Entries by Nick Banks

Harrow County #14 Early Review

Harrow County #14 Early Review

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: Emmy’s world of magic grows a lot bigger as a host of witches make her acquaintance.

Our Thoughts:

Recent issues of Harrow County have greatly expanded on the supernatural world that Emmy inhabits, introducing a variety of local magicians and backwoods sorcerers.  This issue takes the biggest step so far in the series, introducing an entire “family” of magic folk with undetermined intentions for Emmy and the rest of Harrow County.  The most interesting of this group is the long haired, smooth-talker Levi who appears to be the titular head of the new group.  His introduction to Emmy and Bernice is made through the enchantment of local child Clinton and a mysterious ghost that leaves bloody footprints. read more read more

Horror Bargain Hunter: Funko Pops + Cheap Blu-Rays!

One thing that I love more than horror movies are bargains and when I get the chance to combine these two passions, how can I lose?

All of these specials are current, but are bound to go out of stock soon, so get them while they’re hot!

-Ebay seller galactictoysllc currently has a huge Funko Pop sale.  Of note to horror fans are the following:

Godzilla $14.99  (This is the 6″ jumbo version, worthy of the big guy)

Ash-Evil Dead Army of Darkness  $9.95 read more

Abe Sapien #35 Early Review

Abe Sapien #35 Early Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie

Artist: Max Fiumara

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: July 13, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis:  Abe struggles with returning to the dangerous world after finding “paradise”.

Our Thoughts:

Answers regarding Abe’s past and Gustav Strobl’s master plan are coming fast and furious as this story arc (and possibly title) heads for an explosive climax.  After the backstory of the original struggle against the Ogdru Hem was revealed last issue, Abe finds himself in an idylic setting for a change. And he’s not the only one, as his friend Grace and her companions from the early issues of the series and Abe’s journey are seen adjusting to a new way of life, without the horrors they were so used to.  The “too-good-to-be-true” vibe that Allie establishes is perfectly encapsulated in this scene as Alice writes a hopeful letter to Abe and send it “seaworthy” in a bottle. read more read more

Halloween 2 House Announced for Universal Orlando’s Horror Nights

Michael Aiello, director of creative development for entertainment for Universal Orlando Resorts, announced today that a house based on the 1981 John Carpenter sequel Halloween 2 would become a featured house for the 2016 edition of Halloween Horror Nights.

Aiello broke the news on the Official Universal Orlando blog stating “Growing up with the original ‘Halloween,’ I always loved and appreciated that its sequel was simply titled, ‘Halloween II.’ It literally picked up the events within seconds from where the previous ended. I found this so cool. What I thought was the end was merely the first half of a horrific story.” read more read more

Rumble: A Woe that is Madness Graphic Novel Review

Rumble: A Woe that is Madness Graphic Novel TP Review

Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: James Harren
Publisher: Image
Rating: 10 out of 10

Synopsis: Long time B.P.R.D. writer John Arcudi and artist James Harren create their own brand of monster mayhem at Image in this creator owned series that will definitely appeal to fans of Arcudi’s and Harren’s previous work.

Our Thoughts: John Arcudi’s run on B.P.R.D. has consistently been one of the best horror/monster comic books on the shelf. The stories are always filled with unimaginable horrors, but also deft characterization and story work juggling a large supporting cast. A recent addition to the Mignola-verse’s host of characters is the ancient sword wielding Agent Howards. Possessed or reincarnated as a prehistoric warrior, Howards often “steals the show” from already well-established characters like Johann Krauss and Liz Sherman. And I’m here to tell you that if you enjoyed Arcudi’s work on this title (and Agent Howards in particular), you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of the latest Rumble collection. read more read more

Ghostbuster Toys Already on Clearance Before Film’s Release?

Multiple fans around the country have been snapping pictures of toys and action figures based on the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot with clearance stickers on them.

This is a surprising move, as the film won’t be released until July 15th of this year. All pictures that can be found on the internet are from Target. There have been no reports of mark-downs at other national retailers such as Toys ‘R Us or Walmart at this time. Many are attributing the drop in price due to the backlash against the new film by hardcore fans of the original films and cartoon series. read more read more

‘Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary’ Review

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

Directors: John Campopiano and Justin White

Release Date: Special Combo Edition July 2016, Regular Edition October 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: A thorough examination and reminiscence on an underappreciated horror film.

Our Thoughts:  1989 was not the best time for horror film fans.  The early 80’s slasher genre was all but dead, the innovative directors of the decade were starting to slow down, and a plethora of questionable sequels like Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan and Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child filled your local multiplex.  This is not to say that I didn’t see these films; in fact, I saw pretty much all of them in the theater.  As a junior in high school who was obsessed with heavy metal and horror, it is pretty much a certainty that if you could get in a time machine and travel back to 1989, you would invariably find me and my friends at the theater on opening night, along with the raucous teen audiences who made even these “lesser lights” of the horror genre successes.    read more read more

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters of Midtown #2 Early Review

Lobster Johnson : Metal Monsters of Midtown #2 Early Review

Writer: John Arcudi

Artist: Tonci Zonjic

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: June  29, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: Lobster Johnson and the crew return in a three issue mini-series full of metal mayhem!

Our Thoughts:  After a series of one-shots, Lobster fans can rejoice at the prospects of a new mini-series!  This series picks up directly after the events of “The Forgotten Man” and it throws the reader into the deep end of the pool, in the middle of a showdown between the police, LJ, and giant robots. Fans of the Mignolaverse have a lot of titles to choose from these days, but Lobster Johnson is consistently the most fun.  Arcudi does an excellent job of working with the pulp hero and science fiction/horror motifs of the era that the book is set in, yet they are always filtered through a modern storyteller’s lens.   The Hemingway via Lester Dent dialogue and tough demeanor are ever present, as are the lovable and less hard-boiled supporting cast. read more read more