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  • “THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO” (Comic Book Review)

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    From middle school required reading to literary scholars, the name Edgar Allen Poe is recognized across the board as one of the greatest American storytellers of all time. Founder of the detective genre and father of the macabre, Poe has not only had his words printed on paper, but has been adapted into movies, plays, radio dramas, and, of course, comics. Action Comics is the newest company to add their own spin on one of his classics, going with a Poe staple, THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO. Unfortunately, while the creators gave it the full college try, the comic fell short of reaching the same depth that the original story had and lacked the antagonistic frenemy vibe that powered Poe’s words.

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  • Macabre Manga: “BLOOD-C”, “OVER THE GARDEN WALL” Second Series Announced

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    In preparation for the arrival of 2016, Dark Horse comics has made several new additions to their already booming manga line. Among the announced is a continuation of the one of the biggest vampire horror titles to grace both the Eastern and Western shores: BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE and its offshoot, BLOOD-C.

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  • “LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Superheroes have been around for as long as comics have been serialized. Righteous, flamboyantly dressed men and women that fight on the side of justice are as much of a staple of the industry as paper and ink. Yet, despite their popularity, it’s just recently that creators started exploring the exploitative side of their godlike power; proving that perhaps Lex Luthor was right when he said “Devils don’t come from the Hell beneath us, they come from the sky.”

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  • “LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE GLASS MANTIS” (Comic Book Review)

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    With the Mignola-driven universe getting bigger every year, it’s no surprise that the ‘comic-inside-a-comic’ Lobster Johnson would, well, get its own comic! While THE GLASS MANTIS is not the Lobster’s first foray into our world, the newest release continues to prove that 1930’s super-spy, supernatural, superheroes never go out of style. This one-shot follows our hero as he goes up against murder most foul at a museum opening against a backdrop of secrets and revenge. A wonderful homage to early pulp mysteries with just enough spectral chaos to appeal to armchair horror fans, THE GLASS MANTIS fits perfectly in and out of the HELLBOY world.

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  • Horror Comic Round-Up: Dark Horse Adapting Neil Gaiman; “DOCTOR STRANGE” offers “SINISTER” Reunion

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    Dark Horse recently announced that they will be releasing graphic novel adaptations of two of Neil Gaiman’s short stories. The first, titled HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, was originally published in the short story collection FRAGILE THINGS, and will be adapted by artists Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. Scheduled for a June 2016 release, the story revolves around a two teenage boys who go to a party and learn that girls may actually come from another planet. On another note, though not related to Dark Horse, there are plans to adapt the short story into a movie by See-Saw Films with filming reportedly underway.

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  • “BLACK JACK KETCHUM #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    One of the most popular yet understated subgenres of horror comics in 2015 has undoubtedly been Weird Westerns. Heavy booted rustlers and ruffled women have been clashing with supernatural forces on the pages of such works as Dark Horse’s THE STEAM MAN, IDW’s FISTFUL OF BLOOD, and Image’s newest release, BLACK JACK KETCHUM. A work that walks the line between our reality and the ones behind the veil, BLACK JACK KETCHUM takes the standard outlaw tale and drops it in a SANDMAN-esque story where nothing is really what it seems. Throw in a mute girl with a shotgun and a case of mistaken identity and you got yourself a tale worth its buffalo hide.

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  • “BLOOD FEUD #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    No one can tell a southern ghost story quite like Cullen Bunn. Author of such down-home tales as Dark Horse’s HARROW COUNTY and Oni Press’s THE SIXTH GUN (as well as a very impressive resume with Marvel and DC), Bunn has been spinning scary yarns for most of his career. So it’s no surprise that when Oni Press was offered a WEIRD TALES version of the classic vampire story by Mr. Bunn, they jumped at the chance. What emerged was BLOOD FEUD, a story of monsters, good ol’ boys, and a centuries old family feud that threatens to take over an entire time. Currently on its second issue, the BLOOD FEUD continues onto a fateful showdown between man and beast.

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  • “LUCIFER” Series & Comic Release Dates Announced

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    If Satan was truly in charge of corrupting America’s youth, then DC’s LUCIFER is blowing the horn like a charismatic pied piper. A staple of not only DC/Vertigo’s repertoire, but the comic world in general, LUCIFER has finally hit it big after twenty six years with his very own TV show on FOX.  While the show has been long in development, with only a couple of TV spots to whet our appetites, a release date for the supernaturally charged series has finally been announced via Deadline: January 25th, 2016, on the heels of the premiere episode of THE X-FILES reboot/mini-series.

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  • “THE STEAM MAN #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    Every once in a while, a story comes along that seems so completely implausible, a fantasy of the most ridiculous order, that you swear it was written during the ‘70s psychedelic sci-fi pulp movement instead of the modern age of comics. THE STEAM MAN from Dark Horse is one of those titles; a work that proves that imagination has no limit and art has no cinematic budget, exploding onto the page with a mix of steampunk, sci-fi, horror, and western. Currently on its second issue, the work continues where it left off with issue #1, this time focusing not on our heroes hunting in a giant mechanical man but on the vampire that they pursue across the desolate wasteland of their world.

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  • “OH THE FLESH YOU WILL EAT” (Comic Book Review)

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    Most readers associate the name ‘Dr. Seuss’ with goofy, wholesome fun about elephants hearing invisible creatures and hat-wearing felines trashing houses simply because it’s funny. His clever rhymes have been celebrated for decades by parents and their brood, despite the good Doctor’s notorious fear of children. But haven’t you ever wanted to see Seuss’s work a bit more edgy? Perhaps instead of adorable creatures doing silly things, those said creatures are off killing the world or spreading disease?

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  • “THE BIRTH OF KITARO” (Comic Book Review)

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    Monsters known as “yokai” have been part of Japanese folklore for as long as people have had reasons to fear the dark. The spooky creatures have proved so popular that not only are they still prevalent in modern popular culture, but have even welcomed contemporary monsters such as the Slit-Mouthed Woman or the half corpse of the Teke-teke, who first gained attention in the late ‘70s, into its fold. While comic-created Kitaro (inspired by a story card play) may not be an original yokai, he is credited with keeping the yokai spirit alive for over 55 years and has spawned numerous cartoons, shows, movies, video games, toys; basically anything you can slap that adorable little face on. Unfortunately, there’s almost no translated work for English readers… until now.

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