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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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    “COURTNEY CRUMRIN: THE WITCH NEXT DOOR” (Comic Review)

    Despite the current success of young reader titles such as ITTY BITTY HELLBOY and KISS KIDS, it felt for a long time there were very few comics not aimed at adult audiences. Even fewer of those were horror. Fortunately, there were works such as COURTNEY CRUMRIN to help pick up the slack. Since first hitting shelves in 2002, the once “limited” series has expanded to four volumes, with a fifth collection, COURTNEY CRUMRIN: THE WITCH NEXT DOOR now hitting shelves (and a sixth on the way). Centered on a grumpy teen who finds herself imbued with magic thanks to her eccentric uncle, the series is a delightfully gothic work that dives deep into dark folklore and explores the hidden depths of the unseen world.

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    Second Cycle: Scott Snyder on returning to “AMERICAN VAMPIRE” & More

    Of all of comics’ current stars, none have found more success than Scott Snyder. Building a solid readership with his award winning title AMERICAN VAMPIRE, he continues blazing his way to the top with his dark take on some of DC’s most iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, and Swamp Thing. Paired up with some of the most talented artists on the market, he has helped move the medium forward with unparalleled knack for spinning the perfect yarn. With AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE recently hitting shelves, he continues on his promise to create unique work for new and old readers alike. Snyder recently sat down with Fango to discuss the methods to his madness and what keeps him creating.

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    Q&A: Comics Great Richard Corben on Adapting Poe in “THE PREMATURE BURIAL”

    For over 40 years, Richard Corben has been stunning the comic world with his unique visions of horror and the macabre. From illustrating bizarre tales for fan favorite HEAVY METAL magazine to bringing life to the classic works of Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, and others, Corben has been working hard at his one man attempt to push the limits of the illustrated medium. He’s been credited with introducing the underground comix vibe to mainstream audiences and with his latest adaption, THE PREMATURE BURIAL by Edgar Allan Poe, he continues to apply his distinguished talent on yet another timeless tale of terror.

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    Q&A: Garth Ennis Previews New Sci-fi Comic, “CALIBAN”

    For years, Garth “The Menace” Ennis has entertained audiences with no-holds-barred storytelling and spot-on commentary told through menacing zombies, god-like preachers, and superhero death squads. As controversial as he is talented, Ennis has dipped his pen in almost every genre in the comic industry, recently announcing he’ll be adding yet another to his oeuvre : sci-fi. Titled CALIBAN, the story follows a group of astronauts who accidently crash into an alien ship, unleashing a wave of unparalleled horror. Mr. Ennis spoke to FANGORIA about the anticipated work…

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    “AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE” (Comic Review)

    Launching careers, AMERICAN VAMPIRE started as a simple vampire comic in 2010 and has since become one of the most well-received horror series in years. Utilizing clever play on the creatures’ long-held mythos, while telling a compelling story that spanned a solid seventy years of American history and five volumes of graphic novel, AMERICAN VAMPIRE is new again. After a yearlong break, AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE sees original creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque return to finish what they started, claiming that this new creation is “the beginning of the huge machinations of the whole series, from here forward, toward the finale.”

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