fun Easter Egg hunt as a bonus to all the terror.

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Border Town is equal parts terrifying and relevant. Comics have long been a vehicle for exploring political issues and this one delves into racism in a way that really puts things in perspective. I realize I'm far from an expert with that, as I'm a white man, however there are several eye-opening scenes in this issue that show just how frightening the real world can be for people with a different skin color. It's saying something when the monsters aren't the scariest thing featured.

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Although the full story is still taking shape, there's more than enough in Breathless #1 to pull you in. The characters are well developed and the artwork is incredible. Shand does a brilliant job of dropping you into this world and quickly establishing the rules around it. This is a horror comic to watch.

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A new Buffy series is going to come under a lot of scrutiny, as the TV show is near and dear to so many people. I'm happy to say that this book delivers on everything you know and love about the show and then some. It has the same witty dialogue, action-packed fight scenes, and fun characters, but with a fresh, new take. It's sure to delight new and old fans alike.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is off to a tremendous start. It's moving at a mile a minute, picking up all of our old favorites from the TV show and displaying them in a brand new light. This creates a renewed appreciation for all of them. It helps that the artwork is gorgeous and the story and dialogue can go toe-to-toe with some of the best from Joss Whedon. This is required reading for any Buffy fan.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been getting better and better with each issue. The creative team is firing on all cylinders, delivering some fantastic work across the board. Even if you're only a casual fan of Buffy, you'll find a lot to enjoy about this series. Longtime fans will love this reimagining of the story and all the new elements that have been added in. It's poised to become something big.

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The issue leads directly into another storyline that's bound to kick up some drama, especially on the "Spuffy" front. These characters are facing a dark evil unlike anything they've ever seen, and that's not the most interesting thing going on in the book. At this point I would read an entire issue where they were all just hanging out in their apartment building talking. Gage takes characters that we already cared about and reminds us why we liked them so much to begin with. This, coupled with Isaacs' terrific artwork, makes Buffy a must-read.

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This season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been absolutely stellar. It's one of the best yet, with a compelling story, gorgeous artwork, and undeniable excitement. Every single chapter ups the ante and shows just what made this series so special.

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Burning Fields has a few more moving parts than the creative team's previous project, Curse, but the strong character development is the same. These are people that you can instantly identify with. You'll find yourself wondering what you would do in a similar situation. They're underdogs and they're about to come into contact with something dark and evil. The bulk of the issue is spent giving you an idea of who these characters are, with some strong indications of the horror that is lurking just below the surface. This is an impressive first issue that hits the ground running with blood-curdling imagery.

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Chew / Revival is the kind of comic I wish happened more often.  Two books that don't seem to totally mesh together on the surface have found a way to weave their storylines through one another.  I'm not expecting them to make this a regular occurrence or even to do it again.  The fact that it happened at all is pretty awesome.  There's even a nod to another popular Image comic in the issue.  This does beg the question: What other crossovers can the publisher get through?  Can we get a Ghosted / Hoax Hunters mash up?  What about Walking Dead and '68?

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Chum presents you with intriguing characters, an interesting setting, and a riveting plot.  These folks have been living in what passes for harmony in what should be paradise.  Now it's all about to spiral out of control despite some best laid yet hastily made plans.  This is dark.  This is cool.  This is just so damn good.

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Chum is a book tailor-made for any fan of film noir or pulp novels.  It's the epitome of cool.  At its center is a woman with nothing to lose and everything to gain.  If that means that she has to take out a few of the locals that have been bringing her down all these years, so be it.  There's one issue left and this one ended in such a powerhouse move that I cannot wait to see how the creative team wraps this up.

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I love everything about Clean Room.  It's a book that fires on all cylinders with a riveting story, incredible artwork, and more than a few "Holy crap!" moments.  It's the kind of comic where you get to the end and immediately look up the release date of the next issue.

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Clean Room never fails to deliver.  It's a near-perfect horror comic that provides scares of all shapes and sizes.  You can try to look away, but your eyes will always be drawn back.  You just have to see what happens next...and then what happens after that...and so on.  Every time you think you've seen it all, the book twists again and plunges you deeper into the abyss of terror.

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There's a reason I called Clean Room the #1 horror comic of 2016. It's moving into 2017 without missing a beat as it continues to deliver solid storytelling with jaw-dropping artwork. It's creating horror on another level. This isn't just people getting cut up by a slasher or some demonic creature stealing souls. This is terror in the truest sense of the word.

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If this is the end of Clean Room, it is an incredibly satisfying conclusion. Writer Gail Simone ties up a number of loose ends, pulling everything together in a nice finale. I obviously hope to see much more of this amazing series that has terrified and delighted me for eighteen solid issues. All too often a story can keep you excited in the beginning and middle, but fall short in the end. I'm happy to say that that is not the case here. Clean Room delivers on all fronts.

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Colder: The Bad Seed is a welcome return to insanity. It's a horror book unlike any others that are currently available on the shelves, filled with pure terror and real human characters. This is the kind of comic that you would read under your covers with a flashlight and then have nightmares about.

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Colder: The Bad Seed is easily the scariest comic on the stands right now. This is terror that will creep up your spine and make you cringe. You'll want to look away but you can't. Once it wraps its long, claw-like fingers around you, you're trapped. It excels at visually exploring insanity as one woman fights her way through all manner of crazy to get to the love of her life, but she might not be happy with what lurks in Declan's deep, dark past.

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Colder: Toss the Bones is filled with the kind of horror that seeps into your skin, spreading to every fiber of your being until you're too frightened to turn the page.  You can't help yourself though.  You have to see what happens, even if that means going down the rabbit hole of insanity that is Nimble Jack and the Hungry World.  While this is the final chapter in the Colder trilogy, creators Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra are just getting started. Read this on the toilet because it may scare the crap out of you.

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Colder: Toss the Bones is an unsettling, disturbing read, but it's one that you can't help but be pulled into.  You'll devour every page and beg for more.  It's the kind of horror that stays with you long after you've finished reading it and will have you looking over your shoulder for hours.

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Come Into Me is the most unsettling comic I've read this year. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler have crafted something that gets under your skin by design. The very thought of becoming a prisoner in your own body is horrifying. This book plays with that concept in a very intriguing way. You're not going to get something like jump scares in Come Into Me. Instead you'll get a horror comic that will scare you to your core. This is taking body horror to a new level.

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Come Into Me was already a solid horror title, but this issue catapults it to new heights. It is hands down one of the scariest comics of the year and it's not over yet. I cannot wait to see how this wraps up.

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I could go on and on about Come Into Me, as it's easily one of the best horror comics of the year. This is a terrifying book and this final issue is gripping from beginning to end. Writers Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler have stretched the boundaries of this medium, creating something that I should not have read right before going to sleep.

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I had no prior knowledge of Cosmic Ghost Rider before jumping into this issue. Now he's one of my favorite Marvel characters. The comic opens with a brief recap of his life up until this point, told in defining images and one word captions that instantly gets you up to speed. I most definitely have to go back and read Cates' run on Thanos where this character is introduced. That's what I can do in the time before the next issue arrives because I need some more Cosmic Ghost Rider right now.

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It's impossible to read Cosmic Ghost Rider and not smile. This has quickly become one of my favorite comics. It's a quirky and absurd concept that works so incredibly well. It's an absolute shame this is only a mini-series because I would totally read about the ongoing adventures of Cosmic Ghost Rider and baby Thanos traveling through space on a sci-fi motorcycle. There is no part of that idea that I dislike.

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Cosmic Ghost Rider already established itself as one of my favorite comics of the year. This issue raises the bar even higher. It is such a fun, wacky ride that plays like a hilarious comedy. Frank set out to do something good that might make up for all the horrible things he's done in his life, but he might have made it a whole lot worse instead.

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I'm so sad that this mini-series has come to an end. I could read this forever. Writer Donny Cates has done wonders with this character, so I'm glad to see that he's sticking around in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy relaunch. For now, this is a solid read that melds all these corners of the Marvel Universe into one awesome being. If you would have told me that a book called Cosmic Ghost Rider would have me screaming from eye-popping action one moment and nearly in tears the next, I wouldn't have believed you. This comic delivers on so many levels and it is an absolute must read.

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Cry Havoc has a strong opener that grabs you from page one.  That might be because the first page is also the beginning of the end of the story.  It doesn't stop there though; it pulls you in with each new thread of the plot, weaving a well-rounded and personal werewolf tale with a relatable, interesting character at its center.  The artwork is clean and gorgeous with just the right amount of terror to keep you on your toes. 

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This issue ends on an incredible cliffhanger that raises the stakes for the story considerably. There is already a solid premise going in, but the final page pushes it to the next level. In many ways, Cult Classic: Return to Whisper reminds me of Stephen King. It has that same emotional connection, baiting you in with compelling characters and a unique setting, then throwing in a twist that reels you in. This is a fantastic way to start a shared universe.

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Although the werewolf is not the main character in Curse, it never lets you forget how dangerous it is and can be.  It can symbolize what we're all capable of when our backs are against the wall. This finale is one of the best single issues I've read this year. Curse is solid tale that despite some predictability, surges forward with pure emotion and unbridled horror.

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If you sit in the middle of the Venn diagram of super hero fans and horror fans, Cursed Comics Calvacade is a must-read for you. Show this comic some support because I desperately want to see more like it, and not just every October. Can you imagine an ongoing anthology comic like Creepy or Tales from the Crypt set in the DC Universe? I'd be all over that and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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Dark Ark takes some awesome and terrifying turns as it begins its second arc. Shrae has survived a vampire mutiny aboard his ship but now has to keep the humans on Noah's ark safe or his entire family will perish. That's a pretty tough job when there are even scarier monsters swimming beneath the waves.

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Dark Ark continues to up the ante with every issue. Each time I think writer Cullen Bunn has topped himself with an incredible twist or outstanding reveal, the next chapter reaches new heights. At this point, I have no idea how Shrae or Noah are going to survive the rest of the Great Flood.

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Day Men is off to a great start with its first two issues.  This chapter gets the action moving quickly as the battle between the two families heats up...literally.  This is a strong story with some dynamite art.  Let's just not wait so long before issue #3 comes out, huh?

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Dead of Winter is making zombies fun. It's a great read propelled by a canine main character who friggin' hates zombies. If Sparky was in The Walking Dead, that book would have lasted like six issues because he would have ended everything right away and Rick would still have both hands.

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Every time I think the zombie genre may be petering out, something new and exciting comes in to breathe new life into it. Dead of Winter is that new life. It's action-packed, fun, and earnest. Plus, it stars a dog that kicks all kinds of ass.

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Deadly Class is a white-knuckled read from start to finish.  If you've been following this series from the beginning, there are tons of payoffs with this issue as it wraps up the fourth story line, "Die For Me."  It will fill you with questions as to where the book will go from here, enticing you to pick up every future chapter, while simultaneously ripping your heart out.

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Deathbed is a fast-moving, gorgeously illustrated tale of supernatural adventure. It has the feel of a grown-up version of Goners, which is another series I love. The interaction between Antonio and Val is already delivering and I'm very interested to see where this unlikely duo could go. If this first issue is any indication, it's going to be completely insane.

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Demonic shows the lengths a man is willing to go for his family, even if that means submitting to a literal evil and committing heinous acts of murder.   It presents a very real feeling that any parent can relate to.  There is a constant unsettling feeling that permeates throughout every panel, leading up to one of the best cliffhanger endings you'll read all year.  From beginning to end, Demonic is a great read and well worth your time.

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Devolution hits the ground running with an amazing first issue.  It hits on all marks with a great story, gorgeous artwork, and vibrant colors.  This series was first announced more than three years ago and I assure you, it was worth the wait.

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Die is like a cross between Stephen King's It and The Never-Ending Story. These normal teenagers are whisked away to a fantasy world where they witnessed real terror that's haunted them well into their adult lives. Now they've been forced to return and face it once again, this time voluntarily. This debut issue set a very high bar for this series.

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You might think you know what you're getting into with Die, but you are just scraping the surface. This book was described as "Goth Jumanji" and that's pretty accurate. It's like the most compelling and terrifying version of Dungeons & Dragons ever imagined. This book is packed with stellar character drama and jaw-dropping artwork. It is awesome in every sense of the word.

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Die is big, bold, and terrifying. It takes the fantasy genre to new heights with jaw-dropping imagery and incredible storytelling. Forget what you know about the genre and dig into this astonishing world.

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Die #5 builds up to an incredible climax that really changes the game. I have absolutely no idea where the series will go next and that is an awesome feeling. I'm filled with anticipation as to what else is in store for us. The next issue cannot come soon enough.

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If this is the type of quality adventuring we can expect from Doctor Crowe, I sincerely hope we see more in the near future.  This comic is tailor made for fans of Hellboy, with solid supernatural pulp action mixed with top-notch artwork.

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Drifter has the makings of the next great sci-fi western. It has the best elements of both genres mixed together in a peanut butter cup of a comic. Plus, this debut issue builds up to a closing piece of dialogue that is an amazing cliffhanger that will have you demanding the next issue.

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Evolution is Cronenberg-level horror. It's creepy and disturbing and I can't wait to see where it's going. When it was first announced, I said that it was my most anticipated comic of the year. I'm happy to say that it paid off in spades. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

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Evolution is next-level body horror. It's creepy and unsettling, which are two fantastic qualities for a horror comic. Instead of dwelling only on the gross-out moments, it ascends to a higher level of storytelling with relatable characters placed in horrific situations. It excels on all fronts.

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Evolution was already a solid body horror comic. This issue further ties you to the characters, making them more interesting and relatable. I've become emotionally invested in each of their stories, which has pulled me in completely. This is a gripping read.

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Evolution has solidified its place as a top-tier horror comic that will get under your skin. There are aspects of it that send a shiver up my spine just thinking about. Infurnari's artwork strikes a great tone filled with dread that permeates through every single page. The writing dream team of James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson has crafted something truly terrifying here.

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Evolution is one of the most unsettling comics on the stands today. It keeps the tension high with every page turn. It looks like we're going to get some answers as to just what the heck is going on, which is a plus. As it stands, this is a riveting story and a white knuckled read.

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Exorsisters puts a new spin on the supernatural detective trope. Sure we've had John Constantine and Cal McDonald, but we needed a fun female perspective and the Harrow sisters definitely deliver that. The twist at the end of this first issue reframes the story and opens the door to a slew of possibilities that I can't wait to see explored.

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Exorsisters could have been a fun romp with two sisters solving supernatural mysteries, like a modern day Scooby Doo, but with real monsters. Instead, it reaches new heights by adding in a compelling mystery and so much family drama. I was already hooked after the first issue, but now I'm pulled in completely.

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Exorsisters is just plain fun. It's perfect for any horror fan because it plays with all the tropes we've come to know and love. It doesn't insult them either. Instead, it uses them in new and humorous ways while also weaving a great story through them. Exorsisters is the horror / comedy we all need.

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Farmhand is a quirky yet unsettling comic. It's filled with little gags and fun that will bring a smile to your face...before sending a shiver up your spine with horrific imagery. I'm going to pretend it's set in the same world as Chew, the series Guillory co-created and illustrated, as the two work well together. It's safe to say if you liked Chew, you'll love Farmhand.

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Farmhand is laying the groundwork for a big story. There are a lot of moving pieces here and it moves at a mile a minute. The mix of comedy and horror keeps you on your toes, as you won't know what to expect. Will you be met with a smile or a bloody knife? The odds are about even for each. It's clear there's a lot more at work at the Jenkins Farm and we're just scratching the surface.

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Farmhand strikes a great balance between horror and comedy, but this chapter leans a lot more heavily into the spooky side. It pulls back the curtain to show you just how far this kooky idea can go and it's some pretty crazy stuff. This issue wraps up the first arc and it does so with a bang. If you're not reading Farmhand, now is the time to dive in and catch up because things are going to get nuts.

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Fearscape has the vibe of a literary journey through Sandman. It seems to aim that high and so far, is sticking the landing. Writer Ryan O'Sullivan has made a despicable character and put him in a situation where he could save the world. I kind of want to see this jerk fail so he finally gets the comeuppance he deserves, but that would mean sacrificing an untold amount of lives. What a moral conundrum we've got here.

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Fearscape tackles big concepts in an easy to digest manner. It examines a very flawed character, as he's reluctantly pushed along the hero's journey that he doesn't want or deserve to be on. This makes for an interesting dynamic that carries some very dire consequences. The road is only going to get harder from here, so I can't imagine how Henry is going to deal with what comes next.

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Fearscape elicits a visceral reaction in the reader. We've been pulled so completely into this world, both the real side and the fantasy side, that we're along for this ride 100%. I want nothing more than to see Henry Henry get what he really deserves. Based on the events of this issue, I hope it comes sooner rather than later because he is a heinous human being.

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I read Fearscape through gritted teeth and white knuckles, angered by the sheer audacity of Henry Henry. His not-so-carefully constructed ruse is starting to crumble and I cannot wait until it all falls down upon him. From the looks of things, he's not going to go down without a fight, but it will all be worth it to see him taken down a peg.

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Frankenstein, Alive, Alive! is a brilliant character study providing a take on someone that has been labeled a monster for decades.  Instead of telling the same old story of this creature mindlessly rampaging at villagers with torches, Niles and Wrightson are providing an emotional look at a misunderstood beast that is searching for his true place in the world.  Despite his appearance, humanity is the real monster, considering they brought him back to life and have brought him face to face with this new situation.

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This issue of Ghosted provides a bit more backstory to the character of Markus Schrecken and really frames him as Jackson's nemesis. His new look is gruesome, making the argument that his outside appearance now matches his hideous insides. Williamson is building up to a big showdown between these two forces that was set in motion with the first story arc. It's clear that things are going to get very bloody very soon.

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Writer Jeff Lemire paces Gideon Falls #5 perfectly. I was on edge the entire time, as the tension continues to rise with every turn of the page. Although we don't know a lot about the Black Barn just yet, the very thought of it is enough to send a shiver down your spine. Gideon Falls is one of the scariest comics on the stands today. It's not going to scare you with blood and gore. Instead, it seeps under your skin, staying with you for some time.

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Gideon Falls #6 is easily one of the best comics of the year. This is an experience like no other, delivering on not only a unique and mind-bending read, but an unsettling story that elevates everything that's come before. You'll want to go back and re-read the previous issues again after the startling revelation on the final page. Writer Jeff Lemire has jumped into the horror genre and made one helluva splash.

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Gideon Falls was already a horror comic that dug deep under your skin and made for some dread-filled reading. Writer Jeff Lemire has upped the terror and intrigue a thousandfold with this arc. This is not just a solid horror book it's now working on a whole other level. It's no wonder this is being developed for TV. If the producers can capture a fraction of the scares seen here on the screen, it's going to be a major hit.

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God Country has the makings of an epic story at a deeply personal scale.  It teases just enough to hook you, leaving you begging for more.  Roy's life is very real and one that you can instantly connect with.  This makes the events of the book all the more dramatic and powerful.  This is a stunning debut issue.

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Goners is a perfect mix of horror and adventure. It's a fast paced comic that begins with breakneck speed and never lets up.

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Goners continues to excel. This is a monster-filled comic surrounded by characters with heart. It seamlessly mixes the horror with emotional drama and throws in some staggeringly good character development. Each issue has unraveled a bit more of the mystery, pulling you deeper and deeper into the Latimer family rabbit hole.

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Where Download and Die! excels is with the personal teenage drama among Mitra and her friends.  It's real.  Writer Jen Vaughn perfectly captures these genuine feelings that we've all been through.  The phone brings out the worst inner thoughts that Mitra could be thinking and beats up her self-esteem at a time when it is most vulnerable.  As a result, she doesn't realize how much it has affected her.  This relatability heightens the tension in the book.  The scares are greater, as we're so invested in Mitra and her life.   Goosebumps: Download and Die! shows just how great all-ages comics can be.  The series literally works for everyone, tugging on the emotional hardships of teenagers that we've all experienced to make a very personal, terrifying read.

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Gravetrancers has quickly become one of the scariest comics of the year and we're only a few weeks into 2018. The terror never lets up for a single moment. It's always there and it's constantly on the rise. The artwork is absolutely incredible and only serves to pull you deeper and deeper into this bizarre world. Don't sleep on this one, folks.

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Branwyn is embarking on a quest for revenge in Bride of Blood.  It's going to get a lot messier but she's not going to stop until every last one of those bastards pays.  As with previous Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight stories, this one will be completed with the next chapter.  After this stellar first issue, I'm really looking forward to how this wraps up and what kind of violence this woman will unleash on these men.

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Grizzly Shark is such a damn enjoyable comic.  I read this with a grin on my face and had several laugh-out-loud moments.  That's probably saying something about my sense of humor, but I'm willing to bet that if you're reading this, you're in the same bucket.  Ryan Ottley delivers massive amounts of ridiculous fun in these 32 pages.  They just happen to be covered in blood.

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GWAR: Orgasmageddon is an absolute blast. It's a pun-filled, blood-soaked journey through time that puts all other time travelers to shame. H.G. Wells is regretting that he didn't have his characters fly around in a penis-shaped ship in The Time Machine. It would have made that Guy Pearce movie was more interesting. At the end of the day, this is a damn fun comic that is enjoyable to anyone with a dark sense of humor, whether you're a GWAR fan or not.

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Harrow County is friggin' scary.  It's a story that seeps into your very being, bringing the type of fear and tension that movies need jump scares and pumping soundtracks to come close to pulling off.  Here's the kicker though: It's only the first issue.  Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook are just getting started and they've already made one of the best horror comics of the year.

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Harrow County is a pitch perfect horror comic. Everything about it just clicks between the art, the colors, the writing, the dialogue, the characters. While on the surface, you have two young women walking through the creepy woods at night, that's the least scary thing about the book. It delivers terror on multiple levels and leaves you begging for more.

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Few comics are as consistently well done as Harrow County. This is a riveting book that pulls you in hook, line, and sinker. It features an epic battle of good against evil that's fought not with capes and tights, but with powerful character-driven story and some of the best artwork in the industry. This should be required reading for all horror fans.

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Harrow County never disappoints. It's such a solid read and continues to be one of the best horror comics on the stands today. Emmy's journey is a wild ride with more than its fair share of shadows. I just hope this poor girl can make it out unscathed.

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Harrow County has become a gold standard for horror comics. With news that the series will be ending soon, I can only imagine what writer Cullen Bunn has in store for a finale. If the story up until now is any indication, we're in for a treat.

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As Harrow County nears its end, the forces of good and evil are preparing for a final battle. This is the lead up to that climactic showdown. Writer Cullen Bunn has packed it with an intense feeling of dread. A dark cloud hangs over this town and the sun may never shine on it again. I almost don't know what else to say about it at this point because this is a comic everyone should be reading. It excels on all fronts.

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We've got one issue left of Harrow County. While I'm sad to see it go, the finale looks like an amazing ride, so I can't wait to see how it wraps up. I'm eagerly awaiting the last issue with bated breath and clenched fists. Seriously, just read this book and thank me later.

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I'm sad to see it end, but I could not have asked for a better final issue. Writer Cullen Bunn has led us to a fantastic ending that is so very fitting. It shows incredible character development, as Emmy has gone through one helluva journey. While there are certainly possibilities to return to Harrow County to feature more of the strange monsters and odd things that have happened there over the years, it's unnecessary. We have a great story here that stands on its own with a beginning, middle, and an end that will delight any reader.

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Headspace is a damn fine comic that will keep you on your toes. Lindsay sets a breakneck pace with the story and never lets up, taking sharp twists and turns. Here you have a beacon of sanity in Shane surrounded by an ocean of chaos with Max's mind. This is high caliber work that you are just not going to see anywhere else.

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Headspace has one of the most satisfying endings I've seen in years.  Lindsay crafted an emotionally draining adventure through the mind of a killer that's unlike anything you'll see on the stands today.  It's huge in scope and earnest as all Hell.  Watching the lengths that one man is willing to go is inspiring.  We should all hope to be half the man that Shane is.  This is what a hero looks like.  There are no capes or tights.  Just a man standing up for what's right with conviction.

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Heavenly Blues has been steadily building since issue one. Things really get going here and I'm super excited to see where they go next. Can this group of misfits pull off the heist of this or any lifetime? The rewards are huge, but so are the stakes. This is a biblical heist and we're routing for the bad guys.

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Heavenly Blues sticks the landing on a terrific and otherworldly heist story. It took the time to establish these characters and what makes them tick so you become so invested in their lives. They absolutely have to succeed because if they don't, it will be completely devastating. Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo make a great team. Between this and Shaman, they've got a couple solid titles under their belt. I'm excited to see what they do next.

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The Midnight Circus is a great addition to the Hellboy mythos.  It fills in some of the gaps to provide a little more backstory to the character and how he became the man and the hero later on in life.  It also shows how deeply that Professor Bruttenholm cares for the boy in a world where the child is treated as an outcast and a bit of a freak. This is worth checking out for Duncan Fegredo's excellent artwork alone.

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Hellbreak can at times resemble a blockbuster action movie akin to the Expendables.  Then it pulls back the curtain a bit and reveals that this elite team of soldiers is not fighting Columbian drug lords or Mel Gibson.  Instead, they're fighting the forces of Hell itself, in all its terror.  This is a damn satisfying first issue and you are not going to find a better deal on the comic stands right now.

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Hellicious is like I Hate Fairyland set in Hell. It has the same level of crazy and hilarious humor with super fun artwork and a breakneck pace. This is tailor made for any horror fan with a dark sense of humor. Writers A.C. Medina and Mina Elwell are on to something great here.

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Hellicious is filled with dark humor and it's the best kind. Writers Alan C. Medina and Mina Elwell deliver a non-stop assault of jokes and gags that will keep you smiling from beginning to end. This is the spiritual successor to Lenore from Roman Dirge, although filled with far more hellfire.

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Hex Wives has built up to this exciting point where I'm practically shaking from anticipation. These men have gaslit some strong witches, stifling their natural abilities and relegating them into a role of glorified maids and chefs. That will not stand. Now that the cracks are showing, I am eagerly awaiting the moment where they smash everything to pieces.

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Hex Wives built up to this exciting burst of vengeance and it is so worth it. I have been waiting for this issue since the series began and it delivers on all fronts. Writer Ben Blacker paced this arc well. I was practically pumping my fists out of sheer delight for the justifiable carnage unleashed by this coven. If Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, you should see what happens when you piss off these witches.

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Lucifer is like the power and determination of Buffy mixed with the sheer badassery of Faith, and wrapped in all-around cool.  I like to think Hexed takes place in the same world as the vampire slayers, but she deals in the shady back alleys that the Chosen One would never venture within.  Although she has no real reason to be a hero, she does what's right no matter the cost, and she does it with a smile on her face.  

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Hexed has easily become one of my favorite titles. Lucifer is a strong female lead that rivals the likes of Buffy and Wonder Woman. She's that good. The comic is packed with a rich and seemingly never-ending mythology that only serves to amplify the possibilities for future stories.

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Hexed is easily one of the best comics on the stands today.  Michael Alan Nelson and Dan Mora have built an exciting, supernatural adventure with a strong character-driven story.  I read this entire issue with gritted teeth, shocked at the lengths that Lucifer was willing to go.  This is the kind of comic that reads like a blockbuster movie.  I certainly hope that the big screen is in its future.

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I'm so sad that Hexed is ending, but it could not have gone out in a more spectacular fashion. It ends not with a bang or a whimper, but with a smirk and a knowing nod. In many ways, Hexed is the spiritual successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It takes a strong female character, surrounds her with an interesting supporting cast, and throws her into some hellish situations that she must overcome. It makes for a great read and one that I hope returns someday.

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Hot Damn is like a stoner comedy set in Hell.  These characters are screw-ups just trying to putz through the afterlife.  They were stupid when they were alive and they're still pretty dumb.  The thing is, if they mess up now, the results are far worse.  That won't stop them from getting into trouble.

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House of Penance has built up to this startling climax and it's earned every moment of it.  It's an unsettling read and this issue is no different.  Throughout the entire series, you've wondered if Sarah is crazy.  Are the things she's seeing just in her head?  Or are they really there?  We get some clarification here, but more importantly, we get closure.  It's this perfectly fitting ending that is as beautiful as it is tragic.  Writer Peter J. Tomasi's story of horror and heartbreak is matched by Bertram's artwork that is often disturbing yet poignant.

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I Hate Fairyland is like Candyland seen through the prism of John Kricfalusi.  It's filled with the dark humor that we've come to love and expect from the likes of Lenore and Invader Zim.  It takes the tropes from classic children's tales and kicks them right in the balls before ripping their hearts right out.

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I Hate Fairyland is a cornucopia of candy-coated carnage.  (Alliteration is fun, kids!)  If you've ever suffered through a game of Candyland or wanted to tear the head off a Care Bear, this is the perfect comic for you.  Let me leave you with this:  Within the first three pages (previewed above), a tiny butterfly teddy bear creature rips the heart out of a monster and displays it to a cheering crowd like some demented version of Gladiator.  If that doesn't make you want to buy this comic, nothing will.  Also, we can't be friends.

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The Immortal Hulk presents the character as a big green spirit of vengeance. His human form may perish, but every night the monster will rise up to see justice served. To compare it to DC Comics for a second, it's like if Solomon Grundy became the Spectre. This paints the Hulk in a more frightening light than ever before.

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The Immortal Hulk reframes the green goliath from a rampaging monster to a methodical vigilante of vengeance. He stops short of murder here, but death would have been a better option for his victim than what was actually doled out.

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The Immortal Hulk cuts deep. It shows a vulnerable side to the Hulk that is scarier than any of the chaos he's caused to date. Writer Al Ewing strikes right at the heart of the character, shaking him to the core. Bruce Banner has been keeping a low profile, but the events of this issue will be hard to keep under wraps. This is a stunning character study that never fails to deliver.

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The Immortal Hulk is an absolutely twisted comic that injects all kinds of horror right into the Marvel Universe. This issue raises it to new heights. It puts the character in a whole new light, showing him for the monster he can be and the tortured man that's forced to live with it. The Hulk is as terrifying as he is awesome.

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The Immortal Hulk sets a high bar for horror in super hero comics. It shows how expertly the genre can be weaved into the world of capes and tights. This is simultaneously adding to a long-established character and scaring the crap out of me.

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Immortal Hulk has brought a new dynamic to this classic character, setting him up as this warrior of vengeance, protecting our world from untold horrors waiting to invade. Judging from the revelations of this issue, we're just getting started and I could not be happier about that. This is breaking the Hulk down to his base components and rebuilding him in a new and fascinating way. It is a must read comic.

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The Immortal Hulk continues to show why it's one of the best comics on the stands today. It can seamlessly bounce from a huge fight scene to a few moments of reflection while catapulting the plot forward and developing characters that have been around for decades. It is an impressive book that never disappoints. From the looks of things, it's only getting started.

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Infidel is a shocking comic. It's an early pick for one of the best horror comics of the year. It will chill you to the bone and not just because of the horrifying visions the main character endures.

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This is a comic that will stay with you. It's an absolutely terrifying read that will get under your skin.

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Infidel is not only one of the scariest comics on the stands today, but one of the most relevant. It forces us to look at our current status quo through the guise of xenophobic entities from another realm, which oddly puts some things in perspective. Read this one with the lights on.

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Infidel is easily the scariest comic on the stands right now, let alone one of the best horror comics of the year. This book will chill you to the bone in more ways than one. Words of advice: Don't read this before bed. These ghosts will haunt you long after you put the comic down.

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Interceptor is a solid debut with an amazing story and killer artwork.  It seamlessly merges genres, blending the best elements of sci-fi, horror, action, and comedy in one melting pot of awesome. This first issue leaves things off with such a great hook that will have you clamoring for more.

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Interceptor is the best comic featuring a giant robot suit destroying legions of vampires you'll read all year.  It's pure, unbridled fun.  It's a Michael Bay movie, but with a good story.  Forget popcorn movies.  This is popcorn comics.

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Invader Zim is back and the world is a better place as a result. This is such a damn fun comic and it's great for positively everyone. The humor is so deliciously weird and it never stops being funny. Just go read it already!

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Itty Bitty Hellboy is a great comic and one that I hope continues for many more issues.  It's the kind of book you can read with your kid, which you can both enjoy.  The humor works on several levels.  The structure of the comic is such that you can easily pick it up at any time and dive right in.  This can be the gateway comic for your child to the wide world of Hellboy that includes everything from killer frogs to the devil himself.  This issue doesn't start with that, but who knows where it could go next?

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The mythos of Jughead: The Hunger grows considerably in this issue, branching out into further reaches of the Archie Universe. Writer Frank Tieri creates an old-school, moody horror feel to the book, filling every page with dread for what might come next. These rival forces are building on both sides, which will ultimately lead into some sort of werewolf showdown and I cannot wait to see it. This is a top tier werewolf story.

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Jughead: The Hunger works werewolf lore so seamlessly into the Archie universe that you'd think it's been there since the beginning. Although this is a one-shot, I would love to see more from this world. This is an expertly crafted horror comic with a terrifying, well-paced story coupled with jaw-dropping artwork.

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DC Comics has been creating this solid corner of horror within its universe and I could not be happier. Justice League Dark is a fantastic addition to it and it's just getting started. The Upside-Down Man alone is worth the price of admission for this first brief arc. Seriously, that guy is going to be haunting my dreams for a while. It's like if a tongue had teeth. Ugh. Anyway, Justice League Dark is diving into the supernatural with an awesome mix of characters, solid action, and jaw-dropping artwork.

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Kill or Be Killed is so friggin' good.  It presents a premise that grips you so hard you'll be gasping for breath.  Coupled with gorgeous artwork and stunning colors makes it a book you simply cannot miss.  Buy it. Read it.  Thank me later.

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Kill the Minotaur will have you rethinking Ancient Greek Myths. It puts a unique and terrifying spin on this legend. At its heart, it's a monster story and it nails everything that makes for a great one. It's currently being adapted into a movie and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen because it's definitely worth it.

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Killogy continues to kick ass. This issue filled in some of the gaps previously created but brought up more questions. It really pulled me into the story and made me anxious to see more.

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In a world where zombies are becoming old and tired, Alan Robert comes in with Killogy and breathes new life into the genre.  He doesn't depend on cheap scares or needless undead violence.  Instead he's created a great story and backed it up with some dynamite art.  And he's not done yet.  This is the penultimate issue of Killogy.  The next issue wraps everything up and I can't wait to check it out.

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Lady Killer takes the idea of a woman leading a double life and adds a lot of heart to it. It's an ideal mix of comedy, horror, and silly family drama with some damn near perfect artwork. Seriously, after reading this, I want to see Jolle Jones draw everything.

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Lady Killer is not just the best comic you'll read about a contract-killer housewife, it's also a gorgeously illustrated book with levels of gore that will rival any horror book on the stands today.  You just haven't lived until you've seen a beautiful woman cut up a body with an electric carving knife.

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Lazaretto would give any clean freak nightmares for months. It's a disturbing journey that will make you want to bathe yourself in hand sanitizer after reading it. It ends in a perfect shot, as we see the aftermath of this disease and what it's done to the dorm while welcome messages for the freshmen are played overhead. It's a haunting juxtaposition that serves as a nice bookend to how the series began. This is some awesome stuff.

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This storyline wraps up with the next issue in which a character will die.  I have no idea who will kick the bucket, but I'd be sad to see any of the characters die as they work so well together.  It's a great comedic team.  If anyone has to go, can it be the pickle hat?  Does he count?  Is it a he?  Do pickle hats have genders?

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Leviathan is a super fun, like a humorous take on Godzilla, but still driven by the human characters. Sure, we get tons of kaiju carnage as this thing rampaging through a city, but that's just part of it. The real fun comes in the human element as Ray comes to grips with how this giant monster just changed his life forever. Plus, how hard is he going to go after Goth Jimmy for ruining everything? He's seriously the worst.

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Leviathan is an absolute blast. It is non-stop fun that will bring a smile to your face, especially if you enjoy dark humor. The action is over-the-top and completely bonkers. I have no idea where it's going to go next but I can't wait to find out.

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Little Girl aims right for the heart with its scares. Writer Pat Shand does not let up even for a moment. This is a terrifying comic from start to finish and it's showing no signs of slowing down. This is the kind of book that will have you checking your doors and windows to make sure they're locked before going to bed.

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Locke & Key: Alpha #1 is packed with so much story that I honestly have no idea what Hill and Rodriguez can do with another 48 pages.  There's just one issue left of this series, but in several ways I'd be content if this was the actual finale.  While I'm glad that it's getting a satisfactory ending, I'll be truly sad to see it go.

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Locke & Key: Alpha is the perfect kind of closer to a comic.  It's something that's rarely seen in the industry today as we're faced with numerous reboots and relaunches, forcing characters to go on and on.  The series has a beginning, middle, and one helluva an end.  It makes you want to pick up the very first issue and read them all over again right after you put this one down.  It's emotional.  It tugs at the heartstrings.  It's damn near perfect.

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Although it's been three years since any new content has been released, Hill and Rodriguez have not missed a beat. Locke & Key is still as wondrous, frightening, and filled with adventure as always. Small World captures the sense of awe that can only be felt by a child while dealing with a simple fear that tons of people suffer from.

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Made Men puts a refreshing take on the Frankenstein story, greatly expanding it and bringing it to the modern day. Most of the stories that return to Frankenstein focus on the monster and where it went next. This puts a nice new spin on it that is rife with possibilities. Jutte is reluctant to face her family history, but is forced to do so when she and her team are put in the crosshairs. Now she has a rag-tag group of monsters working to bring down the folks that put them in this position in the first place. All the torches and pitchforks in the world aren't going to stop them.

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Martian Manhunter is like True Detective meets Cronenberg's The Fly. It could have been a satisfying crime story on its own. Adding in heaping helpings of body horror, alien carnage, and pure unbridled terror makes it a must read.

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Monster Motors is the kind of fun, creative story that comics were made for. It's silly and easy for kids to pick up while also being smart enough for adults. This needs to be an ongoing title. I would gladly read about the monthly adventures of mechanic Vic Frankenstein in Transylvania as he battles monster cars. Wouldn't you?

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To say that Monster Motors is a fun comic is an understatement. It's the kind of comic you'll read with a smile on your face from page one. It's an intelligently written comic that will resonate with all ages. Lynch expands on the mythology first seen in the original one-shot and seamlessly continues the story right where he left off. The existence of even more monster motors opens the door for what I hope will be many more stories, if for nothing else than to see what other pun-filled car names Lynch can come up with.

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In previous reviews for Monster Motors comics I've said that this comic should be a Saturday morning TV show and a line of Hot Wheels toys.  I still want those things, but for now, I'd settle for an ongoing series.  There is so much to love about this book.  It's the kind of comic that you can read with a smile on your face.  It's one that you'll want to share because of how fun it is.  Each of the characters is unique and provides a suitable homage to the classic monsters that inspired them.  Seriously, read this comic.

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Monster World expertly blends elements of the private eye novels of yesteryear with those of supernatural horror. It's a solid read with some dynamite artwork. If you ever wanted to see Humphrey Bogart fight a zombie, this book is for you.

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Murder Falcon is pure fun from beginning to end. It had me with the premise alone and then Johnson takes it to new heights with his amazing artwork and powerful storytelling. This comic has everything I could ever want from a story, from giant monsters and a kick-ass hero to compelling character development and good old-fashioned metal.

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Murder Falcon is a damn near perfect comic. No, I'm going to change that. It's definitely a perfect comic. It has everything you'd want from a book from awesome action, jaw-dropping artwork, and compelling characters. It's all powered by metal, so throw up the horns and read the hell out of this comic.

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The only negative thing I can say about Murder Falcon is that I just found out there are only two issues left. I would read this series forever, so I'm bummed that it's ending. In any case, it looks like we're setting up for some impressive and explosive finale. You might pick up Murder Falcon for the crazy monsters and impressive artwork. You'll get hooked with the dynamite storytelling, incredible character work, and the exploration of our connection to music. This book is awesome.

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Nailbiter will pull you in and never let go.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in this story and want more right away.  I'm sure there are quite a few more secrets hidden within the town of Buckaroo and I can't wait to see what else Williamson plans to reveal with the coming issues. 

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Nailbiter just keeps getting better. It's one of the best comics currently on the stands.  It's consistently at the top of my "To Read" pile each month.  This is the kind of comic where you'll finish an issue and demand more and more because it's just not enough.  You'll have to settle for re-reading the previous issues, looking for clues to solve the mystery.

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Williamson teases the secrets of Buckaroo not once, but twice in this issue. They're so close to the surface. My head is spinning thinking of what kind of explanation there could possibly be for all this bloodshed over the course of decades. That kind of mystery, coupled with some dynamite artwork, and a mountain of suspense, is just part of what makes Nailbiter so damn good.

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Honestly, if you're a horror fan and you're not reading Nailbiter, you're doing it wrong.  Williamson and Henderson consistently deliver a dynamite comic month in and month out.  The mystery is starting to be revealed, but more and more is teased to pull you in and keep you begging for more.

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You will struggle to find another comic that delivers this level of quality storytelling with such consistency month-in and month-out.  Nailbiter is a solid, bone-chilling read.  It pulls you in slowly before making you jump out of your skin with a single panel. 

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Nailbiter has been an amazing ride and a helluva horror comic. It ends just as strong as it begins, with a tense, terrifying story and gorgeous, well-detailed artwork. The characters will stick with you for some time. This is the kind of comic that you'll finish and want to immediately go back and re-read from the beginning to see with a new set of eyes. It's just so damn good.

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Negative Space just opened up onto a whole new level.  The first issue was just the precursor to this expansive and horrifying world.  The real scary thing about it is how believable it all is.  It's not that far off to imagine that we're all miserable because an evil corporation has been pulling the strings to make us that way in order to profit from our sadness by feeding it to a race of powerful undersea creatures.  Well, when you say it like that, maybe it's a little out there.  Still, Negative Space can scare you and then make you want to go out and hug someone.  It's a weird feeling at first, but you just kind of go with it.

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Negative Space hits on all marks.  It's a powerful comic with a message, but it doesn't beat you over the head with it.  In lesser hands, this would have turned into a Monsters Inc ripoff where the Evorah found they can feed off of happiness better than depression.  Instead, it became so much more.  This cements Ryan K. Lindsay as an expert storyteller capable of truly incredible character work.  They feel like real people and that's the greatest compliment you can give to someone that made all these characters up.  Owen Gieni has crafted some of the most terrifying monsters seen on the stands today, made even scarier by the fact that they rarely speak.  They come out of the water in silence and just start killing.  The scenes with the humans are far more chilling though.  Seriously, go check out that panel with the keyboards.  I would not be surprised if that's stolen for a horror movie in the next couple years.

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It's eerie how on point No. 1 with a Bullet is with the headlines in today's news. The comic hits a number of very relevant social issues in a way that makes way too much sense. This can happen. It would not be surprising at all to see a similar story pop up in the news tomorrow. It deals with how we handle fame, sex, technology, and fandom and where the lines are crossed with each.

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No. 1 with a Bullet is a horror comic like no other. It hits like a punch to the gut with real world monsters. These are not mythical beings or supernatural creatures. These are normal everyday people capable of incredibly heinous actions. That is a million times scarier than anything that fits the typical monster stereotype.

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This is a perfect example of how you create a #1 issue. Oblivion Song is the total package, delivering terrifying monsters, personal character development, stunning artwork, and a great story. Do not sleep on this series.

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Oblivion Song rises to new heights with this issue. It already had a solid hook, great character development, and gorgeous artwork. Now that it's grabbed you, it reaches up to new levels with some awesome twists and turns. This chapter reframes the entire story to date.

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I feel like most sci-fi / horror stories tend to lean more on the sci-fi side than the spooky stuff. Outer Darkness is right in the middle, if not leaning more towards horror. There are constant reminders that we're dealing with horrifying things, plus these characters are doing it while rocketing through the far reaches of space. This debut issue lays the ground work for a slew of possibilities and many of them are dark. It's like a pilot to your next favorite TV show.

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Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is filled with a sense of foreboding from page one. Granted, that page also includes a man with a gaping bullet wound in his forehead. It's hard to believe that things only get worse for this city from there. Oxymoron's reign of terror is brutal and absolutely insane. This is what chaotic evil looks like if left unchecked...and it's just getting started.

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Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is an expertly written and beautifully drawn book that will scare you to your core. You can see a major influence from Se7en in the book, but taken to super villain proportions. Co-writer John Lees promises that the second half of the series is where "things get REALLY messed up!" I cannot imagine how he's going to top the events of this issue, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

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Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is most definitely a book for mature audiences.  The lengths that this character goes are extreme.  The end of this issue will shock you to your very core.  You'll wonder what just happened.  You won't believe it at first.  They didn't really do that, did they?  There's only one issue left and I have no idea how the creators are going to top themselves, but I cannot wait to find out. 

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Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare is a brutal yet thought-provoking look at the relationship between a hero and a villain and what makes up each side of that coin.  It pulls no punches with its actions, nor does it apologize for them.  The creative team has pushed the story elements to the limits and then some, offering a pulse-pounding read that you cannot put down.  This will be a book that you will read in one sitting once it's collected in a trade paperback. 

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I might say I'm biased, as anything to do with Penny Dreadful I will adore, but throwing in ancient Egypt as well? You have me hook, line and sinker. The story leaves us begging for the next installment. They have awoken an ancient beast that the Duke wishes to control to summon the dark father himself. Will they destroy the world or each other? I need to know. Like now.

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Pestilence: A Story of Satan ups the ante considerably from the first series. This was already an epic story with horrors big and small. Writer Frank Tieri is taking it to the next level here and he's pulling no punches.

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Pestilence: A Story of Satan ups the ante with this issue, getting even darker and more horrifying. Writer Frank Tieri takes this story to new heights with Exorcist-level scares. This is a horror comic that scratches nearly every itch with insane blood and gore, zombies, and the Dark Lord himself. It's like horror bingo and it's a clearly a winner.

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Pestilence: A Story of Satan is poised to end with the next issue. I can't imagine how this harrowing tale will wrap up. Writer Frank Tieri has taken an already terrifying tale to new heights with this chapter and the mini-series as a whole. Pestilence took a new, undead look at the bubonic plague. Its follow up has brought in the biggest bad there is and will shake you to the core. This is grade A horror.

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You've seen revenge stories, some more brutal than others. Plastic is perhaps the most demented, twisted revenge story to date. It's bloody, creepy, and filled with dark humor making it a fun read that is well worth your time.

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Plastic is easily one of the best books on the stands right now. It's fun, over-the-top, and excessively violent. It's Justified meets Misery. Edwyn is completely unique and so far out there, but he exhibits traits that are familiar to all of us. He's just a fool in love...a serial killing, maniacial, crazy fool in love.

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Plastic is the most inventive and enjoyable serial killer story in years. Edwyn finds new and increasingly crazy ways to kill people all in an effort to track down his sweet Virginia.  He's clearly deranged and needs some professional help.  Is it wrong that I want him to get that help after he's brutally murdered these bad guys?  From the looks of things, Plastic is setting up for an incredible finale and I can't wait.

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Plastic is an absolute blast. It has it all. You've got action, romance, drama, comedy, and a whole lot of death and carnage. If you have even the slightest interest in any of those genres, you will enjoy this comic. It's the humorous cousin to Nailbiter. I'd actually love to see Edwyn visit the town of Buckaroo, as he would fit right in.

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The Realm has a stunning debut issue. It's a perfect introduction that pulls you in from page one. This is an awesome blend of fantasy and dystopia. It's The Walking Dead meets East of West with a dash of Lord of the Rings thrown in.

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The Realm has built an impressive mythos around this dystopian society. A rag-tag group of survivors are making their way across this landscape and they're fighting for every inch of their travel. This issue features one bigger and longer fight that's like a modern day cross between the battle at the Wall in Game of Thrones and any of the major ones from Lord of the Rings. It's epic yet still filled with personal moments to pull you in and keep you interested, like the opposite of a Michael Bay movie. This is the kind of dark fantasy I can get behind.

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Over the past few years we've seen various monsters get their day in the sun.  Zombies, werewolves, and vampires have all had time to shine.  Now it's the witches' turn.  Redlands puts them squarely on the top of the food chain.  This is an impressive, terrifying comic that will grab you from page one and never let go.  It is brilliantly paced with non-stop scares.  Do yourself a favor and buy this book.

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Redlands is like a supernatural True Detective with a tinge of Silence of the Lambs thrown in. It works as a solid cop drama and is only intensified by the occult abilities of the three main characters. This is a horror comic to watch.

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Redneck is a fantastic read from beginning to end. It's a perfectly crafted comic that blends strong family drama with terrifying horror elements to produce one of the best books on the stands today. It's so friggin' good.

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Regression builds to an unbelievable cliffhanger, specifically with two mind-blowing full-page spreads that hit like a one-two punch. If your skin wasn't crawling with all the bugs, it will with these final pages. This is the horror comic to watch this year. I mean, you should already be reading it as Cullen Bunn's name is on it and the man knows a thing or two about writing horror comics. This is some next level stuff.

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So much of Regression to date has been buildup as writer Cullen Bunn diligently placed all of the pieces on the board.  This issue is where he starts knocking them off one by one.  This is where the chaos starts and things get really crazy.  Boy, does it deliver.  Regression will get under your skin.  It will shake you to your core.  This is a damn scary comic.

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Revival is a celebration of life and death. It's a story about loss and how it affects the people left behind. The characters are very real, which makes the book so damn effective. I would compare it to Locke & Key in this manner, especially with how well it wraps everything up. You're not left hanging or wondering what happened to this character or that arc. It's an awesome ending.

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The first issue of RoboCop has set the stage for a number of cool plot lines.  The title character is just as tough as I remember when seeing the original film as a kid.  New and old fans will enjoy this comic.  This is the sequel we all wanted but never got.

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RoboCop: Citizens Arrest is a thrilling comic where the little guy stands up to a big corporation. More importantly, it's an unsettling and all-too-possible future. Reading this after the events of the past couple of years raises the terror levels considerably. I just hope the government isn't looking at this as a blueprint.

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Roche Limit has been described as a cross between Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. While I loved the former, I was bored out of my mind by the latter. Fortunately, the comic is a healthy mix of science fiction and good old-fashioned hard-boiled pulp. It perfectly captures this sense of despair that comes from the human race no longer trying to advance itself. There's a great line towards the beginning of the issue that reads "We were taking steps sideways, not forward." That sums up the feeling of this place pretty well.

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Roche Limit: Clandestiny is a really interesting turn for the story, the kind that makes you want to know more right away.  It's a departure from the cold, cool tone of the first series, but not in a bad way at all.  Instead, it's a slight jump to a different sub-genre of science fiction, one filled with just as much dread and hopelessness.  This is not the bright, shiny future we were promised.  Humanity has failed.  The future sucks and we have to deal with it.

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Roche Limit: Clandestiny takes survival sci-fi horror to a new level.  It's like Dead Space mixed with Alien, with a bit of Blade Runner thrown in.  These soldiers are facing true terror and most likely their own deaths.  What little hope they have rests in an angry android sick of mankind and its many flaws.  There are still mysteries all over this space colony and I cannot wait to find out more.

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This is a dynamite first issue that gives you a great quick primer on a brand new universe. There's no time wasted on exposition or character backgrounds. Mercado gets right into the meat of the story and doesn't look back. Rocket Salvage has the makings of a great sci-fi adventure.

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Romulus has a perfect opening issue.  It seamlessly introduces you to this world and the main character in a way that makes it feel like you've seen them for years.  The puppet masters are still hidden, but I'm sure they won't be for long with Ashlar out there.  This definitely lives up to the description of "Buffy vs. the Illuminati."

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Ronin Island sets a fantastic foundation with this issue. I am pulled in, hook, line, and sinker and I can't wait to see what Hana and Kenichi will survive this oncoming assault from the horde. Ronin Island sits in this awesome Venn diagram of samurais and monsters and there's nothing bad about that idea.

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Rot & Ruin is quickly becoming my favorite zombie comic. That's saying something considering how many of them seem to be popping up lately. It's got action, adventure, and sheer terror with characters that I have grown to love over a very short period of time.

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There are still many unanswered questions in Rumble, but this was one helluva debut issue. The action is exciting. The characters are fun and a little weird. The monsters are terrifying. This is a darker and slightly humorous take on the fantasy action / adventure story. Arcudi and Harren make it their own and do a tremendous job with it.

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Barry and Henry are just two of the handful of characters that make up the whole group. They begin to come together by the end of the issue, like pieces of a puzzle starting to form. They're not all in one place just yet, but there's enough movement and development to get you excited for more. This is an awesome way to start a series. These creators know how to handle a western horror comic, so I'm most definitely looking forwards to where Shadow Roads takes us.

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You can read this issue, as well as the previous chapters of Sink for free by signing up to the official newsletter.  Go ahead.  Get in the van.

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If you want to try out Sink, you can read the comic for free by signing up for the newsletter. I assure you, it's well worth it.

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Sink pulls no punches. This issue is horrifying in the truest sense of the word. The artwork will make you cringe. This woman's journey is an emotional roller coaster through blood and torment with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Plus, it deals with murderous clowns and there is nothing that's not terrifying about that phrase. This is required reading for all horror fans.

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Sink shows its versatility with this issue, blending humor and horror into one seamless reading experience. Comedy and horror are very close together in the scheme of things with some similar elements in storytelling and timing. They're also very tough to do in comic book form. This is a perfect example of it done very well, although you should be warned that the humor is pretty dark. Odds are, if you're a horror fan, you're probably A-OK with that.

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I've never done acid, but if I could get a guarantee that the trip would be half as interesting as Space Riders, I would be tripping balls right now.  The comic feels like a long lost tome that has been locked away for decades, only resurfacing now that the world is ready for it.  It's trippy.  It's fun.  It's absolutely insane.  Damn, is it good.

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This opening story is dedicated to the creators of Swamp Thing, Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, both of whom passed away last year. The second half of this oversized issue contains one of the last stories Wein created for Swamp Thing for a new mini-series launch. The completed artwork by Kelly Jones and colorist Michelle Madsen is presented without lettering. It's followed by Wein's actual script. Even without text, it is an interesting comic to read through and it's a nice addition to this book. It's unfortunate that we won't see this play out, but it's a great tribute to the late, great Wein and his amazing work.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters is the answer to so many of my childhood dreams. Granted, I would have loved this comic even if it was just 20 pages of the two teams talking over pizza, but fortunately it's a pretty good story with some dynamite artwork. We'll see how quickly they get through the typical team up stages. Judging from my calculations, the next step is a fight between the two groups before they realize they're on the same team and then join forces to stop the bad guy. As long as Raphael trades quips with Venkman, I'm fine with that.

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The Belfry is the terror and intrigue I had hoped to get from Lost.  It delivers tension-filled scares that will stay with you long after you put the book down.  It's horror that will get under your skin in the most chilling ways possible.  Do not miss this comic.

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Sabrina is a perfect addition to the Archie Comics horror line and a welcome companion to Afterlife with Archie. It paints a very different picture of the teenage witch that we've known for all these years and makes witches scary again. There are also ties to some other characters in this universe and the setup of a downright terrifying monster that will be explored in some future issues.

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Between this first issue - which is priced at the absolutely insane cost of $1.00 - and the previous trade paperback (also valued priced at only $9.99), this is an effective way to launch a series. You'll become instantly engulfed within this world and be dying to learn more. Unlike Eddie, you won't have the luxury of bouncing right back. If you ever watched movies like The Maltese Falcon or just about anything starring Edward G. Robinson and thought they'd be better with demons, The Damned is for you. This has a great pace, amazing artwork, and a dynamite story that makes it a must read.

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The Damned has the makings of a sprawling crime / horror epic. It seamlessly weaves between aspects of both genres, taking normal gangster tropes and upping the ante with the supernatural twist. If it follows in the footsteps of the creative team's previous work, The Sixth Gun, then we're in for an incredible and extended ride. It's just so damn good.

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The Damned just keeps getting better. It's impossible to predict, so it definitely keeps you on your toes. This issue in packed with content that greatly expands upon the series to date, taking it into some really interesting places. It's a crime story with a supernatural twist. What's not to love?

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The Damned is the most fun you'll have with a dead body since Weekend at Bernie's. Morgan is a great addition to the cast and I hope to see more of him as the series continues. Writer Cullen Bunn has a talent for interesting and unpredictable stories and The Damned is no different. Anyone that's ever enjoyed a mobster movie should be reading this book every month.

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Guys, I don't know what else to tell you about The Damned. If you're not reading it, you're missing out. This comic is a showcase of a creative team that's firing on all cylinders. They did it with The Sixth Gun and they're doing it here.

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The Damned works as a great horror / gangster story, but what amplifies everything about it is the amazing cast. Writer Cullen Bunn pulls you in with these compelling characters. You can't help but get wrapped up in their lives.

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The Demon: Hell is Earth has given me a newfound appreciation for Etrigan, if for nothing else than the interaction between him and Jason Blood. I'm definitely more interested in the characters if this is the caliber of storytelling we get.

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The Doorman is sci-fi done right.  It's universe-spanning action and adventure with crazy and terrifying aliens.  At its heart is a very human story about wanting to make a difference before shuffling off this mortal coil.  Along the way is a ton of laughs for good measure.  This is a great, well-rounded comic that delivers across the board.

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The Dregs is a powerhouse of a comic, stretching the boundaries of the medium.  It delivers a riveting story, unbelievable artwork, and a premise that is just close enough to reality to be absolutely terrifying.  That's the real kicker about the book.  You can see something like this happening.  It's not that far off.  Plus, it's set in Canada!  Just imagine if it was in the US!

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The Empty Man is a horror comic that will definitely get under your skin. It doesn't scare you with gore or what passes for jump scares. Instead, it steadily builds this unsettling feeling that never goes away. You'll dread every page turn, but will still eagerly flip through the comic because you'll have to know where it will go next.

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The Fade Out cements Brubaker and Phillips in the noir genre with the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.  This first issue gives you everything you need to fall head first into this world of murder, mystery, and intrigue and will leave you wanting more.

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The Ghost Fleet really upped the ante with this issue.  It was already an exciting, no-holds-barred comic, but now it's on a whole other level.  Donny Cates and Daniel Warren Johnson left it all on the page here.  It's a popcorn movie of a comic with substance and heart.

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The Ghost Fleet ends in such a way as to herald in a new beginning.  It's a balls-to-the-wall action book with a massive supernatural angle that changes everything in such an awesome way.  It goes from being exciting to dreadful to friggin' metal.  If you've ever liked any action movie that's ever been made, you should read The Ghost Fleet.

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The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time is a tale of revenge that puts the Taken movies to shame. It's a cold and callous take on vengeance. You have a man that has been pushed to the breaking point. You almost feel sorry for the witches because there is little they can do to stop the Goon at this point. He's coming for them and it's going to get bloody.

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The Gravediggers Union is off to a tremendous start. It's got a great premise, awesome artwork, and brilliant colors that come together to make this perfect horror package. This is an impressive and oversized debut issue.

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Every time I think The House has gotten the scariest it will be, it ups the ante. It keeps getting better and it's been gripping since page one. This building is full of mystery. Dread lurks around every corner. You will not want to put it down.

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The Humans is a balls-out (literally...there are quite a few ape penises in these pages), drug-fueled, psychedelic ride through exploitation-era cinema. The book has an old school look to it, like it was just discovered in the most awesome time capsule ever. Plus, where else are you going to find the sound effects Butt, Schwing, and my personal favorite "KA-FUCKIN-BOOM"?

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The Long Con hits on all the right marks. It pokes fun at nerd culture without disrespecting it, which is a tough line to walk. Everything comes together well to present a solid story packed with humor and a great premise. I have to know what happened at this convention now and how Victor possibly made it out alive.

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The Sandman Universe is a welcome return to this world. It's an impressive collaborative effort and a fantastic way to introduce a number of new series. I'm more excited about this continuation than most of the relaunches and reboots that have popped up in recent years. It accomplished this with a single, solid issue that weaved through each area calmly and efficiently. At the bottom line, it's just great storytelling. That sums up Sandman as a whole and it certainly applies here too.

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The Squidder is Ben Templesmith at his best.  This is what he can do when he's given free rein to create whatever he wants.  He's created a world that has lost all hope and doesn't even realize it anymore.  It's one that is ruled over by a group of squids, worshipped by some, hated by others, and ignored by everyone else.

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I said it earlier, but it bears repeating: The Unsound scares the crap out of me. There is nothing else like this book on the stands now or perhaps ever. It stands on its own as an unparalleled horror comic that will have you frightened to turn the page, yet eager to do it to see what happens next. You will not be able to put it down, partly because it might not let you.

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The Unsound is insanity unhinged. When you can't trust your own mind, the entire world becomes way scarier. I have no earthly idea as to where this comic is going to go next, but I'm certain it's going to shake me to the core. It's the type of comic that will leave you shaking from fright, yet begging for more. It's a perfect horror comic.

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Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman have really found their stride with this issue. Toe Tag Riot is a damn fun comic book. It flows like a gore-filled, undead road trip with a cast of characters that really grow on you. It's kind of like the Punisher if he killed stupid people instead of mobsters...and he was four zombies in a punk rock band...OK. It's nothing like the Punisher.

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V-Wars has grabbed hold of me and has not let go since the first shot was fired.  There's a deeper story here and Maberry appears to just be scraping the service.  I can't wait to see what else is coming down the line, as these first couple issues have provided a full background to both sides of the war.

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Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars is off to a tremendous start.  Any fan of the anime film will love this book.  While it gets extra points for nostalgia, it stands on its own with a solid story and gorgeous artwork.  This is based on a previously untranslated and unpublished short story from creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, and I hope to see may more adaptations of D's adventures make their way to the comic book medium.

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This is a great introduction to the new status quo for Vampirella.  It requires no previous knowledge, allowing you to jump right in and enjoy a cool story with some terrific artwork.  This is pleasing to new and old fans alike.  Plus, this costs $0.25!  It's an absolute steal at this price.  Alternatively, it's free on Kindle and ComiXology.  Even if you've never heard of Vampirella, it's worth trying out.  Worst case scenario, you're out a quarter instead of the usual four bucks, but I assure you, you won't be disappointed.

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Writers Greg and Meg Smallwood have quickly established Vampironica as a unique, terrifying vampire tale. Archie Comics has another horror hit on their hands here. It is tonally and visually different than the other titles under the Archie Horror umbrella, yet with the same level of quality.

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Vampironica builds on the success of other Archie Horror titles like Sabrina and Afterlife with Archie. It takes characters we've known and loved for decades and puts them in dire circumstances that can chill you to the bone. I honestly wish more publishers took chances like this, as it's resulting in some top tier horror comics. You may know Veronica from Riverdale on The CW, but you've never seen her like this.

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Cates takes the character down an interesting path, asking questions that I never thought of but bring up some really awesome points

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Writer Donny Cates is building up the mythos behind Venom in big ways. This is some awesome stuff and it's already paying off with some excellent storytelling. This has elevated the character above its extreme '90s anti-hero origins into something much more.

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Venom has been moving at a breakneck pace since the series relaunched. It has already reached event levels in terms of the size and scope of the story, taking the character to new heights. This dramatically expands the symbiote mythos in new and interesting ways. If you're even remotely interested in Venom (and what '90s kid isn't?), do yourself a favor and check this one out.

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Writer Donny Cates is making the Venom comic every fan of the character has ever wanted. It builds on everything that's come before and adds so much to the mythos, raising Venom from a cool anti-hero to a fleshed out pillar of the Marvel Universe that has some pretty deep roots. The mythos is ever-expanding and it's as dark as it is awesome. Eddie Brock is getting some justice and it's pretty great.

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This series has given me a newfound appreciation for Venom. He was already a fan-favorite character, but this book has taken him to new heights, elevating him past a cool gimmick and awesome costume. There's a lot more going on with Eddie Brock and his story is only getting more and more interesting with each new chapter.

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This presents a pretty crazy idea that becomes all the more harrowing with the understanding that the threat of Carnage looms in the distance. Eddie is going to have to find a way to work with his symbiote if he hopes to survive that, but how could he forgive it for what it's done? Cates continues to revitalize Venom, redefining the character from the ground up. It is a bold new take and I could not be more excited for it.

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This is a damn near perfect first issue.  You've got the basics of Rori's new status quo with just enough sprinkled in to give you an idea of what to expect while not boring you with exposition about where she comes from or where she got her abilities.  Instead, writer Jim Zub gets right into the story and pulls you into this world head first to the point where you never want to leave.

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Wayward is a healthy mix of action, emotion, and damn good storytelling. The comic continues to explore a supernatural area of Japan that is increasingly terrifying. What really shines through is the strength of the character development and how easy it is to connect to them. Each one represents a different aspect of a typical high school student, and we've all been there.

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If you're not completely plugged into Wayward by now, I don't know what's wrong with you.  Although the characters are still finding themselves, they're all so relatable and, more importantly, real.  They come across so naturally that when they suddenly find themselves in this situation where they are fighting for not only their lives but perhaps the future of Japan, you can't help but be glued to the page.  Each issue adds to the ever growing mythos and pulls me in deeper, leaving me greatly anticipating the next chapter.  It might have started as "Buffy in Japan", but it's so much more than that now.

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Wayward is marching towards something big. There's going to be a major confrontation between the new and old gods of Japan. It's clear that Rori is done being pushed around as she plans to take the fight right to the Yokai. That means she may have to go through the Japanese military though. If this is how the final arc begins, I can't imagine how it's going to end.

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Wayward is not slowing down at all. It's steaming forward towards an incredible climax with monsters all around. If this issue is any indication, we're in for some epic supernatural battles to close out the series. This is bittersweet, as I don't want to see it end, but so far it's been a monumental journey. Wayward was pitched as "Buffy set in Japan" and it's grown so far beyond that. This is an immersive experience steeped in terrifying folklore.

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The final pages reveal possible futures for some of the characters and there's a lot of hope there. While I'm sad to see Wayward end, this finale is pitch perfect. This is truly an epic comic in more ways than one.

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We Can Never Go Home is like a teenage version of Bonnie and Clyde.  Duncan has jumped into this new life of crime with full force, reveling in this chaos his life has become.  He was born for something like this and nothing can stand in his way.  It's almost like he's been planning this and everything is falling into place for him.

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Carnage is a constant threat throughout this entire issue. We know that he's behind all this, but Eddie and the symbiote don't yet. They're uncovering this and get pulled deeper and deeper into the terror with each turn of the page. I was already excited for this eventual match up, but Web of Venom: Venom Unleashed just amplified that a thousand-fold. I cannot wait to see where this goes next.

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Welcome Back is off to a great start with an impressive first issue.  You're fully immersed in this world from the get-go.  Writer Christopher Sebela outlines what could be a complicated concept in a very quick and easy to understand way that is not bogged down by boring exposition.  Instead of telling, he shows thanks to Sawyer's artwork, and it really pays off.  This issue leaves us with a great cliffhanger that only serves to reinforce the stellar ideas put forth in this story.

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Wrapped Up is hands down one of the most fun comics on the stands today. The inclusion of monsters is an added benefit. The jokes work for kids and adults, so it's definitely something you can read with your children and not be bored out of your mind with. It's hilarious and gorgeous. Just read it and enjoy.

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Wrapped Up is the pure essence of fun. It's the perfect way to share mummies and assorted monsters with your children. The comic doesn't dumb down the material or handle it with kid gloves. Instead, it dives right into the laughs and crazy stuff that can happen when your best friend is a disheveled wizard. This is a book that adults should read too, as it speaks to the inner child in all of us. If you ever got up early on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons, you need Wrapped Up in your life.

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Gilad Anni-Padda is driven by sheer determination.  He's faced down foes great and small across countless lifetimes.  Now it's personal as a demon has taken his son away from him and he will stop at nothing to get him back.  My only disappointment with this book is that this is the penultimate issue.  I presume this means that Gilad will be returning to earth to continue his service as the Eternal Warrior, but I'm going to miss this amazing tale.  It shows the lengths a man will go through for family and honor.  This character is a true hero that can stand toe-to-toe with the legends of the industry.  He can have complete happiness for all eternity if he just stays down, but he can't bring himself to do that and let others suffer.

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Wytches has a never-ending sense of tension. It grabs you from page one and never lets go. I'm hooked. I also can't read this in the dark. It delivers true scares in a way that will stick with you long after you've finished the comic.

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Wytches delivers very real terror.  This is not a book with cheap jump scares or cannon fodder kills.  It's scary in the truest sense of the word, shaking you right to your very core.  It works on multiple levels, touching on the horrors of parenthood, family, and good old fashioned monsters.  Plus, this is just the end of the first story arc.  There's another one on the way.  Pledged is pledged.

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Wytches: Bad Egg is an incredible comic. It's a reminder of how great Wytches is and how much I missed it. There's another arc in the works and it can't come soon enough. This is Stephen King-quality horror that will stay with you long after you've finished it. Read this one with the lights on.

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This segment works so well because of the build up we've had up until this point. This is the equivalent of a thousand jump scares. You can cut the tension in A Walk Through Hell with a knife. It's this white-knuckled ride where you just know something horrible is waiting for you around every corner, but you have to keep going. Curiosity is pushing you forward, even if that means certain death. That is such a great feeling for a horror comic.

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Writer Saladin Ahmed has created an intriguing and powerful character in Elena Abbott. You can't help but get wrapped up in her life and her pursuit for the truth. This puts her in danger and she's not going to back down any time soon. We get a ton of information in this issue about this case and it's done in an organic way that never feels like an exposition dump. Abbott is a solid detective story mixed with just the right amount of supernatural terror.

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Abigail and the Snowman is an all-ages comic that delivers. It's fun for kids and adults alike without dumbing down the content. Langridge's visuals offer a great approach to introduce your children to the wide world of monsters.

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Afterlife with Archie is a solid comic that manages to balance terrifying horror with pure emotion.  Although my experience with Archie comics is limited only to this series, I feel like I've known these characters forever.  I have a vested interest in seeing them survive.  They're not just cannon fodder for the zombie horde.  As such, I eagerly await what will happen next as the series heads into its second story arc.

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Afterlife with Archie keeps getting better. At first it may have seemed like a basic zombie story set in Riverdale, but it soon became so much more. This is a truly human book dealing with terrifying horror elements. As with many stories of this nature, the real monsters may not be the shuffling dead but the man or woman shivering in the cold next to you.

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Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, & The Bird mixes an epic story of good and evil with some top notch artwork.  At the heart of it all is Dancy Flammairon, a strong woman that takes no shit from anyone, alive or dead.  Despite being in a defenseless position, she never asks for help or complains.  She just marches on, ready to do what's right.

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Although the colony is rather large, it feels suffocating as these two struggle to escape.  The whole place seems to be falling apart with smoke and debris going everywhere.  Colorist Rain Beredo adds to this feeling with some great shadow work.  This works especially well to hide the xenomorphs.  Aliens: Dust to Dust takes a familiar concept and adds a personal touch to it.  Maxon is an innocent kid caught up in complete pandemonium.  Dozens of xenomorphs are swarming the colony and his own mother is about to give birth to one herself.  This poor child is about to grow up very fast.

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The current arc, Death and Consequences, wraps up this month.  Angel's quest to resurrect Giles takes some major leaps forward but they don't come cheap.  It's only a matter of time before he runs himself ragged.  I don't know where the book will go after Eyghon, but I'm looking forward to finding out.  Angel & Faith is easily the stand out Buffy book.

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This issue also sets up the season finale with Angel's forces preparing to battle Whistler, Pearl, and Nash, and prevent a magical apocalypse. I've said it several times before, but Angel & Faith is so much more exciting and interesting to read than the main Buffy book this season. This is where the action is. This is what matters. Whether or not Buffy can hold down a job at a coffee shop pales in comparison to the life and death struggles that these characters are about to go through.

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Archie vs. Predator is a very fun comic.  If you've ever wanted to see these beloved characters get torn limb from limb, then look no further.  This is only just beginning.  Place your bets as to which member of the Riverdale folks will get eviscerated by the Predator.  Oh!  I almost forgot!  This comic contains the line "I'm a gosh-darn sexual Tyrannosaur", so shut up and give Dark Horse your money.

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Archie vs. Predator is a great comic for any fan of either franchise. I'm not fully up to speed on my Archie history. Fortunately, it's somewhat unnecessary to enjoy the comic. The characters aren't really cannon fodder, but they're also not delving into their extended histories. If you have any basic understanding as to who these people are, you'll be fine. At the very least, you can enjoy watching them literally get ripped to shreds by this alien warrior in increasingly elaborate and hilarious ways, leading up to an ending that's perfect in its strange nature.

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This is a comic relaunch I can get behind. It takes a great character and sends him to a place he does not belong, but skips over the tired "fish out of water" idea, instead focusing on the ridiculousness of the situation and playing it up to great effect. It pokes fun at the sci-fi genre, while also paying homage to it. Army of Darkness is an all-around fun comic that delivers laughs, scares, and a hint of nostalgia.

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Artifacts continues to be an epic comic dealing with very real human emotions.  There are also giant monsters that would make the worms in Tremors cry.  Progeny is just getting started here, but it's looking to be a very painful journey for some of these characters.  Some things are unforgivable and others are just too despicable to even comprehend.  Jackie is walking a fine line between the two.

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Every issue of Babyteeth has pulled me in deeper and deeper and this one is no exception. It is a riveting story with real, relatable characters. This is what makes for powerful, pulse-pounding horror. It looks like it's just getting started and I cannot wait to see where it goes next.

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Babyteeth always leaves me wanting more. Each issue ends and I cannot wait for the next. It's a gripping read that is a testament to great storytelling. Just buy this book, OK? You will thank me later.

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Baltimore isn't a character that jokes around.  He's very serious when it comes to vampire slaying.  His entire life is dedicated to finding Haigus and exterminating him.  Despite this one-track goal, his conscience constantly pulls him to help others and stop monsters that are lurking nearby.  In that respect, he's a reluctant hero but still somewhat noble.  This is what draws me to the character each time and leaves me wanting more.  I want to see Baltimore reach his goal and finally get some closure but all he knows is suffering so I don't think it will ever happen.

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Writers Steve Orlando and Tom King have brought a little slice of horror to Batman's world.  The Night of the Monster Men is just beginning and this is one exciting and creepy way to kick it off.  If this is how they start, I can't wait to see where they go next.  Plus, I mean, where else are you going to see the Dark Knight fight a giant baby?  Somehow I doubt that's going to be the story in the next movie.

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In my review for the first issue, I pointed out how much Bedtime Games reminds me of Stephen King's work. That is definitely still the case here, if not more so. Writer Nick Keller is crafting a story that will get under your skin. It's a compelling and chilling tale that speaks to the curious child in all of us.

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Birthright continues with a uniquely human spin on a tried and true fantasy element. It's dark at times but also emotional, as this family is turned upside down by the sudden reappearance of their young son whom they had presumed dead. Now their boy is a muscular warrior that has returned to our world literally haunted by a force of evil.

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Birthright is a dynamite story about family wrapped in an epic fantasy adventure with creatures ripped right out of a horror movie.  Writer Joshua Williamson can make even a seemingly hospitable conversation between two old friends appear tense and full of excitement.  Old grudges and disagreements bubble up to the surface, as they know just how to piss the other off.  All the while, it might not even matter if pure evil escapes.

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Bitter Root takes some twists and turns by the end of this issue, upping the ante considerably. This is not just a family hunting monsters. We're talking end of the world here. It will be interesting to see how the rival factions of the Sangeryes work together to combat this threat.

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Although Blackbird is more in the fantasy aisle than horror, there are a number of spooky and unsettling elements to the story that make it worth checking out. Nina's life is at times unbelievable and frightening as she struggles to deal with the terrors of what is lurking beneath the surface of our world. The idea that something sinister is happening right under our noses is a chilling one.

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Blackwood is like Harry Potter mixed with Deadly Class. It keeps all the supernatural elements and ups the danger factor considerably. If this is just a taste of what this series has to offer, I'm very excited to see where the creators take it next. It's a well-rounded horror book.

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Judd Glenny is a character capable of standing toe-to-toe with the legends of the vampire genre. I'd love to see him make Dracula sit down with a glare. He's a great person to build a story around and there's a helluva tale coming here. This is an ideal first issue, as it introduces mystery and intrigue in such a way that will have you begging for more. The final page is easily one of the most badass images you'll see all year.

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Blood & Dust takes an epic leap forward with this issue and works to redefine how vampires are seen in comics since 30 Days of Night.  This is not a Dracula or Twilight-esque bloodsucker.  You might compare it to True Blood in the Southern setting, but that's where the similarities end.  Here is a man who wants to do right by his family.  It just so happens that he has to drink blood to do that.  He's got a code and he lives... or un-lives by it.

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Blood Brothers is a downright fun comic.  The stakes (DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?!  HAR HAR!) are high, but it never feels like things are out of control because you're along for the ride with Nick and Tree.  I could easily see this turned into a feature film.  It would work so well, as it's a smart and funny take on the vampire genre.  Get on that, Hollywood.

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Blood Brothers is a fun comic about vampires.  Gagerman and Waller could have parodied countless bloodsucking stories out there.  Instead they've created an original, humorous tale about two buddies that have been partying non-stop for years.  They just happen to need blood to survive.  It should come as no surprise that this comic has already been optioned for a big screen release.  This is the kind of stuff I hope to see more of.

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This is the kind of expert pacing that writer Cullen Bunn can deliver. The guy knows a thing or two about horror comics and Blossoms 666 is another solid book. It helps that we're so familiar with these characters, but that's only part of it. This would be a gripping read on its own. Adding Archie and the gang only elevates the terror.

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Bone Parish is like a paranormal version of The Wire. Instead of Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale, we've got the Winters family, struggling to keep up with an ever-increasing demand while rival gangs start to hone in on their turf and the feds are circling like vultures. Writer Cullen Bunn is delivering a solid crime story that is amplified by the chilling horror angle.

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Bone Parish works on many levels. It's a touching family story dealing with loss and a Breaking Bad-esque tale of drug dealing mixed with some truly unsettling horror that will stay with you long after you put the book down. This issue serves as a conclusion, but also as a first step for the Winters into a bold new era. They're making their mark and it's going to have some major repercussions.

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Bone Parish has already established itself as a creepy supernatural comic. What sets it apart is how well developed the characters are and how invested we are in their lives. This is a low key chapter that's packed with a sense of foreboding. The Winters have already been through so much and their lives are not going to get any easier any time soon.

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Book of Death is rife with possibilities.  It's an event book that carries the gravitas that most tout but rarely deliver.  You get the sense that the status quo is about to change in a way that actually matters.  This isn't a situation where a character will get a new costume for a little while and then everything will go back to normal.  It's going to be tough to come back from some of this, and things are going to get a lot bloodier before it's through.

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Broken World tugs at the heartstrings as a woman faces the very real possibility that she'll be permanently separated from her family and there's not much she can do about it.  This isn't a matter of getting a divorce and moving across the country.  Her husband and son are heading into space and she may not be able to join them even as an asteroid descends on a collision course towards the planet.  This drama is played out with the backdrop of the end of the world in a tense ride.  It leads up to a final page that is entirely unexpected and will leave you screaming for more.

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One of my main criticisms of Buffy Season 10 is that it seemed like the title character is stuck in an advanced adolescence, refusing to accept the responsibilities that come with being an adult. I'm happy to see that this season is off to a great start with the exact opposite. Buffy is grabbing hold of this problem with both hands, refusing to accept the new status quo. What makes things doubly challenging is that this enemy is not something that she can punch or stab. She's fighting the United States government while also possibly evil, is unlike any other opponent she's faced.

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Buffy is more sure of herself than she's been in some time. Sure, she's saved the world a few times and has always been dedicated to the cause, but this is taking that to another level. It's also putting her in a completely new scenario. She's up against the government and not like she was in Season 3. It's a public thing now and the full force of all three branches are working against her. She has to fight an organization, not a big monster. She can't just punch it in the face and be done with it. This requires planning and strategy, tact and brilliance. That's coming through in spades and it's so very exciting. This is a must read for any Buffy fan.

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Although I made comparisons to zombies throughout this review, understand that Cannibal is far more terrifying than that tired genre.  It's almost akin to the werewolf in that the infected has no control over his or her actions once they've contracted the virus.  They're forced to watch as they commit these monstrous actions, powerless to do anything but satisfy their hunger for human flesh, no matter what the cost.  This is southern brewed horror with a dose of heartbreak.

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Clean Room is a damn satisfying read.  This is a book that will grip you from the first page and never let go.  It helps that it's scary as hell.  This is a horror fan's dream comic.  Instead of yelling "Don't go into the basement!" you want to warn whatever is lurking down there to be wary of Astrid Mueller.

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Clean Room kicks off a new arc in style, working with the new status quo, moving the characters into position to explore the mystery even further.  Intrigue is bursting from the seams of this comic.  You've got monsters, amazing characters, and a terrifying baby.  What more could you ask for?

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After reading Cold Spots, you'll be thinking twice the next time you feel a chill. There are still many questions about this world and what these translucent beings are, however there's more than enough here to pull you in and scare the crap out of you. This is grade A terror.

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Colder: The Bad Seed is a welcome expansion to the original series. It's not bogged down by exposition or needless explanations of the new villain or Declan's past. Instead, it's an immersive experience that surrounds the reader with terror that crawls right up your spine.

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Copperhead has all the makings of a great sci-fi western saga.  This may be a small town, but there's death and corruption and laser blasters.  Clara Bronson aims to clean this up.  The artwork is solid and the story is top notch with plenty of mystery involved to keep me coming back for more and more.

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Curse is off to a great start.  This is the kind of origin issue you want from a new story.  There's just enough information to make it worth your $4, with enough questions to make you want to come back for more.  The shots of the werewolf are sparse, but the scares come from the fact that that Griffin is taking the first steps down a dark path and he doesn't even realize it.

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I'm not sure how long into the forty days Dark Ark is set, however spending any amount of time cramped on a boat with a bunch of supernatural creatures is bound to be a tense experience. Somehow, with all these monsters, the human element shines through. The comic delivers a one-two punch with terrifying beasts and personal, relatable characters. It sets a very high bar right out of the gate.

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Every issue of Dark Ark has left me wanting more. Writer Cullen Bunn is telling a terrific story that is only getting better with each chapter. The mix of monsters in an enclosed space provides an environment of great tension and terror.

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Dark Ark presents an exciting new spin on a biblical story we all know well. It does so with intrigue, mystery, and a fair-amount of monsters. The very idea of an ark filled with all manner of supernatural beast...and a couple of unicorns... is pretty great. In the hands of writer Cullen Bunn and artist Juan Doe, it's an awesome, tense comic well worth your time.

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Dark Ark delivers a solid balance of terrifying monsters, tense drama, and incredible characters. This is the kind of comic that will make your jaw drop. Writer Cullen Bunn crafts a white-knuckled ride through the Great Flood with all kinds of untold horrors waiting both over and under the surface.

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Dark Fang jumps past its brilliant premise with this issue, creating a smart vampire story. It doesn't get too preachy about climate change (although it wouldn't hurt because it is without a doubt real and a very pressing issue facing not only our country, but the world). Like classic George Romero movies, it delivers on its message through the lens of horror.

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With the current political climate, it was only a matter of time before it influenced some comics. Dark Red is a satirical take on the stubborn white American male, through the lens of vampires. It's like a distant cousin to all the sex and violence from True Blood, but this one sits alone in its trailer park, wondering why the world around it is so scary and different.

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With the success of things like Afterlife with Archie, I would absolutely love to see any one of these stories expanded upon as an ongoing Elseworlds title. I'd be happy if this anthology became a yearly event too. DC House of Horror is evidence that the publisher can do horror and do it well. Pulling on our deep and long-standing connection to these characters and putting them in harrowing situations is only going to make for fun and amazing horror stories.

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Dead of Winter is like a comedy version of The Walking Dead and it's just as fun as that sounds. How great would it be if every so often Rick Grimes cracked a joke or commented wryly on the ridiculous series of events that led to his current predicament? Plus, have I mentioned the dog? His name is Sparky and he wears a cape. What more do you need here?

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Divinity has all the makings of a great science fiction story. It's manages to deliver both on the huge scale of an epic and the personal touch of a single man's life. Now that we've seen the beginning of Abram's story, what lies ahead is how the world will react with this new superpower. Plus, what exactly happened to him up in space to give him these new abilities? If the answer is cosmic rays, I'm leaving.

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Eclipse is a zombie comic where the zombie is the sun in the sky. Instead of eating brains or stomping slowly towards its prey, it literally melts you. If you hate sunburn, this is a book that will scare the crap out of you. This, coupled with not one, but two pulse-pounding thrillers is enough to make this a must read.

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I didn't need another reason to avoid the outdoors, but Eclipse certainly provides one. The idea that the sun is a killer is something I've long believed, so that would have been enough for me to enjoy this book. Writer Zack Kaplan uses that as a starting point, building a comprehensive world of corruption and intrigue around it and seeding it with exciting action sequences to make an awesome and riveting read.

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You know what to expect when Elvira is involved and this comic delivers on that fun in spades. It's a great blend of horror and comedy that's spooky and very self-aware. From the looks of things, Dracula is not the only horror icon the Mistress of the Dark is going to meet in this series and I can't wait to see what else writer David Avallone has in store.

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Empowered & Sistah Spooky's High School Hell presents some real-world terror through supernatural means. While no one has had their back broken posing for an art class, they have been teased, taunted, and ridiculed. Seeing these two face this non-stop adversity is inspiring. It makes every one of their successes mean even more as they fight back these brats.

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Escape from New York is a balls-to-the-wall action-packed fun ride of a comic. Longtime fans of the film will eat it up and newcomers will instantly fall in love with the bad boy Snake Plissken as he shoots, punches, and explodes his way into your heart.

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This uneasy feeling is what makes Evolution such a great read. I found myself shifting uncomfortably in my chair as I was going through this issue, turning the pages with equal parts anticipation and trepidation. I'm terrified by what might come next and that's what makes a truly fantastic horror comic.

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Exorsisters grows by leaps and bounds in this issue, laying the groundwork for some major plot points. This isn't just an ancient evil that needs to be vanquished. It's personal to Cate and Kate. There are some nice twists and turns that keeps up the unpredictable nature of this comic. There's a Supernatural flair to it, which is certainly not a bad thing.

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Farmhand is so perfectly weird. It's filled with the best kinds of dark humor with horror weaved into every element of the story. With the basics of this world established in the first arc, it's off to the races with the second one. Things are only getting crazier and I can't wait to see how they all play out.

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Five Ghosts has always been packed with pulp and adventure but now there's a healthy dose of horror mixed in. This is some of the best serialized storytelling you're going to find on comic shelves, filled with excitement, heartbreak, and terror.

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Frostbite offers a glimmer of hope in a world where most people's hearts have frozen over.  Is that enough to save the planet from its icy demise?  Are these people even worth saving at this point?  It presents a harsh, gritty reality where staying warm means staying alive.  Bundle up, kids and get ready for one helluva ride.

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What has been amazing to watch with Ghosted is how writer Joshua Williamson has started with a basic idea in the first volume (a thief asked to steal a ghost) and expanded it into a large supernatural mythos. The ramifications of the first issue are still being felt. There are a few different balls in the air, but Williamson ties everything back together neatly. The different arcs to date have had a natural flow to them while keeping Jackson shrouded in mystery. You can't help but get pulled along for the ride, wherever he may be going. That may be to a seedy underground occult marketplace, but at least it's not Times Square with all the tourists.

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This issue is a fitting end to Ghosted.  It's rare for ongoing series to have a finite ending in this world of reboots and renumbering, so this was a welcome sight even though it sucks to have a good comic come to a close.  Jackson Winters started as a gruff asshole and slowly turned into a fun-to-read asshole over the course of the book's run.  Ghosted began as a supernatural Ocean's Eleven and quickly evolved into an interesting look at life and death, with one of the most interesting characters at its center.

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Giants is like The Warriors meets Godzilla. You'll come for the giant monsters and stay for the compelling character development. We don't know how or why these creatures have taken over the planet and it doesn't matter. What is important is how Gogi and Zedo are going to survive and what will happen when they meet again.

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From the looks of things, Gogi may be cursed. His presence ruins the tenuous balance that many hold in this post-apocalyptic landscape. He may have found happiness for a moment, but that is fleeting, particularly when his past comes back to haunt him. Giants presents a compelling story of two kids on a collision course. One is trying to be good and the other has fully embraced the bad. Which one will survive in a world run by huge monsters?

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Gogi's trials also mimic those of humanity in this post-apocalyptic world.  If he can rise up from the depths and find peace, perhaps there's hope for humanity as a whole.  This is represented beautifully in the closing pages as Gogi's family comes together in the face of total devastation.  Giants could have been another in a long line of comics about a big monster destroying a city with some helpless humans running for their lives.  Instead, it reaches a new level with some strong characters and incredible artwork that sets it apart from the average kaiju tale.  Although Gogi and Zedo have little to no hope of taking out creatures like Sheik and Wraith, their story becomes more compelling because they're just trying to survive.  They're scraping together what small bits of happiness they can find to create a life in this horrific world which leads to a pretty inspiring arc.

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Gideon Falls has been a slow burn, albeit a very satisfying one. Every page turn is filled with dread as we gradually unravel the mystery that connects these two men. I'm eagerly anticipating their meeting and more importantly, what will finally pull them together. On the surface, they couldn't be farther apart, so what about this peculiar Black Barn will link them?

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Glitterbomb seamlessly pulls you into the world of Farrah Durante to the point where you let out a little cheer when the monster inside her straight-up murders someone.  The beast is still shrouded in mystery and I'm intrigued by what its plans are for Hollywood.  I can only imagine the amount of dead bodies it will leave in its wake.  The big score on this book is Djibril Morissette-Phan and his amazing artwork.  It reminds me a bit of Sean Gordon Murphy, which is definitely a compliment.  If this is how he's starting out, I can't wait to see what else he has coming down the line, not only for this comic, but for his career.

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Glitterbomb is a scathing look at fame and our quest for it.  It's a comic that could not be hitting at a better time, where people are less concerned with showcasing their talent and more interested in becoming famous.  I wish Kim Kardashian would read this book.  I could sell it on the fact that it has pictures.  Speaking of, the artwork is pitch perfect, walking the fine line between emotion-filled scenes of drama and gore-filled segments of monstrous carnage.  Plus, it leaves off with a cliffhanger where you just have to find out what happens next.

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Glitterbomb: The Fame Game ups the ante considerably with this issue. It runs the gamut of emotions, bouncing from happiness to sadness to utter despair. Along the way it takes a stop in terror and lingers there for a bit. What is impressive is how this series balances real world, everyday horror with supernatural monsters. In the end, it's tough to tell which one is more frightening.

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Semahn and Corona build to a shocking ending that really changes everything. I know you hear that phrase a lot in comics, but I mean it here. Looking back at the beginning of the series, it's hard to believe that things have escalated to such an extent. I found myself looking at these pages and thinking, "No, they can't be doing this. Please don't be doing this." But I couldn't turn away. The creators have pulled me in. I'm deeply invested in these characters and I want them to avoid the supernatural train wreck that they're barreling towards at full speed...but I don't think that's in the cards just yet. I mean, the comic is called Goners for a reason, right?

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Goners is the kind of comic that I could see translate easily into a weekly TV show.  These first six issues are basically the pilot.  Granted, the things that Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona packed this with would require an astronomical budget to produce.  Goners is a blend of action, adventure, horror, and good old-fashioned family drama.  It's about growing up.  It's about standing up for yourself.  It's about kicking ass.

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Download and Die! has the right mix of fun and scares that has made the Goosebumps name stand the test of time. There's an entire generation of horror fans that grew up on those young adult novels and this creative team definitely does them justice with this series. It's a great all-ages title that's perfect for new and old fans alike.

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Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight is an awesome way to introduce horror to a younger audience. It's an all-ages title so there is something for kids and adults alike. Fans of the original young adult books by R.L. Stine will absolutely love this comic. It makes me want to dig up my old books to revisit them.

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Gravetrancers will shock you to your core. There is no sugar coating this story. These are dangerous people and there is absolutely no guarantee Maribel and Anthony will make it out alive, let alone in one piece. That makes for one terrifying horror comic.

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Gravetrancers is like Rocky Horror Picture Show through the lens of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It's bold, bloody, and absolutely bonkers. This comic is so unpredictable and insane that you will be eagerly awaiting the next and final chapter because you have to wonder what else can possibly happen at this point.

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Gravetrancers is the most unpredictable comic I've read all year. Every time you think you've figured it out, it takes a sharp turn into all new insanity. It might have been built on the idea of a bunch of creeps making a drug out of corpses, but it quickly grew to something far more terrifying.

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Grimm Fairy Tales has grown and evolved over the course of these 100 issues. If you pick up the first chapter of this series and compare it to the latest, you might not believe they're the same book. An entire universe has been built around Grimm Fairy Tales, expanding and improving upon works of classic literature, while maintaining the elements of horror and fantasy that have made the comic great. Issue #100 is an event that puts the comic shoulder-to-shoulder with anything published by Marvel or DC.

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Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland has been building to a large battle worthy of both titles. This issue moves the last pieces into place, setting the stage for the final showdown, leaving you begging for more. Once again Wonderland is under attack. This time Calie has some help in the form of Sela, but will it be enough to stop the Ace of Spades?

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Grindhouse is returning with a bang. Slay Ride is terrifying, sexy, and fueled by vengeance. It's everything I'd want from the genre and more.

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GWAR: Orgasmageddon is an over-the-top, balls-out, insane comic dripping with dark humor. The violence is elaborate and gore-filled. If Animal from the Muppets became a bloodthirsty creature of anarchy and murder, you might get a rough idea of what you're in for. Most of all, this is a fun read that will leave any horror fan with a smile on their face.

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GWAR: Orgasmageddon continues to be the dark humor, blood-soaked comic you can't help but love.  It's like an alternate version of Bill & Ted where they murder people throughout time.  Wouldn't that be a fun take?  If you are into horror, outlandish kills, and non-stop gags, this is the comic for you.

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Hack / Slash vs. Vampirella pulls in the best parts of both characters. It's a great crossover that I hope continues with further adventures because it's created a fun dynamic. It's sure to please fans of either franchise.

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This one-and-done story from writer Tini Howard hits all the right marks. It's got humor, gore, and sex appeal, which is just the right combination for a Hack/Slash comic. I hope we get to see Cat again soon, although I can understand how she might be best handled in small doses. I thought Hack/Slash: Resurrection was a mini-series at first, so I'm glad to see that the bloody adventures are continuing with more issues.

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Hack / Slash: Son of Samhain is a welcome return for Cassie Hack.  The subtitle of the series promises a tie-in to the big bad of the last volume, but little has been seen of this just yet.  Instead, this issue gets Cassie back to doing what she does best, and that's kicking ass and looking good doing it.  The character is in good hands with Moreci, Seeley, and Laiso.

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Harrow County is the kind of horror that gets right into your bones.  This was a rather tame issue compared to some of the others in the series to date, but it is no less scary.  That aforementioned panel is something that will stay with me for a while, haunting me whenever I close my eyes.  I get chills just thinking about it.

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Harrow County delivers a consistent level of quality horror. The foreboding tone is constant. Scenes with happy moments are punctuated by an unshakable feeling of dread, like you're waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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You can practically feel the soundtrack picking up in the background as Shane takes some fateful steps in this issue of Headspace. The music swells. The drums pound. One man stands against insurmountable odds in an effort to do the right thing and stop a killer. There's been too much death so far. Headspace continues to be an amazing character study of a man with moral fiber that would make Batman blush. It's the kind of comic that I can't wait to re-read in its entirety, which is convenient as there's a collection coming soon from IDW Publishing.

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I have no idea how this whole plan will go down, but I cannot wait to see it play out. Heavenly Blues has been building up with each issue and this one is no different. This chapter reveals what they're actually stealing and it is a real game changer. It raises the stakes considerably. Plus, the team meets who they're stealing from and he's far scarier than Andy Garcia. Man, this is a fun comic.

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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. is a welcome addition to the Mignolaverse, beginning the story of Big Red's first field mission. Most of it is spent setting the stage, moving all the characters into place, but it promises a big payoff that I'm definitely looking forward to.

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You should know by now that if a book has the name "Mignola" on the cover, it's something you should be reading. Hellboy and the BPRD: 1953 - Beyond the Fences is no different. It's filling in some of the vast history that Hellboy had before meeting his untimely end a few years back. There are references to the previous stories in this series, but the book stands on its own with little prior knowledge needed. Any monster fan should be eating this up.

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Hellboy: Krampusnact is an awesome horror read for the holidays. It keeps the spirit alive while also delivering some great terror. Hughes is a welcome addition to the Mignolaverse with gorgeous artwork that maintains the dark aesthetic we've come to expect from this world. I'd love to see what he could do with some of the other characters.

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Hellicious is a hilarious comic that somehow makes Hell look fun. It's packed to the brim with dark humor in the best possible ways. It's like a Looney Tunes cartoon set in the underworld.

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Hex Wives works as a horror comic because it deals with witches and crazy violence, but it also works on this entirely other level. It creates this visceral reaction where your fists will clench at the injustice performed on these poor women. Yes, they've killed people in their time, but mainly because they were being hunted and had to defend themselves. I cannot wait until they get their revenge, as it's going to be equal parts glorious and bloody.

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Hex Wives is steadily building to something big. Each chapter has uncovered more and more atrocities these men have committed in an attempt to control and keep these women down. It's only a matter of time before this all falls apart and the witches rise up to take their well-deserved revenge. This will not be a dish best served cold. It will be served flaming hot and full of pain.

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Hungry Ghosts has been a unique horror anthology with a total of eight stories centered on food. There is a small thread connecting each one that comes back in a big and satisfying way in the very end. Writers Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose have crafted some horrifying stuff here. Due to the way it's set up, it can easily be replicated to tell more tales in this nature. I'd love to see more. I guess I should say that I want seconds, huh?

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Ice Cream Man is going to be a series of one-shot stories. This first issue features a complete tale, but there are elements that are only touched upon that I hope to see explored in further issues. It really got under my skin. This is a book that will stick with you for some time. At the bare minimum, it will have you thinking twice about buying ice cream from a stranger on the street.

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You never know what to expect from Ice Cream Man which is just part of what makes it such a great and terrifying comic. You'll turn each page with equal parts dread and anticipation. It's safe to say that there's nothing else like this on the comic stands today.

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Imaginary Friends is like Drop Dead Fred with the little girl from The Ring. It's twisted and unsettling, presenting a world filled with monsters that only a few of us can see. This issue wastes no time introducing us to the landscape and establishing the parameters of the setting. I can't wait to see how it's expanded upon as there are tons of possibilities with this concept. The sky is the limit as the IMPs can be almost anything.

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The connections made bring Melba and Crockett closer to finding out the truth and it has some dire consequences. There's a conspiracy at work here and it's pretty cool. Imaginary Fiends is a top-tier mystery with horrifying interdimensional creatures. It doesn't rely on these otherworldly beings to move things forward. There are times you can remove them entirely and it would still be a captivating read.

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The Immortal Hulk has been a gamma-infused monster-of-the-week comic so far and that's been fun. This reporter searching for Banner adds an overall arc to the series which could prove very interesting as she gets closer to her subject. There is a surprisingly large number of villains popping up with gamma ray abilities, so Banner's staying busy, even when he's trying to stay off the radar. This newer, darker version of the Hulk has been creepy and awesome to watch.

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Interceptor is one of the most fun comics on the stands today.  Look no further than the expression of sheer joy on Weep's face as she slaughters vampires to get an idea of what to expect.  Poli came here to put an end to the vampire threat, but now she's getting roped into the rebellion, which is a very different task.  This is no longer a solo mission.  Can she play nice with others?  I can't wait to find out.

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Interceptor seamlessly blends horror and science fiction and throws in a ton of action for good measure.  The story is rock solid with artwork to match.  While it has a satisfying conclusion, the door is left open for more both on Earth and in space.

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IXth Generation is the start of something big. It's world building and possibly world ending. This is a great mix between both sides of the Top Cow house and I can't wait to see how it all plays out.

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Joe Frankenstein is a great blend of genres, mixing adventure with horror without losing any of the fun and excitement. The main character has had a ho-hum life so far but in one night it's completely turned upside down. Things are only going to get more interesting from here. Plus, how cool is that name? It sounds like an action movie star.

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Joe Golem: Occult Detective is a solid read that can sit toe-to-toe with the classics of noir and old private eye classics.  The supernatural bend gives it a creepy twist, although it's still grounded in the reality of this world.  It's just that this world also has strange monsters and witches.  Joe wants to do the right thing and that means saving these kids, especially when no one else is stepping up to do so.  Just how much trouble is he getting himself into though?

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Jughead: The Hunger takes steps here to grow the mythos far beyond a simple gag. This could have been a cheesy book playing with the idea that one of the beloved characters from Riverdale is a werewolf. Instead, it's an incredibly strong horror series that is only getting better with some of the most terrifying werewolves captured on paper. So...when can we get that TV show? Are you listening, CW?

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Every chapter of Jughead: The Hunger has built the tension more, pulling us deeper and deeper into this twisted world. This issue delivers on that in spades. Writer Frank Tieri is leaning into the terror and carnage, making this an amazing read.

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Jughead: The Hunger is sure to delight any fans of the Universal Monster movies. This is the Archie Comics take on those classics and it is nothing short of incredible. It's bloody and crazy and filled with the drama we know and love when we visit Riverdale.

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Jughead: The Hunger has shaken things up considerably as it closes out its first of what I hope are many seasons. The series is going on a bit of a break for a crossover with Vampironica soon. While I'm eagerly anticipating that, I can't wait to get back to these characters and see what happens next. Archie Comics is steadily building a solid horror line and Jughead: The Hunger is one of its core titles.

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Robert earned a lot of good faith from me after I read Crawl to Me, which had an ending that I'm still reeling from. I'm confident that he's going to put his own spin on the zombie genre and make this stand out. The idea of casting his comic characters is a new one and I don't think that just any artist can pull it off. It's tough to nail the likeness of people that anyone can just look up on Google and see a picture of. Robert's characters not only look like the actors portraying them, but they act and feel the way they should as well. It's a movie in a comic and it works very well.

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The Killogy Halloween Special is a welcome return to this world. I thought the ending of the series felt a little rushed, so I'm glad that Robert has come back to explore further elements to the story. Doyle is a great addition to Killogy. You don't need to have read the original series to enjoy this one-shot, but you'll appreciate it a lot more if you did. You should anyway because that was a damn fun comic.  The series is currently being adapted into an animated TV show, so this is a perfect jumping on point to give you an idea of what to expect: blood, gore, and badassery.

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Kim Reaper: Vampire Island is a great comic that pokes fun at some of the sillier elements of the horror genre. It has a quick pace and never stops being hilarious. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the bizarre lives of these characters as they get into such strange and humorous antics. I really hope we get more from them soon.

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Lazaretto will make you want to wash your hands. It shows the worst possible outbreak of a major virus, spreading rampantly among hormone-crazed college coeds. Pascal South is a ticking time bomb, only instead of an explosion, it's going to spit out bodies ravaged by disease.

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The level of violence dealt by this pint-size poltergeist is incredible. It's over-the-top and so very satisfying as these people deserve every last bit they get. This builds to an incredible cliffhanger that makes you wonder where this series can go next. Little Girl has kept me on my toes with every page. Writer Pat Shand has weaved a frightening tale of sweet revenge mixed with heartbreaking tragedy.

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Lobster Johnson continues to jump to the top of my pull list every month.  It's a solid pulp hero book with a touch of the supernatural (although that aspect is not as pronounced in Get the Lobster!).  I'd also legitimately kill a man to see a team up between Lobster Johnson and Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle.  Seriously, Dark Horse, what do we have to do to make this happen?

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London Horror Comic #5 can be purchased directly from the publisher's website.

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London Horror Comic can be purchased directly from the creator via the official website.

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This issue builds to an incredible cliffhanger that solidifies the new path the series is heading down. It makes you wonder what else writer Matthew Erman has in store for Piper and Frances, as their lives have gotten increasingly complicated and surreal since this story began. They're handling everything surprisingly well, but this latest revelation may just put them over the edge.

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Long Lost is now rocketing towards its end as we've entered its second half. The eerie mystery surrounding these girls' lives has pulled me in completely. They were once normal sisters, albeit with some shared personal trauma from their childhood. Now that's come back to haunt them and take them down a rabbit hole of absolute terror. Things are really heating up now. If you've slept on Long Lost, now is the time to catch up.

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Low showcases a glimmer of hope in a desperate world.  With humanity sitting on a ticking clock, some have found the means to enjoy life while they can.  Johl and Stel are about to lose those means.  Now we'll see the lengths they'll go to get them back.

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Madame Frankenstein is a fitting tribute to old-school Universal monster movies and Mary Shelley's classic novel. It's a comic that shows how human beings can be the real monsters, even in a world where the dead can return to life.

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Made Men hits with a brilliant premise that I hope runs forever. We have to see Jutte get her revenge and it's going to be absolutely brutal, however the concept introduced in this chapter allows for a recurring idea. She's no longer on the police force, but she could be gainfully employed by resurrecting people that were killed before their time. This also opens the door to some interesting moral dilemmas. Does she take money from someone to bring back a person that clearly does not deserve a second chance?

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This Magdalena mini-series serves as a re-introduction to the currently dormant Top Cow Universe.  We don't have titles like Witchblade or The Darkness, however a book like this serves as a reminder that there's a wealth of otherworldly anti-heroes and villains in this shared space.  Some others are name-dropped in this final chapter and it has only drummed up more excitement for additional stories.  I certainly hope the creative team gets a chance to share more with Magdalena, as this has been an awesome ride.  It's a nice mix of solid drama, strong characters, horrifying monsters, and old-fashioned fisticuffs.

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Manifest Destiny makes even an issue devoid of monsters terrifying as we've become so invested in these characters and their lives. It's hard not to get caught up in this story from writer Chris Dingess when these people feel so real. We understand the stakes involved as we've had a peek into Lewis & Clark's true mission, but not everyone is aware of that. These actions could doom not just everyone in the nearby vicinity, but everyone that is looking to head out west.

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Mars Attacks is pure fun in comic book form. The Martians are attacking without a lick of mercy and these two unlikely characters are in the thick of it, struggling just to get by. They're not heroes ready to fight back this invading force and that makes their journey so entertaining.

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The pacing of Mars Attacks #4 is incredible. Writer Kyle Starks takes us through a range of emotions, from the tender conversations between Spencer and his dad to the nail-biting argument with the mad man in the bunker to the action-packed excitement of a fight with Martians. This issue has it all. Sure, Mars Attacks is a campy property with some silly elements, but this comic shows that it is capable of so much more than that. It's really great stuff.

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Memetic begins with a fairly silly idea (an Internet meme that brings about the apocalypse) and quickly establishes it as a terrifying way for the world to end. The characters come off as completely real and the use of social media within the comic feels very natural and not forced at all. It's a human take on the complete destruction of society, showing how fast we can go from smart phones to cave men all thanks to a seemingly innocent picture of a happy little sloth.

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Monster World is a comic that's tailor made for me.  It's a mix of private eye noir and good old-fashioned monsters that delivers on every level.  If The Maltese Falcon had a werewolf instead of a bird statue, it might resemble this comic.  If you're a fan of Hard Case Crime and the classic movie monsters, this is right up your alley.

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Nailbiter is building a great whodunit mystery that's like Law & Order: Small Town Serial Killers Unit.  I'm already hooked on this story and I'm dying to find out more. This can be a fast read but it's a comic you're going to want to go back and savor a bit to really take in all the crazy.

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Nailbiter is the kind of comic that you will ravenously read through, reaching the end far too quickly. After letting us catch our breath with the last two issues, Williamson picks up right where he left off at the end of the first trade paperback, with a murder mystery filled with tense thrills that cannot be missed.

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The mystery of Buckaroo remains unsolved, but no less interesting.  Nailbiter is a white-knuckle read, not just from the tension in the story, but the tease of finally finding out what's really going on in this small town.  There have been moments that I'm not entirely proud of where I shouted at the comic to just tell me already.  I have faith in the creative team though, so I'm sure the payoff will be well worth the wait.

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Nailbiter never misses a beat and this issue is no different.  This is a riveting story with stellar artwork that will keep you enthralled with every single panel.  I want to come up with theories to answer the questions above, but I also just want to sit back and go on this journey that the creative team is taking us on.  There are certainly plenty of surprises and twists to keep you coming back for more.

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Negative Space is a damn near perfect first issue.  It's a comic that grabs you with a helluva hook and never lets go.  You're instantly pulled into this world and intrigued by the conspiracy that's lurking just beneath the surface.  This coupled with the strong and emotional character development makes it a must read. It's definitely not your average horror story, and that's what makes it so special.

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No Angel starts as a drama about family and grief, then rips the rug out from under you, throwing you into a horror of immeasurable proportions.  Seriously, there is one panel in particular that will haunt you for some time.  Once you read the book, you'll know exactly which one I mean.  The twists and turns at the end are earned through the top-notch character development throughout the majority of the issue.

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No Angel flows like a riveting drama with a supernatural twist.  It plays with a trope that authors like Stephen King have used for years, where a normal person with a normal life is thrown into a mystical situation.  You don't need much in the way of explanation as to the origins of this occult angle because you're so wrapped up in the character's life and thinking of what you'd do in their shoes.

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No Mercy puts a group of spoiled and annoying pre-college kids on a collision course with doom and never looks back.  You know that they're heading towards something horrible, and the cliff is just the first step.  Let this serve as a lesson to us all that if you're stranded in an unknown place, look to survive first.  If your initial thought is to update Instagram, you deserve to be eaten by coyotes or whatever else lurks in the darkness.

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No. 1 with a Bullet presents real world terror that will chill you to the bone. It will certainly have you re-thinking the next tweet you post or online comment you make. It serves as an effective social commentary while also creeping you out, which makes for some quality horror.

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No. 1 with a Bullet should be required reading for anyone interested in the entertainment industry today. It also pairs nicely with Glitterbomb, another Hollywood horror comic, although the two scratch slightly different itches. This is an exquisitely crafted comic that will not only creep you out, but also deliver a message. It will challenge how you look at click bait headlines and gossipy news coverage. In other words, it could not be more relevant.

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No. 1 with a Bullet has gone from technological horror to social media thriller and back again. This is a gripping read full of real world terror. It deals with events that could very much happen in the not too distant future and that is a chilling thought. At this point, it's only a matter of time before this story plays out in real life.

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Oblivion Song is just getting started. It's only three issues in and I am completely hooked. Nathan is such an intriguing character and he has a personal stake in finding these survivors and bringing them back. His brother is over there. That's part of what drives him. He's so determined to bring these people home that he can't see the dangers right in front of him. That's making for one compelling story.

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Oblivion Song has all the makings of a sprawling dystopian epic. It presents a glimmer of hope in a sea of chaos, as these folks have found a way to survive in such hellish conditions. They've built a community and they work together to protect it. Nathan represents a threat to that. Will they stay or will they go?

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The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams is a solid re-introduction to the Allan family. This is a new breed of monster hunters and they may be in over their heads with their very first mission. That doesn't mean they're going to stop. After all, how else are they going to pay their bills? Get real jobs?

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A flashback issue like this is difficult to pull off without losing momentum in the overall narrative. The creative team did it with style, adding depth to an important character and tying everything back to the present. This will undoubtedly provide some valuable context to Simon's actions in the next few issues as Outcast marches towards its finale. This was a powerful and important issue that is only going to make the rest of the series more harrowing.

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Outcast is a tense and shocking read, but more importantly, it's full of incredible character moments. We are along for Kyle's journey, fully invested in his life and all the ups and downs. He's finally got his life together and these forces are working around him to possibly tear it all away again. This makes for a gripping story that will stay with you for some time.

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Outer Darkness has rocketed forward in its debut arc and has never let up. The intrigue, humor, sci-fi adventure, and pure, unbridled horror blend together in this perfect mix that scratches every itch. If this is what the crew of the Charon get into in their first real mission, imagine what they'll do next...that is, if they can survive long enough to have a second mission.

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It would be easy to call Pestilence "The Walking Dead in the Dark Ages" but that would be doing the book a disservice. It's taking the traditional zombie tropes and putting a unique spin on them, amplifying the energy and making the undead a real and terrifying force to be reckoned with. This comic is reframing a dark time in history into a zombie uprising and it's pretty friggin' cool.

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Pestilence is a refreshing new take on the zombie genre. It really drives home the claustrophobic onslaught of the undead. They may not be strong or fast, but they're unending. They will wear you down with their hunger for flesh. That is, if you're a normal person. That's not the case with Fiat Lux. These are the toughest warriors this time period has seen. They were first driven by their orders from the Church, but now they're pushed on by a need for justice. What untold horrors lay in wait for them after encountering a horde of eaters?

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Pirouette is a stunning yet tragic look at circus life through the eyes of a young woman looking to break out. As an added bonus, there's a scene where a woman vomits off the trapeze. What more could you ask for?

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Plastic is a twisted, violent ride of a comic. It harkens back to early Tarantino with quick wit and tons of blood. Instead of someone like Michael Madsen or Uma Thurman, you've got a serial killer and his sex doll. The artwork perfectly captures this mix of action, horror, and dark humor.  This is one of the most impressive first issues of the year.

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Plunder is a damn scary comic book. It's the kind of story that will make you think twice about going in the water. Sure, Jaws did that decades ago, but this is something else entirely. This is disturbing and abnormal. I'm sure this is the kind of thing that the Navy doesn't want people to read.

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Poser does not miss a beat with its second issue. It's a solid slasher story that is sure to delight any fans of the genre. The added mystery as to who is behind the mask takes the horror to new heights. Each page turn gets bloodier and I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is exactly what it sounds like.  This opening issue is largely introduction, moving the players into place.  You can see where they're heading and it's set to be a sci-fi battle royale.  It's tough to predict who will come out on top considering the characters involved.

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Predators vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is the sci-fi monster crossover you've always wanted.  It adds a human element to the battle of two creatures that don't speak a language people can understand.  This ups the stakes of the fight and makes it more relatable.  The humans aren't just cannon fodder here " although there have been several that have already fulfilled that role " they mean something and as a result, you're more invested in the story.

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Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens is an over-the-top, action-packed battle royale.  It adds a new spin to the Aliens mythos, making them even scarier, which is something I didn't think was possible.  The ending feels a little rushed, but it works with the overall story and ties up all of the loose ends.  This is a must read for a fan of any of the three franchises involved.

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Project Nemesis is another in a growing line of titles from American Gothic Press that is firing on all cylinders.  It delivers an action-packed, mystery-filled monster story that grabs hold of you from the first page.  Plus, there's a panel where a guy literally gets his face punched in, and it is a sight to behold.

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Quilte gives Freddy Krueger a run for his money when it comes to terrifying nightmares.  It is truly unlike anything you will see on the stands today, filled with disturbing imagery.  It opens the door to insane possibilities that could be explored further, however it works on its own as a standalone one-shot.

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Redneck is an incredible comic that humanizes a family of vampires. It reads like a compelling family drama with real emotion, then escalates into pure, unbridled horror when the fangs come out. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better and I am absolutely pulled in, hook, line, and sinker.

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Redneck is a powerful comic centered on family. That family just happens to drink blood to survive. Some of them are related by blood. Others are joined by different yet unmistakable connection. In the end, they're all family and they've chosen to side with one another against a world that won't have them.

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Redneck is a gripping read. I have become so emotionally invested in these characters that I go through each issue with bated breath and clenched fists. How can they possibly get out of this situation alive? It's clear that their escape and survival will only come with more bloodshed...a lot more. I just hope Landry is on the receiving end of that because he's become a heinous creature that deserves every bit of violence coming his way.

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I shouldn't be surprised that Redneck rebounded from its moments of peace and tranquility into this issue of absolute chaos. Maybe there was a part of me that just thought the series would end with those happily ever after moments, but those words will never apply to the Bowmans. Their lives are full of heartbreak and sadness and we have been pulled so deep into their world, issues like this pack a huge punch. By the time I finished this issue, I was yelling, "No! No! No!" over and over again as the attacks on these characters feel personal. While it's a tough chapter to get through, it's an incredible read.

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Retrovirus makes science scary again. It reminds us of how weak we've become as a species. People were once a lot tougher than we are now and if we ever came into contact with something from that age it would end badly for everyone involved. As I said before, some things are better left in the ground or in this case, the ice.

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This makes Road of the Dead rather unpredictable. Just when you have an idea of where it's going to go next, the story takes a sharp turn. In a world with a glut of zombie stories, this one found something new and interesting. This is a stellar first issue and I can't wait to sink my teeth into more.

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RoboCop: Citizens Arrest is an absolutely chilling look at our future. What makes it even more disturbing is how close to reality it is. If someone told me this was something the Trump administration was working on, I wouldn't be that surprised. This is emphasized by the TV hosts shown throughout the comic that are very reminiscent of those on Fox News, albeit taken to an extreme. Although, again, if I saw a clip of it from real life, it wouldn't be that hard to believe.

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Writer Brian Wood's dialogue once again feels like it's ripped right off of Fox News broadcasts. It's chilling when presented in this light, as these white people paint RoboCop and the other residents of the Ruins in such a harsh and menacing light when they're only trying to live their lives. This quality is what makes RoboCop: Citizens Arrest so frightening. While we don't have robot enforcers roaming the streets, the elements are there to do something similar in today's society. This hits in the same way the original RoboCop film did years ago.

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The beauty of Roche Limit is that it's merging all of the best elements of science fiction with some great noir tropes. It's a heady, futuristic tale that is humanized by a mystery that pulls you in with each page.

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Roche Limit has blended elements of science fiction and noir in a way that manages to emphasize the best parts of both genres, making them stronger for it. This issue is a bit more in the sci-fi side of things, but it is packed with a level of tension that runs through every page. Something is about to give on this space colony and there's a body count that's going to come with it.

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There's a feeling of finality with this issue of Roche Limit, but also the dawn of a new chapter. Writer Michael Moreci ties up all of the loose ends of this first arc while opening the door for more questions leading into the second volume. He provides an actual end for these characters, some are noble, others covered in blood, but all of them were fighting for something. Roche Limit is a sci-fi epic with a real human connection. It's for fans of Blade Runner or Chinatown.

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Vampirella is not just a horror icon, but a comic book icon. This one-shot written by Erik Burnham is a testament to that storied legacy. Yes, it's more than a little campy, but that's part of the charm with the character. As an added bonus, there's a gorgeous short story included called "Valaka," originally published in Savage Tales: Volume 1 #19 & 20 that works in the same vein as Vampirella. The two complement each other well.

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Savage Things is next level action. It features a frightening look at how a highly trained group of individuals could completely dismantle a major American city in the span of a couple days. There won't be a Bond villain style monologue. Instead, you'll be lucky to make it out alive, let alone in one piece.

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Shadow Roads is going deep on lore with this second issue. Writers Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt greatly expand this world filled with monsters and supernatural beings. This continues to establish the rules and mythos of this land and I'm eating it up. This, coupled with compelling character development and amazing artwork, makes Shadow Roads a solid read.

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Sons of the Devil is a pulse-pounding thrill ride that will take you into the depths of pure evil.  Davis has emerged as a heinous villain capable of some horrifying actions.  I can only hope that Travis is up to the task of putting him down.

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Southern Cross is the kind of horror that sneaks up on you.  It bides its time, waiting for the right moment to strike.  This isn't some cheesy jump scare.  The soundtrack isn't going to spike as a killer leaps from the bushes.  Instead it's going to reach right into your chest and pull out your heart and it's going to do it all in space.  Even if you could get away, where are you going to go?

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Spectacle enters a new level with this issue. It still has the quirky charm that has come to define the series, except now it comes with a heaping helping of terror, which makes for an odd yet awesome combination. I'm more excited about this series than ever.

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Spider-Man / Deadpool is the kind of tie-in issue I can get behind.  It presents an entirely unique story that I doubt we'll see in the main Monsters Unleashed book.  The comic moves at a quick pace and is packed with action and a heaping helping of jokes.  There's no slow moment or boring segment.  It's just a fun comic.

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There's more to Spread that has yet to be revealed.  The true origin of this epidemic is still somewhat of a mystery.  The press release announcing the comic talks about something ancient being unleashed when humanity dug too deep.  I'm interested to learn how the quarantine zone is set up as well.  Is North America cut off from the rest of the world?  How far did the Spread spread?  Judging from this issue, it's evolving, but so is mankind.

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That's the thing with Survivors' Club.  It's like a horror movie that's constantly at its climax.  The killer is not taking his time, picking off a co-ed here and there.  He's rampaging full speed through the place, hacking and slashing his way through everyone he encounters.  It just so happens that there are multiple killers, each more terrifying than the last. and the victims are more than capable of holding their own.  After all, they've been dealing with these creatures for almost 30 years.  By the end of this issue, I'm unclear as to who is more dangerous.

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This chapter is light on the monsters, instead giving you a brief moment to catch your breath after the events of the previous issue. That changes abruptly as you get towards the end of the book and everyone takes a one-way express train to Crazy Town. Mr. Rhee set out on what should have been a simple quest to get these kids to safety and instead has been challenged and put through the ringer. He's encountering things that he's just not familiar with. If these were supernatural creatures, he could whip up some magic and take care of them, but these are little kids, lost and alone in a world they don't fully understand.

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Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon is a true post-apocalyptic comic. Unlike other such tales where the survivors look to rebuild society and get on with their lives, there is no hope here. This world is a cold, dark place filled with terrors of all shapes and sizes. Mr. Rhee set out to do something good and possibly make a difference, however small it would be, in the lives of a few kids. He watched it all crumble, turning to ash right in his hands. Just look at the cover for this issue and that gives you an idea of the kind of hopelessness that he's surrounded by. Ouch.

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Terminal Hero works fast and quickly takes Rory's few remaining days into a horrific spiral.  Getting super powers sounds awesome, but in this case the consequences are dire.  There's no telling what can happen to this man now that he's started down this path.  Milligan has created a dynamic origin story that is far more interesting than any of the clich super heroes out there today.

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The Atoll presents real terror on the high seas.  These are not pirates or sea monsters.  These are regular people forcing captives to battle nature's greatest predator on its home turf.  It's something that even Quint would have thought twice about.  If this is how the book starts, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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The Atoll shows us that there's more to fear in open water than sharks.  Sure, they're terrifying creatures that should be feared and respected, but at the end of the day, it's an animal trying to survive.  Humanity is capable of far more heinous acts of cruelty.  Somehow, the shark isn't the scariest thing in this book.  It's the guy standing at the edge of the water, calling the shots.

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The Black Hood is off to a promising start. If there were ever a true-blue vigilante in our world (and I'm not counting those guys like Phoenix Jones), this would be the blueprint for it. It wouldn't be some billionaire with gadgets and gizmos or a suit of armor. It would be a guy in a mask with two bloody fists, beating up thugs in an alley. He'd have nothing else to lose which makes him pretty friggin' scary.

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The Black Hood is a damn fine origin story.  Swierczynski establishes this character from the heart instead of sitting through a bunch of exposition or flashbacks.  You get to witness the actual birth of an urban vigilante.  You see him lose everything and slowly begin building himself back up.  Now we wait to see just how much bloodshed is in store for the story arc's finale.

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This first arc of The Black Hood has been nothing short of awesome.  Greg Hettinger goes on a roller coaster of emotion as you watch him lose everything and slowly rebuild his life from the ground up; the foundation of which is built on a vigilante's mask.  There are no capes or tights.  No secret lairs or sidekicks.  There is just one man who's ready to kick some ass.

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The Black Hood continues to deliver.  Even moving the main character from the dark alleys of Philadelphia to the sunny beaches of California does not lose a fraction of the cool noir action that has filled every issue to date.  Greg is starting to regain control of his life, but that doesn't mean the body count is going to slow down any time soon.  Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how he handles the criminals in Philly without the aid of pain killers.

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The Demon: Hell is Earth greatly expands with this issue, as it pulls back the curtain for some nice reveals. It's clearly building up to something even bigger. I cannot imagine what the next battle will look like. There is going to be so much blood and fire spewing every which way. Etrigan is pissed and he's going to take out his anger on all the forces of Hell. I'm not sure which side is favored to win in this one.

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The Demon: Hell is Earth is an otherworldly road trip through a hellish landscape. Sure, outside of this fire and brimstone-filled bubble, Superman and the Justice League are flying around, but within it, frightening monsters rule and only Etrigan and his unlikely allies are prepared to put them down. This hero has a cape, but he also has a set of horns and spits fire.

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The Doorman balances science-fiction with action, comedy, and a touch of drama, and it delivers on all of those points.  The jokes are funny.  The action is tense and exciting.  The aliens are so friggin' creepy.  If you've ever liked any sci-fi movie, you'll find something to enjoy with this book.

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The Doorman is pure sci-fi fun.  It mixes the joy of watching Star Wars as a kid with jokes that will satisfy your sense of humor as an adult.  The stakes are high, but there's a personal story with great character development at its core.  Writers Eliot Rahal and Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Kendall Goode have created a vast mythology with one simple-to-understand concept: There's a door on your planet that can take you to any other planet out there.

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It's clear that writer Simon Spurrier is on to an epic tale with The Dreaming. This should come as no surprise as Sandman is epic in its very nature. What stands out in this story is just how dire the situation is. These side characters are thrown into the spotlight and are creating a compelling narrative without the central figure in this world. That speaks volumes for the strength of the storytelling. It helps that there is a literal hole in the sky looming over them too.

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The Eighth Seal has quickly become one of the scariest comics on the stands today. It is packed with the kind of horror that hits hard, leaving you breathless yet begging for more. There are scenes that land with Lovecraftian levels of madness, but you cannot look away despite how creepy they may be.

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The Empty Man is one most disturbing comics on the stands today, like a more horrifying version of Outbreak. It presents a creepy world that's been ravaged by a strange disease that begets more and more violence and bloodshed. It's showing no sign of stopping and it's only going to get worse.

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The Empty Man is like Contagion mixed with The Purge. This disease has not just caused widespread panic, but there are literal riots in the streets as it's driven people to violence. The Kerrys give us a human face to all of this and their tale is nothing short of riveting.

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The Few is a gripping post-apocalyptic tale with dynamite artwork to match.  It instantly drops you into this story, keeping you guessing at every page turn.  We don't know what caused the world to reach such dire straits, but in a way, it doesn't matter.  Right now it's all about survival and how this handful of characters is going to get by.

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Freeze hits the ground running with a debut issue that's full of questions, each more horrifying than the last. Writer Dan Wickline presents an unsettling premise and I'm looking forward to see it unfolding in subsequent issues. This strange event leads to the world collapsing, but how do we get from here to there?

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This all leads up to a fantastic cliffhanger ending. If you're not hooked with the last page reveal, you're an idiot. It instantly vaults The Ghost Fleet from an all-out action comic to an epic mystery / conspiracy book filled with a thirst for vengeance. You'll be left with more questions than answers, and you'll be begging for the next issue.

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The Gravediggers Union builds to an impressive climax, followed by a perfect closer that harkens back to the origins of the series in writer Wes Craig's Blackhand Comics. It ends with a very similar scene as shown in that collection. Although they just saved the world, the Gravediggers don't get to rest. There will be more monsters out there. Mankind will never be safe. With the Gravediggers Union on duty, they can at least get some sleep at night while the things that go bump are taken care of.

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The Hangman continues to explore the dark, supernatural corner of this world, serving as a worthy addition to the Dark Circle Comics lineup.  It pulls no punches with its gore, while pulling you into an intriguing story about a character you either love to hate or hate to love.  It has some similarities to other titles like The Spectre and Spawn, but stands entirely on its own.

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The Hangman plays in a nightmarish corner of Dark Circle Comics.  If you thought The Black Hood was grim and gritty, you're in for a treat with this book.  It's taking its time outlining the players and the rules of this world which pulls you in deeper on every page.  With each new layer, the story hooks me more and more.  The Hangman mixes elements of revenge, supernatural, and good old-fashioned horror in a demonic showcase of terror.

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The House is an absolutely stellar independent horror comic. The scares never stop as these poor men struggle to survive as the very building they're in tries to snuff them out. I'm afraid to turn the page, but I have to see what's going to come next.

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At the time of this writing, Sevy and Zucker are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to collect the entire series of The House in a graphic novel format.

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The Life and Death of Toyo Harada is a tense, action-packed thriller with elements of sci-fi and horror weaved in. It breaks down one of the most intriguing characters in the Valiant Universe in a way that humanizes him. It doesn't excuse all the horrible things he's done, but it does provide some valuable context. This is a series to watch.

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The Long Con flows like a funny version of Dead Rising, but replaces the zombies with crazed convention attendees. Victor is along for this ride and still might not know what he got himself into. His snark and signature wit will not save him from a pack of wild dogs looking to tear down the set of Boat Cop.

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The tension is palpable as we near the end of this seminal series.  You can't help but be filled with anticipation with each step these characters take towards Boot Hill.  This is more than an old-fashioned showdown at high noon.  There's a good chance that no one will come out of this alive.  We're 48 issues in " more if you count the mini-series tie-ins " and the creative team can still surprise and excite with each page.  This is going to be one wild ride.

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Where the mini-series introduces us to this world and these characters, The Spider King: Frostbite shows how widespread and dangerous this alien invasion really is. Hrolf's journey is far from over. There will be many more monsters in his path, but he is not backing down. If anything, this has strengthened his resolve.

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Where the first issue of The Unsound works in the horror in small ways, building up the tension over time, this one makes a hard turn into crazy town.  If the comic were a roller coaster, the first issue would have been the climb up the big hill and this one is the first terrifying drop.  We're plummeting down into absolute madness with crazed patients brandishing razor blades closing in on us.  Now hold on tight because the first loop is coming up.

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The Valiant is an event comic done right. It quickly introduces all of the key players and clearly explains what's at stake. There is a dark force coming for these characters and things will get worse before they get better, but you can be damn sure that there's going to be one helluva fight when all is said and done.

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The Woods captures the terror of the unknown and wraps it in a flurry of teenage hormones.  These kids aren't going out into the forest to make out.  They're trying to find a way to survive before they're all taken out by mutant bats or other strange creatures wandering through the darkness.

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Thomas Alsop has been an emotional journey that has shown a man going through a true transformation and finding purpose in his life for perhaps the first time. Writer Chris Miskiewicz has a real talent for character development, as he took someone that I practically hated in the first couple issues and changed him into someone that I can really empathize with and even root for. He also uncovered a secret supernatural history of New York City that I hope to see explored further in future stories.

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Toe Tag Riot is a gore-filled romp of a comic, destroying everything normal people hate about the world.  It's taken on ridiculous stereotypes by literally eviscerating them without ever losing sight of the overall message of acceptance and " perhaps most importantly " never getting preachy.  It's not like the band pops up at the end and reminds everyone to be cool.  Instead it's a bunch of friends having fun and flipping a big middle finger at the bigots and the other assorted douchebags out there.

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The mystery in Trees is no closer to being solved with the second issue, but I'm not sure that it ever needs to be.  I want to learn more about the world now that humanity has been knocked down a peg.  Sure, I'd like to find out where the trees came from and what they actually do, but for the time being I'm content just roaming through Ellis' creations.

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In any case, V-Wars gets started with a bang...quite a few of them actually...and some decapitations too.  Maberry gets things moving and jumps right into the battle.  The conspiracy running through the events of the story is exciting and is on the level of the X-Files in terms of size and scope.  Even if Swann can figure out who's behind everything, will it be enough to stop the war?

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Veil is off to an excellent and intriguing start.  Rucka knows how to write a great first issue (and several others that follow...the guy's a great writer), so it's no surprise that this is such a compelling read.  The girl is shrouded in mystery and there are more questions than answers, but I'm excited to find out where she goes next and if the body toll gets any bigger as a result.

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Vinegar Teeth is described as Lovecraft meets Lethal Weapon and it definitely delivers on that premise. It's a quirky book, filled with equal parts horror and humor. You just have to go with it and enjoy the ride. This was already a strange world and it just got even stranger with the appearance of this creepy monster that's now serving as a police officer.

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Wayward's shift puts it on par with Neil Gaiman's American Gods in terms of size and scale.  Jim Zub and Steve Cummings are gearing up for an epic battle of the gods with Rori and her friends right in the middle of it.  This issue ends with a rather awesome shot that fills you with anticipation of what's to come.  Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a few months before we get to see the next chapter.  At the very least, we get an idea of where the book's title comes from.

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I'm so glad that Wayward is back.  This new arc picks up right where the last one left off and it hasn't missed a beat.  This is a gripping character-driven series containing action, horror, and good old-fashioned teen drama.

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We Stand on Guard presents an intriguing premise that is filled with possibilities.  Americans are always concerned about attacks coming from overseas that something coming from "the apartment above the party" would be completely unexpected and incredibly deadly.  The inclusion of big robot drones greatly amplifies matters, making the struggle of the resistance much harder.  Vaughan has a talent for final pages that leave you begging for more.  This issue is certainly no exception.  It's a smart book filled with beautiful artwork that you should be reading.

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Weird Detective mixes noir level detective drama and terrifying horror with a bit of humor thrown in to sweeten the pot.  This issue gives you everything you need to know to immerse yourself in the series and at a bargain price for all the content you get in this oversized edition.  Greene is a strange character that definitely lives up to the name of the book.  He's one that I'm interested in following and finding out more about in future chapters.

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Witch Doctor: Mal Practice continues to be a stellar read.  The dialogue is fast moving and smart.  The visuals are crisp and clean.  The characters are always interesting and never dull.  My only problem is that this is only a six-issue mini-series and not an ongoing title.

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Witchblade is back and I could not be happier. This is a bold new direction for the franchise and I'm super excited about it. It really is a more modern day take on the concept. The comic takes the core elements that make the original series great and puts a new spin on them. This pays homage to what came before while making something entirely new.

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Witchfinder: City of the Dead opens strong, pulling you into Sir Edward Grey's tangled world of the occult.  You don't need prior knowledge of the character or his previous endeavors.  At this point in his career, Grey is shaping up to be a hardened, skilled warrior of the supernatural, right up there with others from creator Mike Mignola, like Hellboy and Baltimore.

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Sir Edward Grey is his own Sherlock Holmes and Watson, using his powers of deduction to track down the squirming evil at work in Hallam.  Although he's facing this darkness alone, he does so with bravery and determination.  It's no wonder that he exists in the same world as Hellboy, as he could easily stand next to Red in the battle against things that go bump in the night.

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Zombie Tramp is quickly approaching its landmark 50th issue, which has been teased as The Death of Zombie Tramp. Seeing how Janey Belle is acting in this chapter, it's tough to see any way that she can be redeemed at this point. She's so far gone from the woman we saw at the beginning of the series. Can she possibly come back from this darkness? Can she do it before the world is invaded by a horde of monsters? This is a sexy supernatural epic with the world on the line.

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I thought I knew where "The Death of Zombie Tramp" was going, but I was completely wrong. I'm glad I was because this is a terrific way to close the chapter on one character and open the door for a new one. Janey has been incredibly fun to read over the years and now we get to see what someone else will do with the role. This is a fantastic way to end a story.

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'68: Rule of War provides a continued look at the alternate history of the Vietnam War filled with zombies.  As with previous volumes, the creators include some facts about the elements they pulled into the story, so you get the historical significance to the plot.  It's not like they just made this all up.  Now what do we have to do to get this taught in schools?  It would probably help kids pay a bit more attention to this event in class, no?

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We've heard the story of 30 Days of Night before, but not like this. This series is a reboot and writer Steve Niles is taking it in new directions that show how to do a proper retelling. Hollywood should be paying attention. The end result is an unpredictable series that is as surprising as it is terrifying.

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30 Days of Night was already a quintessential vampire comic. This remake reinforces that standing and provides a new look at the now classic tale. The ending is a bit abrupt, but there's more than enough to enjoy here with some incredible visuals that any horror fan will enjoy.

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7 Days of Death gets you comfortable in a setting before pulling the rug out from under you.  It does so in such a satisfying way that makes for a really interesting story and one I can't wait to explore further.  It presents a very real feeling as a man is given the chance to be with his wife, who he thought was gone forever.  Who wouldn't move heaven and earth for a chance at reuniting with a lost loved one?  In Robert's case, he'll have to fight monsters and demons, but he's proven more than capable of doing so in spectacular fashion.

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A Walk Through Hell is like the horrifying cousin of Law & Order. Agents Shaw and McGregor crossed a line, but do they deserve to be put through this maddening gauntlet? Will they make it out alive? If they do, will they still have their sanity? These are the questions that make this book a gripping read.

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A Walk Through Hell grabs you from the jump and never lets go. It's possibly the most unpredictable comic on the stands today. The scares come not from monsters or blood and gore, but with a slow build in tension that will have you looking over your shoulder as you flip through the book.

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The Accelerators pumps up the action with the second issue but doesn't answer many of the burning questions that began with the previous chapter.  Fortunately, the story is exciting enough to pull you in and make you want to find out more about this bizarre world in which the characters have found themselves.  What happened to make America the "capital of the fourth world"?  And what's the fourth world?

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Aliens: Dust to Dust hits with a breakneck pace. You don't have a moment to catch your breath as these poor people are put through trial after trial just to stay alive. Their journey is far from complete, as the threat of the xenomorphs looms ready to tear them apart and feast on their insides.

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Aliens: Fire and Stone wastes no time setting events in motion. Although the characters are now on a familiar planet, I'm not yet sure how this book is going to tie into the other comics. I'm very intrigued by the overall concept and I'm looking forward to where it's heading. This crossover has reignited my interest in the Alien series.

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I'm excited to see where Angel & Faith goes under new management. I think it will take a few issues for Gischler and Conrad to sort through the remaining plot points from Season 9 before they can really nail down the path they want to take. The pixies took me a bit by surprise, but there's the same real emotion in these pages that previously fueled the book. These characters are deeply flawed, and unlike Buffy they don't have a support system in place in the form of several supportive friends. They're on their own and that's what makes them interesting.

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Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess is a great jumping on point for the character.  You get a quick breakdown of her life and what she's capable of without sitting through blocks of text explaining a backstory.  You don't need it here.  Just open the comic and enjoy.  If you like games like Uncharted or Tomb Raider, you'll dig this book.

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I'm all for horror in super hero comics and the Avengers Halloween Special is a good first step in getting into the spookier side of the Marvel Universe. I would love to see these stories expanded upon, as each one is presented with so many possibilities. As mentioned above, they stop just when they're really getting started, so the comic leaves something to be desired. Hopefully that means we can get a sequel to this next year with some follow-ups or maybe even a spinoff one-shot or mini-series. Fingers crossed.

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The Backstagers: Halloween Intermission isn't going to give you any nightmares any time soon, but it does serve as a solid and spooky holiday tie-in. It works like a Halloween episode of a sitcom with the same flow and humor throughout. I really hope this becomes a yearly tradition not only with The Backstagers, but with other comics as well.

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It's been said that it's constantly night time in Gotham City. That's the tone you get from this place. The sun may never shine. That is certainly the vibe in Batman: Kings of Fear. There's a feeling of dread that comes through every page as Batman's evening gets worse and worse. We know that the Scarecrow is going to play a major part in this mini-series, so that will play up the horror angle considerably. Unfortunately, he's not in this issue all that much. It looks like that will definitely change in the near future, leading to some terror-filled adventures.

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Writer Scott Peterson is presenting an interesting dynamic between these two characters. I always knew the Scarecrow was a fierce foe in Batman's rogues gallery, but this book puts him on a new level of psychological horror. He literally brings the Dark Knight to his knees and he never even had to throw a punch.

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Belle: Beast Hunter is like Batman crossed with the B.P.R.D. The title character has a plethora of gadgets and gizmos at her disposal, plus years of training. She'll have to put all of those to the test as a monster-filled conspiracy is beginning to play out around her. This first issue hits the ground running by quickly introducing Belle and her world.

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Belle's introduction is enough to get a good understanding of the character and pull you in. We get a glimpse of what she's truly capable of here, especially since all of her bells and whistles have been stripped away. Belle: Beast Hunter is a great addition to Zenescope's line of female adventurers, such as Robyn Hood and Van Helsing. You have to admire a woman who can wield an ax like this.

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Big Trouble in Little China jumps right into the action.  I didn't think I wanted a sequel to the 1986 film, but after reading this issue, I realized that I was wrong.  I want to see what other hijinks Jack Burton is going to get into and it looks like Carpenter and Powell are ready to deliver. 

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Just when you think you've figured out Bitch Planet, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick turns the tables on you. This issue builds up to a top-notch ending that will have you re-examining how you view the story. It's far from your typical women-in-prison comic. There's weight to it. There's a message here but it's not preachy. You don't come out of it feeling bad for yourself, but you might think twice before making that cat call.

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Black Betty is off to a nice start with just the right amount of intrigue. At its center is a compelling character that we don't know a lot about yet. This is not her origin story. We're dropped into her world and we get up to speed pretty quickly. We don't need to know how she got to this point right now. We can enjoy how effective she is at fighting monsters.

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Black Betty is a badass monster fighter that just won't quit. She's not bogged down by personal drama or an annoying supporting cast. (I'm looking at you, Buffy.) This issue shows her take down a creature twice her size without missing a beat. This series is shaping up to be pretty friggin' cool.

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In the scheme of things, I didn't need an origin story for Black Betty, as writer Shawn Gabborin dropped us into her world with deft precision. That being said, this issue really rounds out the character and makes her more relatable and sympathetic. She can fight all these monsters for the rest of her life, but she can never undo that first time. It shows how she's distanced herself from other people, more for their safety than anything else. Black Betty is in a whole new class of monster hunters.

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I'm very curious to see how the twist ending of this issue will play out. This is a frantic ride through a town filled with murderous people. Every turn Betty takes could be her last and she has to stay one step ahead of all of them if she wants to stay alive. The overall tone of this issue has the same feeling as Supernatural, which is definitely not a bad thing.

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The creepiness of Blackwood goes up considerably in this issue. There's something terrifying lurking behind every turn and I have no idea what to expect next. Writer Evan Dorkin is crafting a non-stop ride of horror as these students literally descend into the bowels of the school to find even more frightening artifacts. A monster dean is one thing, but that is just the start. Now we've got so much more, including a two-headed mummy monkey. I'm going to write that out again because that was a lot of fun. Two-headed mummy monkey. Let's see the Boy Who Lived do something about that.

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Blackwood is a fun read with some great characters, deep mythos, and awesome artwork. Unfortunately, it feels like it ends right when it really starts to get going. This is maybe the first few days of this new class and they've already been through so much. Imagine what the rest of the school year could entail.

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Blood Bowl is based on a popular board game that I have no experience with. You don't need that in order to enjoy this comic. It's like Space Jam, but instead of a team of cartoons going up against a team of awkward monsters, it's a rough group of humans (one of which has a hook for a hand) against snarling beasts capable of ripping out a man's throat. Oh, and it's football instead of basketball. OK, I'm not that good at comparisons like this. In any case, if you've ever watched a sports movie and wanted it to include orcs, giants, or other assorted monsters instead of some rich blonde kid from the '80s, Blood Bowl is for you.

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Books of Magic gives us a man-on-the-street entry point into the Sandman Universe. Tim is an average, awkward kid, just like so many of us, so seeing him suddenly get caught up in the wide world of magic with all of its risks and consequences is riveting. He could save the world or destroy it and that will all be dictated by where he goes next.

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Breathless delivers a healthy mix of real world terror and crazy monsters. At its center is a smart, badass woman who is ready for a fight. She's been battling her own body her entire life, so she's used to a struggle. These big pharma executives don't know what they're up against.

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Breathless brings up some great points and drops us into a world of possibilities. This final issue wraps things up a little too quickly. I would have liked a little more space to flesh this out, although as it stands, we do get a complete story. The status quo is shifted greatly by the end of this tale and it's something I'd love to see explored further. Just imagine what other monsters are out there and how they can be incorporated into this crazy world.

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Britannia shows the brutality of Ancient Rome with a supernatural twist.  If I learned about this kind of stuff in history class, I would have paid a lot more attention.  Of course, if my teachers had taught this, they would all be fired.  This book is worth reading for Juan Jose Ryp's artwork alone.  It is finely detailed with an energy that is unparalleled in the industry today.

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Britannia carries a constant feeling of dread as Antonius Axia heads down the path of madness.  He may find out who's killing these Roman soldiers, but he'll be driven insane as a result.  This book is worth reading for Juan Jose Ryp's artwork alone.  He's one of the best in the business and way too underrated right now.

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Broken Moon presents a dark version of the future for those living in it and a pretty awesome one for anyone reading that loves monsters. I can't wait to see what other creatures the creative team has in store for the rest of the series. Will these beasts learn to live in peace with some sort of monster version of the United Nations? Or will they squander it all like we did?

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Brothers Dracul is a dark and violent journey through the life of one of the most evil men of yesteryear. It joins other AfterShock titles like Pestilence and Unholy Grail in a solid niche of historical horror, blending fact with fiction.

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As mentioned, Buffy Season 11 is delving into some very serious issues, showing how the government could react " or overreact " to a supernatural terrorist attack. Was a vampire responsible for the dragon that destroyed San Francisco? Probably not, but that's not going to stop them from being imprisoned along with any other non-human in the area. This book packs a political punch without banging the message over your head. It puts things into perspective.

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Buffy Season 11 delivers a final battle that's right up there with the classic showdowns of the series. The reveal of the Big Bad's identity falls a little flat, but it's made up for with the action movie-level fight scenes that follow it. There's one chapter left in this season and I cannot wait to see how it's going to wrap up.

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Burnouts is a downright fun comic. It borders on absurd as it mixes two genres that I'd never thought would go together and comes out with something truly fantastic. I never knew I needed a teen comedy / alien thriller, but now that I have one, I don't know what I did without it for so long.

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Burnouts is as fun as it is unpredictable. Who do you trust when everyone you meet could be secretly possessed by an alien? Writer Dennis Culver brings a ton of heart to this issue while maintaining the same level of humor and horror. This is a breakout book.

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Centipede is an impressive expansion to the classic video game.  Most folks probably didn't think twice about what the story behind the game could have been while they were popping quarters into the arcade machine.  Here we've got a gripping tale of the last man on earth and his epic struggle against the giant flying centipede that tortures his mind, body, and soul.

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On the surface, Centipede is about one man's quest to rid the world of the giant monster that's destroyed humanity. It could have been just that with some great visuals and occasional gags. Instead, it does something more, taking you on a crazy ride that's part psychedelic and part pure insanity. It's way more than just an Atari game now.

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The end of this issue finds some of the prisoners in a no-win position that creates an immediate sense of excitement for the reader. How are they possibly going to get out of this mess alive? This rag tag group has to work together if they hope to survive against all of the odds that are stacked against them. I have no idea where it'll go next, but I can't wait to see what Brisson and Couceiro have in store with this series. Cluster is a perfect example of space prison sci-fi done right.

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Cold Spots reaches a conclusion with this issue, but it's clear it's just getting started. This opening arc is like an origin story for a world of terror that I can't wait to see explored further. It's a gripping tale that shows how far one man will go to save his daughter, even if that means facing down evil spirits from the afterworld ready to suck the life right out of him.

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Come Into Me is a disturbing read, blending body horror with technology in a way we haven't seen since The Fly. Everyone seems to agree that we're spending too much time with social media. This might just be the push you need to stay off of Facebook for a little while, as it presents a dark and scary possible future.  Writers Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler have made some really creepy stuff here.

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Corktown has a great hook that grabs you early on.  A ghost cop is trying to stop her vampire corpse from killing people.  It presents a slew of possibilities, each of which comes with its own set of questions that I can't wait to see explored further.

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Croak is further proof that people should avoid the woods.  Leave them for bears and other animals.  You never know what's going to pop out at you when you venture through the trees.  Sure, you may be prepared with a sleeping bag and a first aid kit, but no amount of cotton swabs is going to help you clean up a dead body.

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Croak is a terror-filled tale of monsters lurking behind every tree trunk.  We don't need to have much information or development of the main characters.  What we need to understand is their fear of what they're going through and that comes across in spades.  It's easy to identify with someone that is literally running for the life with a creepy bird / lizard creature right on their heels.  I dare you to read this before a camping trip and tell me it doesn't give you second thoughts.

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Croak was originally meant to be a short film from writer Cody Andrew Sousa.  You can see how this could easily translate to the screen.  This is a stellar adaptation to the comic medium that keeps the same breakneck pace and tense action you'd expect from a movie, yet it's all on the page.  The monsters are terrifying and rival those found in modern cinema.  Although this is the end, I'd be curious to learn more about these creatures and what other terror they cause for those foolish enough to venture into these woods.

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Cult Classic: Return to Whisper is a great, character-driven comic with a nice mix of humor, drama, and scares. Although I can't tell all the kids apart yet, I'm very much along for the ride based on how real they come across and how relatable their lives are. Granted, I never discovered buried treasure as a kid, but I totally dreamed of doing that. Who hasn't? This makes the troubles and bloodshed that fills their present day lives all the more gripping.

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Curb Stomp comes off like an exploitation film, but empowers the women featured within it. This is a gang that's tough as nails and backed up with a lot of heart. It's the kind of comic that you want to read while blasting punk rock music.

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There's more than enough to dig into for your average sci-fi fan. The horror elements are a little lighter so far, but they're making their presence known by the end of the issue in a rather disturbing way.

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Dark Ark grabbed me with the first issue. This is where it tightens its grip. The stakes are raised considerably as we see just how quick the monsters are to violence. We may have started with one corpse, but it is not the only one by the end of this chapter and I'm sure there will be plenty more before the series is through.

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Darkness Visible is the supernatural police book I didn't know I wanted. It mixes elements of exciting cop shows with horror and a bit of family drama to make a compelling comic with real characters and real stakes.

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Darkness Visible delivers a robust and ever-expanding world of monsters and the humans who live with them. At its center is Daniel, a man torn between doing what's right for his city and what's right for his daughter. That means allying himself with a demon in more ways than one. It's a tortured life, but it's what he has to do to get things done.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a must for any hardcore POTA fans as it expands on the overall mythos and offers further insight into the film's two main characters. The movie started after these two had been through ten years of heartbreak and desperation as they struggled to survive in this new world. Now you get to see what that journey was like firsthand.

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Dead Letters has pulled me in.  I'm dying (HAR HAR!) to find out what happened to Beryl, how Sam is going to figure it out, and more importantly, what he's going to do next.  There's a larger mystery at work here.  I've never been more interested in dead people.

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Dead of Winter takes a tired premise like zombies and breathes new life into it.  The inclusion of Sparky and his hate of the undead is fun, balancing the terror of the story with some comic relief.  There's more than enough here to hook you to come back for more.  At the bare minimum, you'll want to check out the Dead of Winter games as a result.  I know I do.

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This is the penultimate chapter of Delta 13 and I have no earthly idea what to expect next. Obviously there's going to be more death and carnage as this mysterious woman makes her way through the ship. I don't particularly care about any of the crew as there hasn't been much time to develop them as characters or get to know them in any way. For now, I'm content with watching this play out. It's like a slasher movie in space, but not something silly like Jason X. This is some creepy shit.

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Shadowman and the Battle of New Stalingrad shows a glimmer of hope in this dystopian society as one man stands up against the tyranny of the Soviet Union. Granted, he has some help from undead dinosaurs and demons, but he still kicks some ass. Most of all, it got me really excited about Shadowman again, so I hope Valiant does more with the character in the near future. I heard 2017 is his 25th anniversary...just sayin'.

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Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult adds a unique supernatural element to Dynamite's Gold Key line.  It doesn't just toss in some werewolves and call itself a horror comic.  Instead, Waid has created a flawed character struggling with his own success while also dealing with ghosts and vampires, all while in front of a camera.

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Doppelganger has the same vibe as Stephen King's Thinner, although with a nicer protagonist. Here's a man who is living a normal, uninteresting life who is suddenly thrown into absolute chaos. He's suddenly given a reason to stand up and fight for everything he has and everyone he holds dear.

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Dream Police is off to a great start.  This issue lays the ground work for how the Dreamscape works and what kind of things readers can expect.  There's a nice twist at the end that opens things up quite a bit as to what else can happen.  As with any dream, it's a quick change that immediately alters the entire status quo.  I just hope that doesn't mean that Joe will be going to work in his underpants.

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Dream Thief: Escape delves further into the background of this character that has become an instant favorite.  John Lincoln's story is just getting started and we're learning about his abilities and where they come from just as he is.  This first issue gives a good primer to the story so far, so anyone can jump right in.  (This is not to say that you can skip the first trade paperback.  Go out and read that too because it's an awesome comic.)  Author Jai Nitz drops just enough hints at what is to come to get me hooked right away.

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Dream Thief: Escape greatly expands upon the mythos that Jai Nitz created with the first volume.  I'm interested in seeing what the potential limits of a Dream Thief are, both mentally and physically.  John Lincoln has been busy providing closure for others, but he might finally get a chance to get it for himself by reuniting with his father, even if it is posthumously...sort of.

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Underbelly is a satisfying continuation to Dredd 3D, but as it's only a one-shot comic, it's far too short.  That's not to say that the story is rushed.  It actually fits nicely within the page length.  I just wanted more because it's well done.  This is like a preview for what a new feature length film could be.  Hopefully this will be the comic gateway for fans of the movie who haven't explored the full history of the character (myself included).

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Eclipse hits with a one-two punch of sci-fi and horror.  It's got a dynamite premise and some tight pencils presenting a dystopian world that will have you reaching for sunscreen.  Humanity hasn't risen to the skies in this future.  We've burrowed underground like rats, fearful of the day and the terrors it can bring.

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Eclipse takes its first steps as an ongoing series and sticks the landing. This is a solid sci-fi series where the sun is a monster. It's the villain out to destroy everything we hold dear. That would be enough on its own for a compelling story, but writer Zack Kaplan adds in another level of intrigue and mystery with a serial killer immune to the sun's effects and a far-reaching corporate conspiracy.

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Eclipse is the sci-fi thriller you've been waiting for. It has all the pulse-pounding excitement of a blockbuster movie with incredible visuals and a riveting story. The only thing that's missing is the soundtrack, so I started humming out a score while I was reading the book. That would explain the weird looks I got at the gym.

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This issue ends with a new beginning of sorts. It's a great way to close out a story arc and definitely leaves you wanting more. Eclipse is this perfect blend of horror and thriller. Every issue leaves you white-knuckled and anxious and this one is no different. This series returns in March 2019, but something tells me it will be worth the wait.

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This first issue of Edward Scissorhands serves as a re-introduction to this strange world, albeit a more colorful version. The people witnessed something magical once, but that has mostly been forgotten or swept under the rug. From the looks of things, this small town is about to be shaken again by the would-be monster from the castle on the hill.

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Ei8ht is like Mad Max set on Tatooine. Instead of riding tricked out death machines, people ride dinosaurs. Joshua has plopped down in the middle of this world with a mission, but he doesn't remember what that is. There's no telling what he might encounter next, but if it's anything like what he just went through, things will get worse before they get better.

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As much as I've grown to love horror, it's just as much fun to poke fun at it on occasion. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark pays tribute to the classics, while also sticking it's tongue out at some of the silliest aspects of the horror genre. It's a fast-paced, humorous book starring a macabre icon. What's not to love?

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The people in Enormous are struggling to hold on to the last pieces of civilization they can. In the blink of an eye, the entire world changed around them. For the first time in thousands of years, mankind must fear the animals that lurk around it, and that's a really scary thought. This is like the five stages of acceptance and people are firmly in the denial stage...a very bloody, body-filled denial stage. Enormous is much more than your typical giant monster story. These beasts are not rampaging through cities to destroy or fight each other. They're hunting people and eating them up in brutal ways.

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Enormous returns with a more human issue that shows us once again that many of us are horrible people at heart. Given the opportunity, we can descend into chaos, ready to murder our fellow man. There are a select few that can rise above this temptation and do the right thing. Survival does not mean the death and destruction of everyone around you, especially when there are giant monsters roaming the world. Unlike your typical Godzilla story, Enormous delivers on both the human side and the monster scares.

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I'm intrigued by this new addition to the Fight Club mythos.  The original novel spoke to someone in their mid-20s, looking to rebel against authority.  The comic book sequel is a stark exploration of a "normal" life and the pitfalls it can contain.  "Sebastian" might have turned his back on Project Mayhem, but the Space Monkeys carried on and it's clear that they may have some help from an inside source.

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Fissure is a slow burn that pays off in spades with a breathtaking final-page filled with intrigue and terror.  It does the due diligence of establishing the characters and making you care about them before shaking the ground beneath their feet.  You'll be dying to check out the next issue, if for nothing else than to find out what's in these holes.

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Frankensten Underground takes what started as a one-note character and builds him into a powerful yet tormented individual. This isn't Boris Karloff shuffling around with bolts sticking out of his neck. I mean, this is Mike Mignola on Frankenstein. Do you really need another reason to read this?

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I've never read or played with the original Freeway Fighter books. Fortunately, you don't need to have that background in order to enjoy this series. It drops you right into the action, introducing a terrifying post-apocalyptic world with a strong woman doing what she has to in order to survive. Yes, it's easy to make comparisons to Mad Max, but that's certainly not a bad thing.

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Frostbite is the alternate, colder version of Mad Max we didn't know we wanted, but are eternally grateful it exists.  Two people are thrown together on a life-or-death road trip.  The body count has only grown since they began this trip and it shows no signs of stopping.  We'll see how that is affected once secrets start coming to the surface.

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Gideon Falls takes its time to get going. It doesn't rush into the scares. Instead, it slowly builds tension over time, building to a great cliffhanger that will definitely have you coming back for more. The comic has an unshakable feeling of dread, like untold terrors are awaiting Norton and Wilfred in the coming issues and they're the only ones that can possibly put a stop to whatever's coming. One thing is for sure, if this is writer Jeff Lemire's first foray into horror, he's off to a great start.

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Dave Stewart's colors complete the experience, particularly with his use of red.  That shade means danger and when it appears on the page, the scare factor goes up.  Since most of the issue looks grim and dark, red stands out in a vibrant, violent nature.  It's a shock to the system.  Gideon Falls has pulled me in completely.  I still have a lot of questions, but the tone of the story and the mystery surrounding the Black Barn is more than enough to keep me interested.  We're still learning about the main characters, however we know enough about them to get wrapped up in their lives and want to see this through.

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Glitterbomb: The Fame Game shows real life terror that happens on a daily basis in Hollywood. Fame is a claustrophobic, soul-crushing experience and young Kaydon Klay is about to see it up close and personal. This is something she's longed for all her life and the glitz and glamour is about to chew her up and spit her out. That doesn't even include the literal monster lurking in the shadows nearby!

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Glitterbomb: The Fame Game is a timely, unsettling look at how we perceive fame in today's society. The phrase "If it bleeds, it leads" is very valid. It's created media that we're all guilty of consuming without thinking of the emotional and mental toll it is taking on those affected. It will have you thinking twice before tuning into the local news or clicking on that juicy headline.

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Godzilla: Cataclysm brings back monsters in a big way.  Humanity is still incredibly screwed when these beasts get moving, but you can't help but watch the destruction unfold.  Now a new generation gets to witness the terror of a huge lizard creature rampaging through its city.

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I can't wait to see how everyone handles even more monsters. Things are looking grim for Earth One, but with a new lead scientist, maybe they have what it takes to save their world once and for all.

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Grave Danger presents a pretty awesome storyline right off the bat. It wastes no time diving into the action while also delivering some of the backstory for the main character. We don't get her full origin here, nor is it necessary. There's just enough to hook you with a great premise and an awesome closer. In this debut issue alone there are all kinds of monsters and demons. If this is what a single day in the life of Grave Danger is like, I can't imagine what kind of terrifying adventures are in store.

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If the Re-Animator created Captain America to fight the monsters from Pacific Rim, you'd have Graveland. This is blockbuster movie level action that's blended with crazy kaiju fun. If this is how the book starts, I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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Faerber has a talent for introductions. The same could be said for his sci-fi series Copperhead. He hits you with just enough information to pull you in, yet still manages to quickly set up the "rules" of this new world. Graveyard Shift packs a punch with drama, romance, and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned vampire horror.

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Grimm Fairy Tales is heading towards a large event and getting many pieces in place for it.  The Tooth Fairy is the latest player to enter the game and I'm very interested to see how she factors into things, considered her tortured past.  This kind of re-imagining of a classic character is what makes this title stand out.  I will never look at the dentist the same way again after reading this issue.  Brush your teeth, people!

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This issue ends with a great twist. It's something I did not see coming and puts a very cool spin on the Black Eyed Children urban legend. It works really well and takes the book to an entirely new level. It's this kind of work that solidifies Grimm Tales of Terror as a go-to horror anthology.

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GWAR: Orgasmaddon is the best comic you will read featuring a penis-shaped time machine and I'm including that one weird issue of Uncanny X-Men. Now you're wondering which one I'm talking about, aren't you? I'm just kidding. There's no penis-shaped time machine in X-Men...or is there? Anyway, if you love dark humor and gore, you are going to love this comic. Plus, the Krakunt is worth the price of admission alone. I'm going to be having some very confusing dreams / nightmares about that tonight.

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Hack / Slash: Resurrection is a welcome return for Cassie Hack. It puts her in some familiar territory for horror fans and one that's fitting for the character. She would be right at home at Camp Crystal Lake, although Jason would have to think twice before attacking her. Cassie would definitely give him a run for his money. This could have been just a cool side story. Instead, it ties closely to Cassie's past, creating a more personal tale.

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Hass is pitched as Romeo & Juliet meets American History X, which is a pretty apt way of describing it.  Creator B. Alex Thompson pulls you in with relatable characters and just when you think they're going to have a nice happy ending, he pulls the rug out from under you and changes everything.  Aliens don't fly in and the dead don't rise.  Instead, the monsters in Hass are real and just as terrifying.  They're capable of true evil.

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Haunted sets up a post-apocalyptic road trip.  This is a great origin story.  You get everything you need to jump right into the story.  This first issue gets the group together and provides them with a destination in New York City.  You can imagine the level of utter madness that a city of millions of people must be like after ghosts have invaded the world.  While their technology is not nearly as advanced as that of the Ghostbusters, I have a feeling that Sarah and the gang could hold their own against Egon and company.

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Heavenly Blues has an undeniably great hook that's backed up with solid character development and striking artwork.  You might come in for the supernatural heist but you'll stay for Isaiah's story to see if he and Erin can stick it to the holy man that judged them and sent them down to Hell.  Like any good heist movie, you can't help but root for the bad guys.

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Even with these fight scenes, the pace slows down a bit with this issue of Heavenly Blues. It's largely setup as the characters are moved into place to prepare for the heist. The additional players are very intriguing and it will be cool to see how they all interact with one another. I'm just anxious for them to get to the action and see how they'll bust down Heaven's door. They're beginning to resemble a powder keg.

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Heavenly Blues presents supernatural thievery in Hell that's right up there with classic heist films, and who doesn't love a good heist film? If George Clooney robbed something from a demon instead of Andy Garcia, it would have been a much more entertaining movie, right?

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Much of this issue of Hellchild is setup.  We already know from the solicits for this issue alone that Hades' daughter is on her way back to the land of the living, so it's not much of a spoiler to know what happens by the end of the book.  The creative team introduces us to all the players quickly and efficiently while moving the story along at a solid pace.  We jumped right into the action and we're left craving more.  We're left with an upheaval in these characters' lives that is going to make waves.  Now what?

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Hellchild: The Unholy is a gore-filled ride through Splattertown.  You'll learn the sound a lizard man's skull makes when it explodes as an exxxtreme vampire goddess tears through everything around her.  While all this is happening, I'm trying to keep an eye on Jezebel because there's definitely still something up her sleeve.  Things are going to get more complicated for Angelica, and I'm not certain the obstacles coming up are ones she can punch, bite, and slash her way through.

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Hellchild: The Unholy is a gore-filled fight to the death packed to the brim with monsters. The artwork alone will delight any horror fan, especially eagle-eyed readers. The title character is still rather grating, lashing out at everyone around her. Sure, she's been through some shit, but maybe she just needs a hug.

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Her Infernal Descent takes Dante's Inferno, a classic I have never really been interested in, and puts it in a context I can easily relate to and want to read. It helps that there are pictures, but it's more than that. The woman at the center of this story has suffered unimaginable pain and heartbreak. She's desperate and is willing to do anything if it means being with her family again, even going to Hell itself. That is some powerful stuff.

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Hex Wives is a very relevant comic right now. Writer Ben Blacker has crafted a haunting story that gets right under your skin with how wrong it feels. Unfortunately, there will be a segment of the population that will see the men as the good guys and that's even more chilling.

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Hook Jaw has a slow start, but the reveal of the shark is worth the price of admission.  If you're a fan of Jaws, you'll like this comic.  Every time someone is close to or in the water, you get this feeling of dread, knowing the beast lurking beneath the surface.  Plus, this is the first time I've seen a grown man hit with a severed dolphin's head, so I can check that off the old bucket list.

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