Mike Mignola


Dark Horse Announces Hellboy Day

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Mike Mignol’s Hellboy, with Dark Horse Comics announcing Hellboy Day to celebrate. Check out the official announcement: For Immediate Release: Dark Horse Comics Announces HELLBOY Day Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Mike Mignola’s Legendary Creation on March 23, 2019 Next year, on Saturday March 23, 2019, Dark Horse …

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Alternative Comics Beat: Sledgehammer 44

Alt Beat

By Ken Porter

Sledgehammer 44


Written by: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Art by: Jason Latour

Art by: Laurence Campbell

Colors by: Dave Stewart


There’s just something absolutely spellbinding about the “Mignola-verse” that you can’t find at any other major comic book publisher. From Hellboy to Lobster Johnson you can find heartfelt storytelling, chilling men and monsters, and adventure that doesn’t show up on the pages of any other books.



When I heard about Sledgehammer 44 I was immediately interested in the story. I picked up the first issue at my local comic book store and devoured it, only to read it again later that day. The only problem is that, due to a snafu with my pull-list, I never got the other issues. When the trade paperback of the series was released I knew I had to have the collection. After reading it I kicked myself for not having caught up sooner. And, when I finished the collection, I knew that I was going to write an Alternative Comics Beat about the series.

The Story

The story takes place during World War II as a group of American soldiers provide back-up for a secret mission against a German facility. The mission is to provide cover for the operative known as Sledgehammer — a  man in a giant suit of armor with the power to discharge intense energy. As the soldiers participate in the operation, a freak accident puts a new man in the suit and takes the story in a fascinating new direction. Including the return of a villain once seen in a Lobster Johnson tale.



The Artwork and Writing

Jason Latour, who I raved about with Southern Bastards not too long ago, outdoes himself with the artwork. The character’s faces, the energy attacks, and emotions that rise and fall on each page are well worth the admission. And Laurence Campbell’s story arc has just the same amount of punch and vigor that Latour’s issues have. Campbell’s Black Flame is one of the creepiest renditions of the character, and I can’t wait to go and find more of his work at Dark Horse or other publishers.

Mignola and Arcudi have a knack for playing in this sandbox. Whether it’s together or separate, they know how to weave these tales in and out of touching moments of humanity and examples of war-torn horror.

Why it’s a great alternative?

The WWII superhero is no new concept. While it could be called a mixture of Iron Man and Captain America, there are elements to this character and concept that strays very far away from the Marvel characters. It might be a WWII story, but it’s one of those interesting action and horror blends that can only be found in the Mignola books at Dark Horse. It’s a fantastic alternative from the regular superhero narrative, where everyone is safe and the status quo is always restored at the end.



Who would enjoy this collection?

I think that fans of Hellboy are definitely going to enjoy this series. It’s a given that if you enjoy Mignola’s work and other titles that this one is up your alley. I would also recommend that fans of characters like Captain America or Iron Man give this a shot, or fans of war comics in general. Of course being a fan of Southern Bastards helps for the beautiful Latour art, and anyone familiar with Arcudi or Campbell will want to check out their work in this volume as well.

Ken Porter is presently interning with Cosmic Book News and also writes comic books including “Ink Ribbon” from Visionary Comics. Ken was also the winner of last year’s Top Cow Talent Search contest and was recently published in “Artifacts” #33.


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for 5/29/2013

The Top of the Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley


This is the weekly “quick pick” of the best 5 comics to hit the shelves! Whether they are riddled with action, have the best dramatic sequences, blast you with a bevy of shock and awe or make you feel like a child again, these are the books EVERYONE should be reading! This “DOC’s” prescription for having the best week possible — begins with these Top 5 books! (In no particular order!)

1. Next Testament #1 (of 13) (BOOM Studios):  Master of horror, Clive Barker, creates an all new comic that is sure to be as controversial as it is compelling. Steeped in religious overtones, this book follows one man’s descent into enlightenment and the rebirth of a creature that will either be worshipped by man or completely obliterate humanity all together! True horror begins with belief, and I believe Clive Barker has created something stunning!
2. Earth 2 Annual #1 (DC):  Although James Robinson may have left the DC stable as of late, we still get to enjoy a few more issues by the amazing scribe! This “farewell annual” will certainly leave fans clamoring as we get a definitive origin of Atom Smasher and the debut of the “all new” Earth 2 Batman! Speculations have run the gamut as to just who this Batman will be, everyone from Ted Grant to Hourman have been mentioned, but you will just have to wait and see for yourselves!
3. X-Men #1 (Marvel):  Okay, so how many X books are there now? Well, this one is special un to itself, and I’m not just talking about the all female roster either! Veteran scribe, Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive) brings a cohesiveness to the group that is sorely missing in the other books and brings back an old X-villain that will be sure to please fanatical X fans! If you are looking for something new, exciting and overtly fantastic — this one’s for you!
4. B.P.R.D.: Vampire #3 (of 5) (Dark Horse):  Mike Mignola and the fabulous Ba’ and Moon brothers take Agent Anders directly into the “heart” of horror in this amazing tale of a man that has lost everything except is lust for revenge. But being focused solely on one target leaves you open for an attack from the peripheral, leaving you blindsided by something much worse than you were after! This is a fantastic tale about falling so far that when you eventually get the chance to stand up again, you can barely recognize yourself.
5. The Wake #1 (of 10) (Vertigo/DC):  Scott Snyder hangs up the cape and cowl long enough to bring an eerie tale of discovery and wonder that is 50% drama, 50% horror and 100% stunning! Revolving around a “sound” captured on tape, this tale is steeped in creepy suspense that may make you question going underwater anytime soon. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy Snyder’s Batman series, but he is truly a modern master of the horror genre! Find it while you still can!

Ron Perlman Wants To Do Hellboy 3

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7283:]]Though we just heard from Hellboy comic book creator Mike Mignola who said there is not going to be a Hellboy 3, Ron Perlman voices his opinions stating he thinks it should happen.

Of course things change in Hollywood all the time, and if Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim does as well as many are already stating it will do, Del Toro could be the next “hot” director.

It’s already thought Pacific Rim will be/is the reason for Warner Bros. green lighting the Justice League Dark film, so why not Columbia Pictures doing the same for Hellboy 3 as well.

Part of the reason for no Hellboy 3 has said to be the big budget aspect of the project, and from what Perlman told IGN, it does seem to be the case as it’s described as epic.

Ive been giving Guillermo body shots for two years. We both walked away from Hellboy 2 agreeing that there would never be another one. But, with the passage of time, it became clear to me that he really always designed it as a trilogy. He has a very well-articulated idea of what the resolve would look like and it’s amazingly theatrical and is epic in scope and would make for amazing cinema, with or without the first two movies.

But there are so many questions posed in the first two films that absolutely need to be answered. I said, ‘You owe it to the world to finish this trilogy.’ I’ve been giving him Jewish guilt.

Seems the fate of Hellboy 3 is up to the studio, perhaps they will take a gamble.

The first Hellboy grossed almost $100 million back in 2004, with Hellboy 2 raking in $160 million in 2008.


Exclusive Interview: Dark Horse Editor Scott Allie Shines A Light On The Dark World Of Abe Sapien

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7215:]]For almost two decades, Scott Allie has been a key player at Dark Horse Comics, editing franchises like Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Allie soon began writing the occasional title and picked up the role of the company’s Editor-in-Chief. These days, Allie has joined Mignola in writing the ongoing series, Abe Sapien.

Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer caught up exclusively with the writer/editor to discuss Abe’s book, the character’s future and working in the “Mignola-verse.”

Cosmic Book News: First, Scott, congratulations on being named the Guest Editor of Honor at the 2012 World Horror Convention. What was that experience like?

Scott Allie: That was great. I had my son with me, we made a road trip of it, hung with Mignola, Joe Lansdale, Mimi Cruz from Salt Lake’s Night Flight Comics. It was very different from a comics convention, and a lot of fun. My son really bonded with this couple that were doing a zombie comic. 

CBN: You have written classic tales for Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as expanded Robert E. Howard tales for characters like Solomon Kane. Which genre do you like the best as a writer, straight horror or sword and sorcery with a little mystery blended in?

Scott Allie: Well, absolutely straight horror. Usually in comics, horror is sort of horror adventure, which is not that different from what Howard did with Kane, in particular. But I love it when I can use comics to tell something more traditionally horror, less demands for action.


CBN: This year, you began writing the book Abe Sapien with Mike. How did that gig come about?

Scott Allie: It started with the BPRD one- and two-shots we did last year. Mike had some horror stories he wanted to do, different from what he was doing with Arcudi on the regular BPRD series. So we did these less actiony horror stories, Pickens County Horror and The Transformation of JH O’Donnell. With those, we did the sort of downbeat horror stories we wanted to do, with some more old-fashioned supernatural material than what John does in BPRD. We liked that, and then we talked about what was going on with Abe. Abe was in a coma at the time, and we knew he was gonna wake up, and go AWOL from the BPRD. The idea of turning that into a bigger story, a story all its own, grew out of that. The BPRD stories are generally real big-scale, and sort of earth-shattering. We wanted to have room to do smaller stories, see what the end of the world looks like from the ground level. And Abe’s story gives us the opportunity to do that.

CBN: What do you most like about the book, and about the character Abe Sapien?

Scott Allie: I love the artists. Max Fiumara and Sebastian Fiumara are incredible, and it’s really exciting writing for them. That’s the best thing about the book. But it’s really a dream come true to write a story about an inhuman character running around the apparent end of the world running into one bizarre horror story after another. One of the best things in my life is the road trips I’m able to take, sometimes with my family, sometimes solo. This book feels like that. I’m really making the locations part of the fun, trying to bring them to life, and place horrible things there. So I enjoy that aspect. As for Abe, his design, thanks to Mike, is phenomenal. That’s incredible. But I think Abe is a really intelligent character, and right now he’s really conflicted about who he is, what he’s done, and what he’s supposed to do next. Sometimes I like darker characters, but I like that Abe is burdened, but essentially just a terribly good person. Or good … something.


CBN: How do Mike and you work as collaborators on this particular book?

Scott Allie: It varies, but on some stories, the plot comes from him, I fill in the details, and then we fine-tune it together. On a lot of it, I pitch him a story in broad strokes, he gives me some specific Mignola bits, and then I script it, with only a little oversight from him. We were talking through a major turning point in the series, sort of the biggest event in the series, and at the end of the call we couldn’t figure out who had come up with what. That’s the best kind of collaboration. We get that with the Whedon books a lot, too. 

CBN: The three-part “Dark and Terrible” arc is in progress in Abe’s book. Can you tell us what challenges the character will face before this adventure concludes? Even a few hints?

Scott Allie: The biggest question for Abe right now is just what the hell is he, and what does he have to do with what’s going on in the world. The question of what his soul is made of comes up in this book. That’s a big challenge. Perhaps the bigger challenge is a big Ogdru Hem — that is, a C’thulhu-type monster that he fights. But they’re sort of parallel
problems …

CBN: I know it is a stock question, but as one who does both myself, which do you enjoy most: being a writer of comic books or working with other writers as an editor of comic books?

Scott Allie: I like writing better, but I think that’s partly because I do it part time. My time writing is special. If I had to write full time, there’d be a certain grind to it that I think would reduce the pleasure. For the next few years I look forward to sort of getting all my personal creative pleasure from what I can do in the Abe Sapien series, and then just being the best editor I can be on a lot of other books.


CBN: Sebastian Fiumara is doing some art on Abe Sapien. What does his art bring to the book?

Scott Allie: Sebastian blows my mind. We worked with Max on O’Donnell last year, and we knew we wanted to do more with him. Then he said his brother was interested, and we checked out Seba’s work, and said, yeah, let’s get both these guys busy full time! Seba, like Laurence Campbell on BPRD, brings something really nice to our books. Our books are so stylized, and the world is getting increasingly different from the real world. Laurence and Sebastian help ground it. They help remind readers what this all might “really” look like if this were the real world. I don’t normally care about that in comics, but these days in BPRD, while we’re bringing about the end of the world, I think we get something out of making things seem a bit more realistic. But then I’m happy we contrast that with James Harren and Max Fiumara and Tyler Crook, etc., who give us more of that Mignola-style distortion.

CBN: Any other projects current or future you would like to tell us about?

Scott Allie: So many! A lot of new things are coming from the Mignola-world. We’re wrapping up Buffy Season 9 in the next couple months, and laying the foundation for Season 10. But we have a lot of new cool horror books. Victor Gischler, who wrote Spike for Season 9, is doing some new creator-owned stuff, starting with Witch Hunt, a horror comic we’re launching this summer. Alex de Campi has a new series, Grindhouse, which is sort of a garish horror anthology — though of course quite smart, coming from us and Alex. Steve Niles has a new Criminal Macabre series launching, as well as one of the best, most poignant horror stories he’s ever done, with Breath of Bones, a comic about the golem in World War II. That’s a great one. I’ve been using it to coach my kid on reading—it’s not really a kid’s book, though. I just have interesting parenting techniques.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Scott Allie for taking time out of his busy schedule during convention season to talk with us, and also thanks to Dark Horse’s Jeremy S. Atkins for helping make this interview possible.

“Abe Sapien” #2 hits shelves May 1st!



Hellboy 3 A No Go Says Mike Mignola

We get an update on “Hellboy 3″ from creator Mike Mignola who says it’s not going to happen.

In a recent interview talking about the Hellboy comic book, Mignola let it be known that there will be no “Hellboy 3.” 

“The biggest problem I see as far as PR for the next billion years is explaining endlessly not only that there’s no ‘Hellboy 3′ movie, but it’s going to be explaining ‘It’s a series, but it’s not a monthly [comic book] series,'” Mignola told CBR.

Guillemo Del Toro directed the first two Hellboy films which starred Ron Perlman.

The 2004 film brought in close to $100 million on a $60 million budget.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army, in 2008, grossed $160 million worldwide on a $85 million budget.



The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for May 16, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)



I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these books to your list of goodies! Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription for good health starts with these top five titles of the week!


1.  Hardcore #1:  Kirkman brings his A game with this action/sci-fi/thriller about an assassin that can manipulate another person’s body! Part Quantum Leap, part The Bourne Identity — 100% amazing! This is the “Next Big Thing”! Check out my full review here!

2.  Danger Club #2:  Great story by Landry Q. Walker and even better art by Eric Jones — this tale of a world that has lost all it’s adult heroes will enthrall you! The future for Kid Vigilante looks bleak as he must do the unthinkable in order to save the entire world! Walker and Jones have hooked me on this sleeper hit, so get it if you can!

3.  The Secret Service #2:  The combined comic might of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons unite on a tale of family and country! Gary’s Uncle Jack is trying to help him escape from his hell of a life. But is it better to deal with the hell you know or the one you don’t know? Another hit from the Millarverse that will have you begging for more!

4.  B.P.R.D.- Hell On Earth: The Devil’s Engine #1:  Johann Kraus has changed, Abe Sapien has been removed from action, Liz Sherman is in hiding and Hellboy is dead! Everything the B.P.R.D. has built up over the years, begins to fall all around them! And if they fall — the entire world does as well! Mike Mignola continues to break his world one piece at a time! Get on board while you can!

5.  Red Hood and the Outlaws #9:  The “Night of the Owls” storyline continues here, but it’s the first appearance of a certain Bat villain in the DCnU that makes this book so “cool!” That’s right, folks — Mr. Freeze enters the fray and all the corny “Arnie” lines can now flow freely around in your head again! Great story about the prodigal Bat-son and his team of reluctant heroes! Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort continue to make “chilling” stories month after month! So,”Chill Out!” and get this book!


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for March 21st, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)


I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, make sure to add these five titles to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health begins with these top five titles of the week!


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:988:]]1. Supercrooks #1: Mark Millar is back once again with the amazing Lenil Yu on artistic chores! What do you do if you’re a super criminal that keeps getting beaten by heroes? Move to Spain, of course! I mean, has anyone ever heard of a Captain Spain? Hell no! This book is awesome! Check out the review.

2. Ragemoor #1:  Jan Strnad and Richard Corben have converged to create an instant horror classic! Black and white, completely creepy, this is the book that will keep you up late tonight! Check out my full review here!

3. Batman #7: Scott Snyder has broken the Bat! Revelations galore in this issue and you won’t believe who Dick Grayson’s great-grandfather is! Get in now before the “Night Of The Owls” storyline hits all the Bat books starting next month!  

4. Kick-Ass 2 #7: The $#!& hits the fan in this series finale and no one emerges unscathed! Plus, there is a eight page preview of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons The Secret Service where Mark Hamil dies!! You should have used the Force, Luke!

5. B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Long Death #2 (of 3): Besides having the longest title on the list, this is one hell of a book! Raging monsters, mayhem, the Wendigo and a final battle that is completely awesome — this book has it all! Check out an advanced review here!


Advanced Review: B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Long Death #2

2012 is the year the Mignolaverse all goes to hell — quite literally! With the “death” of Hellboy, the evolution/de-evolution of Abe Sapien, the wayward roaming of Liz Sherman and the impending doom of Fenix, there is only one being that can help off set the hordes of evil knocking on reality’s door — Johann Kraus! But instead of leading his squad against the forces of evil, Johann wanders away on a mission of revenge. Seeking to find Captain Daimio might not cost him anything, but it will cost his squad much more than they are willing to lose! 

Mike Mignola and James Harred have created a tale that is astonishing! We all know Mignola can spin an amazing story about the occult and the warriors that stand tall against the forces of evil, but this book is all about James Harred! The art is utterly amazing! There is a fluidity, a naturalness to it that makes every page feel alive. Even the most grotesque scenes, and there are a lot of them, have a unique quality that helps transcend past the written tale of the book. B.P.R.D. books have always had an extremely high caliber of artists waiting in the wings, but as of now, James Harred has taken top billing on my list! Not to be left out in all the artistic praise, check out the viciously outstanding cover by Duncan Fegredo and Dave Stewart — this is why people are afraid of the dark!

This is an extremely pleasing read filled with all the outlandish horror aspects we have become accustomed to without being complacent. B.P.R.D. fans will be pleasantly surprised with the return of a certain “monster” and all the references to past storylines, but new readers will have a hard time feeling comfortable in the vastness of the Mignolaverse. But anyone can enjoy the creative, artistic talent of James Harred, and no other book can boast having a final battle quite like this one! I have read comics for twenty-five years and have never seen anything like it! 

If you have never read a B.P.R.D. book before, I recommend picking up a bundle of trades and get in on a fantastic series before it all goes to hell!


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for February 22, 2012

The DOC’s Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly “quick pick” of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)


batman the dark knight #6I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these five books to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health begins with these top five titles of the week!

1.  Torso (Graphic Novel):  Originally published in 2000 from Image, Bendis‘ look at the true story of Elliot Ness’ chase of America’s first serial killer, gets the hardcover treatment through Marvel’s Icon imprint! This is true crime writing at it’s finest!

2.  Invincible Ultimate Collection #7:  Kirkman’s second biggest hit, and cosmic fans number one book, hits the shelves today! If you are a fan of anything good in comics — this ones for you! Sketches, comments and covers to every trade and issue, make this one massive book of cosmic goodness!

3.  American Vampire #24:  Travis vs. Skinner Sweet — in a brawl to the death! Need I say more! Snyder just keeps the good times rolling with this introspective look into the vampire hunter Travis’ past.

4.  The Dark Knight #6:  We all know how nasty Bane can be, but the DCnU Bane is bigger, badder and … smarter? It’s going to be a long night for Batman as he battles his biggest threat yet! David Finch’s cover is worth the price of admission alone!

5.  Dark Horse Presents #9:  This issue has everything to please any type of comic fan! You get a Mike Mignola Lobster Johnson story, an adapted version of Edgar Allen Poe’s The City In The Sea by Richard Corben and the debut of novelist, Caitlin R. Kiernan’s, Alabaster: Wolves! Throw in, one of my favorites, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne by Rich Johnston, and you have 80 pages of pure comic nirvana! Read the full review.


Review: Dark Horse Presents #9

The one type of comic book that I don’t see on shelves enough is anthology series. I can understand most reader’s apprehension for reaching for a book that’s a collection of short stories or serialized chapters of a longer narrative, but I’ll be damned if I don’t speak up and say that it’s an incredibly fun experience. Dark Horse is one of the few publishers to keep walking in this territory and I think it’s working on all levels.

In this edition of Dark Horse Presents we get a wide range of stories from all walks of life. We get a great story featuring a new favorite character amongst readers, Lobster Johnson, and some classic stories featuring characters like Tarzan. For fans of Brain Wood there’s also a chapter of The Massive, which is his new project. I wasn’t completely sure what was going on in the overall scheme of the larger narrative, but the short story was intriguing and kept my attention.

The only drawback I can really see to this whole thing is that there are ten separate stories that you have to invest in. But then I realized that I got something out of this single issue that I don’t normally get from others – time. Most of my singles that I buy every month have been read and put away within ten minutes each, but this was one of those reads where I would read a few stories, set it down, go do something else, then excitedly jump into the next one. It’s almost like having a monthly trade where you get a little piece of multiple stories every time you buy it.

A book that has a long shelf life and a diverse story base is a book that I can get behind. If you’re not a huge fan of anthology series you might want to reconsider and try what Dark Horse is selling monthly. It’s definitely a little pricier than most comics, in fact it’s the price of two Marvel or DC books, but you’re getting a multitude of stories in a single volume. If you love shorter form stories and you’re a fan of what Dark Horse has to offer, this is a book that you should be picking up.


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for February 8th, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)


I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, make sure you add these books to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five books of the week!



1.  Severed #7:  Scott Snyder’s classic look at American horror reaches it’s conclusion! This is the best mini-series I have read in a very long time and if you haven’t been reading this one — you missed out on something amazing!

2.  Wolverine and the X-Men #5: Kitty’s pregnant, Beast teaches a biology class inside a living mutant and the school is completely out of money! Jason Aaron continues his fabulous run on a series that is both fun and thought provoking!

3.  Suicide Squad #6:  The hunt for Harley Quinn begins with this issue! Plus, this is the only place you will be seeing the Joker anytime soon, too bad it’s only in flashbacks! Great story!

4.  Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #2 (of 5):  Mignola’s pulp hero returns for his second mini-series and you will be kicking yourself if you don’t pick this one up! B.P.R.D. fans will be pleasantly surprised by the last page reveal!

5.  Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #529:  David Liss‘ fantastic work, on redefining the Black Panther for future generations, ends here with the series finale! This underrated character has never before been so appealing!


The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for February 1st, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five books that should reside on the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)


I do the research, you reap the rewards! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these titles to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health begins with these top five books of the week!



1.  Swamp Thing #6:  Scott Snyder continues to prove he is the new face of horror, and this book will embed itself in your nightmares for weeks to come! Just a tip, leave the lights on for this one! Check out my review for all the gory details here!

2.  The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #5: Luther is finally forced to make a decision on whether he will become the man the Librarian wants him to be or not. But things aren’t so black and white when they’re covered in red! Check out Kenneth’s review here! 

3.  Dark Horse Presents #8:  Mike Mignola headlines this one with a compelling story of Kate Corrigan and her revelation about Hellboy! Plus a creepy Beasts of Burden story by Jill Thompson and the continuation of Neal Adams’ Blood! 80 pages of great stuff!

4.  The Boys #63:  Garth Ennis’ over the top series may be gradually coming to it’s conclusion, but the story continues to heat up! Both teams take some big losses when the Seven and the Boys begin their cataclysmic collision course! The end begins here!

5.  Fatale #2: Ed Brubaker weaves a crime noir tale like no other! Now factor in devil worshippers and demons, and you have another amazing book from an amazing trio! Don’t believe me? Read my full review here!