False Positive, an ongoing collection of short stories by Mike Walton, came recommended to me by a friend who described them as chilling vignettes of mystery and horror akin to the twilight-zone. As it turns out, when it comes to horror and surprise twists, Walton pulls no punches as these brief scenes will thrill and terrify you, not only twisting the knife, but throwing it from a completely unseen angle as well.
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Unlike the friendly, brighteyed afterlife seen in Helvetica, Judecca by Noora Heikkilä and co-written by Jonathan Meecham shows a dim and dangerous land populated by lost souls, fish-faced men, frightening psychopomps, and intimidating supernatural creatures, caught in the thralls of lust and fear, and all of them reaching out for each other through the stagnant monotony of the mist.
Continuing with our Halloween countdown, here’s a fun look at the afterlife brought to us by the vivid imagination of J.N. Wiedle. Part Halloweentown, part Pleasantville, the world of Helvetica is full of bright colors and strange characters; a place where, nestled in an uncontested bureacracy, mysteries and questions abound. The fact that it’s a world populated by the dead in the form of sentient skeletons only adds to the whimsical and delightfully creepy feel of this comic!
Hey guys, so as a thank you for 400 FOLLOWERS (WOOOOO) and to make up for last week’s absence, I’m updating this lovely October 1st with not one but
TWO SPOOKY REVIEWS!
Both of which will be dealing with very different interpretations of the afterlife, one of them cute, quirky, and mysterious; the other, macabre, sinister, and dangerous.
First one should be up early, stay tuned and thanks for your support!
So we are slowly but surely entering Fall, and with it come all of my favorite things. Changing leaves, pumpkin flavored drinks, warm sweaters, and best of all HALLOWEEN. In honor of the approaching holiday (THE BEST HOLIDAY in my opinion) I’m going to spend the next 6 weeks reviewing comics that deal with the paranormal, otherworldly, and downright scary.
Now this comic truly needs no introduction, but I’m giving one anyway. It’s been requested several times, and though it already has an improbably large fanbase, but it would be downright wrong to do a Halloween Countdown without including a review of this short-lived, well-loved work of art.
Hanna is Not a Boy’s Name (or HiNaBN), by the prolific Tessa Stone, centers on the often zany, sometimes bloody, and constantly dangerous adventures of Hanna Falk Cross, a self-styled paranormal investigator, and his recently acquired zombie sidekick. A visual feast teaming with outlandish characters and good old fashioned monsters, Ms. Stone’s comic constantly toes the thin line between comedy and horror, sandwiching witty banter and quoted Queen lyrics in between strange and morbid curiosities, but always does so with the utmost style.
I was putzing around this morning in my pajamas, as I am prone to do, trying to choose between three different comics I’d considered reviewing this week.
Then, by chance, I happened upon a link and became completely arrested by O Human Star.
A stunning, emotional interpretation of science fiction, O Human Star, written and drawn by Blue Delliquanti, looks at a near-futuristic world populated by hyper-advanced sentient robots through the eyes of an unconventional family, and the love story that birthed a new era of technology. Presented with gorgeous artwork, fascinating characters, and fantastic individuality, O Human Star has, in less than a day, become one of my top favorite picks in sci-fi webcomics.
I have a special affinity in my heart for mob stories, and while this one might not be the most famous webcomic about gangsters on the net (yes yes Lackadaisy is coming, hold your horses), Fishbones recently grabbed my attention with its stylish art and endearing characters.
Fishbones, written by Jisuk Cho and drawn by Yuki S., is the story of Ferris Levinstein, a hapless and sarcastic high school student, and his wealthy and mysterious best friend Demos Giorgetti. Close friends since childhood, Ferris and Demos attempt to weather the worst even as their lives become increasingly complicated and dangerous as they are both swept deeper into the intrigue surrounding the Giorgetti family business.
Nimona is a relatively new comic by Noelle Stevenson, also known as gingerhaze on tumblr, that straddles the genres of fantasy and superhero fiction in a way that is both new and fresh. Focusing on the exploits of registered supervillain Balister Blackheart and his newly acquired sidekick, the brash and plucky Nimona for whom the story is named, Ms. Stevenson’s comic is a fun and clever experiment in world-building, with clever dialogue and a charmingly unique style.