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.
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
Infidel burst onto the scene last year to overwhelming acclaim. The dangerously scary title earned numerous awards- including the 2018 Horror News Network Comic Award for Best Mini-Series– and Hollywood came knocking for the movie rights after only two issues hit store shelves. Courtesy of Image Comics, writer Pornsak Pichetshote and colorist/editor José Villarrubia took some time out of their busy schedules at New York Comic Con 2019 to meet with Horror News Network and reflect on the incredible series their team (including artist Aaron Campbell and letterer/designer Jeff Powell) created. read more
In a bit of shocking news around the horror comic and pop culture world earlier today, it was announced by Bleeding Cool that issue #193 of The Walking Dead will be the last. While readers and fans alike were preparing for this day, it is coming much sooner than anyone anticipated…..as in tomorrow, July 3rd. The sudden announcement regarding the ridiculously-popular comic’s demise came with zero fanfare or warning. In fact, future issues had already been announced and release dates selected for both August and September of this year. Truly wild stuff. read more
Horror News Network’s top mini-series (non-monthly title) for 2018 is Image Comics’ Infidel.
Infidel (written by Pornsak Pichetshote with art by Aaron Campbell and colored by Jose Villarrubia) garnered immediate praise from the comic press and as described in our review of issue one last March, the series turned out to be “…one that appeal(ed) to fans of atmospheric horror stories as well as those who enjoy smart, socially conscious writing about the real fears that are created through prejudice and ignorance.” read more
Horror News Network’s Award for Best Horror Anthology of 2018 goes to Image Comics Ice Cream Man.
The series (written by W. Maxwell Prince with art by Martín Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran) has been a critical darling since the very first issue was released in January and the title has continued to pick up momentum throughout 2018. The anthology swaps out a crypt keeper or witch for the unassuming presence of the Ice Cream Man, who is always lurking in the background during the misfortunes that befall the victim of the month. A morality play in the style of classic EC Comics, the stories range from the anxiety behind an addict’s last fix, the trials and tribulations of a one-hit wonder, the ballad of a falling man, a young girl’s quest with her dead best friend, to a litany of domestic tragedies. read more
Deadline is reporting that the popular horror comic Ice Cream Man from Image Comics is currently being developed into a TV series. The comic series, which debuted in January of 2018, is a horror anthology in the tradition of Tales from the Crypt. Each of the creepy, and often gory stories is woven together by an old-fashioned ice cream truck driver.
Written by W. Maxwell Prince, the book will see its TV adaption penned by Max and Adam Reid (Sneaky Pete). The TV series is being optioned by Universal Cable Productions, who saw recent success with another Image series, Happy! Of course, this isn’t the first time a horror comic from Image has been adapted for TV, one may remember when The Walking Dead was just a great genre comic. read more
Undoubtedly, the biggest winners at this year’s Eisner Awards were Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s for their ongoing series Monstress and Emil Ferris for her graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters, as both titles took home multiple awards at the annual celebration of the best the medium has to offer.
Image Comics’ Monstress won best continuing series, best publication for teens, best painter/multimedia artist, best cover artist, and best writer (actually a tie with Mister Miracle and Batman writer Tom King). My Favorite Thing is Monsters took best writer/artist, best coloring, and best graphic album (new). read more
Most horror comics fall into three broad categories: Tales from the Crypt style shockers, creature features, and gore fests. Very few are able to incorporate horror elements and topical subtext to transcend the genre, but Image Comics Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell certainly does. We were happy to get to a chance to talk to Pichetshote about the series, his influences, and the exciting news that Infidel will become a major motion picture very soon.
Horror News Network: Where did your inspiration for ‘Infidel’ come from? read more
With the popularity (and profitability) of comic book adaptations reaching a fever pitch in recent years, it is no surprise that studios are reaching beyond standard super hero fare to more adult oriented stories that span multiple genres. With the success of Garth Ennis’ Preacher (and Amazon’s upcoming The Boys) and Grant Morrison’s Happy!, it was just a matter of time before their fellow genre-bending writer Warren Ellis got in on the action.
In an exclusive report by the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Cable Productions “…has optioned Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire’s comic series Injection for television. The Image Comics title was first published in 2015 and revolves around a group of five highly specialized individuals who are brought together by the British government to hypothesize about the future of human culture. After discovering the results, the group decides to act on it by creating an unusual artificial intelligence using a combination of technology and shamanistic magic, which makes its way into our world.” As usual, Ellis’ Injection is a mix of science fiction, horror, and conspiracy theories all rolled together into an exquisite brew (and if you are looking to catch up on the series, the first three collected volumes of the series are currently available from Image Comics). read more