In business for about a year, American Gothic Press (AGP) has hit the horror comics scene hard with the talents of some of the best in the business. This is not surprising as AGP is the publishing imprint of Famous Monsters of Filmland and has the street cred to get top creators interested. Of the seven comic series currently available, five of them would be considered horror with names such as Steve Niles, Paul Tobin, and Nat Jones involved in the projects. The entire imprint focuses on Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror so pretty much any title from them is likely to resonate with the typical ComicMonsters.com and Horror News Network community.
As it seems these comics are flying a little lower on the radar than they should be based on the high quality of each, this article is an opportunity to present the comics that are available so far. Have a look at each of the titles below, their creators and synopsis, and see if you don’t want to run right out and pick up copies of each. Don’t worry, more titles are on the way!
If you are having trouble getting these from your local comic shop, the comics can be ordered from CaptainCo (http://www.captainco.com/collections/new-items) or downloaded from ComiXology. And of course you can alway go to http://americangothicpress.com for more information and a store locator.
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: P. J. Holden
Synopsis: Soldiers are crowded around screens watching for victory. No, it’s not a news broadcast: each of the screens shows a different world, a different reality, and a different way for a battle to play out between a gunsuit containing Cassandra “Potts” Potter and massive biomechanical monsters. These monsters have come through wormholes all over the globe from an alternate evolutionary timeline. Time after time Potts watches herself die, until miraculously one day the crew discovers a sequence where she stabs a monster with a giant spike, and wins.
Potts immediately mans her mech and dives through a portal to the corresponding world, where she almost loses a battle against a monster before her alternate self saves her via spike. They are two different versions of the same woman, brought to their respective positions from years of evolution and personal choices. Potts’ other self introduces her to a crew called the Tombstones, who are in the slightly earlier stages of defending their base from the tentacled bio-mechs and actually possess a refridgerator full of beer. Potts might be optimistic for the first time in years…
… until a new kind of bio-mech appears. One smaller than a cockroach but completely lethal. And swarms of them are about to storm the base. Is this new universe the solution, or just another path to destruction?
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Jeff Johnson
Synopsis: Eton Langer is marooned on the planet Bornhome after his ship is knocked out of a space battle for the universe’s most valuable substance, TerraCore, which terraforms planets. The bizarre world of Bornhome was formed from a mining colony whose supply of TerraCore eventually ran out. It was then crudely re-landscaped into a planet-sized amusement park, but ultimately abandoned once again—now haunted by broken rollercoaster tracks and fiberglass horses and mysterious, wraith-like creatures called the Kind Souls.
Instead of facing this strange landscape alone, Langer stumbles across Timi, a boy who seems far too nonchalant about death and TerraCore and everything Langer used to consider important. He meets Shane, Timi’s caretaker, and soon adapts to being surrounded by old funhouses and strange children like Timi, nearly losing himself when he and Shane develop a romance. But Tash, Langer’s former nemesis and fellow pilot, has recruited a band of pirates to track Langer down, and it won’t be long before they come in swinging at anything—or anyone—they can hit.
Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Nat Jones
Synopsis: After explosions on the moon cause the earth’s tides to wipe out most of humanity and civilization, monsters of legend rise to take their place. BROKEN MOON opens in a massive city of vampires who have taken to polluting the skies to block out the danger of the sun. A human spy, Avery, escapes the city with valuable information about the vampires’ plans and reconvenes with her small tribe—few of whom escape with their lives following a confrontation between the vampires and a pack of werewolves.
The werewolves, led by the strangely peaceful Rantz, forge a reluctant alliance with Avery and her companion David when they learn of the Nosferatu’s plot to poison the oceans and render the earth inhabitable. But their numbers are small, and the werewolf-human army will require a much larger contingent to take on the vampires. Going on a hunch and a myth, Rantz leads the small group to the City of Frankenstein, where the “good doctor” has continued his experiments well beyond the original monster and created a veritable village of Frankenstein monsters. But what will sway him to their side?
Writer: Jeremy Robinson
Art: Matt Frank
Synopsis: In the world of PROJECT NEMESIS, Japanese kaiju are discovered when a government experiment goes awry and gives rise to a hybrid creature called Nemesis—after the Goddess of Vengeance.
On a mission that began as a Bigfoot investigation, Jon Hudson of the FC-P, who considers his “paranormal investigator” position a joke; and Sheriff Ashley Collins, resident of small town Maine and well-versed in sasquatch tales and bear attacks; discover a secret military site that has been torn to shreds by something very large and lethal—clearly not a bear, or anything related to nature. A giant creature appears that is unlike anything they’ve ever encountered, and they barely escape with their lives.
Bent on destruction, the kaiju eventually emerges from the forests of New England and grows to immeasurable heights, bringing down villages, then towns, and then cities. When Hudson and his crew investigate, they discover that the monster’s origins hold inexplicable ties to a murdered Japanese girl named Maigo. Suddenly the “paranormal” portion of the FC-P doesn’t seem like joke anymore—and Nemesis is about 80 times more threatening than Bigfoot!
Writers: Philip Kim and Steve Niles
Art: Piotr Kowalski
Synopsis: Something sinister is lurking behind the cameras of world-famous World Studios, and it may not be human. When Detective Henry Barrymore is approached by a mysterious woman to investigate her husband’s disappearance, he hardly expects to be embroiled in the workings of a mysterious cult who seem to have control over movie monsters. It’s Casablanca meets Crowley in this supernatural noir miniseries!