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October 2017 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Batman: Creature of the Night #1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Kurt Busiek (A/CA) John Paul Leon

Young Bruce Wainwright lost his parents in a violent crime…and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can’t keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Perhaps Bruce’s grief isn’t inside him after all? Modern masters Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for the spiritual companion to the beloved SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, putting a new spin you’ve never seen before on the legend of Batman-and the dark emotions that drive him!

Kurt Busiek doing a cape and cowl book. That’s about all I need. Unless I’ve missed it, it seems like it’s been a while since he’s done a book in one of the Big 2 universes. I can’t wait to see what Busiek and Leon do with this span on the Batman origin story.



Publisher: Viz Media LLC

(W/A/CA) Junji Ito

This volume includes nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself and presented with accompanying notes and commentary. An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing faces appear in the sky, some even featuring your own face… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… An offering of nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans.

If you’re at all a fan of horror, chances are you’ve heard of Junji Ito. If you haven’t, you’re in luck — there are plenty of collections of Ito’s short stories out there to catch up on. It may be a couple months before this is out, but the Halloween season’s got me excited for new Ito!


Judas #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios

(W) Jeff Loveness (A/CA) Jakub Rebelka

Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writer Jeff Loveness (Marvel’s Nova) presents an exploration of the classical biblical character, perfect for fans of Preacher and The Goddamned.
Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and how much of his part was preordained. In a religion built on redemption and forgiveness, one man had to sacrifice himself for everyone…and it wasn’t Jesus.

The solicit doesn’t tell us too much, but I’d like to give this a shot. There’s definitely potential to take this premise in some interesting places.


Rocko’s Modern Life #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios

(W) Ryan Ferrier, KC Green (A) Ian McGinty (CA) Bachan

Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show) and Ian McGinty (Adventure Time) continue BOOM! Studios’ partnership with Nickelodeon with all-new stories about everyone’s favorite wallaby!
When Rocko faces unemployment, a terrible living situation, and increasingly slim job prospects, he is forced to find out just how far he is willing to go to get a job.
Features a backup story by KC Green where Ed Bighead finds himself in the dentist chair of Dr. Hutchison!

All right, I’ll admit that my interest in this is almost completely fueled by a nostalgic love for Rocko’s Modern Life. That said, it looks like the series is in good hands with this creative team and this will be fun to check out before the new movie comes out.


Only 4 days until Saturday, October 28th when Halloween Comic Fest takes over Fanfare! Which free comics will you choose? Have you made your final choices for your costume? Well, just in case you need some inspiration or you simply want to fully immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit, we have Matt on hand giving us both reading and viewing suggestions right up until the big day. Today’s suggestions both center around that classic trope of family homes where something is awry. Enough from me, your humble editor, take it away Matt:

Hello everyone! Today’s comic recommendation is Locke And Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

If the name Joe Hill sounds familiar but you can’t quite say why, it may be because he is the son of horror legend Stephen King. That said, Hill’s talent is his all his own and he is no slouch at writing horror, be it in the medium of comics or in any one of his numerous novels. 

Locke & Key introduces us all to the Locke family and the mysterious New England mansion known as Keyhouse. Events lead Tyler, Lindsey, and Bode Locke to their family homestead where the mysterious keys they find within the mansion unlock much more than the cellar door.  I’m being very vague here because this is one of my favorite books I have ever read and I don’t want to give away a single thing. The work Hill and Rodriguez do takes elements of Lovecraft and more and weaves a tale you simply must read.

Stop in and check out Locke & Key. We have the entire series of trade paperbacks and you will not be disappointed.

A Halloween Comic Fest Countdown post wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the movies. Today’s pick is the film We are Still Here by writer/director Ted Geoghegan!

This one caught me by surprise when it randomly came across my plate years ago.

We Are Still Here is the story of Paul & Anne Sacchetti who recently suffered the loss of their son and find themselves moving to the country to escape the constant reminders of their loss. Unfortunately for them they had the worst real estate agent ever.

Their new town has a dark secret the neighbors are hiding. A secret that seems to originate from the very house the Sacchetti’s have chosen to call their new home. 

This movie has very very awesome effects, atmosphere and enough buckets of blood
to go around! But don’t be confused, despite the gore, the movie at its core is still a ghost story and not a slasher film!

I hope you all enjoy today’s selections. Be sure to come back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!


Halloween Comic Fest is on October 28th…just 5 days away! We’re getting all the cool free comics ready for you and we are super excited to see what costumes you’ve all thought up. That said, if you still need some Halloween inspiration, Matt is here with today’s comic and movie recommendations for his Countdown To Halloween Comic Fest! Take it away Matt:

The comic selection for today is none other than American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque (one of my all-time favorite artists).

The series follows a new breed of vampire that now lives in America with a narrative that spans generations rather than focusing on just one specific time frame. In American Vampire you could be reading a story set in 1920’s LA or one that explores the history of these vampires during the time of the Old West. 

The first volume is definitely my favorite in the series and it happens to feature a story written by none other than Stephen King himself! Albuquerque breathes life into these undead characters with a style you simply need to see to believe. His use of deep blacks and masterful brushwork make this a vampire story you’ll want to sink your teeth into! [Nailed that vampire joke -ed]

Once you’ve caught your breath from reading American Vampire you can kick back on the couch and check out today’s film recommendation It Follows by writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

You may have heard about this film recently as it is relatively new (2014) and it stands out among the less than stellar entries in the horror genre from the last couple of years.

This film centers on a ghost. A ghost who targets a specific individual and will constantly, slowly, follow and hunt that person until it finally gets them or they do something to pass the haunting onto another person. 

The movie is definitely an original and welcomed entry into the horror genre. The cinematography is fantastic and feels like its plucked right out of the 80’s. I’m looking forward to seeing what David Robert Mitchell comes up with next.

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!


Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today:

Hello everyone! Today’s comic selection is Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook. 

This book follows the story of a young farm girl named Emmy who, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, finds something out about herself that will change her world forever. This life-changing epiphany? She may just be a reincarnated witch who used to terrorize Harrow County. Born from a cursed tree, the town decided to let Emmy live and grow and destroy her only if there were signs of abnormality. The bad news is that things have not been quite right with Emmy lately. 

Faced with a very different role in the world than she formerly held, she befriends a haint (which you have to see to believe) and starts to learn about her own past. The question remains is whether or not she will embrace a dark past she no longer remembers, or will she forge her own path?

This one comes from master writer Cullen Bunn, and in my opinion is one of his best works.

Now, let’s escape from reclusive Harrow County, into the city to take in a movie. A horror movie that is! Oh, and what film will we watch today? None other than the classic Fright Night!

What good is a list of top horror movies without a vampire movie?  

Fright Night introduces us to Charley Brewster, a teen who has an odd new neighbor; one who doesn’t seem to come out at all during the day. Charley’s curiosity gets the better of him and one night while he is spying on the odd house next door, he sees his neighbor burying a body! This is just the start of a series of events that leads to a tailspin of vampire film perfection. 

This movie is fun, has a great soundtrack, good practical effects, and is just creepy enough to keep itself firmly locked into the horror genre. Not to mention it has one of the most iconic horror film posters ever (as you can see above).

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!



Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today:

Hello everyone! Today’s book selection is another work from horror master Junji Ito entitled Fragments of Horror

This compilation of short stories has some of Ito’s best work. My two favorite entries in this collection are Dissection Girl and The Haunting at Wood Manor. Ito has a way of playing with your nerves and making you feel completely unsettled when taking in his pages that is unrivaled among his peers. This is an absolute must have for your collection.

Now, it is time to head off to the movies with today’s film recommendation.

Today’s choice is the movie Shutter, not the terrible American remake, but the original 2004 film by Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom. 

This film follows a group of people who are haunted by a ghost that is only visible in the photographs
they take. Ever look at a photo and notice something you never did before? Well imagine ghostly images haunting your memories that you’ve captured and then intensifying until they invade your actual world.

This film has some of the creepiest scenes in film and a terrifying ending that you will never forget!

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!


Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today:

Hello everyone! Today’s book recommendation is Wormwood: The Gentleman Corpse by one of my all-time favorite artists/creators Ben Templesmith!

Wormwood follows the story of a Trans-dimensional God who can control a dead body by burrowing into the host’s head. He’s a snazzy dressing, earth saving old god we can all love.   Templesmith’s art isn’t something you want to miss. He is as unique as they come.

If this sounds like a book for you, we currently have both Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse Omnibus and the new one-shot Wormwood Goes to Washington in stock now!

Now that we have you all set with a good book, how about we turn to the world of film?

You may have noticed that that the movies I’ve been recommending aren’t the big mainstream movies that everyone knows. That said, no Halloween list is complete without at least one Nightmare on Elm Street movie.

My personal favorite from the franchise is Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors  I feel the series really knew what it wanted to be during the development of this film and leaned into it.

The movie follows a group of kids who cant sleep who are living in a psychiatric hospital, insert Freddy Krueger here and you have the makings for a awesome movie! Nancy Callahan returns from the first film as the star once again and Freddy’s antics, one liners and kills are the best the series has to offer.

Welcome to the Prime Time!!!

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 9 Days to Go!

Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today, take it away Matt:

Today’s selection is a story by one of my favorite creative teams, Brian Azarello and Eduardo Risso, entitled Moonshine!

Moonshine takes place during the Prohibition era and follows a crime family’s top gun in the midst of smuggling back the best hooch NYC has ever seen. While acquiring the contraband from a clan of hillbillies the unexpected happens when werewolves show up to make
things interesting. If you like a good werewolf story or are a fan of this team’s work on 100 Bullets this is one you cant

With the book recommendation done, it is time to go to the movies with today’s film recommendation Beyond The Gates!

Did you grow up in the 80s? Do you remember VHS interactive board games? Then this may be a treat for you.

This story follows two brothers. Their father is missing and presumed dead and it is now up to them to get all of his affairs in order. One major task they face is boxing up their father’s Video Rental store where they stumble across an eerie VHS board game. The game quickly becomes all too real…but not in the fun Jumanji kind of way

Beyond the Gates came out last year and I decided to take a chance and check it out on Netflix. I was not disappointed. It is low budget, but nonetheless it delivers with an original concept and good atmosphere which seems harder and harder to come by these days within the genre.,.and wow, what a theme song.

Well I hope you enjoy these recommendations.  Thanks for checking this out and be sure to come back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 10 Days to Go!

Hello everyone! Today’s selection is a series of stories from Horror master Junji Ito entitled Tomie.

Tomie follows different characters and their interactions with a girl who seems normal at first but is definitely not someone you would want to meet. She has the ability to drive men to such extreme levels of desire that they will hurt others or even her. Not that it matters much to her since Tomie always has a very eerie way of putting herself back together for another story.

Probably one of Ito’s less flashy entries but not one to miss!

Today’s movie recommendation is The Monster Squad!

Ready for some fun? Ready to stop the universal monster crew from destroying everything? Well these kids definitely are!

Monster Squad follows a group of kids who love horror movies, hanging out in one of the coolest tree houses I’ve ever seen, and maybe fighting monsters on the side.

Dracula has returned and is resurrecting all the monsters to help him rule the world. But not if this squad has anything
to say about it! It’s good lighthearted fun but with a cool classic 80’s horror vibe. Frankenstein is particularly great in the film as well.

And of course, you can’t have a halloween mix without including the Monster Squad Rap Song. Definitely worth a watch. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 11 Days to Go

Matt is counting down to Halloween Comic Fest (October 28th) with comic and movie suggestions! Here are his recommendations for the day:

Hello everyone! today’s weather feels a bit chilly so why not talk about Colder?

Colder follows Declan Thomas, a man committed to an insane asylum who somehow has the ability to “cure” madness. As Declan uses his ability, his body temperature drops to the point where no one should be able to survive. Eventually Declan comes in contact with a  strange character by the name of Nimble Jack…and that is when the fun really starts to kick in. This book has some crazy imagery (including a cover to Volume 1 we decided was a little too extreme for the blog -Ed.) and an awesome story.

Today’s movie recommendation is Event Horizon.

This is a film about a spaceship called the Event Horizon which is set to travel through a black hole.
After the ship goes through ,all contact is lost. That is until one day it randomly shows back up with a distress beacon.
A crew boards the ship to investigate but finds out that the ship has traveled to somewhere far more sinister. 

Well that’s all for today I hope you Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017 – 12 Days to Go!

Hello everyone! Today’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest entry is none other than Scott Snyder and Jock’s hit series Wytches!

This book follows the story of a family torn apart after their daughter goes missing while exploring the woods a little too deeply. This is an amazing book by a fantastic team with plenty of good writing and art to get you deep into this season’s offerings! If you enjoy the book, you can find even more Wytches in the pages of the newest volume of  Image +

Today’s movie recommendation is Tucker and Dale Vs Evil! Follow the adventure of Tucker and Dale, two best buddies who purchased a fixer upper cabin in the woods and are going off to renovate it into a vacation home. At the same time, a group of college kids having a weekend of fun in the woods are absolutely sure these two loveable hillbillies are psychos who kidnapped their friend. I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil such an amazing film. I’ve watched this one probably a dozen times since its release and still haven’t gotten bored with it. There is loads of slasher fun but at the same time it’s a very funny comedy film. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!