If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week we’re taking a look at some of our favorite giant monsters and kaiju in comics. Though kaiju are generally more closely associated with the silver screen and its many examples of actors in oversized suits fighting among undersized buildings, comics have an abundance of city stompers to celebrate as well. Hopefully this list will help you settle any and all future kaiju-related arguments.
Steve Niles has made something of a career in comics out of figuring out interesting new ways to let vampires just hang out all the time without being boxed in by those pesky fatal sunburns that come from daylight. His breakout hit was, after all, 30 Days of Night alongside Ben Templesmith, a book that was built entirely around that premise and resulted in a pretty fun read. But once you've gone there, you're left with a question of where to go that's even bigger. For Niles and Nat Jones, the answer is clear: You nuke the moon.
In case you haven't noticed from the fact that all your Twitter friends have changed their display names to delightfully sub-Cryptkeeper puns, it is finally October! And that, my fiends, means that it's finally time for some spoooooky announcements about upcoming projects, and Dark Horse is getting the jump on everyone else by touting a brand-new comic that won't be out until 2015.
There's a reason they're announcing it now, though: It's a brand new comic about Frankenstein's Monster written by Mike Mignola, and that's kind of a big deal. Along with artist Ben Stenbeck, who worked with Mignola previously on Baltimore, the series will be called Frankenstein Underground, and will be set in the same universe as Hellboy and BPRD.
One of the interesting things about Marvel Comics is how seamlessly they integrated horror characters into their mainstream universe. A lot of that, of course, is just convenience. Marvel is, after all, a superhero publisher, so even when they do a comic about Dracula or, say, an actual demon from Hell who runs around with his head on fire punishing sinners with his supernatural abilities, they still just treat them like superheroes that are just part of this bigger, weirder world.
As a result, while they might all get lumped in together, they never really stay cooped up in some spooky corner, and if you're the type to dive into the quarter bin to look for a few cheap scares, that makes it pretty easy to find a spoooooky Halloween back issue. Sometimes Dracula shows up in X-Men and hits on Storm for two issues. Sometimes Blade joins a team of British heroes and helps fight aliens. And sometimes... sometimes Spider-Man gets kidnapped and strapped to a table with Frankenstein so that some weirdo you've never heard of can make "MONSTER SUPREME."
Q: What makes a monster a Halloween monster? Why is Dracula okay but Godzilla is not? -- @chudleycannons
A: If you're following me on Twitter, then you may already know that earlier this week, I got into a heated argument with comic book writer and holiday enthusiast Benito Cereno over what does and does not constitute a "Halloween Monster." The whole thing sprang out of a Halloween-themed musical countdown that Benito's doling out over at his Tumblr -- stick around to find out how the Garfield Halloween special got him in trouble as a youngster -- that included Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla."
My argument -- which I posed to my ex-friend in a very civil and conversational manner that definitely did not start with "hey stupid" -- was that this song wasn't a good fit because Godzilla, while he is definitely a monster, doesn't fit thematically with Halloween. Benito's argument was that it was a fun song. But obviously, as we all know, you can't have fun without rules.
On sale this week from IDW Publishing is Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #1, which sees Bernie Wrightson return to the subject of one of his most enduring works, the illustrated edition of Mary Shlley's Frankenstein which was originally released all the way back in 1983. While that project was a presentation of Shelley's
So why did DC Comics choose 52 as the number of titles to promote as part of their "New 52" reboot/relaunch/PR offensive? I'm beginning to think it might have been because there are 52 cards in a deck, and, like a deck of cards, the New 52 creative teams are always being shuffled. Acco
As Halloween draws nigh, Crogan's March creator Chris Schweizer imagines the construction of Mary Shelley's most famous character, whom lest we forget was made out of corpses. And was not also named Frankenstein; that's the doctor, not the monster. I know, I know.
Of all the spoooooky stories that I dig up to read every October, the ones that I like the best are the ones where the supernatural elements are just completely out of place. There's a level to that stuff that's perfect for Halloween and the way that the best horror stories, where the scary stuff is unexpected and jarring and wrong, and can strike at anyone at any time.
Normally, ComicsAlliance Senior Writer Chris Sims answers comics and comics culture questions from our readers every week, but as Halloween approaches, things are about to get terrifying! This month, Chris answers your spoooooooky questions... from beyond the grave!
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