Here we go; what is annually our most debated list both internally and in the comments, here is our ten favorite writers of 2015. Some new faces, some old face’s and some surprising rankings. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Writers
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Reed anticipates the horror of… Nameless #1 It’s a science fiction horror book by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham – I have no idea what the book is about beyond that, but I’m so excited that I get to read it.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Dean suggest buying twilight, burning it and then buying a real vampire book… American Vampire Second Cycle #1 I can guarantee this will be tons of fun. Jump into the title that took Snyder to super star status. Now the man at the top of his game reunites with the always wonderful Rafael Albuquerque to bring you a different breed of Vampire. Continue reading Indubitable Issues
If you read my review of issue #2 you know last issue was one of the scariest comics I have ever read. There was something about the Trader that gave me chills right down to the bone. It is that subtle creepiness of the far away familiar voice calling out to first make you drop your guard and then convince you that dying is a good choice. It is the feeling of no control the Trader creates which gets to me. It isn’t everyday you read a comic that makes you realize your worst fear and mine was realized in the Trader.
As good as issue #2 was, issue #3 is even better. It begins with a battle between Pearl and a creature created by the Trader. This battle is illustrated like only Albuquerque can. It is extremely terrifying and full of action. It becomes very clear that the only option for Pearl is to run. She does not get very far before the monster catches up and gets Pearl into a very tough spot. This cues the return of Skinner Sweet as well as another terrifying panel. I thought the Trader panel from last issue where he swallows the old man was the scariest thing I have seen. Well you can strike that and add the panel from this issue where May who is slowly making the transition back to human gets strangled by a tongue coming out of her own body. It sounds a little wild if you have not read the issue, but if you have read the issue I am sure you felt that uneasy feeling I felt while reading this page.
The Trader makes another appearance at the end of the issue which is just the creepy cherry on top. This issue has everything I could want in a horror comic. In just 3 issues this comic has shot into my top 10 and knocking at the door of my top 5 which is already occupied by two other Snyder titles in Batman and The Wake. Snyder is on top of the game right now and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon. If you have not jumped onto this series you need to do that now, especially if you like horror comics. The Trader is easily the scariest character in current comics.
Wow! There are only three words I have to say about this issue, “The Gray Mother Fucking Trader!” Okay that’s five words but I added two unnecessary ones in there, sorry I just get a little excited about these things. This issue is all about The Gray Trader. It begins so brilliantly. First an unknown character opens up his closet, chooses an orange suit out of many colorful options and then takes the stage to perform a concert. Meanwhile backstage Pearl is having a secret meeting with her old friend Calvin. The discussion between the two seems fairly standard with a few panel shots of the singer dispersed within the conversation. This causes a dramatic effect. At first I thought it was just to indicate that there is music playing at the same time as their conversation, which usually increases dramatic effect. However we learn shortly that the singer plays a far more important role than just provided the dramatic soundtrack for our conversation. The conversation continues quite uneventful until the three words are spoken by Pearl, “The Gray Trader”. This catches Calvin’s attention and the beads of sweat begin to fall down his face. It is at this point he explains that the singer relays information to them through his performance wardrobes and Orange means that danger is coming. The suspense of the conversation has me on the edge of my seat and we cut the scene to a farm where an older man hears a rustle in the field. The first panel I saw The Gray Trader I had chills travelling up and down my body. I was legitimately terrified. Just take a look at Freeze Frame this week if you want to know what I’m talking about. However it was what came next that really messed with me. With that big fuckers jaw dropped from deep inside his mouth came a call to the older man from his son. The thought of this grotesque creature scaring me to my core and then a familiar voice coming from its mouth terrified me. I don’t think I have ever had such a strong reaction to a horror book before. The most scared I have been reading a comic is while reading Severed another Snyder book, but this week’s issue of American Vampire raised the bar. Books like this remind me how much I love horror, that uneasy feeling it can create. I had to stop reading and look around just to remind myself that it was just a book and I was sitting in a Starbucks, safe. I am a fan of American Vampire but sometimes it just takes one issue for me to raise a book from very good to an obsession. Issue #2 of American Vampire did that for me this week. Amazingly terrifying stuff! I haven’t slept since reading it.