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Comic Countdown #42: Halloween Horrors

Posted on October 28, 2012 AT 08:22pm

Just in time for the upcoming holiday is the Comic Countdown, and a brand new lost of ten comics full of scares, gore, and all the things that make the horror genre what it is. This week’s focus will obviously be on Halloween, and with the scariest day of the year fast approaching, it seemed like the best time to take a look at the comic realm and see what could be scared up for this week’s Countdown. (Pun very much intended.) With that, it’s time to get on with the scares in a very special Halloween edition of the Comic Countdown!

#10: Marvel Zombies (Marvel Comics)

While not as much scary as it was ridiculous, seeing all the great heroes of Marvel Comics as flesh-eating zombies had it’s own allure. With the likes of Spider-Man, The Hulk and Wolverine going into murderous rages, killing and eating everything they could find, this series was definitely a bit more horror-oriented than anything else Marvel has really done. The originality of the series was nice, and the gore factor was what really got it onto this list.

#9: Harvest (Image Comics)

This five-issue mini-series is still going, but so far, it’s been going on strong with a multitude of gory and terrifying events centered around a world where organs are harvested and sold on the black market and humans are trafficked as though they were drugs or other illegal goods. Scary and incredibly well done, this is a series to check out not only at this time of year, but at any other.

#8:Locke & Key (IDW Publishing)

An exciting mix of the scary and supernatural, this series is known for not only being terrifying, but also being very well done, and structured in a way that things may actually be ending sometime in the near future, with the predetermined three-act structure nearly at a close. It’s success may likely mean more acts added to the story, but thus far, this scary and well-paced comic is one to pick up, especially for fans of the horror genre.

#7:  I, Vampire (DC Comics)

In the world of the New 52, even Batman has to dead with the undead. While he and the members of the Justice League Dark are a big part of the re-launch of the series, Andrew Bennett is the biggest piece of this DC Comics horror thriller. It was one of the best selling books since The New 52, and with Joshua Hale Failkov at the helm, this series shows no signs of slowing down.

#6: Green Wake (Image Comics)

While this series never got to run the full, planned course, some of the events that occurred within the panels of the ten issues it received was enough to give people some very unpleasant dreams. With murder, mysterious happenings, and some incredibly disturbing characters, this is a thrilling series that has a tremendous following despite its cancellation.

#5: The Strain (Dark Horse Comics)

The comic book adaptation of Guillermo Del Toro’s horror trilogy is scary in it’s own right, bringing a new, terrifying type of vampire into the fray. While some still adapt to the old stereotypes of how vampires should look and act, there are some seriously scary varieties that will surely keep the horror fan reading into the series. While the pacing makes it feel much different from the novels, this is an example of why Dark Horse is the leader in horror titles.

#4: The Walking Dead (Image Comics)

While there are more action-packed scenes than scary ones, more drama that gore, The Walking Dead is a book that can’t be ignored, bringing the horrible undead back into the forefront of popularity with this amazing series. Full of emotional turmoil, gore and more zombies than anyone should ever have to experience, this is a book that can’t be left out.

#3: Sandman (Vertigo/DC Comics)

This classic series is known to be one of the most mind-warping series in comics, and one that is not only on nearly every list of scariest comics, but in many as one of the best to ever be created. Neil Gaiman hit a massive home run with this chilling title, becoming a bestseller and one of the most mentally thrilling books in comics history.

#2: From Hell (Various)

This Alan Moore classic has been adapted many times, and published by several different companies, but is mainly known for being a scary and interesting look into one of histories most famous murderers, Jack The Ripper. With hours of research and a long run of issues, this comic is as scary as it is plausible, with Moore doing his best to make use of the multitude of theories about the Ripper killings and the horrors they rang throughout the streets of London.

#1: Tales From The Crypt (EC Comics)

No horror countdown would be complete without this series. The twenty-seven issues that were published rank as not only one of the first major horror series of all time, but one so violent and scary that Congress had to meet to discuss the effects the series was having on children of the 1950′s. Giving way to many adaptations of the series, the original comics serve as a look to history to show how horror began, and how the first run of something is usually the best. Very few series could improve on the original, and that’s why it’s number one.

That’s it for this week! Make sure to leave a comment below, and have a very scary Halloween!

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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