Horror Comics

‘Infidel’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

Image’s new horror series Infidel is one that will appeal to fans of atmospheric horror stories as well as though who enjoy smart, socially conscious writing about the real fears that are created through prejudice and ignorance.  Former DC editor Pornsak Pichetshote makes his impressive writing debut in this series and artist Aaron Campbell compliments Pichetshote’s nightmarish script perfectly.

Infidel throws the reader into the deep end of the pool immediately, as our main character Aisha experiences a horrific nightmare that includes insects and a pale ghoul that wants to gently chomp on her throat.  This opening scene begins the uncomfortable atmosphere of tension and claustrophobia that permeates the story, both inside and outside of Aisha’s apartment.  There are certainly breaks in the tension (such as the baking of a Return of the Jedi inspired cake), but the underlying feeling of dread is ever present, even in scenes which seem mundane or day-to-day in comparison to the opening scare. read more

‘Gideon Falls’ Issue One: The Horror News Network Review

This week Image’s Gideon Falls lands in comic shops.  Jeff Lemire, best known to horror fans for his work on Animal Man, is teaming up again with his Old Man Logan and Green Arrow collaborator Andrea Sorrentino.

Gideon Falls centers around small-town rural mystery. The first issue does more than just give background, Lemire inventively lays out the story through the juxtaposition of the two main characters, Father Wilfred and Norton.  Both are obviously at a low point in their lives and not fitting in well with society.  Two very different roles in the world, yet Lemire shows then being similar in so many ways. It’s clear they have will have connection to each other, although that is not revealed in this first issue. Sorrentino’s artwork does an excellent job of matching the mood of the plot.  The dark, muted colors of fan favorite, Dave Stewart, along with the gritty style complement the somber tone of the story. read more

‘Koshchei the Deathless’ Artist Ben Stenbeck: The Horror News Network Interview

Fans of the Mignolaverse have been engrossed in the new Koschei the Deathless mini-series since its debut in late 2017, celebrating the tale that explores one of Hellboy’s greatest foes in a new light.  Along with the typical mythic storytelling elements provided by Mignola, the tragic figure’s back story is beautifully illustrated by frequent Mignolaverse collaborator Ben Stenbeck.  Horror News Network was happy to be able to speak to Stenbeck about his role in the new series, the possible ending of Baltimore, and his range of artistic influences in this exclusive interview. read more

‘The New Mutants’ To Add New Character During Summer Re-shoots

While scheduled re-shoots of big-budget Hollywood films are nothing new, adding an entirely new character into the fold during them is.  This is precisely what Twentieth Century Fox will be doing with the horror-themed comic book film The New Mutants, set for an additional round of photography this summer.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to new and revised scenes being shot a new character will be introduced into the mix as well.  It’s a bold move for the much-anticipated film, which the studio hopes pays off at the box office. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Mid-Season Premiere: The Horror News Network Review

The last time that viewers got to watch the Walking Dead, it left off on a tragic and shocking note with Carl being bitten and awaiting his fate.  Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, what this mid-season premier turned out to be was us waiting a few months to get another drawn out, over-indulgent, and most importantly, emotionless goodbye to one of the original characters.

The Walking Dead has a long history of emotional goodbyes.  The number of characters that viewers have said goodbye to is too numerous to list at this point after eight seasons, but the early departures were always handled with finesse, knowing when to cut the scene and provide the important emotional punch.  That all changed with season six’s final episode that created their version of the infamous “Who Shot J.R.?” angle and the subsequent bashing of Glenn and Abraham by that “smiling jack” by the name of Negan at the start of season seven. read more

‘Hungry Ghosts’ Co-Writer Joel Rose: The Horror News Network Interview

When the Berger Books imprint was announced last February, many long-time Vertigo Comics fans were naturally excited at the prospect of being able to enjoy a whole new set of original and edgy stories, all under the guidance of Karen Berger.  The first series from the imprint (in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics), Hungry Ghosts, is no exception, although many fans were surprised to see the name of celebrity chef and television host Anthony Bourdain on the cover.

Horror News Network was excited to get a chance to interview co-writer Joel Rose about his new series, his work with Bourdain, and being reunited with Berger. read more

‘Walking Dead’ Star Lauren Cohan Lands Lead Role in ABC’s ‘Whiskey Cavalier’; Could Signal Exit from ‘TWD’

In a move that could signal the end of Maggie on the Walking Dead, Variety is reporting that Lauren Cohan has just  landed the lead role in ABC’s pilot for Whiskey Cavalier.  

According to the report, “Cohan does not currently have a contract in place to return for The Walking Dead’s upcoming ninth season and has been in negotiations with AMC for months over her potential return to the zombie apocalypse series. Cohan has been on the AMC show since its second season…If Whiskey Cavalier moves forward, it is possible Cohan could return to The Walking Dead on a recurring basis in Season 9 or simply leave the show entirely.” read more

‘Legion’ Season Two Trailer Makes You Question Your Sanity

To the delight of fans of smart sci-fi/horror everywhere, FX renewed their genre-bending cult favorite Legion for a second season.  Now we have a teaser for season two (which debuts on April 3) and you may want to listen to the alluring Aubrey Plaza in this short clip.

Legion (based on the trippy New Mutants run by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz) stars Dan Stevens as David Haller, a man who originally believed himself to be schizophrenic, but later discovered that he may actually be one of the most powerful mutants the world has ever seen.  While it is based on the Marvel series from the 1980s, you really don’t need any backstory on the comic to enjoy this series, and the television program goes to places that no X-Men story has gone so far. read more

‘Pumpkinhead’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

Hitting the stores next week from Dynamite Entertainment is the first issue of the new Pumpkinhead mini-series written by Cullen Bunn. Bunn, the recipient of the 2016 Horror Comic Award for Writer of the Year, crafts a story that fits perfectly into the Pumpkinhead universe. Bunn weaves a clever story that could make for an interesting sequel for the film franchise.

For thirty years the demon has remained quiet, but after a reckless driver kills a pair of children, the monster returns for vengeance.  In this adaptation, Bunn provides adequate enemies for Pumpkinhead, as he squares off against a backwoods crime syndicate protecting the driver. A short backup story featuring the witch, Haggis, also appears at the end of the book. read more

Mark Kidwell Discusses ‘Rising Rebels’ and the Evil Triplets of Horror Comics

For well over a decade now, the world of horror comics has flourished with some of its absolute greatest and goriest works having the fingerprints of Mark Kidwell, Jay Fotos and Jeff Zornow all over them.  This crew, who brought you the award-winning ’68, has recently joined forces again to release the self-published Rising Rebels. Kidwell’s smart writing accompanied by Zornow’s brutal artwork has always quenched fans of the darker sider of comics.  Rising Rebels is no different.  We recently caught up with Mark Kidwell to discuss the new series. read more