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Preview: The October Faction: Open Season

The October Faction: Open Season

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

Meet the Allan family—retired monster hunter Fredrick, his wife Deloris, and their two children Geoff and Vivian—in this tale about the typical challenges that a very atypical family encounters while fending off the attacks of vampires, werewolves, demons, and more. As Fredrick works to put his monster hunting days behind him, his two kids insist on joining the family business. But ghosts from the past refuse to stay dead and conspiring foes lurk in the shadows leading to a massive showdown with foes supernatural and natural alike! Collects the first 12 issues of the comic book series soon to be a Netflix show.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 288 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-527-2

The October Faction: Open Season

Steve Niles Returns to Criminal Macabre with The Big Bleed Out

Criminal Macabre is back and bloodier than ever! Series creator Steve Niles, newcomer artist Gyula Németh, and letterer Nate Piekos are teaming up to bring you the next chapter in the Cal McDonald saga: Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out starts when supernatural detective Cal McDonald, found wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant, is ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career.

But Cal is reluctant to return to the fray. What has the hard-bitten investigator so shaken? It’s a long story that begins with a beautiful woman who happens to be a vampire…and ends with a bang.

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1 (of four) goes on sale December 11, 2019.

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1

Preview: 30 Days of Night 100-Page Giant

30 Days of Night 100-Page Giant

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Steve Niles (w) • Justin Randall (a & c)

Out of print for over a decade, the superstar creative team of Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet), Steve Niles (Kick-Ass), and Justin Randall (Changing Ways) tackle the classic 30 Days vampires! Stella managed to bring her husband Eban back from beyond… but he came back hungry!

FC • 100 pages • $4.99

30 Days of Night 100-Page Giant

Underrated: Freaks Of The Heartland

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Freaks Of the Heartland


This is another book in the “well this looks interesting” series that usually results in me grabbing, seemingly at random, a trade paperback from the shelves at my LCS. Freaks of the Heartland was originally published as a six issue miniseries around 2004/2005. The series was written by Steve Niles and Greg Ruth handled the art and lettering.

Freaks Of The Heartland is set in the 50’s or 60’s, based on the visual clues throughout the book, and tells the story of young Trevor Owen and his mysterious younger brother Will, a mysterious child who is condemned to live in the barn behind the house. 

When I first cracked the cover, I was struck at how wonderful the art was – which feels like an odd statement given the subject of the book. Ruth’s work is frankly astounding. He is able to give you all you need to know about the characters within a panel or two at the very most – whether this is a facial expression, a gesture or their body language, this is a book where the words are almost unnecessary for your understanding of the story and the journey the characters are on. 

Niles is known for his horror comics, and the story of Freaks of the Heartland has its origins in the horror genre. There is the hidden threat and ominous sense of foreboding are very present throughout this book, and right up until the very end you’re never quite sure how the cards will fall in the conclusion. Nothing is telegraphed, nothing is given away, and the ending is all the more powerful for that. I went into this book without any idea of the plot – I never bothered to read the back of the book, and so I won’t give you anymore plot details here than I have because there are moments and revelations that hit me as I turned each page that I don’t think would have had the same impact upon me had I been more cognizant of the plot when opening the book.

Instead, I hope you’ll take my word for it that this is an utterly fantastic non-superhero story that will make you rethink the power of sequential art as a story telling medium. I genuinely believe that this story, a story that is told in its entirety in one volume, is an example of what comics are truly capable of when you look past the cyclical nature of superhero stories.

I devoured this book in a single sitting and knew immediately that had it been released this year then there is no question it would have made an appearance on my Best Of 2018 list. At this point, I’m thinking I’m going to add some kind of “Best thing I read this year that wasn’t from 2018” category just so I can highlight the book once again.

I usually end this column with a recommendation to check out the book or series or movie in question, but I genuinely can’t recommend this graphic novel to you highly enough If you don’t grab this with both hands when you see then you’ll miss an Underrated gem.

Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams

The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

With their former leader and father retired, the rest of the Allan family adjusts to the new status quo and brings the monster-hunting business into the modern era. But a sinister and powerful new evil stirs… one that could tear the family apart!The town of Gristlewood is under attack from the most powerful being it has ever seen. Vivian and Geoff take the lead in fighting the evil, but can they even begin to match its power? Or will this be the end of the October Faction?

TPB •FC • $17.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-369-8

City of Others Gets a Tenth Anniversary Edition

Ten years ago, Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson joined forces to create a comics series like no other! Dark Horse is celebrating the tenth anniversary of City of Others with a deluxe oversized hardcover edition colored by Jose Villarubia.

Stosh Bludowski, known simply as “Blud,” is a natural born killer with no human emotion other than rage. Blud spent years making a comfortable living as a contract killer until the day he runs across two targets who won’t die. As a grotesque mystery begins to unfold around him, the remorseless killer confronts a reality he could never imagine, and is invited to decide once and for all . . . is he human, or is he Other?

Collecting all four issues of the original comics series, City of Others: Tenth Anniversary Edition HC goes on sale June 5, 2019.

Preview: Frankenstein Alive, Alive: The Complete Collection

Frankenstein Alive, Alive: The Complete Collection

Steve Niles (w) • Bernie Wrightson, additional art by Kelley Jones (a) • Bernie Wrightson (c)

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s immortal gothic horror tale, Frankenstein Alive, Alive brings new life to the Promethean monster, courtesy of Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein, Swamp Thing). Victor Frankenstein’s cobbled together creature continues his adventures, embarking on a journey to discover his own humanity. This collection includes the four-issue series along with an extended gallery section of never-before-seen layouts and pencils by Wrightson, all scanned from the original art. Additional art is supplied in the final chapter by Kelley Jones (at Wrightson’s request), who stepped in to complete the series upon the comic book legend’s untimely passing.

HC • PFC • $24.99 • 104 pages • 8” x 12” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-337-7

Preview: 30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night

Steve Niles (w) • Piotr Kowalski (a) • Aurore Folny (c)

Bitter cold, endless night, and hungry shadows: the horror franchise that upended the classic vampire story is reimagined for the modern era! As the sun sets over an isolated Alaskan township—not to rise again for a month—a new evil emerges to terrorize the town. But after a series of strange events and horrific killings, everyone begins to wonder: what lurks in the shadows?

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-309-4

Preview: Delta 13 #4

Delta 13 #4

Steve Niles (w) • Nat Jones (a & c)

Who knows what mysteries lie deep in the asteroid belt? When a mysterious, huge, and previously undiscovered asteroid looms over their ship, a small crew of blue-collar workers discovers a terrifying threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Now, the crew must escape the asteroid, but even if they do, will they be able to escape each other and anything they bring back with them?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #5

The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #5

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

The town of Gristlewood is under attack from the most powerful being it has ever seen. The Allan family is outnumbered and on the brink. Will they rally to save the town, or will this be the end of the October Faction?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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