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  • “FISTFUL OF BLOOD #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    FISTFUL OF BLOOD is exactly the type of comic you would imagine would first find its audience in the pages of Heavy Metal: Blood, vampires, zombies and a thong-clad, gun-toting woman in the middle of a desert town that may or may not be post-apocalyptic. Even the genre is ambiguously Heavy Metal, a mix of western/horror/maybe sex, sets the tone for what is perhaps, the most over the top, yet, fun read on the market right now.  Definitely a mature audience title, FISTFUL OF BLOOD pulls a no punches homage to Clint Eastwood’s FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, and, despite some creative choices, does an impressive job of keeping true to the original work.

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  • “TRICK ‘R TREAT: DAYS OF THE DEAD” (Comic Book Review)

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    When TRICK ‘R TREAT first hit the movie market, the film didn’t exactly get a chance to turn a lot of heads. A direct-to-video run after a two year delay almost knocked the film into obscurity but thanks to strong reviews and a legion of dedicated horror fans, TRICK ‘R TREAT has now become a cult favorite. The anthology movie is anchored by a sack-wearing figure named Sam, who often ties together each of the seemingly unconnected short stories all occurring on one bizarre night on Halloween. From werewolves to the undead to serial killers, the movie tapped into all the deep dark fears of the when the sun goes down on the most spookiest of days and, with its folklore-ish vibe, created a great movie out of a classic subject.

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  • “THE GOON: THEATRE BIZARRE” (Comic Book Review)

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    Ah, Halloween. Is there any other word more loved by the horror fanatic? There’s colorful costumes, haunted houses, candy induced comas, and, of course, an endless month of horror movies on TV. With all the spooky merriment in the air, our friends in the comic world would be foolish not to join the fun, starting with Dark Horse’s one-shot THE GOON: THEATRE BIZARRE. Written and drawn by the series founder Eric Powell, we follow the Goon as he stumbles onto a circus run by a legion of the damned. An excellent addition to an already incredible series, the work is a great little side story for fans new and old.

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  • Q&A: Chuck Palaniuk breaks his rules to talk about “FIGHT CLUB 2”

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    Chuck Palahniuk is a man who needs no introduction. Creator of cult novels such as CHOKE, INVISIBLE MONSTERS, and the fan-favorite FIGHT CLUB, Palahniuk has become the unprecedented king of transgressional fiction. Yet, after taking over the written word and the silver screen, he was still not satisfied and, turning to Dark Horse, has decided to leave his mark on the comic world with FIGHT CLUB 2. Exploring the graphic medium with artist Cameron Stewart, Palahniuk invites us back into a world of high action and questionable morality as we are re-introduced to the world of the author and the old demons he just couldn’t leave behind…

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  • “ULTIMATE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: GENESIS” (Comic Book Review)

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    Marvel and DC have paved the way for comic companies to release simultaneous first issues of comics that are centered on a universal event. Whether it’s the monumental event of DC’s New 52 that followed the Infinite Crisis storyline a few years ago or just Marvel wanting unite all their characters under one timeline later this fall, it’s become fairly common to see multiple characters and story arcs starting over all at once. But what happens when a brand new, interconnected universe is launched by ten different comics with ten different stories? Double Take’s newest work ULTIMATE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: GENESIS is what happens.

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  • Q&A: Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra talk Dark Horse Comics’ “COLDER”

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    As any horror hound might tell you, Dark Horse Comic’s COLDER has taken the comic world by storm. From its first titular cover of the lead character jamming his hand under his facial skin to the coveted Eisner nomination of 2014 for Best Limited Series, it has been the comic on horror fans lips. COLDER focuses on ex-mental patient Dean Thomas who has the power to go into a person’s mind and cure their problems, but it comes at the cost of lowering his internal temperature. Fighting his own demons while keeping others at bay, he soon finds himself among villains who want to destroy everything he built. FANGORIA recently sat down with creators Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra as they explain what is driving their own creative insanity…

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  • “PIXU: THE MARK OF EVIL” (Comic Book Review)

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    Slow burning comics aren’t very common in our world of Disney-owned Marvel and re-hashed ’80s franchises. Demands for bigger, better, and faster works often times force story build up to fall on the way side, leaving a flashy but ultimately forgettable comic (though with the price of comic books, who can blame them?). Of course, that’s what the indie and creator-owned comic market is for. While PIXU: THE MARK OF EVIL is not necessarily an independent work, it delves deep in the well of small press creativity, crafting a work that is more focused on atmosphere than chucking ideas on a wall and seeing what sticks. What it accomplishes is a heavy, dark work about the evils that lurk in us all and houses that are forced to watch.

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  • “YUREI: THE JAPANESE GHOST” (Book Review)

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    The first image that usually comes to mind when someone mentions “Japanese ghost” is the long-haired, white-draped, female spirit a la Sadako from THE RING or Kayako from THE GRUDGE. With their deathly pale faces and blood thirsty drive to kill all who cross their paths, they have become the standard from which many J-Horror spirits have been built from. But, did you know that they are merely the newest interpretation of what is actually a centuries old folk tale? Or that the modern appearance of these ghosts, or better known as yurei, was born out of necessity due to the poor lighting at early kabuki theaters? YUREI: THE JAPANESE GHOST explores the darker side of Japanese folklore, creating one of the first, modern English texts to thoroughly explore the intricacies of Japans’ beliefs on death, dying, and the afterlife.

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  • “CONSTANTINE” to Return via DC/CW Series “ARROW”

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    It seems like you just can’t keep a good magical detective down, especially one who has been around the block as much as John Constantine. Despite NBC cancelling his eponymous show after a single season, it has been recently announced that he will be making an appearance in ARROW’s fourth season. Better yet, the role of Constantine will also be revived by the NBC series actor, Matt Ryan, who was beloved by fans in the part. While there are currently no plans to make him a regular staple of ARROW, fans can at least re-live all the chaotic magic in the fifth episode of the newest season titled “Haunted.”

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  • “CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXI CAB #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Of all the popular horror genres, the one that gets the least attention is car horror. While few movies such as CHRISTINE and the 1986 camp favorite MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (both based on Stephen King stories) take advantage of this rarely traversed trope, it’s still fairly uncommon, even more so for comic books (though with a notable shout out to TALES OF HOTROD HORROR). It’s perhaps this lack of shared tropes that makes CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXI CAB so noteworthy.

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  • “THIS DAMNED BAND #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Satan and rock ‘n’ roll have gone hand in hand ever since Elvis wiggled his hips on TV to the screaming hysterics of girls everywhere. While some bands attempt to quell the fears of the masses by refuting that Dark Lord’s presence anywhere near their work, others like Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones run with the premise and frequently invoked his unholy visage in their shows. But Satan isn’t actually real, right? Well, according to Motherfather, the stars of Dark Horse’s newest series THIS DAMNED BAND, it depends on who you ask. Exploring the world of satanic worship and its connection to the dark art of music (with a heavy dose of sex and drugs), this title asks the question, “What if Satan is not only real, but he’s been listening to your band all this time?” Perhaps it’s time to lay off the mushrooms.

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  • “BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #13” (Comic Book Review)

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    BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA has been a staple of the cult genre since its commercial failing in 1986. Though considered a movie flop during its initial release, it was, in reality, taking its first baby steps into the heart of American kitsch culture. Even now, almost thirty years later, BTILC mania is still going strong and has not only become a favorite initiation watch for burgeoning Carpenter fans, but is even bringing in new fans thanks to BOOM! Studios comic series. An all-original work, the BTILC comic is currently on its unlucky 13th issue and boasts a new creative team and a new storyline for fans who have been wanting to read the series but are not sure where to start.

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