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Preview: The October Faction #10

The October Faction #10

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

The Allan children are still struggling with the fact that Fred killed their real parents. And while the family is split, an old enemy returns to take his revenge.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Steve Niles returns to American Gothic Press with new title Monster World!

Following the apocalyptic mayhem of Gunsuits and Bornhome and the monster spectacles Broken Moon and Project Nemesis, it’s time for something a little bit quieter at American Gothic Press, and that creepy hush will come from new series Monster World.

Monster World, which unites Steve Niles—in his second title for American Gothic—and AGP publisher Philip Kim in a joint storytelling venture, falls on the mysterious end of the horror spectrum, following the investigations of one Henry Barrymore into the intracies of a major film studio and what it might be hiding behind the monster makeup.

The concept comes from the mind of Publisher Philip Kim, who asked himself, what if a horror movie makeup guru got his “special effects” from real monsters, and what kind of sorcery would it take to control them?

In addition to haunting covers by Piotr Kowalski and colorist Dennis Calero, the four issues of Monster World will each ship with a retailer incentive cover of interlocking images from an occult painting by artist Nigel Sade.

Monster World Nigel Sade Cover Monster World Piotr Kowalski Cover

Preview: The October Faction #9

The October Faction #9

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

In their first day of training as monster hunters, the Allan children must now face the most fearsome monster of them all… their mother! And in the process, a terrible secret about their real parents is revealed.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Review: The Disciples #4

The race to colonize the planets has begun. A wealthy tycoon turned cultist has landed on one of Jupiter’s 63 known moons and has taken his disciples with him, among them, a certain senator’s young daughter.

The crew, Dagmar, Rick and Julian are hired out to get her back.

A daring space adventure turns raw with horror after the crew nears our galaxies biggest moon, Ganymede.

The characters are punk inspired, perhaps taken from writer and creator Steve Niles’ background in the DC punk/hardcore scene.

The story is set in the near future, people are not exploring the furthest reaches of the universe, but instead, our own galaxy. Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and all their moons are the subject of curiosity and the ever expanding search to stake one’s claim in new territories. There is talk of some holding water, others hosting weird,tiny creatures. What will the crew encounter in the cold reaches of these yet explored icy planets?

I must say, I love this comic. The story does not cease to surprise and astonish, breaking from the traditional trajectory that many comics go. Prepare to be kept guessing. Also, having a  alt-punk female lead does not hurt.

Artist and co-creator, Christopher Mitten has outdone himself, the pacing is well set, and the inking, clean yet not without grit, truly suits the horror genre. Check out his Tumblr, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by his prints, pages and other works.

Colorist Jay Fotos, and production artist Philip W. Smith III make for a great team and a well done new project by multi talented Steve Niles, and Christopher Mitten. The art team deserves applause.

The aesthetics are done so well–staggering craters, rock walls and machinery– that there is almost a blue silence that permeates the comics, sliding under dialogue and action, bringing to mind deep space and what, perhaps, early settlers once experienced in the shadow of great forests. The excitement. The horror.

This is a definite Buy.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Christopher Mitten
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Disciples #4

The Disciples #4

Artist: Christopher Mitten
Writer: Steve Niles
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Niles and Mitten crank up the horror they’re famous for in the brain-combusting conclusion toThe Disciples’ first story arc. Amid horrifying deaths and an even more horrifying birth, can our heroes escape the carnage on this haunted moon of Jupiter?


Review: Broken Moon #1

Broken Moon #1 coverAfter explosions on the moon cause the earth’s tides to wipe out most of humanity and civilization, monsters of legend rise to take their place. Broken Moon opens in a massive city of vampires who have taken to polluting the skies to block out the danger of the sun. A human spy, Avery, escapes the city with valuable information about the vampires’ plans and reconvenes with her small tribe—few of whom escape with their lives following a confrontation between the vampires and a pack of werewolves.

Steve Niles and vampires, go together like peanut butter and jelly. In contrast to his other his other well known works 30 days of Night, this book has werewolves as well. While the vampires in this may have a heavy a more thought out system of ruling their cities. Using humans more like cattle, and factory workers than just slaughtering them like madman. However, there is some human resistance who live outside of the vampire cities. Even the werewolves have various stages of their change. Which defiantly works with the story, giving the story a classical blend of monsters.

The art by Nat Jones is dark, yet realistic. For the most part there is very little use of color. Most of the world is done as various shades of black, and grey with only a little red and oranges. However there is some demonstrations of color as the story progresses. It injects some color into a very dark world. The series begins a bit more colorful, with those reds and oranges, but progresses to a gray color palette, playing more with the idea that humans literally break the moon, hence the title Broken Moon.

This is a new take on the classic monsters we all grew up with.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Nat Jones
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

American Gothic Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Halloween Nightmares Come To Life with John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight

Storm King Comics has announced a horror comic anthology entitled John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight that has been put together by the King of Darkness himself, John Carpenter. The anthology includes an epic line up of artists and writers including John Carpenter, Steven Hoveke, Sandy King, Steve Niles, James Ninness,Trent Olsen, David Schow, Tim Bradstreet, Buzz, Federico DeLuca, Leonardo Manco, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez and more. The book will be full color 100+ pages and will be released by October 31st 2015. Fans can get sneak peak at the book Saturday October 17th at 2pm at Barnes and Noble at The Grove 189 Grove Drive K30, Los Angeles, CA 90036. John Carpenter will be signing advanced copies of the book in time for Halloween!

Fans should be able to pick up the title at their local comic shops as well as the Storm King Productions booth at New York Comic Con. The second graphic novel in the Storm King Comic’s series John Carpenter’s Asylum will be out in early 2016.

From the man who brought you the movie, “Halloween” and all the scares beyond, here comes the ultimate graphic novel anthology of tales to warm your toes by on a dark and stormy night in October.  Carpenter brings together story tellers from the world of movies, novels and comics and in these pages lie tales of graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts to haunt your dreams at night.

Writers:  John Carpenter, Steven Hoveke, Sandy King, Steve Niles, James Ninness, Trent Olsen, David Schow and Duane Swierczynski.
Artists:  including…Tim Bradstreet, Buzz, Federico DeLuca, Leonardo Manco, Darick Robertson, and Tone Rodriguez
Edited by Sandy King

John Carpenter's Tales for a HalloweeNight

Preview: The Disciples #3


Artist: Christopher Mitten
Writer: Steve Niles
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Dagmar, Rick, and Jules, intrepid private eyes/bounty hunters, have been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who’s run off to join a mysterious religious cult. This is no ordinary cult though. In the near future of The Disciples, the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters of the Universe by colonizing moons throughout the solar system. Billionaire industrialist McCauley Richmond is one such colonist: he’s built a new society on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, where his flock of cultists can have the religious freedom to worship him. But when the team reaches Ganymede in their Starship Venture, they discover something has gone horribly wrong… This ghost story in space reunites comics’ king of the macabre, Steve Niles, with his longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten, whose stylish mix of grit and flow matches Steve’s sharp characterizations and taste for screams.


Preview: The Disciples #2


Artist: Christopher Mitten
Writer: Steve Niles
Colors: Jay Fotos
Letters: Thomas Mauer

Despite foreboding premonitions, interstellar private investigators Dagmar, Rick, and Jules land on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede… and, to their horror, our doomed heroes realize things are far worse than they could have imagined. One will die this issue… and that’s the lucky one.

This ghost story in space reunites comics’ king of the macabre Steve Niles with his longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten, whose stylish mix of grit and flow matches Steve’s sharp characterizations and taste for screams.


Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

THE DISCIPLES #1 (reprint)

The announced sell-outs and new printings was pretty thin this week. Black Mask Studios announced that The Disciples #1 has sold out and gone back to print.

Created by horror legend Steve Niles has teamed up with longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten to create something terrifying and new. The Disciples is a collision of pulse-racing horror and mind-bending sci-fi.

Already being called “a master class in horror,” The Disciples is a book that continues to grow and excite horror fans, sci-fi fans, and those new to comics alike. In late March it was announced that Universal Cable Productions would begin developing a TV adaptation of the comic with master of horror Wes Craven at the helm.

The buzz on The Disciples #1 was huge when it released and has only grown. Black Mask has announced they are going back for a second printing. It will hit shelves on July 22nd, the same date as issue #2.

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