Looking for a comic to make you question those noises you hear around your house when you’re alone at night? Here are five comics that go bump in the night.
5. The Walking Dead
Zombies are everywhere – you may want to practice your head shots. The unfathomable popularity of zombies has taken over all forms of media. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead has become such a hit sensation that it was turned into a television series. It’s a great show, but nothing trumps the source material. The ongoing series is published by Image Comics and follows Rick Grimes, a police officer who wakes up to find that the dead are walking. Other characters are introduced as they all try to deal with this post-apocalyptic world – and with each other.
4. 30 Days of Night
Imagine living in a place where the sun does not rise for 30 days out of the year. This polar night happens in Barrow, Alaska, which is the northernmost city in the United States and the setting for vampire comic 30 Days of Night. The vampires take advantage of this incessant darkness by openly feeding on the residents of Barrow. Written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith, the comic was nominated for several Eisner awards and adapted into a feature-length film.
3. Locke & Key
Written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key combines magic with the wonderment of children…and horror. Three children move into their ancestral home after their father is horrifically murdered. They start finding magical keys that have mild to completely severe uses. They also open doors that can unleash demons into the world.
2. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
There is an endearing quality about JtHM. Perhaps that’s the scariest part about it. This black comedic story, written by Jhonen Vasquez (of Invader Zim fame), is not a typical horror story, and Vasquez is not your typical creator. JtHM is a seven-issue comic with two spin-offs. It focuses on Johnny, a mentally disturbed murderer, and Squee, a child who lives next door to him.
A world where droves of psychopaths roam the Earth doesn’t sound like a pleasant one at all. Crossed explores that concept as a deadly virus that ravages humanity, turning people into the murderous, cannibalistic “Crossed” — aptly named because of the cross-like rash that appears on the faces of those affected. The creator-owned series was originally written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Jacen Burrows. There are ten issues and a web comic.
Each of these comics are great reads that will make your skin tingle and the hair on the back of your neck stand up straight. All Hallows’ Eve is approaching, so these will definitely get you in the mood for the spookiest of holidays.