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Horror Comic Roundup - 11/19/13

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!

Abe Sapien #7 (Dark Horse)
Billy Dunleavy: The B.P.R.D. titles, have been the most consistent horror/sci-fi books on the shelves for a long time now. The formula has pretty much stayed the same. Big threats that start out small, then grow to enormous size over time. Cue the team to come in and clean up the giant mess. Move on to the next threat. In the main title, that formula is still working pretty good, but in this one, it’s definitely getting a little stale. There were some cool moments of action, and even dialogue, but overall, it was a slow issue. When this title was initially announced, I thought it was a limited series, but when it debuted, it was labeled an ongoing. Being seven issues in, and seemingly still in the same place where it started, that seems like a bad idea. It could still turn around, and be great, but for now, it’s slow. Abe and his “vision quest”, started out good, but is definitely spinning its wheels right now.  Rating 3/5

Chronos Commandos #5 (Titan Comics)
Billy Dunleavy: First off, I’d like to thank Stuart Jennett, and Titan Comics. This book has been such an awesome read, and really blew me away. You can’t ask for more than Allied soldiers killing Nazis, while Dinosaurs run amok! From issue number one, until this final installment, you had non-stop action, and a story that was deeper than expected. People talk about “popcorn movies”, that are full of action but light on story. Well, this one seemed initially to be of that nature, but in the end, wrote a solid story that was left open ended for more to come!  Rating 5/5

Coffin Hill #2 (Vertigo)
Billy Dunleavy: After a great first issue, we get an issue that’s pretty decent, but definitely a drop off. We see more flashbacks of Eve and her mother going at it, but the issue mostly revolves around her and Nate, the police chief. The back and forth between them is good (it would be even better if it wasn’t  extremely vulgar), and you get the distinct impression, that they have feelings for each other. Throw in some crazy good magic scenes, and you get a good job with story and artwork. More of a slow burn series, but it seems worth hanging on for right now.  Rating 4/5

Crossed Badlands #41 (Avatar)
Decapitated Dan: Did you know that I love David Hine? Since I have been doing reviews, David is one of those writers who just never lets me down and is always writing such solid horror work. This issue is part 2 of the new Badlands arc, and it’s a non-stop thrill ride. I love it when the writers take the book outside of the United States and show us what is happening across the globe. So not only do we have the Crossed in a new location, but we also have this good dramatic storyline playing on top of all the horror. The artwork by Erramouspe is good and consistent, but it’s not my personal favorite. That happens though when so many artists work on this title. Overall Badlands is a solid read, and I can only hope it will continue to be for a very long time. - Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

The Mocking Dead #3 (Dynamite)
Decapitated Dan: This book is turning into the surprise sleeper hit of 2013. I really did figure that this would just be some silly rip of the Walking Dead, but instead its a very solid read that just keeps getting better and better. Honestly what isn’t this series doing right? It’s got a great story, interesting characters and it’s horror funny. The concept is fantastic, and I can not wait to see how it all comes together in the end. The artwork by Max Dunbar is GORE-Geous. This book is actually a prime example of why I love black and white comics (yes red is used every now and then). It’s just shines page after page. Do yourself a favor and start reading this one. - Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Omega Comics Presents #2 (Pop Goes the Icon)
Decapitated Dan: Okay, I am not going to review this entire book, even though the first story is fantastic. I am going to review the horror short “Sweet Dreams” by Russell Lissau and Christine Larsen. Now it is a short, but damn is it good. What I loved about how this was presented, was that you felt for both sides. On the one hand I was angry with the dad, I mean come on kid shut up and go to sleep. Then on the other hand, I was scared with the kid because you knew something was going on. It all pays off with this GORE-Geous full page panel by Larsen. It was the perfect ending to this story, and I have to admit, I want more. I think that this is a great introduction story, so lets all cross our fingers and hope we can get more on this monster! - Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

The Other Dead #3 (IDW)
Decapitated Dan: The only way to get more blood red ink into this issue, would have been to just print solid red panels on every single page. This book is GORE-Geous with a HUGE emphasis on the GORE. Artist Ping Mui and Colorist Blond, just bring it visually to every page. The animals look nasty and deadly, and the humans look terrified. The story just floors it right out of the gate, and then slows down at the end for everyone to regroup. The pace is perfect, especially when you recall what came before, and it’s a solid horror read each month. I love this concept, and can only hope this team keeps up the great work from here moving forward. An awesome horror read each and every month. - Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0