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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

Horror News Network’s 2017 Horror Comic Awards: Best Artist

Horror News Network is proud to present 2017’s Best Artist award to Tomm Coker.

Tomm Coker’s art stood out this year in 2017’s Best Limited Series, The Black Monday Murders, and Coker proved to be the perfect partner for Jonathan Hickman’s nightmare-noir take on an occult conspiracy.  Coker’s photo-realistic art style captured the human terror and he also got to apply his skills to a number of demonic characters in this year’s “Unionized Labor” story arc. read more

Horror News Network’s 2017 Horror Comic Awards: Best Mini-Series (Non-Monthly Title)

Horror News Network’s top mini-series (non-monthly title) for 2017 is Image Comics’ occult conspiracy title The Black Monday Murders.

This is the second year in a row that The Black Monday Murders has taken the Best Limited Series prize, and with good reason, as it is one of the smartest, layered stories being produced in the medium today.  Written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Tomm Coker, The Black Monday Murders is “an elaborate story involving clandestine banking cartels, Russian vampires, Black popes, magical one-percenters, and more oddities in a world that resembles our own a little too much.”  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

‘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

‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Signs Overall Deal with Amazon Studios

According to Deadline, the creator of the Walking Dead Robert Kirkman has just signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios and “Under the pact, Kirkman and Skybound will develop television projects for Prime Video. Skybound’s co-presidents of film and television, Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon projects in conjunction with Kirkman and Alpert.”

Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Event Series, at Amazon Studios praised Kirkman, calling him “…a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries.  Robert and the team at Skybound are some of the most innovative and fearless creatives in the business. Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video.” read more

‘Regression’ by Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert: The Horror News Network Review

Cullen Bunn is one of the hardest working creators in comics.  Not only has he written a variety of “X-Titles” for Marvel such as Magneto and Uncanny X-Men , but he is equally well-known for his award winning Dark Horse series Harrow County.  Horror fans got a little nervous when Bunn started to shift much of his creative output to the the Marvel Universe (including the recently completed event series Monsters Unleashed), but fans have nothing to fear with his latest slice of paranoia-filled nightmares called Regression (published by Image Comics). read more

Negan’s Origin Collected in ‘The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!’ Hardcover Graphic Novel

Just in case you don’t have enough Negan in your life, Image Comics will release a hardcover collection entitled The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan! featuring the titular villain’s origin this October.

The graphic novel by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard collects the original serialized Negan origin which initially ran as a bonus feature in Image+ (a Previews supplement featuring upcoming releases from the independent comic company).

The collection is set to be released one week early in comic stores on Wednesday, October 4th and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 10th, right around The Walking Dead’s return to television for its 8th season. read more

Cullen Bunn Discusses Regression and Upcoming 2017 Horror Comics

Over the past few years, Cullen Bunn has become without question one of the most sought after and prolific comic book writers on the planet. With work on titles like  Blood Feud, The Sixth Gunn, Hellheim, Deadpool, Spiderman and Harrow County, Bunn has covered many genres along the way.  This year the Horror Comic Award winning writer will be adding Regression to his resume.  We recently caught up with Bunn to talk about the new series and what else we can expect from the “Bunnderdome” in 2017. read more

Image Comics Announces New Cullen Bunn Series Regression

Image Comics announced today that noted comic scribe, and 2016’s Horror News Network’s Comic Awards writer of the year, Cullen Bunn will write his first comic for the company entitled Regression.

Regression is, according to the official Image Comics press release, a horror tale that follows the life of, “Adrian, a man tormented by ghastly waking nightmares. Pushed to a point of desperation, Adrian reluctantly turns to past life regression hypnotherapy as a means of understanding and treating the unwanted visions. When his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism before waking up.” read more