Just what kind of nightmares can be delivered in comic book form depends on how vivid your imagatioin gets fired up after reading this list of must-reads for the Halloween season!
Just when I thought there weren’t enough comic book reads for the Halloween season during the past two years, a lot has changed since then. The publishers heard the screams and lamentations from not only myself, but others too. Thus, for this year, they must have upped the game to make sure releases for the spooky season memorable.
Without further ado, I present the best top thirteen titles I recommend checking out this spooktober! What I offer is a mix of both ongoing releases and one-shots.
Alice Cooper (Dynamite)
Oct 11, 2023
In this new ongoing series, Alice Cooper, the Nightmare Lord, has reclaimed the seat of power in his own dark realm. This series started in September, and here, his dreamworld was being invaded. Ever since the release of Welcome to My Nightmare (Amazon link), which came out in 2015, fans like me have been wanting more, and we finally have it! In the October issue, Alice must face-off with the Lord of Hell himself, Lucifer! Joe Harris is the team lead of this series as the writer, with Eman Casallos handling the artistic chores.
“Writing Quinnelope And The Cookie King Catastrophe was an absolute blast!” said artist Kayla Coombs, “Brownfield and I have the same goofy sense of humor, so each page was a chance to crack each other up.”
Oni Press, the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher, is proud to present Quinnelope And The Cookie King Catastrophe: Vol. 1, a hysterically funny and refreshingly imaginative middle grade graphic novel series from debut creators HF Brownfield and Kayla Coombs. When Quinnelope and friends discover all the cookies in the kingdom have gone missing, they must battle a series of food-inspired enemies to find the missing cookies and restore the Cookie King to his rightful place as the #1 tasty treat of Pleasant Towne. This book will hit stores on September 19, 2023.
Avatar: The Last Airbender continues with the release of an all-new story and omnibus collection!
Dark Horse Books has twice the The Last Airbender fun planned this year with the release of an all-new story and omnibus collection! To read these works will help those who are impatient with waiting for the next animated tale. There’s no timeline for when they will release, but thankfully these works provide some excellent side stories.
These works are all canon. The first release is in partnership with Avatar Studios to tell Avatar: The Last Airbender—Azula in the Spirit Temple!
Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla gets a modern Chinese spin by Amy Chu and Soon Lee.
Dark Horse Comics Berger Books Imprint
Amy Chu and Soon Lee’s reinterpretation on Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla is all kinds of wonderful. Not only do we get a modern interpretation from a Chinese perspective but also Lee’s auburn design on the pages where it flashbacks, alluding to the original prose, is beautiful. Here, the vampire is named Violet, and the place she makes her base of operation may be named after the famous vampire we all know.
Here, Athena is a social worker wishing she can do more for those struggling to survive in Manhattan. Her life is okay, but it seems something is holding her back. When one of her patients turns up dead, she investigates in true Kolchak fashion and what she finds in that nightclub goes beyond simply confronting some pimp. She becomes enamoured, and as a lesbian herself, she understands what’s going on. But after meeting Violet, there’s more than meets the eye not only about this seductress but also this nightmare that soon unfolds.
Here, we present a list of best Winter Solstice reads, viewing material and other goodness to keep to the spirit of the chilly season.
On the darkest night of the year on December 21, 2022, Winter Solstice is a good time to get cosy with a ghost story. Some people enjoy a tale of terror with a classic work, or might be watching HBO Max’s Yule Log, which is new for this year. Once upon a time, people were fearful at this coming of darkness and to acknowledge it is probably why the love persists to this day. That superstition was common amongst Northern Europe people in the old days, but these days, having something cheerier to enjoy makes more sense.
Ancient man did not necessarily fear death. It is part of the cycle of life. From that comes rebirth, and what’s celebrated is not limited to just a few cultures. How I acknowledge this occasion is to enjoy a wide range of media which recognises the transition in some way instead of being very specific to the lore. That would make for a very short list.
From horror to celebratory, I’m aiming to suggest something old and something new to read, hear or view. What I offer is something to enjoy reading, a theatrical presentation on television or a song to listen to. I’m trying very hard to not pick works that’s more about Christmas than Yule. These days, the two terms are synonymous with each other, and it makes knowing what fits into my tighter definition difficult. And thus, I begin with:
The Yule Cat (YouTube)
This live action horror film is perfect to kick off the longest night of terror. Although not set to debut until the 24th, this work makes my list since it’s Icelandic folk horror at its best, and the teaser is perfect to tense things up. This work, along with the aforementioned and coming picks for 2022.