Clive Barker’s Next Testament by Mark Alan Miller

Mark Alan Miller brings us the novelization of the graphic novel of Clive Barker’s Next Testament, published by BOOM Studios in 2013. I haven’t read the graphic novel yet and so I was happy to go into the book blind. Julian Desmond is a man of exquisite taste – a billionaire who seeks out the rarest things to possess. As we’ve seen with Clive Barker before, we see the motivation of a man seeking the forbidden, regardless of cost. There is also the solving of a puzzle to find it. In this case it’s the puzzle of a pyramid in the desert. What Julian finds is an incredible being, known as Wick. Unfortunately for Julian and the rest of mankind, Wick is God, and he’s vengeful. Wick is fascinating, not only for his supreme power, but also for his wonderment at the state of the modern world. There is no […]

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Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead by Michael Dougherty

When Trick ‘r Treat was finally released after a two year delay, it instantly became a cult classic. It’s a staple of my Halloween; rarely has a film captured the spirit of the season so well. It also brought us a new horror icon in the sack faced Sam. Writer and director Michael Dougherty is back to bring us more tales in the form of the graphic novel Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead. Following the format of the film, we’re presented with an anthology, this time of four interwoven stories. On Halloween night, a grandfather tells his grandaughter some tales of Halloween to show her what a magical night it is. Seed takes place in Ireland in 1640, where witches are scapegoats and are being slaughtered for their alleged sins. One man sees that there is more to an imprisoned witch than it seems. Corn Maiden is set in […]

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Wytches by Scott Snyder

The first volume of this graphic novel will turn the majority of the lore that you know about witches on its head. Or make that wytches – as they are referred to here. Sailor Rooks has been cursed, or rather “pledged” to the wytches of Litchfield, New Hampshire. Once you are pledged they will mark you, and they will come for you, and they will take you. We follow the story of Sailor and her family as they discover what this means and fight to survive. We quickly learn that the Rooks family has experienced a number of unfortunate traumas before even moving to Litchfield. They are deeply sympathetic characters. This is especially the case for our two major protagonists, 13 year old Sailor and her guilt ridden father, Charlie. One of the most intense fears is the terror that a parent feels when their child is endangered, and that […]

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Clive Barker’s Nightbreed (Volume One)

Following in the vein of the successful relaunch of Hellraiser comics by BOOM! Studios, they have brought us another collaboration with Clive Barker, bringing one more of his beloved worlds to life – that of Nightbreed. The original novel that brought these fantastical characters to life was called Cabal, and the movie based on that story became Nightbreed. Scream Factory has recently brought out an incredible Blu-ray restoration of the movie that is a must-watch. This graphic novel collects issues 1-4 of the comics. For those not familiar, the Nightbreed are a secret society or tribe of monsters and are persecuted by humanity for being different.  Considered freaks due to their looks or actions, they are feared, hunted, and killed in the human world. They find sanctuary with others of their kind in a place called Midian, a city below a cemetery. This first volume explores the history of some of the […]

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The Fly: Outbreak by Brandon Seifert

The Fly was a groundbreaking body horror film by David Cronenberg, starring Jeff Goldblum. It was a remake of a 1950s creature feature. The Fly: Outbreak takes place following the events of The Fly II. If you remember, (not that you would be blamed for not remembering, as it was 1989) the story ended with Martin Brundle being returned from a fly-monster to a human and Anton Bartok, the unscrupulous owner of Bartok Industries becoming said monster. This graphic novel is a collection of the original five part comic series from IDW. The Fly: Outbreak begins with Martin trying to find a cure for Bartok’s condition using the iconic teleportation pods, only things take a turn when Bartok escapes. Before being killed by security, Bartok has a run in with a number of employees who are then forced into quarantine for fear of infection from the contact. We follow the developments […]

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Vampirella: Feary Tales

Vampirella: Feary Tales is a collaboration between artists and writers to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the comic world’s sexiest vampire. Originally a five comic series, it features some big names including Steve Niles and John Shirley. I felt like I was missing a few references as a newcomer to the Vampirella universe and legend. It didn’t detract from the story though. Having won a castle by defeating Lord Drago, King of the Nosferatu, Vampirella discovers a book titled Feary Tales and is instantly transported inside it. She’s forced to play a part and live out each tale to move on to the next. It’s a nice twist on traditional fairy tales, for example needing the blood of a prince rather than a kiss. Some of the classics we get to experience include spins on Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, and Hansel and Gretel. The art throughout is really […]

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