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‘Ice Cream Man’ Issue #1 Review

Hitting the streets from Image Comics this week is the first issue in the horror anthology, Ice Cream Man.  Each issue will center around a different cast of characters all dealing with different terrors.  These tales all seem to have the common thread of the local ice cream man. The first issue written by W. Maxwell Prince with artwork Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran does a decent job of introducing readers to the story without shoving the concept down their throats.

This first issues see a young boy, Byron getting ice cream as his life gets turned upside down.  As the tale continues, we see the ice cream man appear in many different forms throughout the writing.  Candy coated references made by Maxwell are woven into the storyline, keeping the theme alive. The interior artwork is vintage style, but on many levels complements the idea of the old fashioned “ice cream man uniform” donned by the demonic candyman.  The variant cover by Frazer Irving would be the one to get, as it is trippy and disturbing all at the same time. read more

Koshchei The Deathless #1 Review

This week Mike Mignola brings horror comic fans Koshchei The Deathless, the first of a six-part mini- series from Dark Horse comics. Teaming up with Ben Stenback and Dave Stewart, Mignola brings back Hellboy’s immortal rival in what proves to be an engaging addition to Mignolaverse for 2018.

With the introductory issue to this series giving the background and framework for the series, it doesn’t layout the plot in a formulaic or bland way. The story opens with a bang, literally.  We see Koshchei in battle with Hellboy, but as the plot shifts, the tale of his backstory is told through his own eyes in a conversational tone to Hellboy.  This is one of the many way Mignola brilliantly draws the reader into the Koshchei The Deathless series, by giving Koshchei humanity and depth. The allows the reader to actually care more about this character and his struggle with good versus evil. read more

Rio Youers Discusses ‘Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors’

This week coming straight out of Mignolaverse is Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors. The anthology not only contains original artwork from Mike Mignola and Chris Priestly, but also fifteen original stories based on the legendary character.  We recently caught up with Rio Youers about his contribution to this epic collection of Hellboy stories.

Horror News Network: Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors is quite an impressive anthology.  How does it feel to be part of this collection with your fellow Mignolaverse writers? read more

David Gallaher Discusses High Moon with Stephan Franck

On the day before an ominous August full moon, Harvey Award winning creator David Gallaher sits down with fellow comic creator Stephan Frank to discuss High Moon.

Stephan Franck: High Moon keeps surprising the reader by re-framing the conversation with every new chapter, as the scope of the story keeps expanding in very exciting ways. Without spoiling anything—how much world should we expect to see, and how deep do the mythological roots of the story run? 

David Gallaher:  The mythological roots run pretty deep. High Moon started as a Western re-telling of the legendary Irish Cu Chulainn mythic cycle, with all of these crazy story analogues and modern homages. As I dove deeper into the story, I was able to anchor those ideas with stories of black migration, mysterious High Moon has become so much more than its influences and that excites me terribly.  The series will continue to highlight very punctuated moments in history from the Summer of 1890 to the Fall of 1891. Each chapter will explore a moment in history and explore the superstitions and mysteries around that moment. They’ll be tons of monsters, a spark of steampunk, plenty of scares, and maybe some dismemberment. read more

Exploring Hellboy’s Past: Chris Roberson Discusses The Visitor

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. read more

Adam Green Teams Up With American Mythology For Hatchet Comic

Well look here horror comic fans, it looks like Victor Crowley will be coming to a comic shop near you in early 2017.  American Mythology will be partnering with Hatchet creator Adam Green to splatter a comic book interpretation of his hit franchise across many pages.  Already on board for the book is artist Andrew Mangum, with Greg LaRocque, and The Living Corpse’s, as well as Horror Comic Award winners , Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson contributing covers.  The company also has plans to unleash a new Dark line of comics, with titles like the hit independent series Werewolves vs Dinosaurs. read more

Review: London Horror Comic #7

Title: London Horror Comic #7

Writer: John-Paul Kamath.

Artist: Drew Moss and Dean Kotz

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: October 31, 2016

Synopsis: Issue 7 of London Horror Comic features two complete stories that examine the effects of loneliness and isolation on two fragile souls and the horrors that it drives them to.

Our Thoughts: London Horror Comic has become a bit of an institution in the horror comic anthology realm. Issue 7 brings on the 10th year of the franchise and if that doesn’t seem like a lot of comics remember that this is a self-published comic and that is not an easy path. The level of effort to keep this up is extraordinary and can only be a labor of love. This is a consistently fun series that is easy to recommend to anyone able to track down a copy. read more

The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina-Trade Review

Welcome to the darker side of Archie comics. “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” trade paperback, which includes issues 1-5, offers up a way for comic fans to catch up of they have not been following along already.  I must admit, I was a bit skeptical and hesitant to try the series at first, but was urged by fellow Horror News Network staff to do so. When I think of Archie comics I think of their classic cartoonish style, Jughead, and Veronica.  This horror comics fan was not sure it would appeal to me, however given their foray into the horror genre with “Afterlife with Archie“ in 2014, I was prompted to give this book a try. read more