Comic Book Favorites #2 - Halloween Edition
This edition of Comic Book Favorites is centered all around demons, hell and darkness. It's almost Halloween so I wanted to share some comics that fit into the spirit of season. These 4 comic book series are creepy, demonic, and fun. Let's get right into it.
First up is Locke and Key, written by Joe Hill and features artwork drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez. This story follows the Locke family, mainly the children. After a horrible accident they move into Keyhouse, an old mansion owned by the family. Within Keyhouse there are different keys that are able to open a variety of different doors, some of which are not doors you typically think of. Each key has some sort of unique magical power. Many of these keys open "doors" that you may not want to be opened and you definitely would not want these keys to fall into the wrong hands. The story is really dark and creepy, perfect for the Halloween season.
Chew, written by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory, is about a detective of sorts. He has a special psychic ability... that's related to ingesting food. When he eats something, meat or otherwise, he gains the memories of whatever that item was. Obviously, as a detective, it is extremely beneficial to gain the memories of people who have recently died. As you can imagine, the only way for him to do this is to eat some portion of that person. Yum... It's gruesome, but such an excellent story.
Revival, written by Tim Seeley and drawn by Mike Norton, takes place in a small town in Wisconsin and is classified as a "rural noir". It starts out at a morgue where one day some of the dead people start coming back to life. Now, when you hear this, you might think that it's a zombie story, but it is not. The people who come back from the dead are not zombie-like in any way- they are pretty much normal, complete with all their memories. However... there is something fishy going on, nothing is what it seems. I will leave it at that. This story is pretty graphic, so if you are sensitive to that, I do not recommend this for you. Otherwise, read this! Especially if you are a fan of The Walking Dead.
Ten Grand is my favorite of this bunch, written by J. Michael Straczynski with art drawn by Ben Templesmith. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Templesmith at Chicago Comic Con last year and that may be why I love this comic so much, though the art is now done by C.P. Smith. The story is about a former hit man who has died, but is brought back to life by supernatural forces to do work for them. Every time he dies in a righteous manner, the powers who revived him allow him to reunite with his dead wife for 5 minutes. Once the 5 minutes are up, he is resurrected and put back to work. This story has demons, possession, and even a trip to hell to try to rescue his stolen wife. It's a love story, but a dark one at that.