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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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    “ITTY BITTY HELLBOY” (Comic Review)

    From fighting Nazi abominations to beating up witches to going to Hell itself, HELLBOY has seen and done it all. But there’s one thing even Big Red wasn’t prepared to do: protect his cardboard fortress from the villainy of Dr. Karl Kroenen! Miniaturized for tiny hands, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY shows lighter sides of the grim demon spawn as he goes on ridiculously fun adventures the whole family can get into. A solid introduction to comics for young readers, this new collection mixes together the quirky humor of the Sunday funnies with the established characters of the HELLBOY universe, making this a great read for fans across the board.

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    Are You Reading “HAUNTED HORROR”?

    As their numbers dwindle, pre-code horror comics have become a staple of the comic collectors’ market. From swarming the industry with ghoulish monsters and vengeful spirits in the late 1940s to mass comic burnings less than a decade later, the Comics Code Authority changed everything about what was acceptable to read. Thanks to their determination to protect America’s children, swarms of horror titles have been lost to modern readers, until recently. Publishers such as Dark Horse and Fantagraphics have been snatching up long forgotten titles and re-printing them in hardcover collections, beautifully recreating the original feel of the work. Following their success, IDW and partner Yoe Books! hopped aboard the terror train as well, re-publishing stories from the contraband comics in HAUNTED HORROR for easy reading. Unlike its predecessors though, these tales are being released in a single issue format, recalling that classic feeling of picking up your favorite, lurid title at the local dime store.

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    “EVIL ERNIE VOL. 1: ORIGIN OF EVIL” (Comic Review)

    When Chaos! Comics bankrupted in 2002, the fate of their most popular characters went up on the auction block to be picked over and sold. Luckily, the majority of the licenses were bought up by Devils Due Publishing and when they folded, were handed over to Dynamite Press, where they sat waiting for another chance. In 2012, Chaos’ most prolific character, Evil Ernie, finally got re-released in a brand new adventure: a six issue mini-series leading to a collected graphic novel that hit shelves last month. A re-telling of Ernie’s tragic origins, Dynamite attempts to continue what Chaos! Comics started: pure, unadulterated Armageddon. 

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    “GHOST” #1 (Comic Review)

    The multi-faceted Dark Horse Comics has had a low-flying hero universe for over twenty years. From strange, one time characters such as The Moth and The Escapist to the largely popular Hellboy (who’s even crossed paths with Batman and Robin at one point), the company has been slowly building its stable of do-gooders through solid storylines and dedicated readers. One of the most well-known characters is Ghost, a woman not quite living but not quite in the grave, whose mission it is to stop the hordes of hungry demons eager to nibble at our tender souls. Forever trapped in a semi-corporal state, she attempts to keep the gates of Hell from opening on our world while searching for answers to her own forgotten past. After making semi-regular appearances throughout the Dark Horse-verse, Ghost is once again the star of her own series, creating a launching pad for new and old readers alike.

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