It’s almost Halloween. The perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a scary comic strip. Between the classics of the genre and the novelties of a decidedly precise editorial calendar, here are some comics to devour under the duvet.
Script and drawing by Junji Ito – 512 pages
Published on November 26, 2022 by Mangetsu editions – €24.95
Junji Ito is a bit of a master when it comes to horror manga. Known for his dark and worked stories, the mangaka signs here a luxurious integral around one of his emblematic characters: Soichi, the terrible kid with a studded smile. The drawing is neat, the speech distressing, and the smile of the teenager adept at voodoo rites will give you nightmares this October 31st. In this unpublished collection in France, we find the protagonist and his favorite victims Michina and Yûsuke.
An iconic horror reference in Japan, The Adventures of Soichi was first published between 1991 and 1993 in the Montlhy Jump. 30 years later, the publisher Mangetsu offers us a very nice retrospective. If you are more of a fan of short stories, another equally distressing collection of short stories by Junji Ito is coming to Delcourt in November.
The Simpsons Horror Show (T1)
Screenplay by Matt Groening, collective drawing – 416 pages
Published on October 14, 2022 by Signature USA editions – 35€
If, like us, you’re a fan of the Simpsons Horror Show episodes, this superb complete version by Matt Groening is perfect for Halloween. The spooky monster stories of Bart, Lisa, Homer and Marge have never been so aptly named. Between alien invasions, zombie attacks and meta gags that break the fourth wall, the city of Springfield is the scene of disturbing and mysterious events.
With this XXL integral borrowed from the best issues of paper comics, Matt Groening and his team of designers deliver perhaps one of the most beautiful tributes ever published to the Horror Show version of the cult license. Each adventure is devoured like candy on Halloween night, and the scenarios clearly have nothing to envy to the original episodes.
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Horrifikland: A Terrifying Mickey Mouse Adventure
Screenplay by Lewis Trondheim, drawing by Alexis Nesme – 48 pages
Published on January 16, 2019 by Glénat editions – 15€
This is not Glénat’s first attempt with Disney. The publisher has for some years already launched a superb collection of large-format comics that smells of nostalgia and old grandmother’s libraries. Released in 2019, Horrifikland chronicles the misadventures of Mickey, Donald and Goofy in a terrifying abandoned park, as the small group of heroes struggle to make their detective agency prosper.
From the lost cat to the vampires there is only one step, which the talented Lewis Trondheim does not hesitate to cross with all the humor and the absurd that we know from the Dungeons saga. A very beautiful book, to offer to children or to the most nostalgic to shiver on Halloween.
Complete Nocturnals (T1)
Script and drawing by Dan Brereton – 320 pages
Published on October 14, 2022 by Signature USA editions – 35€
After Garth Ennis and his psychopathic supers, it’s Dan Brereton’s turn to revisit the myth of superheroes. Series Nocturnals is already cult in English-speaking countries, it was time for French readers to discover the series, offered this year in a voluminous integral in two volumes. After rescuing Komodo from the monster factory in Peril City, Doc Horror and his team of Nocturnes must save the city from a dangerous mafia conglomerate plaguing the city.
Between pulp horror and photorealism, the work of the author is a visual slap. There are many references to horror literature: from Lovecraft to Allan Poe, well-informed readers will enjoy getting lost in the maze of pages. A very nice discovery that we advise you to discover any time of the year.
The one you love in the darkness
Screenplay by Skottie Young, drawing by Jorge Corona – 128 pages
Published on September 20, 2022 by Urban Comics editions – €16
Ro is an artist in the hollow of the wave. The young woman has proven her talent in the past, but has to face a big lack of inspiration that paralyzes her. To try to put her back in the saddle, her gallery owner offers her a quiet retreat, in an old house that is supposedly haunted. Passing through the creaking door, Ro will not only find ideas for his paintings.
With an atmosphere reminiscent of that of the canterville ghost by Oscar Wilde, The one you love in the dark is a very beautiful one-shot to devour without moderation. For his first attempt at horror, Skottie Young (already at work on Dead Pool Where All-new: Guardians of the Galaxy) signs a new fruitful collaboration with Jorge Corona, two years after the very beautiful teenage graphic novel Middlewest. A graphic crush, between Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.
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Red Room (T1)
Script and drawing by Ed Piskor – 208 pages
Published on September 28, 2022 by Delcourt editions – €23.95
On the Dark Web, Goblin is a star. The psychopath specializes in “red rooms“, of the excruciatingly violent murders that he streams live on his channel. Paid by the floods of cryptocurrencies paid to him by his viewers, he tortures and assassinates public or anonymous personalities without the authorities being able to do anything about it. But Goblin’s actions won’t go unpunished forever, and some of the collateral damage from his macabre shows is beginning to demand justice.
Cruel, violent and sometimes bordering on the unbearable, RedRoom is not to be put in all hands. Ed Piskor’s speech — which we saw lighter in X-Men — is fundamentally pessimistic, and crosses the pages to take us to the guts.
A Walk Through Hell (T1)
Screenplay by Garth Ennis, drawing by Goran Sudzuka and Ive Sorcina – 136 pages
Published on August 25, 2022 by Black River editions
When the horror exceeds the bearable, how to distinguish the reality from the nightmare? Signed by Master Garth Ennis, A Walk Through Hell retraces the macabre adventures of special agents Shaw and McGregor, a sort of modern Mulder and Scully. When the two characters are faced with the worst, even McGregor’s unflappable idealism finds itself shaken. With a first volume that brings together the entire first narrative arc of the series, A Walk Through Hell should delight lovers of thrillers and macabre paranormal.
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