|Cover art for "Criminal Macabre: They Fight by Night" by Fiona Staples|
I'm always up for a good monster mash, and I'm particularly excited about this one because the original 30 Days of Night is the title that resurrected my interest in comics. I've always been more of a horror guy than a comics guy, so my introduction to comics was the Stephen King / Bernie Wrightson collaboration Creepshow, a throwback to the EC Comics of the 1950s. Every panel of that thing is permanently burned into my brain -- especially "The Crate." Later, Todd McFarlane's Spawn made me a collector... at least, for a few years. Then came Steve Niles and his snowbound vampires. The story and the art were so visceral that I couldn't stop reading. I tracked down some of his other work, and fell in love with Aleister Arcane and Edge of Doom (especially issue #2).
Flash forward a few more years and Niles is again writing 30 Days for IDW, turning his one-time hero Eben into a worthy nemesis for Cal. He's also working with the legendary Bernie Wrightson on a sequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. (If you haven't seen the first issue, you are seriously missing out on one of the most beautiful comics ever made.) He released three new comic last week (including the first issue of a SHINING-esque series called Lot 13 from DC, featuring memorably eerie artwork by Glenn Fabry) and now two more this week (the sixth issue of Creator-Owned Comics concludes his gothic western "Black Sparrow"). Honestly, I think Steve Niles IS a vampire... because clearly he doesn't sleep.
|interior art from "Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft" #1, by Gabriel Rodriguez|
|cover art from "Hack/Slash: My First Maniac" #3, by Tim Seeley and Carlos Badilla|
|cover art for "Hellraiser: Pursuit of the Flesh" #1 by the incomparable Tim Bradstreet|
The title I was most excited about today was Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra's Colder. The cover of their first issue has been haunting me for months, and I've been dying to know the story behind it. Without giving any spoilers, I'll try to set it up: Colder is about different types of insanity. See, there's this un-human character called Nimble Jack who obviously has a lot of fun being batshit crazy. He moves through the room and expresses himself like a rubber mime on nitrous oxide. (See below, for evidence of superb comic timing.) Then there's this other guy named Declan, who's sort of frozen like Walt Disney. Right now he's "the wrong kind of crazy"... but he's just getting warmed up. So to speak. Writing about Colder makes me smile, so I'm definitely curious to see where this one goes.
Last but not least.... If you're interested in my upcoming Dark Horse comic To Hell You Ride (and why wouldn't you be?), critic John Kenneth Muir has just written a review of the first issue, accompanied by an interview with the creators.