So Sayeth the Odinson: The Odinson Bids Thee Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from the Odinson,

All Hallows Eve approaches and fall is in the air.  The ghosts and goblins are out and about.  It’s that time of year when the nights get longer, and the days get shorter.  The things that go bump in the night lurk in the shadows and stalk the blackest parts of our imaginations.  To help set the mood for this year’s Halloween the Odinson presents once again a list of some of his favorite bone-chilling comics, trades and GNs to help keep you company during those dark and spooky fall evenings.

Trick ‘r Treat – Based on the horror movie written and directed by Michael Dougherty, this graphic novel delivers a spine-tingling tale of terror that will have readers leaving the lights on.

28 Days Later: The Aftermath – Steve Niles heads an all star staff of artists to bring to you this must-read chapter that bridges the gap between the cult hit 28 Days Later and its horrifying sequel 28 Months Later.  And the Apocalyptic horror continues in Boom Studios’ 28 Days Later where we catch up with Selena, one of the three survivors of the first film.

EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt – These oversized volumes collect the first 18 issues (over 70 stories) of the 1950s comic book that inspired the hit movies and HBO cable series.

Essential Man-Thing – Explore the heights of the cosmos and the depths of the soul with the macabre Man-Thing!  Featuring the 1st appearance of Steve Gerber’s courageous fowl Howard the Duck and guest-appearances by the Ka-Zar, Daredevil, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing, and more!

Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allan Poe and Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft – Horror-comics legends  Richard Corben offers wickedly twisted versions of the classic poems by Edgar Allan Poe and tales of terror by H.P. Lovecraft.

Halloween: Nightdance – He was the original and still is one of the most iconic movie killers of all time.  Three teens have their world tunred upside down the chilling night that Michael Myers comes to their sleepy little town.

Nightmare on Elm Street – The iconic “Boogey-Man” of the ‘80s is back to terrorize the teenagers of Springfield.

Friday The 13th – No one is safe when the super-human stalker of Camp Crystal Lake returns in this chilling new chapter of Friday the 13th.

Army of Darkness Omnibus – When the dead rise and threaten all mankind there’s only one man that can save us.  Witness the beginnings of Ash’s never-ending battle with the forces of darkness!  This Omnibus includes Ash’s spine-tingling showdown with Herbert West, the nefarious Re-Animator!

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash – Let the bodies hit the floor as these three horror icons clash in one of the bloodiest, funniest, and most thrilling horror stories of recent memory.  He faced down the Army of Darkness, Darkman, and the Classic Monsters, but does even Ash have what it takes to take down the Kings of Horror, Freddy Krueger and Jason VoorHees?

Eduardo Risso’s Tales of Terror – Dynamite Entertainment presents international super star artist Eduardo Risso’s wonderful tales of terror in English for the very first time.  Also, check out Risso’s other horror masterpiece, collected in English for the first time, Vampire Boy!

Mephisto vs. – The Marvel U’s embodiment of evil, Mephisto, is in search of the ultimate prize and only the Fantastic Four, X-Factor, X-Men, and Avengers can stop him, or can they?!

X-Files/30 Days of Night – When Agents Mulder and Scully investigate a murder they soon find much more than they bargained for.  Steve Niles, co-creator of 30 Days of Night, and rock star-turned-writer Adam Jones present a can’t miss horror crossover.

Blade: Undead Again – The Daywalker is back and kicking vampire butt in an action/horror tale featuring Spider-Man, Dracula, Doctor Doom, Wolverine, and the sinister machinations of the evil Santa Claus!?

Curse of Dracula – Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan return to the character they helped define for a generation.

Tomb of Dracula – After reading Curse go back and check out Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan’s classic Marvel Comics run on the Lord of Vampires in full color! These volumes include the stunning debut of Blade the Daywalker and a terrifying showdown between Dracula and Jack Russell the Werewolf by Night!

Doctor Strange vs. Dracula: Montesi Formula – The Master of the Mystic Arts sets out to destroy the Prince of Darkness once and for all in a macabre supernatural showdown for the ages.

Dracula vs. King Arthur – It’s the ultimate battle between good and evil as the Lord of Vampires and the Once and Future King meet on the field of battle to decide the fate of mankind.

Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears – Long before Johnny Blaze, there was Travis Parham, a lieutenant in the Confederate Army and one of the first men to be known as the Spirit of Vengeance.  .

The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning – You’ve seen the terrifying movies, now witness the horror from the very beginning – based on characters from Wes Craven’s horror film classic.

Zombie – A small town in upstate New York is under siege by the walking dead and humanity’s last hope rest in the decaying hands of Simon Garth, the star of the Marvel 70s horror magazine, Tales of the Zombie.

The Walking Dead – Writer Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn have taken everything that was great about George Romero’s classic Zombie films, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead, and expanded the zombie mythology to new heights.  This is a story about mankind and how the human species survives in a world gone crazy.  It’s a world without all the modern luxuries like electricity, television, video games, and indoor plumbing.  It’s a world where the shambling dead that walk the earth in search of human flesh may not be the most dangerous things around.  Every true fan of horror, or just fans of great storytelling, should have these volumes on their bookshelf.  The Walking Dead is not just the best horror series going, but it is easily one of the best comic series going right now.

And it just keeps getting better because AMC now runs the live-action television adaptation of The Walking Dead for all the world to see.  Season One was spearheaded by Frank Darabont, the writer/director behind the marvelous adaptations of Stephen King’s The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption (yeah, the guy has credentials).  The Walking Dead is now in its second season and showing no signs of slowing down.  Before all is said and done, it will probably go down as the greatest horror television show in history.

Grab one or more of these bone-chilling tales of horror and keep the lights, for you never know what is lurking in the dark.  Sleep tight kiddies.  Happy Halloween.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell

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About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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