Drawn to Comics October 2016

Drawn to Comics presents October’s Horror List:

Eerie

Eerie, Volume 1
David Lapham
2016-04 – Dark Horse Books

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Uncle Creepy’s been hogging all the glory in Dark Horse’s revival of Warren’s classic magazines, but here comes Cousin Eerie to nudge him out of the spotlight The terrifying treasury of sinister sci-fi and fearsome fantasy is finally collected in this handsome paperback volume, amassing the inimitable talents of David Lapham, Mike Allred, Jonathan Case, Kelley Jones, and many more.

 

Nameless

Nameless
Grant Morrison
2016-03 – Image Comics

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NAMELESS tells the story of a down-at-heel occult hustler known only as “Nameless” who is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists as part of a desperate mission to save the world. A massive asteroid named Xibalba – the “Place of Fear” in Mayan mythology – is on collision course with the planet Earth and if that wasn’t trouble enough, the asteroid has an enormous magical symbol carved into its side and is revealed to be a fragment of our solar system’s lost fifth planet, Marduk, destroyed 65 million years ago at the end of an epic cosmic war between the inhabitants of Marduk and immensely-powerful, life-hating, extra-dimensional “gods.” One of those beings is still alive, imprisoned on Xibalba, dreaming of its ultimate revenge on all that exists. When Nameless and his team-mates inadvertently unleash this malignant soul-destroying intelligence, the stage is set for a nightmarish, nihilistic journey to the outer reaches of human terror.

 

Outcast

Outcast
Robert Kirkman
2015-02 – Image Comics

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Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his lifeand now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way couldbring about the end of life on Earth as we know it!

 

Wytches

Wytches, Volume 1
Scott Snyder
2015-07 – Image Comics

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Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before.

When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.

 

Southern Cross

Southern Cross, Volume 1
Becky Cloonan
2016-01 – Image Comics

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Now boarding: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is tracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though and they lead her down a path of intrigue, betrayal, and galactic horror.

 

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Drawn to Manga October 2016

Drawn to Manga presents October’s Horror List:

Dragon Head

Dragon Head. Vol. 1
Minetaro Mochizuki
2006-01 – TokyoPop

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Imagine waking up in a pitch-black train wreck filled with broken glass and bodies. No one answers when you call for help-and as you begin to orient yourself, you realize that this might be because everyone around you is dead. Mochizuki opens this story with the wide, terror-struck eyes of schoolboy Aoki Teru as he wakes up into just such a nightmare, and from there, the suspense never lets up. Not that this is a particularly fast-paced book-instead of frenzied action, we get fine gradations of panic and exhaustion. Each new piece of information deepens a growing sense of dread: not only has the train crashed, it’s also been sealed in by falling rocks. Aoki is not entirely alone, but of the two other companions he finds, one is unconscious and the other is going crazy. And then there’s the strange, stifling heat. Mochizuki’s narrative pacing is so deft, and his drawings so effective at communicating nuances of emotion that the story unfolds for us with the same urgency and immediacy as it does for Aoki and his companions. The result is an emotionally and psychologically compelling drama that promises to be an unforgettable journey into darkness with future volumes. (Publisher’s Weekly)

 

Goth Light Novel

Goth (Light Novel)
Otsuichi
2015-08 – Haikasoru

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Morino is the strangest girl in school how could she not be, given her obsession with brutal murders? And there are plenty of murders to grow obsessed with, as the town in which she lives is a magnet for serial killers. She and her schoolmate will go to any length to investigate the murders, even putting their own bodies on the line. And they don’t want to stop the killers Morino and her friend simply want to understand them.

 

Uzumaki

Uzumaki: Volume 1
Junji Ito
2007-10 – Viz Media

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Kurozu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: “uzumaki,” the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in small ways: seashells, ferns, whirlpools in water, whirlwinds in air. And in large ways: the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father, the voice from the cochlea in your inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurozu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return.

 

Battle Royale Angels Border

Battle Royale: Angel’s Border
Koshun Takami
2014-06 – Viz Media

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The Program is a brutal military experiment that pits junior high students against each other every year in a brutal battle to the death. Most of the students from Shiroiwa Junior High scatter as soon as they reach the remote island where they must participate in the latest round of the Program. But Yukie Utsumi and five of her friends lock themselves in the lighthouse, clinging to a desperate hope of survival. They all trust each other, but they also know that only one can survive the Battle Royale A graphic novel side story of the bestselling novel Battle Royale.

 

Tokyo Pet Shop of Horrors

Tokyo Pet Shop of Horrors vol. 1
Matsuri Akino
2008 – Tokyopop

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It’s been several years since the bizarre Chinese count known only as D left L.A’s Chinatown. In that time, life has returned to normal in the world, and the nightmares associated with Count D’s pet shop of horrors have ceased. But across the Pacific, amidst the bright lights of Tokyo, a mysterious Chinese man has been spotted, and he seems to be opening a new shop.

 

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Dark Metro

dark metroWhat is Dark Metro? Dark Metro by Tokyo Calen is a two part manga series that consists of short stories regarding the paranormal.  The title (and cover image) gives away where most of these stories are set. Each story is separate and brings their own spine tingling elements.

When I was reading the series for the first time, I could not get the feeling of being terrified. Reading it in the dark is the best way to feel the aura of what the author is trying to convey. If you are interested in this type of genre, I recommend this title and I guarantee that you cannot pass this manga up. What are you waiting for? Check out your local library or click here to grab a copy.

Dororo by Tezuka Osamu

dororoWho has not heard of Dororo, I ask? If you have not, then you have been living underneath a rock. It was written back in the 60s by the Father of Japanese Anime Osamu Tezuka. Dororo is about a little boy thief.

The story starts off with a warlord making a deal with the demon by selling his first born child’s body parts in order for him to win the war. As the story progresses, Dororo ends up meeting Hyakkimaru, a lone warrior through his travels. As you can see Hyakkimaru is not an ordinary warrior, he is the little boy who’s father sold 26 of his body parts to the demon years ago.

Through their travels, they will run into different entities, good and bad. The battles is going to be tough but can they survive the fight?

Will Hyakkimaru finally recover and find what he is looking for and as for Dororo, will he finally find his happiness or accept his fate?

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Uzumaki : Sprial into Horror by Junji Ito

Uzumaki

Do you like the movie The Ring, The Grudge or any other Japanese horror movies that have come out on our movie screens? If you do, you’re in luck!

Uzumaki comes from the mind of Junji Ito. It is a supernatural horror manga set in a small fictional town in Japan. The book was written in the late nineties during the boom of supernatural horror movies in Japan. At first glance, you would not suspect anything weird is going on in the town. As you read more, you start peeling off different layers of what is really happening to the townspeople and why they are disappearing. Follow Shuichi Saito and unravel the mysteries of his small coast town in Uzumaki.

Click on the link to see if your local library has it. It is split into three volumes or you can pick up the TP version.

Fell: Feral City

Fell: Feral City CoverOn the other side of the bridge is Snowtown, a blighted urban area whose superstitious residents mark their territory with the Snowtown tag: “You put it up, you belong to Snowtown. If Snowtown knows who you are, it won’t come and get you.”

And who comes to get you? Most notable among the cast of villainous characters is a Richard Nixon masked nun seen buying a gun and handing out a knife. But Tricky Dick isn’t responsible for filling the Coroner’s Lair. Causes of death range from alcohol poisoning to attacks by packs of feral dogs. “I could learn to hate this town,” says Detective Richard Fell.

Transferred to Snowtown’s police force, Fell is one of three and a half detectives assigned to cover the entire city. Reading like a police procedural set in Silent Hill, Fell follows the detective’s cases – shocking crimes brutally resolved. But what sets this apart from other grim and gritty graphic novels is the fact Fell cares, “This is where I live now. None of you are nothing to me.”

Fell: Feral City collects issues 1-8 of the Image Comics series. Story by Warren Ellis. Art by Ben Templesmith.
Fell

Heathentown

HeathentownStudying overseas, Anna Romano witnesses the brutal murder of her best friend Kit. Anna travels to Florida for the funeral, but upon returning to the cemetery at night she sees Kit walking through the graveyard. Kit vanishes into the surrounding swamp leading Anna to exhume the coffin to determine if her friend is truly dead.

Heathentown is a solid horror title amplified by the fact that it’s set in our backyard. Bechko invokes the discomfort of being an outsider in a small town while blending in Florida’s history and legends creating something which reads like a new genre: FL-horror, maybe?

The horror is realized by Hardman’s artwork. It feels like something is lurking in every panel, especially when the story moves to the Everglades. There the swamp is stifling and every shadow takes on a sinister shape.