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    “KAIJUMAX #1″ (Comic Book Review)

    While the giant monster movie subgenre, a/k/a kaiju, have never quite died away in popularity in their native country of Japan, the phenomenon has just recently re-ignited on the shores of the Western world. Thanks to Guillmero Del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM and the newest GODZILLA film, we are once again in full swing of all things large and bizarre, including comics. Oni Press’s newest creature feature release, KAIJUMAX, takes advantage of the craze and shows us what happens after the urban-destroying monstrosities get locked up. A hilarious yet poignant look at life behind bars, the comic not only focuses on the social hierarchy of these monsters, but also on family and parenthood as our lead fights to escape the island in an attempt to find his children.

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    TOYS OF TERROR #44.5: The Misfits Edition!

    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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    “COURTNEY CRUMRIN: TALES OF A WARLOCK” (Comic Book Review)

    Though the adventures of young Miss Courtney Crumrin have come to an end with the previous release of COURTNEY CRUMRIN: THE FINAL SPELL, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other stories to the Crumrin universe. The newest volume, TALES OF A WARLOCK, further explores the dark corners of the magical world, this time featuring Courtney’s uncle Aloysius in his younger days as a wizard. Exploding with political intrigue, shadowy secrets, and of course, a heaping amount of magic, this is the series for fans who are interested in a more adult take on Courtney Crumrin. That’s not to say that just because the previous volumes focused on a pre-teen protagonist that they were any less appealing (earning itself the coveted ‘all-ages’ tag vs. the limiting ‘young reader’), but it’s welcome insight into the enemies that Aloysius hinted throughout the series as well as a fun peak into his early life.

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    “NOTHING LASTING” (E-Book Review)

    With a story centering around a small town harboring a demented secret, Glen Krisch’s NOTHING LASTING is a fast-paced, disturbing, and extremely frustrating glimpse into how trapped someone can become when surrounded by the wrong people. But even though NOTHING LASTING’s literal horror is an unsolved case of missing children over that resurfaces as more seem to disappear, the real horror comes from witnessing how easily the main character transitioned from an innocent 12-year-old boy to someone whose life would forever be weighed down by a guilty conscience, stemming from a toxic relationship with someone he could not escape.

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    “MADAME FRANKENSTEIN, VOLUME 1″ (Comic Book Review)

    While female versions of Frankenstein’s monster tend to fall by the wayside in preference to the more classical, male rendition of the village-terrorizing creature, lady monsters are surprisingly not as uncommon as you think. From Universal Studios’ vintage tale of horrific love, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, to the more recent-ish FRANKENHOOKER, women and the classic Shelley work have crossed paths on more than one occasion. Thanks to Image Comics’ newest graphic novel horror, MADAME FRANKENSTEIN, we get another female-led rendition to add to the meager collection.

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    Exclusive Preview: Vertigo Comic’s “WOLF MOON #4″

    In the realm of horror comics, there’s few names as reliable for mature, terrifying content as DC Entertainment’s Vertigo line. And even fewer are the selections among Vertigo’s work that’s as visceral and genuinely dread-inspiring as WOLF MOON, Cullen Bunn’s bloody and beautifully-illustrated werewolf opus. And with the fourth issue in the WOLF MOON series dropping on March 4th, FANGORIA has an exclusive first look at the next chapter in the WOLF MOON saga!

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    “FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND” (Comic Book Review)

    It’s tough to be Frankenstein’s monster. When you’re not being hunted, shot at, or chased out of town by a horde of angry, fire-wielding villagers, you’re accidently killing everything you love. But, thanks to his seemingly immortal life (and license-free image) horror fans are treated to new tales and re-imaginings of his sordid existence by everyone from movie directors to comic creators. Once again, we are presented with the further adventures of the hulking figure via Mike Mignola’s endless imagination, which puts Frankenstein’s monster deep into the jungles of Mexico. Forgoing blood and violence for a more philosophical approach to the creature, FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND explores how deep human fear can go.

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    “SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS: FROM THE HORROR ZINE” (Book Review)

    Horror Zine founder and editor, Jeani Rector has masterfully put together a collection of spine-chilling and macabre tales in her third installment of anthologies SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS: FROM THE HORROR ZINE. The bite-sized short stories showcase Rectors flair as not just an editor, but for seeking out the best in known and up and coming talent in the horror fiction genre in her third offering from THE HORROR ZINE. And although a new publisher is on board for this anthology (Post Mortem Press) the novel still follows the same solid format as the two previous compilations.

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    “HOLY F*CK” (Comic Book Review)

    Nothing sells a work faster than religious controversy. Something about insulting the moral, right wing minds of conservative culture tickles the fans pink, especially when it’s so over-the-top that even the stiffest upper lip would crack a smile. From Garth “The Menace” Ennis’ PREACHER to Robert Kirkman’s BATTLE POPE, comics have never shied away from pushing the boundaries of good taste and HOLY F*CK is no exception as it follows the long tradition of mocking Christianity in comic books. Reading like a religious exploitation film brought to the four panel world, HOLY F*CK brings babes and bikes to God’s holy hand, creating a globe-trotting adventure to save the end of the world… that is if we ever get Jesus off of crack.

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    “THE TWILIGHT ZONE #1″ (Comic Book Review)

    THE TWILIGHT ZONE has been a staple of horror ever since its inception back in the late 1950’s. Influencing everyone from Iron Maiden to THE SIMPSONS to our very own Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander, the show has catapulted itself as a go-to terror for anyone who craves a bit of the strange. And considering its long and sordid history, it’s no surprise that the seminal series would once again find its way into comic books. Launching a brand new series, THE TWILIGHT ZONE #1 brings back that old school vibe while updating itself for the modern era, eagerly inviting new readers to its pages.

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    “LADY KILLER #1″ (Comic Book Review)

    If there is one thing that the 1950’s are best known for, it’s cold war paranoia. With every fire drill, potential Russian invasion and failed space race marking another notch in the Communist agenda, imagination ran wild with the possibility of foreign invasion. Mix this with Cuban political ties and rumored super-spies right under the suburban family’s nose, it was truly a time to be alive. 

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