Horror, Clowns Come Together In Image Comics Anthology

There’s a fine line between laughing and screaming, and the new horror anthology series from Image Comics–simply titled Haha–looks to drive home that point in a big way.

The scary series–focusing on professional clowns in a one-shot structure that will tell a complete story in each issue–is the brainchild of writer W. Maxwell Prince, as reported by screenrant.com.

The eerie cover of the first issue–available in comic book shops and for digital purchase Jan. 13, 2021–can be seen on this page.

Prince has already had success in the horror comic book field with his well-received Ice Cream Man series brought to life by artists Chris O’Halloran and Martin Morazzo. This series, as explained, follows the title character–a “terrifying, reality-altering consciousness”–and his supporting cast of gremlins, vultures and straightjacket-wearing dogs.

Haha, according to Image Comics, will have a revolving team of artists working on Prince’s scripts–including Vanesa R. Del Rey (Redlands) illustrating the first issue and Gabriel Walta (Vision) and Roger Langridge (Thor) waiting in the wings.

Prince said he has a very specific reason for his clown theme in Haha. “I don’t like clowns,” he said, “so I thought it’d be a good idea to write about them.” He added that it will be “a gas to get to partner with some of comics’ best to tell those ditties about a bunch of real jokers.”

Image Comics said in a statement that Haha “peeks under the Big Top, over the rainbow and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about ‘funny’ men and women–proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.” The company added that Haha will be rooted in horror and strong elements of black comedy, and will likely experiment with genre crossovers.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on the new Haha anthology and for any future horror offerings from Image Comics.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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