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Review: DC House of Horror #1

An all-new, all-creepy one-shot set in the DC Universe-just in time for Halloween! Martha Kent fights for her life against a creature from a spacecraft that lands in front of her farmhouse. A young woman is possessed by the spirit of a murderous Amazon warrior. The last surviving member of the Justice League faces down a horror beyond imagining. All these and more are what happens when the most exciting new voices in contemporary horror fiction are paired with the talents of some of the greatest artists in the DC firmament!

Take classic DC characters and attempt to do an EC spin on it and you get this anthology comic timed for Halloween. While the stories themselves are written by various individuals, the plots of each story is credited to Keith Giffen.

As a whole, there’s only one or two stories that really stand out to me and generally while it’s an entertaining read, it’s hard to justify the $9.99 price point. The stories too are attempts at throwbacks including the focus on violence against women which six or seven decades ago might have been ok, but today, at times, feels cringe worthy. And that’s not in a good way. Instead the stories are a bit cookie cutter in that way and there’s just nothing really new that stands out and has me super excited about this special release. It’s all mediocre in execution and creativity.

There’s the fact that women seem to be the victims for far too many of the stories but they too seem to miss the classic twists at the end of the greats. What twists that do happen are predictable or lack a shock factor. It’s just stories without emotional reaction.

The art is numerous styles and that too is all over the place. You can see there’s an attempt to mimic classic horror tales but again it’s never quite nailed down. It never reaches the quality of the classics so its attempt to mimic that and go the homage route feels like a mistake. The art should be its own thing too.

The collection as a whole isn’t bad at all, it’s entertaining, but it’s not $9.99 entertaining. You can see what they were going for here, but it never quite reaches the point where it’s a good homage of classic horror comics and it also falls short of that quality. While striving for it, the package comes up short.

If you’re looking for some horror comics for the holiday season, there’s so much better that’s out there for the price point. If you’ve read all of those, then maybe this is worth it.

Story: Keith Giffen, Brian Keene, Weston Ochse, Edward Lee, Mary Saniovanni, Bryan Smith, Nick Cutter, Ronald Malfi, Wrath James White, Weston Ochse
Art: Rags Morales, Bilquis Evely, Howard Porter, Scott Kolins, Dale Eaglesham, Kyle Baker, Tom Raney , Howard Chaykin
Cover Art: Michael William Kaluta

Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: DC House of Horror #1

DC House of Horror #1

(W) Keith Giffen, Brian Keene, Weston Ochse (A) Rags Morales, Bilquis Evely, Howard Porter, Scott Kolins, Dale Eaglesham (CA) Michael William Kaluta
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $9.99

An all-new, all-creepy one-shot set in the DC Universe-just in time for Halloween! Martha Kent fights for her life against a creature from a spacecraft that lands in front of her farmhouse. A young woman is possessed by the spirit of a murderous Amazon warrior. The last surviving member of the Justice League faces down a horror beyond imagining. All these and more are what happens when the most exciting new voices in contemporary horror fiction are paired with the talents of some of the greatest artists in the DC firmament! And if that isn’t enough to scare you, there’s Keith Giffen, too.

Preview: Harley Quinn Vol. 2 Joker Loves Harley

Harley Quinn Vol. 2 Joker Loves Harley

(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (A) John Timms, Chad Hardin, Brandon Peterson, Moritat, Bret Blevins, Joseph Michael Linsner, Michael William Kaluta, Inaki Miranda, Andrew Robinson (CA) Amanda Conner
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $16.99

In these tales from issues #8-13, Harley’s bond with Poison Ivy is severely tested! Then, The Joker is back-and he’s out to win Harley’s heart back, no matter who gets in the way…especially not Red Tool!

Preview: Harley Quinn #9

Harley Quinn #9

(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Brandon Peterson, Michael William Kaluta (CA) Amanda Conner
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $2.99

In issue #9, can anyone truly understand the mind of the world’s craziest psychiatrist? Harley’s about to get a shrink of her very own…what are the odds he won’t go insane himself?

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Preview: Art of Painted Comics

Art of Painted Comics

writers: Christopher Lawrence
artists: Alex Ross, Frank Frazetta, Joe Jusko, Michael William Kaluta, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Julie Bell, Joseph Michael Linsner, Greg Hildebrandt, Simon Bisley, and so many more!
cover: Alex Ross
300+ pages • $49.99

The MOST comprehensive premium hardcover of the greatest painters in comics! Overseen by Alex Ross, Painted Comics is the hardcover coffee table art book which offers a complete history of painted comics. It is an overview of the topic: a glimpse into a world that has, to date, been regrettably overlooked; a sampling of artistry that will foster an appreciation of the mastery of the men and women behind the images that have long held our collective imagination.

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The Art Of Painted Comics!

This October, Dynamite Entertainment releases The Art of Painted Comics hardcover, containing the first all-encompassing retrospective covering the entire history of Painted Comics.  Featuring art by Alex Ross, Greg Hildebrandt, Frank Frazetta, Joe Jusko, Michael William Kaluta, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Julie Bell, Joseph Michael Linsner, Glen Orbik, Simon Bisley, Dave Dorman, Phil Noto, Greg Horn, Brian Bolland, Ashley Wood, Charles Vess, Mark Teixeira, Arthur Suydam, Dave McKean, and many many more.

Overseen by Alex Ross, The Art of Painted Comics is the art book which offers a complete history of painted comics.  It is an overview of the topic: a glimpse into a world that has, to date, been regrettably overlooked; a sampling of artistry that will foster an appreciation of the mastery of the men and women behind the images that have long held our collective imagination.