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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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  • “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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