‘Severed’ heads up season’s horror comicsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Horror comics have been haunting readers for decades, but precious few of them have managed to conjure the creeps the way a good scary movie can. Ed Katschke, our comics medium at Monarch Cards & Comics, said there’s still a ghost of a chance for modern horror comics to rise up and populate our nightmares. Two current projects head up his panicky picks for Halloween.
“’Severed’ from Image Comics is the tale of 12-year old Jack Garron who, while growing up in the Midwest during the Great Depression, has run away from home in search of his missing father,” he said. “During his journey he has gained the attention of a sadistic serial killer who is bound and determined to serve him up as his latest victim … and I do mean ‘serve.’ Writers Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft have crafted an engaging and suspenseful narrative with pitch perfect attention to period detail and dialog. The illustrations by Attila Futaki are rich, with a muted color scheme that makes some segments look ripped from old newsreels while others are imbued with a sense of dark menace.
“The horror angle is what will pull most readers in and it is quite well done, but I really enjoyed Garron and the various characters he encounters even more. ‘Severed’ is so good that they could easily ditch the serial killer storyline and it would be just as, if not more, entertaining.”
Katschke also noted the difficulty in crafting horror comics from fright films and retain their shock value. BOOM!Studio’s new “Hellraiser” title, according to Katschke, manages to sequelize the infamous movie series to “terrifying effect.”
“Written by ‘Hellraiser’ creator Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette and picking up where the second film in the series left off, the book follows the continuing adventures of Kirsty Cotton, a former victim of the nefarious puzzle boxes which open gates to Hell, and her companions, collectively called The Harrowers, as they match wits against Pinhead and his grotesque minions,” Katschke said. “Many modern horror icons don’t translate well to comics, as the conventions which make them scary on the screen don’t play out well on the printed pages, but the excellent writing and hauntingly atmospheric art on display here are guaranteed to provide a few well-placed chills.”