Awesome Horror Comics, Part 1

The First Half of a List of My Favorite Creepy Comics

Batman The Long Halloween The Chuckling Whatsit by Richard Sala

by REBECCA, October 23, 2013

One of the things I love about horror comics is that I have total control over reading them, so I can make them feel more or less scary, unlike when I watch a horror movie, which moves relentlessly forward. With Halloween right around the corner (yay!), here is the first half of a list of my favorite horror comics. There’s a wide range here, from the slightly creepy to the grisly to the existentially horrifying—certainly not all of them are horror in the classic sense. All descriptions are from Goodreads.

Batman The Long Halloween

1. Batman: the Long Halloween, by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale

“Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.”

30 Days of Night2. 30 Days of Night, by Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith

“In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn’t rise for over thirty consecutive days and nights. From the darkness, across the frozen wasteland, an evil will come that will bring the residents of Barrow to their knees. The only hope for the town is the Sheriff and Deputy, husband and wife who are torn between their own survival and saving the town they love.”

The Chuckling Whatsit by Richard Sala

3. The Chuckling Whatsit, by Richard Sala

“In The Chuckling Whatsit, Sala weaves the gothic cartooning traditions of Edward Gorey and Charles Addams with a densely constructed, melodramatic murder mystery involving astrology, ghouls, academia and outsider art. Part noir, part horror and part comedy, this labyrinthian tale of intrigue follows an unemployed writer named Broom who becomes unwittingly ensnared in a complex plot involving mysterious outsider artist Emile Jarnac, the shadowy machinations of the Ghoul Appreciation Society Headquarters (GASH), and the enigmatic Mr. Ixnay. Sala’s deadpan delivery makes this ingeniously layered narrative a roller-coaster ride of darkly pure comic suspense.”

Hellboy4. Hellboy, by Mike Mignola & John Byrne

“When strangeness threatens to engulf the world, a strange man will come to save it. Sent to investigate a mystery with supernatural overtones, Hellboy discovers the secrets of his own origins, and his link to the Nazi occultists who promised Hitler a final solution in the form of a demonic avatar.”

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

5. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, by Jhonen Vasquez

“The series focuses on the 20-something year old anti-hero Johnny C, also known as “NNY” (pronounced ‘knee’). He is a deranged serial killer, mass murderer, and spree killer who interacts with various other characters, generally by murdering them. He elaborately kills anyone who even slightly irritates him, then drains their blood and paints one of the walls in his house with it. Johnny is also willing to murder “innocent” people who, in his twisted mind, deserve their fate for some reason or another. The number of Johnny’s victims is in the dozens, if not hundreds — or perhaps even thousands. Authorities are unable to capture Johnny and seem unaware of his existence, even though his crimes are often witnessed in public and reported by the few who manage to survive.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/97486.The_Crow6. The Crow, by James O’Barr

“Murdered along with his fiancee on Halloween eve by a vicious street gang, Eric Draven returns from the dead and led by a crow, seeks vengeance on the killers who killed him and raped and then killed his beloved Shelly.”

Rachel Rising by Terry Moore7. Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore

“Rachel wakes up at sunrise on a shallow grave in the woods and discovers the freshly murdered body in the dirt is her own. With events of the previous night a blur, Rachel seeks out her boyfriend Phillip. But Phillip has a new girl now and Rachel is beginning to suspect she rose from the grave for a reason . . . revenge!”

Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott

 

8. Cinema Panopticum, by Thomas Ott

“T. Ott plunges into the darkness with five new graphic horror novelettes: “The Prophet,” “The Wonder Pill,” “La Lucha,” “The Hotel,” and the title story, each executed in his hallucinatory and hyper-detailed scratchboard style. The first story in the book introduces the other four: A little girl visits an amusement park. She looks fascinated, but finds everything too expensive. Finally, behind the rollercoaster she eyeballs a small booth with “CINEMA PANOPTICUM” written on it. Inside there are boxes with screens. Every box contains a movie; the title of each appears on each screen. Each costs only a dime, so the price is right for the little girl. She puts her money in the first box: “The Prophet” begins. In the film, a vagrant foresees the end of the world and tries to warn people, but nobody believes him. They will soon enough.”

Harvest9. Harvest, by A.J. Lieberman & Colin Lorimer

“Livers, kidneys, and rogue medical teams, oh my! Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare! His only way out? Bring down the man who set him up for murder by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people. The only people Dane can count on are an ex-Yakuza assassin and a six-year-old drug fiend. If Dexter, ER, and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind-blowing tryst somehow resulted in a child, that kid would read Harvest!”

Locke & Key

 

10. Locke & Key, by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez

“Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them . . . and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all . . .”

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Awesome Horror Comics!

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2 Comments

  1. Margalit

     /  October 26, 2013

    What a great list! I’ll definitely try the ones that look as if they wont be too much for a scaredy-cat like me. I love the Thomas Ott cover!

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