Anything Horror Scott’s 5 Favorite Horror Comics

There’s nothing I love more than the horror genre and comic books. I grew up collecting comics and still do to this day. It’s not often that a genuinely scary comic comes along, but when it does it is pure heaven. The Vault of Horror, Weird Tales, and Tales from the Crypt are all classic horror comics, but they really weren’t scary. Below is my list of my five favorite scary comic books that will have you turning on the lights before bedtime.

Comic Neonomicon

NEONOMICON
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist: Jacen Burrows
Four Issue Run

No writer influenced and changed the world of comic books like Alan Moore. The man essentially created the graphic novel, redefined what a superhero was, and wrote some of DC’s best comics (his work on The Saga of Swamp Thing was nothing short of genius). Neonomicon, in short, is a terrifying read. It’s full of genuine scares and is accompanied by some fantastic artwork. Neonomicon is only a four issue-run, but is brutal, scary, and so goddamn effective. Every horror fan needs to read this Lovecraft-inspired madness!!

Comic Severed2

SEVERED
Writer: Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft
Artist: Attila Futaki
Seven Issue Run

Severed is a seven-issue horror mini-series that is set in the U.S. during 1916. It’s about a cannibal boogeyman who assumes various identities to hunt down, kill, and eat children. I tore through the pages of this one and read all seven issues in one sitting. The story beautifully builds until the utterly terrifying and suspenseful climax. Don’t miss this one.

Comic Echoes

ECHOES
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Rahsan Ekedal
Five issue Run

Here I switch gears from creatures to a wholly human monster. Writer Fialkov describes his Echoes as a horror/noir graphic novel and I think that’s a pretty damn accurate description. Echoes is a murder mystery from the viewpoint of Brian Cohn, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. This makes him a very unreliable source, and he may or may not be continuing his father’s legacy as a serial-killer. Echoes is marked with strong story-telling and has dark and moody artwork that beautifully sets the atmosphere. Echoes is an intense ride into the depths of insanity with a schizophrenic acting as our tour guide.

Comic Nailbiter

 

NAILBITER
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson
Ongoing (currently at twelve issues)

Welcome to Buckaroo, Oregon. It’s a pretty plain town where not a lot of exciting things happen. This town, though, is known for one peculiar fact: Buckaroo, Oregon is the birthplace to sixteen of the worst serial killers the world has ever known. Kinda gives new meaning to the phrase, “There’s something in the water!!” An NSA Agent teams up with notorious serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to track down an FBI agent who went missing while investigating the town of Buckaroo. We get creative kills, lots of gore, and the lines between the hunter and the hunted become blurred. Nailbiter will have you turning the pages at a frantic rate while at the same time being afraid of what might be on the next page.

Comics Crossed2

CROSSED
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Jacen Burrows
Currently 209 Issues

This is one twisted, sick, depraved, and disturbing comic book, and I love every blood-drenched page!! Crossed is about a zombie-like virus that turns it’s victims (called “the Crossed”) into something other than brain-eating, mindless creatures. The Crossed are driven by the over-whelming desire to torture, rape, dismember, and mutilate any and all uninfected human beings. The infected’s desire to kill and destroy even goes beyond people. They see animals and buildings as fair game and unleash their rage on those things as well. Crossed is published by Avatar books and I applaud them for giving writer Ennis free rein with his twisted vision. Crossed is the most extreme, horrifying, and disturbing titles out today.

What’s your favorite scary comic book? What makes it so scary?

Stay Bloody!!!

Comics Crossed

Severed (2011-2012)

Huge thanks to my buddy Steve Spatucci who not only turned me on to SEVERED, but who mailed them to me!!  I really appreciate it.

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I don’t do nearly enough horror comic reviews here at anythinghorror.com!!  I love comic books and I love reading them.  But nothing gets me angrier than buying a comic series and it turns out to be absolute shit.  But on other occasions when I end up with something like SEVERED, a seven issue horror comic, everything becomes right in the world.  Now my impulsive side wants to go purchase more horror comics, but my rational side is telling me to cool down … SEVERED is a rarity.

SEVERED is written by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, with artwork by Attila Futaki.  Futaki has an amazing eye and includes an incredible amount of details on each page.  After my first reading of SEVERED (I read all seven issues in one sitting), I went back to to beginning and started really looking at Futaki’s artwork.  I got so caught up in the story that I was skimming over everything else.  But definitely take the time to look at the artwork closely … Futaki puts some very subtle details in practically every box.  He uses a lot of earth-tones that really captures the feel and atmosphere of the time period the story takes place in.

The story begins around 1956.  An elderly Jack Garron is watching a thin Elvis Presley shake his moneymaker on TV when his grandson comes running in the room to give him a letter that a stranger left for him.  Upon reading the letter, the blood drains from Jack’s face as his past suddenly collides with his present.  We then slip into Jack’s memory and back to 1916 as he tells the story of what happened to him when he was 12 years old.  I’m not gonna go too deep into the story, but Snyder and Tuft craft a fantastic story about a boy hitting the road to find his father.  Young Jack is essentially after the American Dream, but what he finds is evil and older than time itself.  This is a really remarkable story that touches on some very disturbing ideas:  Child predators, child abductions, cannibalism, and ancient evil.  America was young in 1916 and the sky was the limit as to what people could achieve.  World War I was raging on in Europe and this brought the country together.  The future was bright and hopeful.  But even amid this positive, “the future is ours” attitude, the American landscape had a dark side.  There were things out there that took advantage of this era and exploited people’s dreams.

SEVERED creators Scott Tuft, Scott Snyder, & Attila Futaki

The story arc Snyder and Tuft create will have you on the edge of your seat.  These are two extremely talented writers who understand what it takes to write an effective horror story.  They create an atmosphere of suspicion, dread, and the feeling that something really bad is gonna happen at any time.  I don’t think I’ve ever been this creeped out by a comic book!!  At about issue four I was beginning to doubt that seven issues was gonna be enough to wrap up the story in a satisfying way.  But these two writers effortlessly bring together various plot points (some which seemed to be not that important) and end the story with a bang.  The writers also hint at the fact that this story may be continued in a larger format, but nothing is concrete.  They provide a very satisfying ending to this seven issue series, but there’s also a lot of potential to continue this story in the future.

For all you people that may have read SEVERED when it was originally released, I must tell you that you all have amazing will power.  I’d have been going crazy waiting for each issue to be released!!  I’m glad I was introduced to this series after all seven issues were out so I could read then all together (thanks again, Steve).  Definitely check this comic series out.  It’s nice to read an adult horror comic that pulls no punches.  This one goes right for the throat and succeeds.  Highly recommended.

My Summary:

Writers:  Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft

Artist:  Attila Futaki

Plot:  5 out of 5 stars

Gore:  6 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem:  0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer