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TKO Presents: Tales of Terror – A Harrowing Comic Shorts Anthology

TKO Studios has announced a collected anthology of their bestselling harrowing comic shorts by a cadre of top creators. Customer and vendor pre-orders for TKO Presents: Tales of Terror are now open at the TKO website.

Tales of Terror collects all nine titles released to-date across the publisher’s TKO Shorts catalog and debuts digitally October 20th, in time for Halloween, and in-print via trade channels on November 30th.

Tales of Terror will chill the bones and curdle the blood of readers. Witness a soldier face a horror worse than death, a space pioneer’s false Eden, and a little boy’s insomnia that ends in tragedy, just to name a few.

SEEDS OF EDEN: When a space pioneer attempts to create a self-sustaining colony Jupiter, her visit takes an unsuspecting and deadly turn. From Liana Kangas and Joe Corallo (She Said Destroy) and Paul Azaceta (OUTKAST, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Punisher Noir).

THE FATHER OF ALL THINGS: The year is 1914 and Europe is at war. Idealistic 14-year-old Georg is ready to defend his country, but nothing cold prepare him for the supernatural horrors that await beneath the trenches. From Sebastian Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and Baldemar Rivas (Unearth).

NIGHT TRAIN: When Neal’s new baby brother begins to drive him insane with sleepless nights, Neal starts seeing a spectral tarin with a ghostly conductor offering to solve his problems by taking his baby brother far away. From Steve Foxe (Razorblades: The Horror Magazine) and Lisandro Estherren (Redneck: The Last Contract).

DAME FROM THE DARK: Magic isn’t always glitz and glam, and sometimes there are darker secrets lurking behind the trap doors and red velvet curtains. Private detective Tommy, and his spirit comrade Eve, have come to teach magician ‘Le Samson Fantastique’ that some acts aren’t always illusions. From writer Rob Pilkington and artist Kit Mills.

HAND ME DOWN: Reuben and Lyra are on the brink of a failing marriage when they are invited to a risqué soiree hosted by wealthy neighbors in their glitzy new suburb. But things take a demonic turn when they realize they will be taking home a lot more than a party favor. From Alex Paknadel and Jen Hickman.

KILLIAMSBURG: The snowstorm of the century is barreling down on Brooklyn, but that doesn’t stop a group of hipsters from throwing an ironic 90s themed party. The snow is different though… it speaks, it moves, it craves human flesh! Ca our flannel-wearing, craft-beer drinking group unironically survive the night? From Erick Freitas and Jelena Dordevic.

RIVER OF SIN: Children are being found dead and mutilated in the woods. Alonso fears this might be the fate of his daughter. In a desperate hunt for answers, he and the other grieving parents must take matters into their own hands. Could it be the suspected Bruja, hungry for young blood, or is there a bigger secret among the townsfolk? Discover the truth in RIVER OF SIN by Kelly Williams and Chas! Pangburn.

ROOFSTOMPERS: Far away from the pressures of being a surgeon in New York City, Cassie decides to take a solo hunting trip to Wyoming. There she is attacked and luckily rescued by a middle-aged couple living in an isolated cabin with their son. After weeks, she isn’t getting any better and she begins to question the couple’s motives and the strange nightly visits that they dismiss as the “Roofstompers.” From Alex Paknadel and Ian MacEwan.

THE WALK: Alice and her team of aquatic explorers are eager to study what lies beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Stationed at the Midnight Zone, 2000 meters below the surface; their supplies start to run out. In a dangerous expedition to survive, they must push through but soon realize that the ocean is more vast, dark, and mysterious than they could have ever imagined. From Michael Moreci and Jesus Hervas.

TKO Presents: Tales of Terror

DC Announces Robins

DC has announced that Robins is the winner of DC’s Round Robin Competition! Over a million fans voted in the winner-take-all bracket in a fierce competition that puts the Lazarus Tournament to shame.

Robins #1, written by Tim Seeley, with art by Baldemar Rivas, peels back the domino mask on the realities and costs of being a Robin. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne come together in the world’s most specific support group to finally talk about whether being a Robin was a good idea… but they can’t even do that without being ambushed. As an unknown assailant claims to have been the first Robin, the flock of Robins must figure out who she is, and what it means to be a Robin.

This true fan-favorite title—with the votes to prove it!—will be available to DC Universe Infinite subscribers first, with Issue #1 hitting the service on October 26th, and flying into stores on November 16th.

Fans will want to head into their local comic book shop to pick up the variant cover by Babs Tarr, and keep an eye out for all the variants.

Robins #1

Preview: DC: The Doomed and the Damned #1

DC: The Doomed and the Damned #1

Written by: Travis G. Moore, Saladin Ahmed, Marv Wolfman, John Arcudi, Kenny Porter, Amanda Deibert, Garth Ennis, Amedeo Turturro, Brandon Thomas, Alyssa Wong
Art by: Daniel Sampere, Max Fiumara, Baldemar Rivas, PJ Holden, Tom Mandrake, Leonardo Manco, Mike Perkins, Travis G. Moore, Riley Rossmo

It was a dark and stormy night when the creatures of the DC Universe began to emerge from their lairs into the cool evening air. Tales of the macabre, the murderous, and the morbid abound in this spine-chilling special about monsters and mayhem! What happens when Batman encounters a true urban legend after speaking its name three times in a mirror, or when Madame Xanadu enlists the help of Man-Bat to take down a shadowy specter? And who can stop an intergalactic demon from turning people into frog beasts? Only the unlikely team-up of Green Lantern and Etrigan! All this and seven more fang-tastic tales to trick your treats and bob your apples.

DC: The Doomed and the Damned #1

Unearth Infects Readers and Gets a Second Printing

Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ hit new body horror series Unearth is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand for this creepy story best described as The X-Files meets HBO’s Chernobyl.

In Unearth, a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico and a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination. 

Tracing the source of the disease to a nearby cave system, the team discovers a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape. 

Unearth #1, second printing (Diamond Code MAY198071) will hit comic shops on Wednesday, August 7. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, July 15.

Unearth #1, second printing

Review: Unearth #1

Unearth #1

Unearth #1 throws you into the nightmarish action. With a story by Cullen Bunn and Kyle Strahm, the debut mixes together science and horror to deliver a slightly unsettling start.

A disease is ravaging a remote Mexican village which sends a scientific task force to investigate the contamination. They trace the source of the disease to a nearby cave system leading to a subterranean adventure and nightmare.

Bunn and Strahm deliver an interesting start in Unearth #1. At first, the series feels like an over the top science-focused story. It has the sense of a film like Outbreak mixing tension, mystery, and disease. But, as we learn more, the story pivots to something much more. It begins to turn into a nightmarish horror story that’ll leave you saying “wtf” more than once.

And in that sense, the debut issue is really good. It leaves the reader on their toes not knowing what to expect but with a concept that’s straightforward. We’re not immediately dumped into a mystical world but instead the issue slowly builds as things get weirder. And, we’re left in the end we’re left with something that’s more The Descent than Outbreak.

The art by Baldemar Rivas is interesting. Each character is unique and you get a sense of their personality. The art evolves like the story itself giving us a more confined space as things proceed. I’d like to have seen more of that used as the team is driven further into the cave. A visual confinement to help drag the reader into that aspect a bit more. And, as issues play out, we might see that.

The debut is a good one that sets up more than enough of a mystery to have fans of horror coming back to find out more. It’s an interesting concept so far and there’s many directions to go and like the characters themselves, that leaves the read on their toes.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm
Art: Baldemar Rivas Letters: Crank!
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Cullen Bunn teams with Kyle Stahm and Baldemar Rivas on the chilling new series Unearth

The X-Files meets Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilationwith the mounting terror of a classic Stephen King novel in the forthcoming series Unearthan all-new horror series from Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas launching this July from Image Comics.

In Unearth, a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico and a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination. Tracing the source of the disease to a nearby cave system, the team discovers a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape. 

Showcasing the same unsettling pacing of Michael Rutger’s The AnomalyUnearth will provide fans with a new subterranean nightmare that they won’t want to miss.

Unearth #1 Cover A by Rivas (Diamond Code MAY190025) and Unearth #1 Cover B by Strahm (Diamond Code MAY190026) will hit comic shops on Wednesday, July 10. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, June 17.

Unearth #1

Preview: Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

Joshua Jabcuga (w) • Tadd Galusha (a) • Baldemar Rivas (c)

Return to the world of the cult-classic film with this prequel from the mind of its original creator! President Nixon has discovered an alien threat, and he knows there’s only one man he can reach out to for help: Elvis Presley. But will Elvis be enough to defeat a horde of Cosmic Blood-Suckers? This all-new story takes readers back to a world when Elvis truly was The King!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-333-9

Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

Preview: Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #4

Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #4

Joe Lansdale & Joshua Jabcuga (w) • Tadd Galusha (a) • Baldemar Rivas (c)

Elvis, John Henry, and the rest of the team get ready to take on a horde of vampires and an army of skeletons as they approach the house!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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