As 2016 comes to a close, many people wish it good riddance with an eye towards the new year. With that comes a new slate of comics to look forward to: Marvel’s got huge monsters; Vampirella awakens in the future at Dynamite; and at Dark Horse, Angel earns his first solo series in a long while. Companies like IDW, BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics, Aftershock and Image Comics will also get in on the frights in January and February, with a variety of titles ranging from vampires and psychological thrillers to demons and undead wild west women.
Here are the 10 horror comics we’re looking forward to in 2017!
Emil Ferris’ upcoming graphic novel from Fantagraphics MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS presents the diary entries of a 10-year-old girl named Karen living in 1960s Chicago, who’s trying to figure out who killed her Holocaust survivor neighbor. Whether the actual monsters exist in reality or on the big screen remains to be seen, but we’re already very curious about this dark psychological thriller.
Forget what you know about the long-running heroine known as Vampirella — because everything changes for the character in February’s VAMPIRELLA #0 from Dynamite. The new series by Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton finds the vampire-hating vampire waking up 1000 years in the future. What awaits her? We don’t know… but for a 25 cent cover price, we’ll check it out for sure!
Veteran comic creators Phil Hester and Tony Harris bring their talents to a relatively new company in Aftershock with a book called BLOOD BLISTER. Very bad man Brandon Hull starts freaking out when all the terrible things he’s done start manifesting on his previously perfect body. That’s just the first step on a journey into the world of the supernatural that will test his sanity.
Fans of giant monsters will be happy to hear that Marvel’s celebrating their kaiju cast with the MONSTERS UNLEASHED series written by Cullen Bunn with art by Steve McNiven, Adam Kubert, Leinil Yu, Salvador Larroca and Greg Land. It’s super heroes versus more ’50s and ’60s creatures than we can count — starting in January!
After kicking around with Faith for 25 issues, Angel’s ready to break out on his own again in the pages of ANGEL SEASON 11 from Dark Horse. Written by Corinna Bechko and drawn by Geraldo Borges, the new series will bring some old faces back into the picture — specifically Illyria and Fred! Better yet? Angel travels back in time where he ends up in the middle of a god battle!
Gabriel Hardman’s February-shipping one-shot THE BELFRY features a batch of plane crash survivors who soon realize that falling out of the sky ranks as the least of their problems. Though details are still scarce, Hardman said in a release that “This is my dark trip into a world that’s a little surreal, a little nihilistic, and all terrifying.”
All Miranda Coler wants is to avenge her own death in the wild west. The problem? Every time she dies and comes back again, a bit of her memory fades away, making the journey all the more difficult. Luckily for her, she’s got an undertaker named Joseph assisting her with the mission. That’s the revenge-soaked plot behind the six-issue limited series DEATH BE DAMNED from Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Andrew Miller, Hannah Christenson and BOOM! Studios.
In Mike Carey, Arvind Ethan David and Brendan Cahill’s February-launching IDW title DARKNESS VISIBLE, humanity owes a debt of gratitude to demon-like beings who helped out during WWII. Even though they earned a place in society, there’s still plenty of mistrust going both ways, even with cops like Detective Daniel Aston. He will do whatever he can to keep his daughter safe — even if that means ticking off some powerful creatures.
Technically, Richard Corben’s black and white Dark Horse horror comic SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE started this year, but since it’s an anthology, we’ll count it! A veteran of CREEPY and EERIE, Corben’s always been one of the best in the business when it comes to chilling tales. At 76, he continues to prove just how scary comics can be!
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola continues exploring the depths of darkness with a batch of new projects from Dark Horse in 2017 — including HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2017, THE VISITOR and BALTIMORE: THE RED KINGDOM. The first two dive into the history of the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. Universe, while the latter continues the title characters’ vampire-slaying adventures. Few creators have done more to build whole universes around horror in comics than Mignola, so each piece he writes (or co-writes) just keeps adding to that rich tapestry.
To get these books, check out sites like comixology, or head to your local comic book shop!