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Preview: Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 (of 3)

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 (of 3)

Jeremy Lambert (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a & c)

The sisters are safe and sound in their beds,

Their nightmares a folly, it’s all in their heads.

Now wait, I hear something, perhaps it’s a scream…

Oh, I’m so sorry, it’s not all a dream!

They cannot survive this, reader beware!

Unless I’m mistaken, you’re in for a scare!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #2

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #2

Jeremy Lambert (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a & c)

Trapped in HorrorLand, sisters Mia and Ginny have no hope of escape… that is until a little Horror named Irk mentions the gate on the other side of the Scream-Park! Only problem is the never-ending nightmares that stand in their way! And did someone say something about a dummy? Oh, sorry! I didn’t mean- AAAAAGGHH!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks enjoy? What’d you dislike? What stood out? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Slate Magazine – Marvel’s Newly Renumbered Comic Books Reveal Its Historic Disinterest in Promoting Black Superheroes – Truth.

Newsarama – Comic Drive for Soldiers Aims to Send 22,000 Comics to Overseas Troops in 2017 – Hope they pull it off!

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #1

Atomic Junk Shop – Hinges Vol. 1-3

Talking Comics – Jughead: The Hunger #1

ICv2 – Michael Chabon’s The Escapists

10 Spooky Comics for this Halloween

If you, like the rest of the internet, have been celebrating Halloween since before Labor Day, or have gotten swept up in the pumpkin spice frenzy, or are riding the high of those spooky seasonal vibes, hey. You’re not alone.

Though this year has been widely deemed a dumpster fire, 2017 has provided some excellent seasonal reads for readers who like their comics with a side of horror and mystery. Here are ten comics perfect for setting the Halloween mood.

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Donny Cates, Garry Brown, and Mark Englert (AfterShock Comics)

Being a teenager can feel like hell. For pregnant sixteen year old Sadie, it might literally be hell. The first volume explores the strength of familial relationships, navigating the world as a teen mom, and how to deal when a powerful underground group of assassins tries to kill your baby, who is the antichrist.

Goldie Vance
Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes (BOOM! Studios)

Goldie Vance is a teenage detective story appropriate for all ages. Join Goldie as she takes on the mysteries at the Florida resort where she and her dad work. The series is no longer published as single issues and will instead be published in the future in a series of graphic novels, and each arc is an excellent jumping-on point for the series.

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Jeremy Lambert and Chris Fenoglio (IDW Publishing)

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight was released by IDW earlier this month. While it’s definitely geared toward a younger demographic, the first issue is full of references to the original books and stays true to their voice.

HellraiserOmnibus_v1_SC_PRESS_1Hellraiser Omnibus Volume 1
Clive Barker, Tom Garcia, various (BOOM! Studios)

The Hellraiser Omnibus isn’t for the squeamish. The book collects issues 1-20 of Clive Barker’s 2011-2012 Hellraiser series, as well as Hellraiser Annual #1. As part of Hellraiser canon, the comic explores the fate of Kirsty Cotton and the Cenobite realm–and changes them forever.

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Mina Elwell, Eli Powell, and Tristan Elwell (Scout Comics)

The first issue of this Lovecraft-inspired horror comic from Scout Comics was released earlier this month. The story follows Sam, who is trying to save her town (and the people in it) from vicious monster attacks while keeping her grip on sanity.

insexts-3Insexts
Marguerite Bennett, Ariela Kristantina, and Jessica Kholine (AfterShock Comics)

The second collected volume of Insexts will be released in late November, but this comic is well worth reading. The first volume followed Lady Bertram and her lover Mariah as they come to grips with their insect powers and go up against the monsters terrorizing Victorian England. The second volume deals with the aftermath in the same beautiful, erotic, and horrific style as the first volume.

Nancy-Hardy-001-Cov-A-DaltonNancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie
Anthony Del Col, Werther Dell’Edera (Dynamite Entertainment)

Fans of the original series or previous Drew-Hardy team-ups will likely appreciate this series, which brings the gang back together to figure out who killed Fenton Hardy. This is something of a dark departure from the original series (which never featured murder) but is an interesting update appropriate for teens and adults alike.

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Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

Though Monstress is currently on hiatus, this comic remains one of the most visually and narratively interesting comics published this year. The second volume, released in July, develops each character as they process the consequences of the Monstrum living inside main character Maika.

anc_lit-my_favorite_thing_is_monsters-900My Favorite Thing is Monsters
Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a gorgeous book with an incredible amount of narrative depth. Though the fact that the main character, Karen Reyes, believes herself a monster makes this read Halloween-appropriate, readers will likely find plenty to relate to in Karen’s interests and search for identity.

My-Pretty-Vampire-coverMy Pretty Vampire
Katie Skelly (Fantagraphics)

Katie Skelly’s My Pretty Vampire combines comics with vintage horror in a gorgeous and compelling color palette. The book follows vampire Clover, who escapes from an oppressive ruled by her brother. Clover’s newfound freedom leads her on a town-wide murder spree, with a shadowy organization not far behind.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Detective Comics #967 (DC Comics) – The alternate Batman version of Tim hanging around is exciting. Seeing him as Batman is as shocking as it was interesting. I’ve heard fans get into it over the years on which Robin would be the best Batman, and Tim is always ignored. Is this a glimpse of the future or a fun what if?

The Flash #33 (DC Comics) – This is another Metal tie in, and everything that’s come out of this event so far has been fantastic. I trust that this will be no different.

Despicable Deadpool #288 (Marvel) – Classic Deadpool vs Cable continues in this fun chase through time as the merc with a mouth has Cable’s arm and with it, his A.I. technology. I can’t to see where this arc goes.

Batman: The Merciless #1 (DC Comics) – Another of the Dark Knights gets their own book and origin story. This time we get Tomasi on writing and the fantastic Manapul on art.

DC House of Horror #1 (DC Comics) – It’s that time of year, Halloween, and with it comes a big book of fright in the DC universe. This looks like it could be spooky fun.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Eternity #1 (Valiant)Divinity is one of my favorite series, and judging from the first issue the sequel is going to be glorious. I’ve already read this, but I’m super excited to see the art without the watermarked review copy as we go into the cosmos once again.

Bloodshot Salvation #2 and X-O Manowar #8 (Valiant) – Two of Valiant’s best series are hitting shelves the same week and the’re not my top pick? This is one hell of a week! It’s no secret I love Valiant, so these picks should astonish none of you… but this week’s Valiant offerings have me super frigging excited.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Detective Comics #967 (DC Comics) – Tim Drake: Dark Batman of the Future. I cannot get enough of this story line. I remember when the “Future Titans” storyline ran in Teen Titans it was fantastic. To see the bright team turned so dark was awesome. I have always been a huge Tim Drake fan as he is the natural successor in Bruce’s detective skills. How refreshing Detective Comics featuring a top notch detective. Seeing our Tim Drake meet himself has been too cool. I am hoping we get a Tim as Batman mini – series out of the deal. This is an easy top pick for me.

Batman: The Merciless #1 (DC Comics) – So far these Metal tie ins have been great. I like the idea of Bruce and Diana as an item here and Bruce is treated to more pain by losing his love. The mash up of Batman/ Wonder Woman traits should be very entertaining. I expect another good read here from the Metal tie ins. Just move along to get me to the Man who Laughs! I think Tomasi and Manapul will rock the house here. It’s freaking Metal,man! Rock on!!

WWE #10 (BOOM Studios) – Being a die hard wrestling fan, this series is gold. The way the creative team jumps rope with the line between kayfabe and reality is so terrific. Right now we are in the middle of a story with the spotlight firmly on The Big Dog: Roman Reigns. It should be said that this comic makes me do something that WWE telelvision hasn’t done in a long time: Cheer for Roman. I can’t get enough of this series and I love all the variants as well. Great book. OOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Mass Surveillance, and Drone Warfare (Metropolitan Books) – Everything you need to know as to why this is at the top of my list is in the description. Pratap Chatterjee, journalist sleuth, dives deep into the world of electronic surveillance and introduces its cast of characters: developers, companies, users, government agencies, whistleblowers, journalists, and, in a leading role, the devices themselves. He explains the complex ways governments follow the movements and interactions of individuals and countries, whether by tracking the players of Angry Birds, deploying “Stingrays” that listen in on phone calls or “deep packet inspection” that mines email, or by weaponizing programs with names like Howlermonkey and Godsurge to attack the infrastructure of states such as Iran and remotely guide the U.S. missiles used in drone killings. He chronicles the complicity of corporations like Apple, Verizon, and Google, and the daring of the journalists and whistleblowers who made sure that the world would know.

Action Comics #990 (DC Comics) – “The Oz Effect” shouldn’t work, but it totally does as things devolve even more and the confrontation between father, son, and son happens. I have no idea where this is going but it feels like it’s building up to something big.

Gotham City Garage #2 (DC Comics) – DC characters reimagined as bikers fighting a fascist government in a dystopian world. What’s not to like?

First Strike #6 (IDW Publishing) – This comic is every battle I made up as a kid where my toys fought each other on the basement floor (with Cybertron as a replacement for my LEGO city).

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic kids books come to comics for a whole new generation and a generation that’s nostalgic to check them out again.

 

Preview: Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #1

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #1

Jeremy Lambert (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a & c)

When Mia and Ginny go to stay at their Grandma’s mothball-filled house for the summer, boredom forces them to venture out into her tiny town. What they find in a dusty used bookstore launches them into an upside-down world of terror!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

R.L. Stine’s Spine-tingling Series Goosebumps Heading to Comics

Comic readers, beware, you’re in for a scare! New comic book adventures will beckon young readers into the world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling Goosebumps series. IDW Publishing will bring funny scares to the next generation of Goosebumps readers this October.

This year, the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic celebrates 25 years of giving readers… well, goosebumps, and IDW is thrilled to add to the chills with original stories that re-visit some familiar and frightening faces. Fearsome monsters will populate the Goosebumps comics, and our spunky heroes will need to work together to get out of some truly bumpy spots.

The first Goosebumps storyline, “Monsters at Midnight,” will kick off with writer Jeremy Lambert and artist Chris Fenoglio, who will transport readers to a hauntingly familiar setting called Horrorland—a world of terrifying possibilities originally introduced in the Goosebumps novels. Mia and Ginny were planning on spending a thoroughly dull summer at Grandma’s house with nothing but mothballs to entertain them. Enter a spooky, old bookshop and a door left slightly ajar, and soon these sisters find themselves trapped in a Horrorland drastically different from the sleepy, suburban town they left behind.

Each three-issue arc will feature a brand-new, self-contained story with rotating creative teams. And good news for monster collectors—each single issue will have creep-tastic variant covers by artists such as Derek Charm, Drew Rausch, CP Wilson III, Cat Farris, and more!

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