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Spooooooky Comics

Posted by cyberpfalcon on October 20, 2016

An article I did for the company newsletter for their upcoming Halloween Edition.

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Well, it’s near that time of the year, where spoooooooooky things happen.

Okay, not really, but, in keeping with the theme, here are some comics to go along with the Halloween spirit.

I’ve decided to list series, instead of one off stories, so that you can carry the spookiness with you throughout the year, if you find something that you like.

 

The Walking Dead

Alright, let’s just get it out of the way. Pretty much all of you have heard of The Walking Dead. It’s good, it’s written by the great Robert Kirkman, and they made a TV series out of it that’s currently on its 8th season. How could I not recommend it?

For those of you that haven’t heard of it, The Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes, a deputy who awakens from a coma, only to find himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. What follows is Rick’s quest to find his missing family, and the drama that ensues as he meets other survivors.

 

Outcast

New on the scene is a comic called Outcast. It’s good, it’s written by the great Robert Kirkman, and they made a TV series out of it that’s currently on its 1st season. Yes, that’s right, Kirkman now has two ongoing horror comic books adapted for TV. Told you he’s great, didn’t I?

While The Walking Dead focuses more on drama, Outcast focuses more on horror. This one’s about Kyle Barnes, a man who, with the help of a local clergyman, fights the demons that possess his fellow townsfolk.

 

Locke & Key

About the three Locke children, who move into the Locke family home called Keyhouse after the murder of their father. However, this house is full of keys that grant magical powers…

 

John Constantine, Hellblazer

To be clear, I’m talking about the series originally known as Hellblazer, which is currently being reprinted as John Constantine, Hellblazer. Not any of the new ones.

This series follows occult detective John Constantine as his cons his way through a world of magic, demons, and more.

 

Hellboy

For those of you who like your spooky comics with a bit of superhero flavouring, we have Hellboy, of course. A demon raised by humans since the end of World War II (he was summoned by Nazi, but was taken by the USA, long story…), Hellboy works with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense to battle occult threats to humanity.

 

Justice League Dark

For those of you who REALLY like your spooky comics with LOTS of superhero flavouring, we have Justice League Dark. Basically, the supernatural version of the Justice League, bringing together popular DC characters such as Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, and others, to fight against supernatural threats that the normal Justice League can’t handle.

 

Ghostbusters

And, last, but not least, for those of you that like your spookiness with a dash of humour and fun, we have the Ghostbusters series, the one published by IDW.

Follows the Ghostbusters from the first two movies and deals with their continuing adventures, busting ghosts!

 

Honourable Mentions

Because I always run out of room for these things, here are some honourable mentions: Revival, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Spawn, American Vampire, Coffin Hill, Ghosted, and All-New Ghost Rider.

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A Look at Other Comic Book Publishers Besides DC and Marvel

Posted by cyberpfalcon on October 20, 2016

Another article that I wrote for my company newsletter.

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For the past two articles, I’ve mostly talked about DC and Marvel. And it’s no surprise, since they’re currently the two biggest North American comic book publishers.

For this article, however, I’d like to introduce you to some other comic publishers that I think are worth taking a look at as well (we’ll be sticking to North American publishers for this article).

 

Image Comics

Image Comics was founded in 1992 by eight creators who were frustrated with Marvel’s work for hire policies, and wanted ownership and creative control over their work. Although their line-up was initially mostly dominated by the typical 90’s superhero comics, Image Comics has made a name for itself for being the publisher of many critically acclaimed creator-owned works, offering quality as well as variety.

Recommended Titles:

  • The Walking Dead – the original comic written by Robert Kirkman that the well-known zombie TV show is based off
  • Chew – set in a world where all bird meat is banned after a catastrophic outbreak of the bird flu, Chew follows Tony Chu, a detective who is also a Cibopath (one who can see what has happened to an object by taking a bite out of it)

Other Recommendations: Invincible, Spawn, Savage Dragon, Revival, Saga, Morning Glories, Thief of Thieves, The Wicked + The Divine

 

Valiant Entertainment

Founded in 1989, but went on a long break until 2012, when they brought back their superhero universe, revamped for the new era. One of the rising stars of the comics industry; they’re preparing to launch the “Valiant Cinematic Universe” as well, with movies based on Harbinger and Bloodshot.

Recommended Titles:

  • Harbinger – teenaged Peter Stanchek discovers his psychic powers and set out with a bunch of newly powered teenagers to make the world a better place; but they come across Toyo Harada, the most powerful psionic in the world, whose definition of “better” mean taking over the world as dictator…
  • Bloodshot – a near invincible soldier with the power of regeneration thanks to nanites in his stream, kept under control with constant memory wipes; until he breaks free, of course, and sets out to discover who was responsible for his condition

Other Recommendations: Quantum and Woody, Archer and Armstrong, X-O Manowar, The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage

 

Dark Horse Comics

Used to have its own superhero universe, but that faded away. Now known for publishing both creator-owned comics and comics based on licensed properties.

Recommended Creator-Owned Titles: Hellboy, Sin City, Usagi Yojimbo, The Umbrella Academy

Recommended Licensed Titles: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season Eight and Nine), Conan

 

IDW Publishing

Best known for their many comic series based on licensed properties, IDW has taken many universes and have expanded them to great acclaim.

Recommended Titles: Transformers, G.I. Joes, Ghostbusters (with the cast from the first two movies!), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

Dynamite Entertainment

Also known for their comic adaptations, but their more well-known titles take older superheroes and revamp them for the modern reader.

Recommended Titles: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet, Project Superpowers, Red Sonja (particularly Gail Simone’s run), The Shadow, The Lone Ranger

 

Oh, no, I’m running out of room! Uh…, quick honorable mentions with recommended titles in brackets!

Top Cow Productions (Witchblade, Switch), Archie Comics (Archie [the reboot], Sonic the Hedgehog), Oni Press (Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun), Udon Entertainment (Street Fighter), Chapterhouse Comics (Captain Canuck)

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