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Horror Comic Roundup - 11/12/2013

Horror Comic Roundup Image drawn by Travis Wayne Pursell, colors by Decapitated Dan

Welcome to the Horror Comic Roundup! Join Decapitated Dan,  Billy Dunleavy and friends each week as they review new and old Horror Comics that you will either be dying to read or terrified to check out!
68: Hallowed Ground One-Shot (Image)
Decapitated Dan: I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, and again... ‘68 is hands down the most Honest and True Zombie comic out there. When you look at the Romero movies, or any true zombie movies in general, ‘68 encompasses that feel and look like no other. Then on top of that, they also tell some of the best modern Vietnam War stories you can find on the shelves. So going into this issue, that same look and feel holds true. What I LOVED most about this particular issue was the way it was told. The breakdown of two stories in the same setting was genius. Mark Kidwell brings this tale back to American soil, and it plays out as a real no win situation for the humans. The heart wrenching ending was only the icing on the cake, for how great this issue was. The artwork by Charles, Medors and Fotos is GORE-Geous. There is tons of blood and guts to go around, with some amazing looking panels. I am so happy that this issue came out too, because in the extra section there is an amazing tribute to the late Josh Medors (we miss you everyday bro). Overall I kind of feel like the ‘68 team sets the bar so high, that they might not be able to reach it again and again, yet they always prove me wrong time and time again. Horror Comic gold on all levels people. - Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0

Baltimore: The Infernal Train #3 (Dark Horse)
Billy Dunleavy: Wow, if this series ever ends, there will be tears across the world. Mignola and Golden not only ramped up the action again, but also the emotional scenes too. Some great scenes aboard the train with Baltimore, the vampires, and even Duvic. You get decapitations, gun shots to the head, even a drowning. There is nothing this book doesn’t disappoint. Oh yeah, and a huge reveal at the end of the story too. One that’s sure to carry over into the next series!  Rating 5/5

Ghosted #5 (Image)
Billy Dunleavy: With only three members of the team left, King needs to get the possessed person, and his two team members out of a house that crawling with evil spirits. Easier said than done, but don’t count King out, because he’s been behind worse odds than this before! OK, maybe not worse, but he’s had some pretty crazy things go wrong to him on another job very similar to this one, so hes at least got experience on his side. Experience, coupled with a psychic that can control spirits, and when all’s said and done, the man that is paying King for this job, will get reacquainted with his sister...that’s been dead for quite sometime!  Rating 4/5

Grindhouse Doors Open at Midnight #2 ( Dark Horse)
Decapitated Dan: Picking up perfectly where the first issue left off, The Bee Vixens from Mars was one hell of a high octane thrill ride. The artwork by Peterson was perfect, as it was able to really showcase the over the top action and horror of these damn Bee Monsters. The story by De Campi was just sheer fun. There was never a dull moment. She really slammed the pedal to the floor and never let up. The jokes were funny, and the pacing was perfect. Overall this first story set the bar very, very high. I can only hope that the upcoming issues are going to be as good as this. - Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

John Carpenter’s Asylum #3 (Storm King)
Decapitated Dan: Back in 2011 I said that Leonardo Manco was hands down the artist of the year. All you have to do is pick up a single issue of Asylum and you will know why. The book is visually flawless. Page after page cause eyegasms, and only leaves your brain craving more. You might think that because the artwork is so good, the story can’t keep up, and you would be wrong. Jones keeps delivering this non-stop thrill ride of a tale. Just when you think it’s going to slow down, it smacks you and says “Keep up damn it!” Now while that is good on all levels, I do think it would help to have a recap page start off the issues. I don’t mind going back to reread what came before at all, but it would help to have that when you have a month between issues. Overall I can only ask, “Why aren’t you reading Asylum?” This series is easily sitting in my top 5 current comics list. - Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

The Occultist #2 (Dark Horse)
Billy Dunleavy: Well, after one good issue this series has jumped the shark. It went from a promising start, to people having astral sex...yeah, I’m not kidding. A trip to the outer rim of space, followed by some corny jokes that sound like they were written by someone with an axe to grind against any fundamental religion. If that’s what comic book companies think is top notch, get ready for tons of crap like this book. Now, on the other side of things, the visuals were absolutely stunning. Mike Norton did a bang up job with the artwork, and deserves the utmost praise. Kudos to him!  Rating 2/5

Strange Tales vol. 2 #5 (Marvel-1987)
Billy Dunleavy: I’m not the biggest Cloak & Dagger fan, but I do own this issue because it’s a Dr. Strange appearance. Funny enough though, the Cloak & Dagger story is much better. It revolves around Cloak having some internal strife, and his decision one night. There’s a rat infestation in the alleys of New York City, and the Department of Health is spraying some sort of gas to try and kill them. Unknown to them, a giant man-sized rat is saving them down in the sewers. He’s also capturing kids to use as hostages, as he plans to bargain with the people to get them to stop killing his “friends”. In the end, Cloak must decide whether to stop this monstrosity or let him go free.  Rating 4/5

Ten Grand #5 (Image)
Decapitated Dan: I love this book, and I mean that I really, freaking love this book! J.M.S. is really delivering a top notch story, that just reminds me of Hellblazer every step of the way. Not saying that this is a rip-off of any kind, but it has that vibe to it, and it fills that empty hole in my comic soul with the real John Constantine missing. The pacing is great here, and I LOVED the scene with Charon, the guy who transports souls across the river Styx. The artwork though made me take a step back at first. I’m not saying it was bad, because it had some damn good moments, but it is going to be something I have to adjust to. C.P. Smith’s style is very different them Templesmith’s, so it was something I wasn’t expecting for this issue. I did love the letter by J.M.S. at the end though, where he explained that since the Ten Grand world was now in Purgatory, it would be different, and that made sense. It was a nice touch to throw in and really work in the art change. Overall this book is solid, and it will hopefully stay that way for a long time to come. - Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Uber #7 (Avatar)
Decapitated Dan: Seriously, does it get any better then Uber? Since the #0 issue, this series has been amazing, and it just seems to keep getting better. This 2 issue arc is now over, and all it did was setup for sooooooooooo much more to come. What I liked about this arc was seeing what was going on in Japan at the same time, and having that feeling of “How can the Allies even win?” It was the same feeling I got after the final issue of the first arc. White just delivers panel after panel, with some GORE-Geous artwork. I hate to really make this is a short review, but seriously just saying how great this series is issue after issue is enough. I feel like I just keep spewing my love for this series over and over again. Hand down, if you ask me what the Best New Comic in 2013 is, it’s Uber! - Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0