Hitting your local comic store this week is Dark Horse’s The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed. This new mini -series is the latest spin-off from Mike Mignola’s iconic Hellboy series. At the helm for the series, alongside Mignola and Paul Grist, is Chris Roberson. Roberson, best known to horror comic fans from iZombie and another “Mignolaverse” favorite, Hellboy and The B.P.R.D., promises to take the Hellboy series in a more “introspective” direction, as we learned when we caught up with him to discuss The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed.
When it comes to horror comics, there are principally two “golden ages” that most fans point to as the high water marks for illustrated tales of terror. The first golden age is naturally the age of EC Comics. EC Comics pretty much invented the horror comic book (and horror hosts for that matter) with titles such as Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear. These tales were so effective in scaring their readers and parents of the 1950’s that they attracted the unwanted attention of Dr. Fredric Wertham who penned the book that not only killed the EC horror line, but almost killed the entire industry, entitled Seduction of the Innocent which blamed juvenile delinquency on comic books. The invention of the self-regulating body, the Comics Code Authority, outlawed the use of all horror elements in comics, effectively ending the genre and EC Comics. read more
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”.
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