Top 10 Comics to Read on Halloween
Would you rather curl up with a good read than dress up for a party this season, or are you just curious about which comics best reflect the Halloween spirit (no pun intended)? Great! Here are my top ten picks.
10. New 52 Animal Man by Jeff Lemire with art by Travel Foreman and Steve Pugh
One of the only New 52 titles I’ve been following religiously. It’s a creepy story with equally creepy, gory artwork that has made me cringe and put the book down more than once. Brace yourself for lots of blood, lots of reanimated animal corpses and lots of seeing Buddy Baker’s insides.
9. Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
It’s a long read (about nine trades), but it’s a classic with distinct Western influences. A possessed preacher? An absent God? Angels, demons and vampires? Sounds like a good time.
8. Hellblazer, featuring Constantine
If you’ve watched the movie but never read the comics, you already know Constantine isn’t exactly sunshine and rainbows. His title focuses on some pretty dark and occult encounters vaguely reminiscent of number six on this list, with lots of drugs, alcohol, demons and political plots added for good measure. I haven’t read all of Hellblazer, which reaches 300 issues before changing over in the New 52, but I’ve been told by Wes/CaptComicAddict that Ennis’ run is especially good. This comes as no surprise, since he also wrote Preacher.
7. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
This is a no-brainer and I know all of you were just waiting for me to mention this. It’s the quintessential zombie comic book, made immensely popular with AMC’s TV adaptation. I don’t even like zombies, but TWD holds a special place in my heart because it’s a story driven more by the characters and the struggle to maintain their humanity than the actual, well, zombies. It’s an ongoing series.
6. Hellboy by Mike Mignola
Another work adapted on the screen, this time with two Hollywood films. While Guillermo del Toro did a bang-up job, there’s something entirely different about Mignola’s comic. His art style, easily recognizable to most comic book fans by its distinct use of shadows, makes every page a beautiful and eerie masterpiece. Now, there are a lot of Hellboy titles and a lot of spinoffs. I personally began with Hellboy: Seed of Destruction; I think that’s as good a place to start as any, though my favorite is actually the B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs miniseries.
He’s a talented novelist and comic book writer, as evidenced by the fact that his run on The Sandman continues to be enormously popular 17 years after it ended. I still see people dressed as his version of Death at every comic con I attend. Gaiman has a way of weaving a fantasy story that sucks a reader in with powerful dialogue, subtle humor and incredibly interesting characters. Good news for you: the first omnibus is already out and the second/final omnibus is released next month. Even better news: Gaiman has returned to the story in 2013 for a prequel just in time for Halloween, titled Sandman: Overture #1.
4. Anything by Alan Moore
If you want to sit down and read a comic that will make you think and simultaneously freak you out, you pick something by Moore. Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing… Familiar titles to comic enthusiasts and for good reason: they’re deep stuff. They’re also highly detailed stories with tons of cultural references that somehow remain relevant despite all the time that’s passed. Seriously, sit down and read something by Moore… he makes the shape of raindrops count.
3. Anything by Frank Miller
The guy writes some pretty gritty content. Sin City is a great example of this, set in a noir atmosphere with stylized violence, adult scenes and plenty of political corruption. These are themes that you’ll find in all of Miller’s work, including The Dark Knight Returns, which brings us to…
Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is right up there on things to read on a chilly Halloween night, but The Long Halloween and The Haunted Knight are perfect choices, too. Batman goes hand-in-hand with the spookiest day of the year, since it is the tale of a guy who dresses up to frighten the pee out of bad guys and his arch nemesis is a creepy clown. Forget demons and zombies, clowns are scarier!
1. Marvel: What If No One Was Watching the Watcher?
Prepare yourselves for the most terrifying comic book cover ever created. Warning: I am not responsible for what happens after you view this image, including nausea, vomiting or spontaneous combustion. You can still turn away. If you absolutely must subject yourself to this horror, you can click here to see it.
Hope you enjoyed my top ten! And I hope you get doubles of all your favorite candies on Halloween. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos like this one. Have fun guys!
* Banner image from Preacher.