Tales from the Suicide Forrest #1 (Amigo)
You may have not read the original “Suicide Forest” published by IDW, but you may be familiar with the story, which was turned into the 2016 movie entitled, The Forest. It is all based around Aokigahara – or The Suicide Forest – a real area in Japan, where people go to commit suicide often and is believed to be haunted. Whether you are familiar with the property or not, you can jump in with this one-shot by Amigo Comics.
Tales features two stories told in beautiful black and white art that had some of the most compelling story-telling since Scott Snyder’s Severed. Very rarely do horror stories weave such stories that leave the reader engrossed and genuinely terrified, but this issue should be read and admired by any fans of the genre.
The characters were so compelling that I forgot where the stories took place and left me genuinely surprised with each ending of the two narratives.
With a small publisher, make sure you get to your local comic shop and ask them to order this book.
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5
Chimichanga: The Sorrow of the World’s Worst Face #3 (Dark Horse)
Part of the fun of picking up a book with Eric Powell is never knowing what you are going to get. Eric Powell has two very different story telling styles: one is clearly intended for adults with mean, tough violence, while the other has a juvenile sense of humor. Chimichanga is on the more fun side of things and intended for all ages.
The other part of picking up a book with Eric Powell is always knowing what you are going to get. Incredible art. Whether Powell is on art duties himself or brings someone in – Stephanie Buscema in this instance – there is always a certain style and feel that is familiar, yet absolutely stunning and jaw dropping.
Ratings: Ratings 4 out of 5
Richard Corben: Shadows on the Grave #1 (Dark Horse)
Shadows on the Grave is a new anthology series from Richard Corben, who most notably worked on Heavy Metal magazine and received several awards for his work on Hellboy.
The first two short tales in this book were absolutely terrifying and may have been even too creepy and disturbing for Tales of the Crypt.
Although Corben has been an artist for many years, the old school art feels fresh amongst many of the horror books currently populating the shelves.
While this book was truly beautiful and told some great tales, the final tale was a bit wordy and disjointed.
Ratings: Ratings 4 out of 5
Overall, this was a big week for horror comics. Feel free to check out some of the other books that came out this week that did not make the cut. Die, Kitty, Die #3 came out and still continues to be a fun poke at the comics industry. If you need some adult Eric Powell books in your life, check out Hillbilly #4. And if you need your weekly fix of cheesecake, Cinderella: Serial Killer Princess #1 came out from Zenescope. And those were only some of this week’s horror books.