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  • “TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    The TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE comic has been a longtime coming. Originally intended to be a reboot TV show written by Joe Hill with contributions by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the show hit the way of the dodo when the CW passed on its a promising pilot. Of course, IDW Comics knows an awesome opportunity when they see it and has recently released the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE as a comic to the excitement of fans everywhere. Luckily, the comics– the brainchild of Joe Hill with artwork by long-time collaborator Gabriel Rodriguez– are an original and fun read of what could have been.  

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  • “DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK” (Book Review)

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    A certain New England author has been getting a ton of press lately, and for good reason. Stephen King himself tweeted about how Paul Tremblay’s A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS scared him and how hard he is to scare. If that’s not the absolute pinnacle of endorsements for a horror author’s work, I don’t know what is. Admittedly, I haven’t yet been able to read GHOSTS, but it is in my reading pile. I was lucky to get an advanced reader’s copy of DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about.

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  • “SHE-WOLF #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    If the recent influx of independent horror movies has proven anything, it’s that creativity and surrealism is finally surpassing jump-scares and over-the-top gore. With movies like BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, IT FOLLOWS, and most recently THE WITCH, the trend has not only opened up the door for more experimental movies, but comics as well. Though imaginative comics aren’t anything new (see early HEAVY METAL), we are now finally seeing big publishers pick the strange and independent world that has been rumbling just below the surface, starting with SHE-WOLF.

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  • “WEIRD DETECTIVE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Solving supernatural mysteries requires a very specific set of skills, the most preferred being a dictionary-like knowledge of the occult, a taste for cheap whiskey, and a hefty dose of self-loathing from continuously watching your loved ones being ripped apart by the denizens of Hell. Luckily for us, WEIRD DETECTIVE manages avoid all those tropes, instead creating a detective who is just as strange as the cases he seems to solve. Dark Horse’s newest comic is a refreshing addition to the heavily saturated genre of horror noir while harking back to that WEIRD TALES vibe that turned many a reader into a raving maniac howling from the abyss.

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  • “WEAVERS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Horror and crime have always gone hand in hand, usually one being a result of the other and vice versa. Though supernatural crime bosses and occult-powered bad guys aren’t anything new, WEAVERS has given the possessed mobsters a unique twist via mystic spiders. But, unlike other super-powered spider-men, the recipients of such powers don’t use the power with great responsibility, but instead have used them to become the most powerful crime family on the East Coast. Despite being an interesting take on the moral ambiguity of the urban jungle, WEAVERS melts easily into the background of other noir work and struggles to be wholly original.  

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  • “HOUSE OF PENANCE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    The Winchester Mansion is considered to be one of the strangest, if not most haunted, house in North America. Located in San Jose, California, it was built by the widow of the William Winchester, an heir to the Winchester gun fortune and was meant to give the spirits of the victims shot down by the guns a home. But it’s no mere mansion: Sarah Winchester’s immense wealth allowed for an almost maze like building to be built around the clock for years, with staircases that led to nowhere, rooms that no one could get into, and doors that opened into walls or sometimes, onto a three story drop. There were, of course, standard rooms and at least one working toilet (among 20 bathrooms) because how else was she supposed to escape the spirits that haunted her in her sleep?

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  • “THE HUNTED TRIBE: DECLARATION OF WAR” (Book Review)

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    As someone who comes across myriad books, movies, comics and music on a daily basis, this writer must admit that there’s something refreshing about finding something that just feels unique. With the zeitgeist feeding the influences of so many writers, it’s difficult to really become lost in something that feels compelling and confident whilst being different from anything else out in the marketplace. Luckily, Roma Gray’s THE HUNTED TRIBE: DECLARATION OF WAR checks off all those categories and so much more, offering a tale of magic and monsters that feels simultaneously intense and personable.

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  • “MERCY” (Book Review)

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    One night, Philadelphia dark-fiction author T. Fox Dunham (pictured above) discovered that a golf-ball-sized lump had materialized just below his left ear. Eventually, he was diagnosed with a rare composite form of lymphoma—Hodgkin’s, large cell. A death sentence, basically, but even with the metaphorical gun cocked, loaded and pressed against your temple, the will to survive can be overwhelming.

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  • “EXMORTIS” (Comic Book Review)

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    World War II has become a literary genre all its own. Creating a generation of Americans who grew up watching Superman punch out Hitler while munching on rationed peas, it’s no wonder that the Great War would still cast a long shadow on the collective conscience. Luckily, the war eventually ended in 1945 because it’s not like Nazis can live forever… right? Well, they can if they’re zombies.

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  • “SELF STORAGE” (Comic Book Review)

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    451 Comics is really doing a service for fans of graphic novels and the like. By taking inspired, cinematic scripts and stories stuck in the Hollywood development system and giving them the comic book treatment, they’re not only providing writers with an uncompromising creative outlet, but they’re giving fans the chance to read content that hasn’t been noted and watered down to death by executives. Instead, they get truly great, mature storytelling with a look that reads in a way not unlike cinema, and if you’re a horror fan, you’ll get something like Clay Mcleod Chapman’s SELF STORAGE.

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  • “BILL AND TED GO TO HELL #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    If you were ever a child of the eighties or just simply a fan of Keanu Reeves back when he was still a surfing wild child, Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan should be names you are intimately aware of. With sweet guitar riffs and totally bodacious babes, BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and its sequel BILL AND TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY  have been cult favorites for twenty five years, with a rumored threequel that could bring a new generation of fans into its fold. Yet, while we wait to see if the rumors are true, BOOM! Studios has given us a peak into what these two rude dudes have been up to, and let’s just say, it’s most atrocious.  

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  • “SHADOW GLASS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    The Renaissance brought a lot of things to the world: math, science, big poofy collars, the end to that Debbie-downer known as the Middle Ages (I mean, right?). But despite its contribution to modern thought, it wasn’t all ballads and tight pants. With every step forward in progression, a deep undercurrent of hate and paranoia swept along its ruddy sewers, most notably with the early modern witch-hunts. For every pious Christian, there were five witches swarming around, eating babies and banging Satan; Dark Horse’s new comic, SHADOW GLASS, explores just that.

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