Horror Comics

Horror News Network’s 2017 Comic Awards: Len Wein Named Horror Comic Honoree of the Year

Horror News Network is proud to honor Len Wein as this year’s Horror Comic Award Honoree.

The world of comics lost another giant when Len Wein passed away in September of this year.   Wein was not only responsible for the creation of Wolverine in the seminal Incredible Hulk #181 (along with the late Herb Trimpe), but he also wrote the adventures of “the Green Goliath” for five consecutive years in the 1970’s, one of the longest tenures on the title by any writer to date.

And speaking of “green”, Wein was also responsible for the creation of one of the greatest horror characters in the history of comics: The Swamp Thing.  Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson captured the attention of all horror comic fans in House of Secrets #92 (1971) which introduced Dr. Alec Holland and his more famous mossy alter-ego to the world.  Due to the “muck monster’s” immediate popularity with fans, Swamp Thing soon earned his own series, running for a total of 24 issues (with Wein scripting the first 13 issues). read more

Dark ‘Sabrina’ Gets First Concept Art

Earlier this month, it was reported the new rendition of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is actually getting a two season order from Netflix rather than airing on The CW Network, and today series executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has revealed the first piece of concept art for the series.

Looking just as twisted as the comics from which it originated, the artwork depicts the main character surrounded by vast woods observing a bright and burning fire.

Since finding a new home, it is currently unknown if the series will follow the continuity created by CW’s Riverdale. Originally, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series featured a few appearances by Archie characters such as Betty and Veronica. Although, it primarily has a self-contained story narrative. read more

‘Rumble’ Writer John Arcudi: The Horror News Network Interview

John Arcudi is one of the most prolific writers in the history of Dark Horse Comics and one of the main architects of the Mignolaverse.  His work on titles such as Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., and Lobster Johnson fleshed out the “House that Hellboy Built” and added a deeper historical context to the universe.

Fans of his work on the Mignolaverse will be happy to hear that Arcudi is about ready to start a second run on his critically acclaimed Image Comics title RumbleRumble is the story of an ancient warrior who, after being resurrected into the body of a scarecrow, embarks on a quest to find his actual physical form in a modern day urban setting.  Joined by his human guide Bobby LaRosa and a host of Kirby-esque monsters, the title is a wild ride, riddled with mythological archetypes and gonzo, monster slicing action. read more

‘Hellboy: KrampusNacht’ Artist Adam Hughes: The Horror News Network Interview

If you have been reading comic books for the past twenty five years, Adam Hughes is no stranger to you.  Hughes has worked for every major company in the industry and has gained a cult following due to his gorgeous cover work, most prominently on the Catwoman and Wonder Woman series.

Even though Hughes has worked for Hellboy’s home base Dark Horse Comics before, he had never illustrated an issue featuring “Big Red”, up to now that is….  Just in time for the holiday season, original Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Hughes’ Hellboy: Krampusnacht brings together two demonic titans for a yuletide slugfest. read more

Hellboy: Krampusnacht: The Horror News Network Review

For horror fans, nothing says “happy holidays” quite like Krampus. The latest Hellboy title, Hellboy: Krampusnacht features Hellboy vs everyone’s favorite half-goat, half-demon, Krampus.

The 36-page one-shot story is written by legendary creator, Mike Mignola with artwork by Adam Hughes. If there were any questions on how Hughes would work within the Hellboy universe, it is answered quickly as his style fits the book perfectly. He especially shines when we get to see the many different faces of Krampus himself. read more

‘Kill or Be Killed’ Film Adaptation Gets Director

Kill or Be Killed, a comic book from Winter Soldier creator Ed Brubaker, is making its way to the big screen with John Wick director Chad Stahelski behind the camera.

Teaming back up with Wick producer Basil Iwanyk, Stahelski, also a stunt coordinator, put his knowledge of action to use with the 2014 breakout hit starring Keanu Reeves. He followed up with 2017’s John Wick: Chapter Two and is currently in pre-production on John Wick: Chapter Three. The remake of The Highlander is also on his directorial slate. Stahelski is represented by WME and Gang Tyre. read more

Chandler Rigg’s Father Says He “Never Trusted” ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Scott Gimple or AMC

{Warning: Spoilers from the Walking Dead’s mid-season finale are about to commence.}

Many fans were shocked, annoyed, and dumbfounded when they witnessed Rick Grimes son Carl facing down his doom at the end of the mid-season finale of the Walking Dead this past Sunday, leaving viewers with yet another melodramatic cliffhanger involving Carl, and what appears to be a zombie chomp on his belly.

It seems like Chandler Rigg’s father  was one of the most annoyed, as he quickly responded to a question on Twitter with the following statement: read more

‘Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon’ Writer Chris Roberson: The Horror News Network Interview

In July, HNN profiled the upcoming “villain-centric”series taking place in Dark Horse Comics’ Mignolaverse. One series that generated a lot of fan interest was the “origin” story of Hellboy’s very own “Mad Monk”: Rasputin.  Horror News Network was recently able to check in with writer Chris Roberson about his new mini-series Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon, his other Hellboy projects, and iZombie in the engaging interview below.

Horror News Network: What is it like to go back and explore the villain of the first Hellboy arc and tell the story that leads to “Seed of Destruction”? read more

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Heads to Netflix

Deadline is reporting that a 20-episode, two-season series of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been ordered by Netflix. In October we reported that the CW was in talks to bring the show to their network. Rumor has it that Netflix made an offer to the producing studio, Warner Bros., that it could not refuse. Given the hot streak Netflix has been on lately with such hits as Stranger Things, Mindhunter and The Punisher, the series could seemingly be another solid addition for both horror and comic fans. read more

‘Paper Girls Deluxe Edition’ Vol. 1: The Horror News Network Review

In the history of comic books, there are some strange coincidences when it comes to timing.  Probably two of the most famous examples are the initial similarities between The Doom Patrol and The X-Men and Swamp Thing and The Man-Thing.  Both pairs were released very close to each other by DC and Marvel, and they bear more than a passing resemblance to each other, at least on a surface level.

In a similar fashion, when it comes to Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Image Comics series Paper Girls, comparisons to the Netflix darling Stranger Things are impossible to avoid.  Although the first issue of Paper Girls debuted almost nine months before Stranger Things aired, new fans whose first introduction to the series through the trade paperbacks and the new hard cover deluxe edition are sure to see some similarities. read more