Horror Comics

Dark Horse Comics Announces ‘Alien: The Original Screenplay’ Adaptation

Following on the heels of Dark Horse Comics adaptation of William Gibson’s unproduced Alien 3 script, Dark Horse (along with Twentieth Century Fox) returns to the Alien film series with a new series based on Dan O’Bannon’s original screenplay.

Alien: The Original Screenplay, written by Cristiano Seixas with art by Guilherme Balbi (Predators, Superboy), examines “…an alternate line of events initially conceived by Dan O’Bannon before it became the Alien motion picture manuscript.  En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . .” read more

‘The New Mutants’ Gets Trailer for April Release

Like fresh mouthwash after some bad Dark Phoenix breath, the final film in the X-Men film series made under 20th Century Fox has a brand new trailer anticipating its April 3 release and it looks better than ever.

Watch it here!

In the film, five young mutants just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will must fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Cast members include Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as Magik, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot and Blu Hunt (CW’s The Originals) as Mirage. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Series of the Year

With its debut in 2018 we immediately knew that Gideon Falls was going to be a series to watch. Created by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino, Gideon Falls has been called a mix between the psychological dread-inducing terror of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House with the unsettling atmosphere of Twin Peaks. Almost twenty issues in with three collected trades, the series follows the legend of the Black Barn, an otherworldly building alleged to have appeared and reappeared throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Writer of the Year

Horror News Network would like to congratulate Jeff Lemire as our choice for 2019’s Writer of the Year.

Lemire once again had a prolific year, writing a wide variety of titles in a number of genres, but his work on Gideon Falls, Berserker Unbound, and the recently released Family Tree, established him as the top writer  for 2019 in the world of horror comics.  Lemire’s ability to create believable characters and dialogue in the most unusual of settings, often in cases where readers are able to feel a palpable sense of dread, is a trademark of his writing style, and one that was evident in all of his horror work this year. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Artist of the Year

Horror News Network would like to congratulate Eric Powell for his 2019 Artist of the Year Award for his work on The Goon, Grumble vs. The Goon, Spookhouse Halloween Special, a variety of cover work, and his first art collection, The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell.

Powell returned to his fan favorite title The Goon this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the character.  He also brought the title back to his own company Albatross Funnybooks.  As usual, the new Goon series returned to form, and as Powell told HNN, “I’ve always done The Goon without any boundaries or limitations in mind, and I’ve always taken the book in the direction that I was feeling at the time.” read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Best Mini-Series

Horror News Network would like to congratulate Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, Tyler Crook on their win for Best Mini-series of the Year: the atmospheric haunted house tale, Manor Black.

Dark Horse Comics Manor Black has been described as equal parts Poe, Lovecraft, and Hammer Horror in a rural setting, akin to the work of the creative team in other well-regarded series such as The Sixth Gun and Harrow County.   The frequent collaborations between the creators is evident in the quality of the work, and the mini-series has garnered much praise from the comics community for its scripting and visual storytelling techniques. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Best One-Shot

Horror News Network is proud to present Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, and Dave Stewart with the award for Best One-Shot of the Year for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Beast of Vargu.

As is the case with any of the Mignola-verse ongoing titles, mini-series, or one-shots, The Beast of Vargu delivers superb artwork, a determined, hard-boiled protagonist, and a lesson in folklore and myth.  This tale featuring Hellboy in one of his early solo adventures portrays an earnest, caring version of the character who finds himself in over his head with an enormous beast, with little support from the B.P.R.D. office in Fairfield, Connecticut.  As usual, Hellboy uses his brawn and charm to appeal to some more localized assistance, and Mignola, Fegredo, and Stewart deliver an engaging yarn that a seasoned reader as well as a newcomer to the character (or comics in general) will enjoy. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Cover of the Year

While there were many covers this year that deserved consideration, we were all amazed at cover #1D for the first issue of Morbius by Marvel Comics. It took only a matter of seconds while scanning the image to know that the cover was graced by the art of Kyle Hotz.

Released on November 13, 2019, Morbius #1 follows Michael Morbius struggling to cure himself of his vampirism, and now, for the first time in years, one may be within reach. But the path to it is littered with dangers and worse.

First introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #101, Morbius has been a mainstay in the Marvel Universe appearing in cartoons, video games and the character will be played by Jared Leto in a film adaptation of Morbius which is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 31, 2020. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Best Anthology

Horror News Network’s Best Anthology of 2019 is Warwick Johnson-Callwell’s Our Encounters With Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox from Dark Horse Comics.

The sequel to Johnson-Callwell’s and Mike Mignola’s original Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home is a fun, unique take on classic gothic storytelling featuring the return of the witty professor and his stalwart assistant (along with Madam Mary Van Sloan, who provides a more forceful presence when it comes to dealing with monsters).  Unlike the original, Our Encounters With Evil is broken up into a series of  stand-alone short tales which highlight the quirky team and their inevitable encounters with vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. read more

Horror News Network’s 2019 Comic Awards: James Warren Named Horror Comic Honoree of the Year

When speaking of horror comics, you’d be remiss by not mentioning those wonderful oversized black and white magazines produced by Warren Publishing. The man behind Warren Publishing was James Warren. The company’s first titles were the wildly popular Famous Monsters of Filmland and Monster World, both of which were edited by Forest J Ackerman.

In the mid-1960s, Warren expanded heavily into the world of horror comics by publishing Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. Each of these magazine-sized comic books would play an integral part in horror comic history while introducing the reader to horror icons such as Vampirella, Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie. read more