Top 10 Horror Comics
Funny books and horror don’t seem like two things that would mix well, but when they do, you better be prepared for some sleepless nights. Of course, since it’s October, we thought that it would be a good idea to salute some of the scariest, creepiest comics out there and that’s why we scoured our brains and the web to find series worthy of being mentioned in this top ten list. The rules are simple, it simply has to be an animated tale of terror. That’s why we’ve got an international addition of our top ten list in our pursuit to find comics worth this wonderful month. I don’t think you’ll get a chance to read all of these before Halloween hits, but any one of these would be a great series to pick up to get yourself in the holiday spirit.
10. Preacher- Lots of people go on journeys to find God, but the one that Jesse Custer goes on is a little different. The series Preacher focuses on Jesse (a preacher) who finds himself bonded with the most powerful being in existence, Genesis. Preacher ran for 66 issues (with a few one shots in there), and every issue Garth Ennis pushed the envelope a little bit further than the last, with some of the most memorable (as in you can never wipe them from your memory) characters in all of comic book done. If you haven’t read it before, you’re definitely missing out.
9. Hack/Slash- We couldn’t have a Top 10 list about horror comics without mentioning Tim Seeley Hack/Slash. The series follows a woman who survived an attack from a serial killer and now crosses the country hunting down other serial killers. The series mixes with the supernatural more than once, and features a lot of guest appearances by characters like Chucky from Child’s Play and even The Scare Crow, Tin Man and Lion from The Wizard of Oz. It’s definitely found a strong audience though with its punk inspired, tough as nails heroine, Cassie Hack. She’s almost as scary as the monsters she hunts.
This gal is bad news for baddies.
8. Domu: A Child’s Dream- Hey comics aren’t just an American thing, which is why we’re turned to manga for our eighth entry. This terrifying tale follows the tenants of an apartment building that are being terrorized by a supernatural force. The series turns out to be about an old man that uses his psychic powers to kill people so that he can collect trophies. It’s a pretty dark book, but then again just look at the Japanese film industry, it pretty much specializes in freaking you right the #$%* out. Look, we know that American’s are good at being creepy, but nobody beats the Japanese.
7. Neonomicon- Speaking of creepy, remember when Alan Moore was slightly less insane? Well, we don’t and that’s why we’re putting a spotlight on this four issue limited series that he released in 2012. The series actually won the Graphic Novel category from the Bram Stoker Awards. The series follows in the footsteps of H.P. Lovecraft, only it goes much, much further than the original literature ever did. Basically, the story follows two FBI agents who find themselves up a creek without a paddle when they go after a cult. Oh, and in case you didn’t guess, this is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.
Alan Moore does H.P. Lovecraft.
6. 30 Days of Night- Steve Niles made a name for himself in the horror game and this series is probably what he’s been known for ever since (probably because of the feature film, and crappy sequel). Anyone who knows comic books know that the story started with a group of brilliant vampires that realized that the sun sets for a long time in Alaska, so why not enjoy the cold weather and warm blood? Well, it almost worked for the Vampires, except the towns folks didn’t take too kindly to the whole mass slaughter thing and end up fighting back with all they got (and Alaska has some hard people). That wasn’t the end though, since this series has risen from the grave more than once.
5. Crossed- Hey everyone, Garth Ennis is back again. This time it’s for his zombie inspired series, Crossed. Yeah, we know that they aren’t your typical zombie, which doesn’t make the series any less terrifying. In fact, simply because they maintain their intelligence makes the horde in Crossed even more terrifying. Basically, you can think of the series as a comic book version of The Crazies, only with a lot more rape and cannibalism. It’s a pretty bleak vision of the future, especially with the anti-moralistic view that the series takes in portraying the Crossed.
What evils lurk within the hearts of men?
4. The Drifting Classroom- It’s back over to the land of the rising son for this series by Kazuo Umezu. Think Lord of the Flies, only a lot worse, as a number of school children find themselves transported to a bleak future with no sign of the human race. As if things couldn’t be bad enough, there are also horrifying monsters, a deadly plague, murderous adults and a creeping madness that threatens to consume their very souls. Yeah, it’s what we might call heavy reading, but that’s mostly because you have to take frequent breaks to digest it all. This might be a classic, but some of the scariest things always are.
3. Uzumaki- We’re not done with Japan yet, and coming in at number three is a manga that threatens to drive you insane. The series (by Junji Ito) takes place in a small village that finds its inhabitants obsessed with spirals. Well, you know what happens when obsession happens in the horror genre and pretty soon bloody accidents start befalling the villagers. Who knew that spirals could be malevolent, but the series does a pretty great job at leaving you pretty freaked out afterwards. For those of you who don’t want to get caught reading manage, you can always check out the movie they made back in 2000.
All the pretty spirals.
2. Locke & Key- This is probably one of the most popular series on this list. It’s a beloved series that manages to make take a bit of the edge off the horror, with a healthy dose of melodrama. For those of you not up of the whole Locke & Key deal, it basically follows a group of kids in a creepy house that discover a bunch of keys that give their possessor’s extraordinary powers. Sounds cool, right? Well, it would be except for the demon trying to open a door to let out all the other demons. The series has won a lot of awards over its limited run, but more importantly there are rumors that it might even be made into a television series or a movie.
1. The Walking Dead- Sometimes the most popular series out there is just that for a reason. The Walking Dead exploded onto the comic scene as one of the best ongoing horror series of all time, and that’s because it’s packed with lots of frights and lots of feels. The success that Robert Kirkman has seen due to this brilliant series is because it’s always been more about the people than the zombies and some of the people in The Walking Dead are scarier than any number of zombies. Of course, the comic gave birth to the television series, and the series gave birth to the spin off (yeah, it’s coming guys), but the reason that this is our number one pick is because it’s a hell of a comic and has done a lot for the comic book community to take funny books mainstream.
Nothing is more American than zombies.
Honorable Mention: Tales from the Crypt
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