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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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• 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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Tales From the Water Cooler #158


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 as the Southern Sensation makes his triumphant return to the show! The guys talk about movie sequels before diving into this weeks picks Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200, Caliban #1 and Inhuman #1.

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

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Ghastly Awards - March 2014 Update


Horror comics are becoming more and more frequent in our reading culture, and the Ghastly Awards are here to recognize, through Horror Comic submissions, those that shine the brightest. We encourage all Comic Creators to take the time to head over to www.ghastlyawards.com and submit your work for 2014 Ghastly Award Nomination consideration.
   
Creators please remember that you can submit your Horror Comic work through out the calendar year! For the month of March 2014 the Judges are recommending you take a look at:

Curse #1 (BOOM!) - Laney Griffin is a normal loving father who would do anything to save his dying son, but with the medical bills piling up and his sister in law threatening to take his child away. He is forced to extreme measures which includes trekking into the woods to catch the creature that has mutilated and devoured 5 people in order to claim the bounty on it. But, when Laney actually comes across the creature this encounter will leave him anything but normal again. Writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel really hit this first issue out of the park. As a girl who is always searching for a great creature feature comic this one certainly fits the bill. The writing is spot on and fast paced and Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer artwork is so beatuiful and compelling you can feel yourself being pulled into the story. Issue #2 has already hit shelves and I am already hearing great things about it and I am not surprised this is the comic that is a must have on your pull list. - Spaced (http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/)

Revenge #2 (Image Comics) - This comic is insane. I’d love to be more eloquent in my description but it doesn’t require an iota of eloquence because it’s INSANE. Writer Jonathan Ross swings full-throttle with sex, drugs, violence, and gore which Ian Churchill dutifully backs up with graphically gruesome art. The plot--a washed-up actor in his 70’s tries to hold onto his fame with an experimental skin replacement surgery and winds up in a horrifying state of awareness during the monstrous process--is absolutely relentless. The unique use of flashbacks is not only a great storytelling tool, but also a great way to build the sickening atmosphere. The flashbacks are so flawlessly trippy that the reader feels like they are hallucinating right along with our main character. This isn’t the average revenge plot. It’s detailed and deep. It sets the stage and players perfectly through a series of non linear events meant to throw us all for a loop. Fine entertainment, indeed--if not a bit gaggy at times. – Bree Ogden (agentbree.wordpress.com)

The EC Archives: The Vault of Horror, Volume 3 (Dark Horse)
This is Dark Horse’s first entry into the Vault of Horror EC archives and they have come at a very very good time. This volume collects VoH #24 through #29, and the title is hitting it’s stride within. Every issue has Johnny Craig, Jack Davis and “Ghastly” Graham Ingels in every issue and the fourth slot is rounded out by greats like Jack Kamen, George Evans, and other legends. Scripts by Craig, Ray Bradbury, Al Feldstein... this is really the cream of the crop. For anyone who hasn’t read the EC comics before, this is a no brainer and really, not a bad place to start. Strong story-telling and the best art to ever grace a comic book, horror or otherwise, bar none. This isn’t just my opinion... it is a FACT! We owe Dark Horse a huge debt of gratitude for picking up the pieces and continuing the EC Archive series. - Mike Howlett (http://eeriepublications.blogspot.com/)

Monsters! & Other Stories (Dark Horse)
- After reading this book and then writing this review, I’ve come to one conclusion. I need to read this book again and again and…again! This book has Award winner written all over it, and it’s only the start of 2014. I mean come on, I’ve read a lot Horror Comics, but this one is up there in that top tier. It’s screaming at me, “TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT ME! I’M THAT DAMN GOOD!” It’s going to be hard when December rolls around for this book to not be my Best OGN of 2014. So just go read it already…stop reading this…SERIOUSLY STOP…now go read this book!- Decapitated Dan (www.decapitateddan.com)

Creators and Publishers please make sure to go over to www.ghastlyawards.com to submit your books for 2014 Nomination consideration! More informaiton on how the submission process works can be found here http://www.ghastlyawards.com/2010/10/submit-your-horror-comic-to-be.html

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