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    “COLDER: THE BAD SEED #1″ (Comic Review)

    When COLDER first hit shelves in late 2012, no one quite knew what to expect. With its dimension-hopping protagonist, panoramic horror-scapes, and a story that explores the very depths of human insanity, the sleeper hit soon rose in the comic ranks and even managed to snatch itself a coveted Eisner nomination. With the work’s overwhelming success, the once limited series is now seeing its second story arc and bringing back with it all the gruesome madness that made it famous. THE BAD SEED picks up from where the previous arc ended and introduces a new villain almost immediately after the disposal of the old one, proving there is never respite when dealing with terminally insane. 

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    “CUTTER” (Comic Review)

    Bullied kids are always hot fodder for the next big horror hit. From CARRIE to WITCHBOARD, hell hath no fury like an angry teenager with supernatural powers. Digging deep into the pubescent mythos, Top Cow/Image’s latest, CUTTER, brings all that hormone-driven terror to the comic world. Reading like a fast-paced horror thriller, the story follows a group of loosely connected friends who are forced to face some dark secrets when their ranks start dying. While not the most original idea, the comic attempts its best at reviving the dated concept, resulting in a mixed bag of hits and misses.

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    Q&A: “SERENITY ROSE” Creator, Aaron Alexovich

    SERENITY ROSE is the kind of comic weird kids grow up on. Full of one-of-a-kind characters, goofy situations, and heaping helpings of magic and mayhem, SERENITY ROSE has helped open up the comic world for readers who’d usually shy away from delving into the more constricted universes of bigger companies. With its ten year anniversary at hand, creator Aaron Alexovich hopped on Kickstarter to fund a collected, hardcover edition of the past decade and met with overwhelming success. Following the launch of SERENITY ROSE: 10 AWKWARD YEARS, Alexovich spoke with FANGORIA, attempting to explain his work and what has kept moving him forward through all of the ups and downs.

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    Grant Morrison’s “ANNIHILATOR” (Comic Review)

    Grant Morrison has long been the industry go-to for a taste of the bizarre and unsettling. From monumental moments in the Batman universe, to the re-vamping of forgotten characters, whenever he graces the author nameplate, big things are sure to follow. With Legendary Entertainment now firmly in the comic book game, Morrison’s stepped away from his superhero duties to create an original work titled ANNIHILATOR. A sci-fi book of epic proportions, ANNIHILATOR treats its readers to a tour-de-force of unfiltered, Morrison-inspired madness.

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    “HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN #1″ (Comic Review)

    Horror is full of tropes. Established ideas and worn-out scenarios plague the genre so much that so that spoofs and parody are just as common. Running for a solid decade, HACK/SLASH has been a long time favorite for readers who are bit burned out on the repetitive nature of the entertainment of fear. Despite the comic becoming a more serious affair of late—introducing a running story-line and romantic interests for the lead—it still remains fairly tongue-in-cheek, filled with eighties monsters and scantily dressed ladies.

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    “BALTIMORE: THE WITCH OF HARJU” #1 (Comic Review)

    Thanks to the enduring popularity of HELLBOY, creator Mike Mignola has become a staple in the comics industry. With his unique take of Victorian ghost stories mixed with modern monsters, he has crafted go-to reads for newbies and old-time screamers. But despite his overwhelming success, the writer still has some low flying works. Most notably: BALTIMORE, the tale of one man and his war against a world taken over by vampires.

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    Q&A: Comics Great Stan Lee on Marvel Horrors & More

    When most people hear the word “comic books,” Stan Lee is likely the first person to enter their minds. A staple of the comic industry for an astounding 75 years, he’s credited for establishing the legitimacy of comics as popular entertainment while creating some of the most iconic characters and teams to ever grace pop culture. Though he is better known for his superhero work, Stan Lee has also had a considerable influence on horror comics as well, thanks to his myriad Steve Ditko-illustrated, often surreal contributions to the likes of STRANGE TALES, TALES OF SUSPENSE and TALES TO ASTONISH and early work in MYSTIC and MENACE. What’s more, he was one of the first creators to add human morality to the creatures that go bump in the night. His desire to create interesting stories and relatable characters helped power what we know as horror today.

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    “THE SQUIDDER #1″ (Comic Review)

    Ben Templesmith has made a career out of his bizarre horror art and flesh burnt color pallete. While he’s better known for the work he’s done with his partner in crime, Steve Niles, such as 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, HELLSPAWN and CRIMINAL MACABRE, Templesmith has done created plenty of his own comics, penning stories as strangely grotesque as his illustrations. The latest is THE SQUIDDER, Templesmith’s crowdfunded creator-owned tale of apocalyptic madness that’s akin to MAD MAX VS. CTHULHU.

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    “DEAD BOY DETECTIVES VOL. 1: SCHOOLBOY TERRORS” (Comic Review)

    Now over twenty years old, Vertigo has changed the comic industry in many ways. DC’S longest running imprint introduced serious takes on magic and horror, the bizarre and mysterious, and have gone on to influence future generations of dreamers, movers and shakers. And with such fan-favorite titles as HELLBLAZER, SANDMAN and FABLES, there’s bound to be numerous spin-offs of oft-mentioned yet unexplored characters that lurk in the underbelly of larger works. One such story is DEAD BOY DETECTIVES. First introduced in SANDMAN #25, the mini-gumshoes saw brief appearances in various publications, along with a couple of limited-series of their own over the years. It wasn’t until this past year did they finally get their own monthly series however, one that’s arrived in cumulated graphic novel, SHOOLBOY TERRORS.

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    “LUMBERJANES” #3 (Comic Review)

    One of the most profitable and entertaining endeavors currently on television are  cartoons. Shows like ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW are pushing the envelope of animation and storytelling, making themselves a mainstay for both children and adults. By understanding that both demographics essentially want the same thing (consistent, smart writing grounded in the human experience), animation has been blowing up. It’s thanks to these trendsetters that we’re seeing a growing interest in the same type of distinctive narrative in comic books, leading to a boundless, new array of works from companies such as IDW and BOOM! Studios. Enter LUMBERJANES, a group of rough-and-tough girls who are looking to take comics by storm. Blending grimy monsters with hilarious hi-jinks, BOOM!’s latest tile  is already making headway in this new frontier.

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    “BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA” (Comic Review)

    Undervalued upon release in 1986, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA has gathered a rock solid cult following in the intervening years. One of John Carpenter’s less serious-minded films, the over-the-top kung-fu and lightning fantasy action-comedy is continuously adored by old fans and new generations. It’s thanks to these admirers that BOOM! Studios recently announced a comic addition to the BIG TROUBLE story. Featuring everyone’s favorite highway man, Jack Burton, on a brand new adventure of bizarre proportions, it’s sure to feed that insatiable need for quick one-liners and moccasin-clad high kicks.

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