A couple of months ago, Sam came to me with an idea: a compilation of the best in horror comics every month. Naturally, I was game. Comics are a primary passion of mine, and when I first started spittin’ out words here at Shock, it was mostly about the horror comics scene. I even had something similar going on in those days, a weekly volume of this very name, which I had to shutter when I transitioned full time over at SuperHeroHype. Just because I don’t write about the titles as often as I’d like doesn’t mean I don’t still read them. Which brings us here: the newly revived Graveyard Shelf.
What’s the format of this thing going to be? I don’t know! I know that I’ll include slideshows of the best horror comic debuts and graphic novel collections at the end of every month, and perhaps some commentary on horror comics news at large. It’s an evolving process, we’ll figure it out together. So climb into the crypt and get scared.
Dark Horse to Comixology
Perhaps the biggest horror comics news is that Dark Horse Comics are now available for purchase on the digital comic platform Comixology. For the longest time, Dark Horse had their own digital comics reader and e-store, with none of the titles available for purchase on the Amazon owned service. Now you can enjoy everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Aliens to The Strain and the Creepy Archives. There’s also the entirety of Mike Mignola’s work including Hellboy, BPRD, Lobster Johnson, and my personal favorite, the Baltimore series. If you’re looking for a place to start go with that, or another favorite of mine, Eric Powell’s The Goon.
Though Marvel Comics is preparing to announce even more new books as they gear up for the All-New, All-Different Marvel later this year, one already officially confirmed is a brand new Doctor Strange series. Set to be written by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Southern Bastards) and featuring art by Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men) the series will explore what it means for Stephen Strange to take on the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, in that every action he takes has a cost for its use.
I want to celebrate all the weirdness that is Doctor Strange, while having him face a challenge unlike anything hes ever faced before, Aaron says. One that rewrites the rule book for what it means to be the Sorcerer Supreme.
The series is set to kick off later this year.
Best Horror Comics of the Month
To close, here are some titles worth seeking out, ranging from brand speaking new first issues to collections of some of the finest comics in recent memory.
Let us know what you think of the Graveyard Shelf in the comments below; things you like, things you want to see more of, we’re all ears. Until next time, stay scared.