If you were around for NERDIWEEN last year, you may remember my post about 5 great comics to read during the Halloween season. Well, I’m back at it again this year with 5 MORE comic recommendations! There’s a mixture of uber creepy, kooky, and spooky in my selection, so I hope that you’ll find something on here that will get you in the Halloween spirit.
Take a look at what I’ve compiled this year!
Scary Godmother Comic Book Stories
by Jill Thompson (Dark Horse Comics)
Jill Thompson’s original witch character comes alive in this comic anthology, and it’s perfect for young and young-at-heart readers alike! The Scary Godmother stories take place in an alternate realm called the Fright Side, where they celebrate Halloween all year long. The world is inhabited by friendly monsters and creatures like vampires, werewolves, and sassy skeletons. Along for the ride is Hannah, a human girl who knows the secret of the Fright Side, and is able to visit Scary Godmother whenever she likes.
This book is great for any fan of Halloweentown as it has a similar feel, but the characters and stories are much different.
by Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, and Attila Futaki (Image Comics)
I like to include at least one horror comic for all of the thrill-seekers out there. Let me tell you what: Severed is absolutely frightening.
The story takes place in 1916 and focuses on a young teen named Jack Garron, who goes on a cross-country trip in search of his biological father. Along the way, he meets a man who calls himself Mr. Fisher, who offers to take Jack on his journey to find his dad. However, there is something downright terrifying about the mysterious Mr. Fisher: maybe it’s the fact that he has razor-sharp teeth like a shark, or maybe it’s his insatiable bloodlust. Perhaps, though, it’s the fact that he looks like an ordinary man who is a little too charismatic. You’ll have to read it for yourself to decide.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
by David Avallone, Dave Acosta, Andrew Covalt, Taylor Esposito, and Kevin Ketner (Dynamite)
I never watched Elivra’s show, but I still dig her style. The first issue of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark was featured at my local comic shop, and because it has a spooky aura to it, I obviously had to pick it up.
From what I’m told, the comic runs very much like the show, but with a twist. In this series, Elvira is pushed by a mysterious figure into a coffin that also happens to be a time machine (?) of some kind. Elvira meets up with gothic horror author Mary Shelley and they try to find Shelly’s missing friend and escape from a misplaced Viking. Yup, it’s as outlandish as it sounds. But, it’s also incredibly fun and full of puns and groan-worthy jokes, and that’s what truly makes this comic entertaining.
Kim Reaper: Vampire Island
by Sarah Graley (Oni Press)
I bought the first issue of this series without realizing that it’s a continuation of a previously released storyline about our main character, Kim Reaper. Either way, it’s piqued my interest, and it’s downright adorable, so that’s enough for me to include it on this list!*
*Note: if you follow this story, I don’t know what may be spoiled below. Read with caution.
Kim Reaper: Vampire Island follows our protagonist, Kim, who is a part-time Grim Reaper. Her girlfriend, Becka, and Becka’s friend Tyler convince Kim to take them to Vampire Island for an “adventure date” after the two have become obsessed with a vampire-themed TV drama. reluctantly, Kim agrees, and she whisks the two off to attend a vampire party. While it seems fun enough, there’s still danger lurking around the corner, especially when Kim is called away on Reaper Duty. If you want to read a comic that’s the true definition of “spoopy,” then this one’s for you!
Mister Jinx’s Halloween Hootenanny Special!
by Drew Rausch, Jocelyn Gajeway, Laura Graves, Corinna Bechko, Aaron Alexovich, Gabriel Hardman, and Rikki Simons (Independent)
I am a huge fan of Drew Rausch’s artwork, which is always Halloween or horror-themed. For this one-off comic, he brings together various storytellers to tell the tale of Mr. Jinx, a mischievous black cat whose owner is none other than The Devil.
The comic features several short stories that revolve around Mr. Jinx, and the lucky–or unlucky–people who come into contact with him. Sometimes they find a furry companion in Mr. Jinx, or they suffer the consequences after this black cat crosses their path. My favorite story in the collection was “Big Scare Boogie” by Aaron Alexovich, where an elderly horror movie icon who is terrorized by his Greaser grandson gets a visit from Mr. Jinx. Needless to say, the grandson realizes what true terror is after that encounter.
If you’re looking for a true Halloween experience, I can’t recommend this comic enough.
Which one will you read this Halloween season? What comic do you think should be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!