Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paranormal Pop Comics


Everything’s coming up Vampire, even Batman, in this week’s Paranormal Pop Comic rundown: 

30 Days of Night #4
Written by Steve Niles; Art by Sam Kieth
Vampires are on the loose and nobody’s neck is safe in this issue of 30 Days of Night!  A particularly thirsty vamp with pigtails even Pippi Longstocking would be jealous of goes on a terrifying rampage of bloodletting that rivals a Red Cross Blood Drive. I won’t reveal what happens but like the man said, “there will be blood.” And there is, a lot of it!

American Vampire #23
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Working their way through the sands of time - because ya know vampires live forever and all that - this issue of American Vampire is set in 1955 with a new tough as nails James Dean type of nothing-to-lose vampire hunter named Travis Kid who is squaring up against super villain Skinner Sweet.  Slicked back hair, leather jackets and a high speed car chase… you had me at hello.

I, Vampire #5
DC Comics
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov; Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Batman meets the vamps of I, Vampire when their paths cross investigating the mysterious disappearance of an entire gaggle of innocents from a crowded train.  Batman is particularly moody in this DC crossover but I see the start of a beautiful friendship occurring between the Dark Knight and equally as moody leader of the Vamp pack, Andrew Bennett. Together, with the whole team of vampire hunters in tow, they will take on the bloody Queen herself, Mary of the undead.

Infestation 2 #1 (of 2)
Written by Duane Swierczynski; Art by David Messina
The slimiest prison break in history has finally occurred and alien inmates straight from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft are out for revenge on the entire IDW Universe.   

The Walking Dead #93
Image Comics
Written by Robert Kirkman; Art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
As Walking Dead makes its final sprint to the release of its issue #100, Rick and his merry band of ragtag survivors find themselves in quite a predicament when they face a tough decision on whether or not to trust a stranger who promises a better life in Part One of “A Larger World.”

Key of Z #4 (of 4)
Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert; Art by Aaron Kuder
Key of Z #4 marks the final issue of a four part series in which two warring tribes prepare for battle on the streets of Zombie infested New York City, while protagonist good ol’ boy Ewing remains shackled in chains unable to exact revenge upon the man who killed his family.


Step aside Zombies!  Vampires are invading comic books everywhere and they are hungry!  Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre, 30 Days of Night) and artist Menton3 (Monocyte, Proof: Endangered, Crawl to Me) are debuting their much-anticipated Nosferatu Wars in Dark Horse Presents! later this year.

Responsible for the mega popular 30 Days of Night, Niles has already shown the comic world that he knows how to do vampires the right way.  If the story is anything like the haunting, evocative artwork Niles leaked on his Twitter feed, then we are in for one hell of an evil ride. 

“I haven’t been this excited about working on something in a long time. Menton3 is the perfect artist and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing this at Dark Horse,” Niles said. “This year I’m making a big push to become 100 percent creator owned. Nosferatu Wars will be a big part of that, I hope.”


Road Rage #1 – February 15th
Written by Stephen King and Joe Hill; adapted by Chris Ryall; Art by Nelson Daniel
A motorcycle gang called The Tribe finds themselves in serious danger when they are attacked on the open road by a trucker with “unknown but quite murderous intent.”

Saucer Country – March 14th
Vertigo Comics
Written by Paul Cornell; Art by Ryan Kelly
Paul Cornell has described Saucer Country, his latest project from Vertigo Comics which is scheduled for release on March 14th, as “West Wing does The X-Files.”  The comic will follow the story of a politician named Arcadia Alvarado who on the eve of announcing her candidacy for President of the United States, is abducted by aliens.


Granoski76 said...

Why do you think everything is "coming up" Vampire lately, I am a huge comic book fan and avid reader and am perplexed to see why DC with their HUGE reboot of their lines is pushing into the Vampire genre...any ideas?