Horror Comics

Matt Ryan Talks ‘The Terror of Wellfleet’

Recently released on Amazon from Free Lunch Comics and comic creator Matt Ryan is The Terror of Wellfleet. The book centers around the residents of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and an abandoned military ship often used for target practice and drills, some of which are shrouded in mystery. This scenario, of course, can only mean some horrors will be resurrected.  We recently caught up with Ryan to discuss his latest work.

Horror News Network: The Terror of Wellfleet is set in the hot bed of New England summer fun, Cape Cod.  Were you at all influenced the by Jaws and the mass hysteria of that film on the Cape? read more

‘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

‘Conan the Barbarian’ Returning to Marvel Comics in 2019

According to the official Marvel Comics press release, Robert E. Howard’s sword-swinging warrior Conan will once again return to the publisher that made him famous.

Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, C.B. Cebulski, was excited to share the news, detailing the long publication history of the character and the legendary artists that brought the pulp hero to a new generation of fans in the 1970’s, “From Barry Windsor-Smith to John Buscema to Neal Adams, a legendary lineup of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics.  It’s a legacy we’re now going to live up to with the talent we have lined up for the Cimmerian barbarian’s homecoming in early 2019.” read more

David Harbour Promises Action and Practical Effects in ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’

It appears that the new Hellboy reboot (Rise of the Blood Queen) will follow in the footsteps of the previous two Guillermo del Toro films when it comes to excitement and practical effects.

The Stranger Things star spoke to MTV on the red carpet at the recent Golden Globe Awards and said that “It was the hardest job I’ve ever done.  The action that I’m doing in the movie, the rolling around on the ground and punching — things that a 40-year-old man should not be doing — and on top of that, the tremendous amount of prosthetics and makeup, but at the end of the day we would shoot some pretty beautiful stuff. And pretty unique stuff for this type of universe.” read more

‘New Mutants’ Release Date Moved to 2019

If you were looking forward to seeing Marvel’s New Mutants this April, I hope you can open a portal to the future like the young magic-user Illyanna Rasputin.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Josh Boone’s film is moving from April 13, 2018 to Feb. 22, 2019.    Supposedly, “Insiders say one reason for the change is for the studio to avoid having an overlap with X-Men movies in certain overseas marketplaces, where Mutants and Deadpool 2 would have been in theaters at the same time.” read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2017: Best Series

Horror News Network is proud to present our Best On-Going Series of 2017 Award to Dark Horse Comics’ B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know.

Many horror comic fans were upset to see the B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth series come to an end in 2016, with no sign of a return on the horizon, until last Summer’s joyous announcement that the tales of the B.P.R.D. would indeed continue.  The Devil You Know (co-written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, illustrated by long-time B.P.R.D. artist Laurence Campbell, colored by Dave Stewart, and with covers by Duncan Fegredo) picks up directly after the climatic defeat of the Ogdru Hem.  Unfortunately, the world that remains is just as dangerous as before, with a demonic threat never before witnessed in the Mignolaverse. 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

What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2018

On the first day of this glorious new year, I thought I’d do my best impression of The Amazing Criswell and make some horror predictions for 2018. These aren’t necessarily wild ideas I’ve pulled out of thin air… they’re simply my expectations based on the trends I’ve observed developing over the course of 2017. I’ll document my thoughts now, and then revisit my premonitions in December to see how I did! So, without further ado, let’s peer into the wonderful world of tomorrow! read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2017: Best Writer(s)

Horror News Network has selected Mike Mignola and Scott Allie as our Co-Writers of the Year for their work on Dark Horse Comics’ B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know.

Mignola and Allie (along with Sebastian and Max Fiumara and Dave Stewart) won last year’s Best Series award for Abe Sapien, and the team has picked off exactly where they left off with The Devil You Know.  After the death of Hellboy, the Mignolaverse continued on with a number of excellent mini-series (both historical and modern), but the foundation of the line has always been the B.P.R.D. titles, which continually introduced new characters and expanded the scope of the world that the stories take place in. 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