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Horror Comic News: Avatar Press in shops 4/23/14



Avatar Press' New Releases for 4/23/14:

Crossed Annual 2014

Writer: Spurrier, Simon
Artist: Ortiz, Rafael
Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen

Crossed scribe SIMON SPURRIER teams up with artist RAFAEL ORTIZ to unleash this vile tale of misery and mischief in the all-new over-sized Crossed 2014 Annual! Ah, the English countryside! Tweeting birds, friendly vicars, crumpets and jam: the peaceful rural idyll. The cow’s in the dairy, the dog’s in his bed and there’s a fat asthmatic kid hiding up the old tower. Also: a mob of Crossed lurking near the duckpond - quaint and friendly sadists who want nothing but to eat your face off and violate your skull - and nobody but the withered old farmer’s wife to stop them. Problem is, she’s Crossed too. And insane. Can old Wheezy play them all off against each other long enough to escape? SUCH JOLLY LARKS. Available with Regular cover by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound by Rafa Ortiz, Torture cover by Gabriel Andrade and special Red Crossed Incentive cover also by Burrows.


Crossed Badlands #52

Writer: Garth Ennis
Cover &Art:  Christian Zanier
MR, Color, 32 pages

For over five years fans have followed GARTH ENNIS’ masterful horror series wondering how it all began.  Now in an underground bunker, the remains of the British government must try to work that out themselves.  How far has is spread?  And how?   In this world full of monsters, there is no help.  There is only the Crossed.  Available with Regular, Wraparound and Red Crossed Incentive covers by Christian Zanier a Fatale Fantasy cover by Rafael Ortiz and a Torture cover by Jacen Burrows.




Gravel Combat Magician #3

Writer: Mike Wolfer
Art: Gabriel Rearte
MR, Color, 32 pages

On a clandestine mission to Tokyo to clean up the mess created by another British Combat Magician, Gravel must find the rogue madman or risk an international incident. But once he comes face-to-face with his occult-powered foe, the seasoned veteran will find that the green trainee has brought something with him from England, something which makes him impervious to harm. In the underground subway of magical horrors, Gravel’s only hope is to use his head, which has never been one of his strong point, and even if he survives, a far greater threat to his life awaits in the darkness!  Available with Regular cover by Caanan White and Wraparound, Horror, and a Black Magic Order Incentive cover by Mike Wolfer.


Uber #11

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Art: Gabriel Andrade
MR, Color, 32 pages

KIERON GILLEN has changed the face of war comics forever with the introduction of Uber.  After the World-changing events of the previous issue, everything is different. As the true power of the Battleships is just settling in, Uber Year II begins with a deeper look at some of the players left standing.  This arc of unthinkable atrocities is illustrated by  GABRIEL (Ferals) ANDRADE.  Available with Regular or Wraparound cover by Gabriel Andrade, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael Dipascale, and a special Blitzkrieg Incentive cover by Andrade


For more info on these and other Avatar Press Titles please go to http://www.avatarpress.com/
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Tales From the Water Cooler #159


Welcome to Tales From the Water Cooler!

Join Infinite Speech, Decapitated Dan, The Comic Book Clergyman and the Canadian Websliger each week as they gather around the water cooler of stories to talk about comics.

Listen in this week as the guys talk about Eisners, X-Men: DoFP footage and trailers and Rob Liefeld's The Godyssey. Then they dive into this weeks picks Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1, All-New Ghost Rider #2, and Batman Eternal #1.

All that and more can be found here, each week on Tales From the Water Cooler!

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Creepy Critique: Caliban #1


Caliban #1 (Avatar Press)

GOD DAMN THAT WAS GOOD! I mean, HOLY S#!^ THAT WAS A FREAKING GORE-GEOUS COMIC! Growing up as a kid of the late 80’s and early 90’s nothing terrified me more than a movie where there was no hope at all. Movies like Alien and Event Horizon take place in deep space, and even if you win, you still loose because you got nowhere to go. The atmosphere is just dark from the get go, and add to the mix this low lit, huge metal machine that is lugging your ass through space, it’s terrifying.

So when this book was solicited, I was sooooo ready for it. I knew it was something I had to read, and needed to have in my hands. The Terror Cover, by interior artist Facundo Percio, alone had me pulling the measly $4 out of my pocket. Oh and did I mention it’s written by Garth Ennis? So needless to say, I had some damn high hopes for this book from the get go.

Issue #1 just nails it right out of the gate. The crew members who “stays awake” and pilot the ship explain how it all works in this universe. They explain how they basically drive people who are in stasis to planets to mine them, then leave. How they have to have a certain mental toughness to do what they do, and not everyone can hack that. The best lines in the book were, “ If it all goes wrong. If you hit trouble, out there in all the uncharted nothing. We will do nothing more than write you off.” UGH my damn fear of hopelessness came streaming back to my head on that. This book is going to go nowhere happy, and it terrifies me.


I won’t ruin anything for those of you who made the mistake of not buying this issue yet, but trust me, every page is worth 10x the cost of the paper it is printed on. There is a big mystery on top pf everything else that will have you screaming you need more. In horror comics it’s hard to setup a scary/creepy atmosphere, because you don’t control the sound and light around the reader when he/she is reading it. However this book gave me a HUGE jump moment, that sent my heart straight down to my stomach. So many props go to Percio, for that page alone.

Overall this book has all I could ever want to find in a great horror comic. The story by Ennis lures you in and it does not let go. The GORE-Geous artwork by Percio will leave your eyes craving more and more. I can not wait for the next issue to come out, so until that happens, I will sit here, and wait as patiently as I can.... ARRRRGH!!!! I NEED MORE!!!!!

Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0
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Monsters & Metal Episode #14


Welcome to Monsters & Metal Episode #14, the internet’s hardest hitting, in your face mix of Horror Comics and Heavy Metal! Join Decapitated Dan and F(r)iends each month as they keep you up to date on what is going on in the world of Horror Comics, while playing some of the World’s best Metal tracks!

For Episode #14 we are bringing you the From the Embrace and The Absence Special! Listen in as Decapitated Dan sits down with From the Embrace’s front man Nick Marrero and then is joined by The Absence’s drummer Jeramie Kling, to talk about the bands, touring and everything horror related! 

• Decapitated Dan introduces the show.
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• From the Embrace - La Flama Blanca
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•  Nick Marrero interview pt. 1
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• From the Embrace - Where Solace Sleeps
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•  Nick Marrero interview pt. 2
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• From the Embrace - The Architect
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• The Absence - Enemy Unbound
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•  Jeramie Kling interview pt. 1
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• The Absence - The Murder
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•  Jeramie Kling interview pt. 1
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• The Absence - Oceans
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Make sure to check out our website www.monstersandmetal.com for info on all the Hosts and Bands on this episode. Make sure to send in questions to Doug’s I Hate Everything You Love segment, as well as give us feedback on the show. And join us on facebook to take part in the What’s Crackle’n Contest!

So until next month, Keep them Horns Up, and Support Good Horror!

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