Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Treasures From The ComiCombs: Creepy Comics, Spawn, She Wolf

Welcome back fellow comic book lovers! I’ve done some digging for you and have more recommendations for you to check out this week, followed by the winner of the current showdown between John Constantine and Hellboy. Read on to feed that hunger for great comics!

Creepy Comics #24 (Dark Horse) 

Don’t have enough creepy in your life? Dark Horse has you covered this week with Creepy Comics #24. I’m extra excited to see this one as Richard Corben will be bringing us some more awesome and creepy art! 
“Before Uncle Creepy goes into hibernation, we're bringing Richard Corben back to the pages of Creepy! Regular contributor Dan Braun will collaborate with Corben on an all-new story, writer Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein joins forces with Portuguese artist Ricardo Cabral, and Peter Bagge revisits the Creepy Family Tree! Tony Guaraldi-Brown delivers a killer Monster Gallery piece, Glenn Fabry provides a disturbing color pinup, and more surprises fill this final foray into fright!”

Spawn: Satan Saga Wars TPB (Image) 

It’s been great having Erik Larsen and Todd McFarlane working on Spawn and this week we get the trade of the latest story arc. The Satan Saga Wars sees Spawn, Al Simmons, travel to hell for a showdown with Satan to save Wanda. Expect tons of awesome art full of demons and so many brutal deaths at the hands of Spawn! 
“The triumphant return of the original Spawn, Al Simmons. Al is back and faces his biggest challenge yet... saving the woman he loves from the clutches of Satan himself.”

She Wolf #1 (Image) 

I read a short preview for this book a while back and today Image brings us the first issue of this series. Rich Tommaso has such a unique art style and I can’t wait to see how it blends with this new book. 
“SHE WOLF is a surreal exploration in horror as the story follows a teenage girl who believes she's been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her everyday reality.”

Last week I put two books up against each other that I have been dying to read. Hellblazer in "Dangerous Habits" by Garth Ennis and William Simpson against Hellboy in "Conqueror Worm" by Mike Mignola with colors by Dave Stewart. Both stories are regarded as some of the best for their respective series and that made this choice pretty hard. So who won? 
Conqueror Worm was a great story. Mike Mignola does a great job telling it and I loved the art in the book. Dave Stewart’s colors blend well with Mignola's art and add a lot to the tone of the story. I really didn’t have any negative things to say about this story and I can easily see how this book is regarded as one of the best in the Hellboy universe. As good as Conqueror Worm is, Hellblazer “Dangerous Habits” is better.

This was a tough choice because both books are great but Garth Ennis does an amazing job with this story and Dangerous Habits is a heavy one. The story starts off with a harsh truth; John Constantine is dying. The rest of the book follows Constantine as he deals with his inevitable death due to terminal cancer. The pacing here is perfect and Garth Ennis writes a heart wrenching story as Constantine desperately tries to find a way to cheat death. This is some of the best writing I’ve come across and it’s not hard to understand why Garth Ennis's run on the series is considered one of the best. The art is stylistically very different than that in Hellboy and William Simpson does a great job illustrating Constantine’s emotions. I would love to tell you how the story ends but I think it’s best to experience this one first hand. 
That’s it for this week. Make sure to come back next week, I’ll be bringing you a roundup of some of the best books I’ve reviewed this first half of 2016. Make sure to pick something interesting from your local shop and let me know what you’re all reading!

- The Creature of the ComiCombs

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