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Funko Reveals Horror Savage World. Out this September.

Welcome to your worst nightmares.

Everyone’s favorite Horror Villains – Freddy Krueger from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, Jason Voorhees from ‘Friday the 13th’, Leatherface from ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, Michael Myers from ‘Halloween’ and Pinhead from ‘Hellraiser’ – are ready to haunt your dreams and chase you down.

Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael Myers, and Hellriaser are heavily armed and
entirely fitting additions to the Funko Savage World line. You can find them this September.



Up, Up, and Away for Justin Trudeau this Halloween

Canada has their Prime Minister in Geek with Justin Trudeau who has had no issues showing off his nerdy geek cred. The Prime Minister went as Clark Kent/Superman this year and clearly had fun while doing so.

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.

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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.

Goosebumps_01_CoverA copyGoosebumps: Monsters at Midnight
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.

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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.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz Rocks it as America Chavez

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz‏ has rocked her Halloween costume dressing up as Marvel comic character America Chavez.

Beatriz has said in the past how she’d love to bring the character to life in a live action film and have America comic writer Gabby Rivera pen the script.

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Save up to 60% on Select Costumes and Accessories!

For one week only, get up to 60% off select in-stock Halloween costumes and accessories at Entertainment Earth! Trick-or-Treat in style with highly detailed disguises like the Beetlejuice Deluxe Adult Latex Mask with Hair, the Flash TV Series Deluxe Costume, and the Michael Jackson Military Printed Jacket. These items are sure to go fast, so don’t wait – buy now and save!

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Fashion Spotlight: The Maniacs, The Incredible Edward, Boom Stick

Ript Apparel has three new designs! The Maniacs, The Incredible Edward, Boom Stick, by ddjvigo, AtomicRocket, and chembola8, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

The Maniacs

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The Incredible Edward

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Boom Stick

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Fashion Spotlight: Poke’ball Z, Vengeance, and The North Fate

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Poke’ball Z, Vengeance, and The North Fate, by AmicusRex, cumix47, and Theduc, are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Poke’ball Z

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Vengeance

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The North Fate

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Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special 2014

gfthFairy tales and horror go hand in hand. One of the main reasons that fairy tales were created was to create a system of scaring children into behaving properly by teaching some aspect of morality. In case they didn’t they would face against supernatural forces that would devour them for their small or big transgressions. Though they are not often linked, Halloween and fairy tales therefore have a fair amount in common, and so the connection between the franchise of Grimm Fairy Tales and Halloween would seem to be a natural one. Over the past six years Zenescope has put out a Halloween special every year and although these have been of mixed quality, the spooky horror aspect has been a common link between them, even if the actual scares were more light-hearted or just resorted to gore as a last resort. That being the case, this is the first of the series which somewhat abandons that concept for something else.

It is interesting to look upon the Grimm Fairy Tales stories as a representation of the direction of the company itself. The series started off with a fairly strong concept, but then transformed into something different as the stories behind the stories were told, as darker forces were made apparent that were pulling the strings. Heroes were added and the original stories were all but forgotten as a shared universe was sought after, incorporating among other things Greek legends and the fantastical worlds of Wonderland, Oz and Neverland. While along the way a lot of interesting work has been created, the main series has gone off track, getting too caught up in its own characters, and straying too far from the concept that made it popular to begin with. While there are evidently still a lot of fans of the series, it is nonetheless not what fans of the original run were familiar with.

I read the main series for a while, and found the first few years of issues to be pretty engaging, but as more of the shared universe creeped in, I left it behind. I still have enough of an interest to check out some of the specials though, but the newest special left me feeling somewhat disappointed. The specials have generally followed a template of introducing shorter stories, numerous of which can be told in one book, and the mechanic for telling these stories in the past has been clever enough.  In this year’s edition, this mechanic is more about exposure for newly-introduced characters which I am unfamiliar with and who are equally not engaging. The resulting focus on these characters and not the horror makes this issue fall somewhat flat.  There is very little actual horror here at all, only looking at some of the nightmares of the characters in passing. It is not even really clear who the protagonist of this is either.  The end result is an issue which loses any chance it had at success before it began.

Story: Dan Wickline Art: Butch Mapa
Story: 3.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 3.25 Recommendation: Pass

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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