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Doctor Leviathan Volume #1 by James Banks Jr.

Doctor Leviathan

Doctor Leviathan Volume #1 https://t.co/QqZDTAsYyu is a standard size, 155-page, B&W, graphic novel written and illustrated by James Banks Jr.

This is a tale about a futuristic Detroit that is ravaged by super villains that leave the rock city a blood-soaked, partially demolished battleground. From the rubble emerges the enigmatic Doctor Leviathan, a mysterious being with supernatural powers capable of defeating the most vicious of foes! Once the good doctor makes his presence known carnage ensues as limbs are ripped off, skulls are crushed, and general mayhem eclipses the few remnants of law and order that survive!

James goes all out with coarse, brutal action in Doctor Leviathan! From the very beginning of this 3-issue story James sets a scene of over the top slaughter. Innocent little girls and other seemingly defenseless bystanders are engulfed in violent disorder as gigantic, mutated slayers with enhanced weaponry engage in all-out destruction! The writing moves the story quickly along from one scene of butchery to the next as the art fills every space of the page with raw, detailed annihilation and gore!

You can experience the eradication of evil with Doctor Leviathan at https://t.co/QqZDTAsYyu and https://t.co/IPJwISVOJm and on Twitter @JimBanks2017

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The Chair #4 of 4 by Peter Simeti, Kevin Christensen, and Erin Kohut

The Chair #4 of 4 https://www.alternacomics.com/thechair is a 32-page, B&W, crime/horror, mature readers, standard size comic written, inked, and lettered by Peter Simeti, with pencils by Kevin Christensen, and edited by Erin Kohut. Cover by Peter Simeti and Kevin Christensen. Published by Alterna Comics.

It’s the final issue of the jailhouse series and more questions arise as fates unfold! The end has come for the murderous Sullivan, but are things really as they seem? Has Sullivan, the imprisoned psychotic killer, really witnessed the brutal torture and deaths of his fellow prisoners, or has he simply lost touch with reality? And what’s to be made of the relationship between Sullivan and the Warden? Is there more between them than meets the eye?

The creative team behind The Chair bring the house down in this final chapter of the story! It’s all out carnage and confessions as law and chaos collide on Death Row! Peter delivers clever twists that send the story in unanticipated directions, while Kevin drives home the feeling of desolation and despair with his rough edged renderings and washes of gray!

Take your seat in The Chair at your local comics shop and at https://www.alternacomics.com/thechair and find more at https://www.alternacomics.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/AlternaComics/

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Mail Bag: Through a Basement Window by Clark A. Dissmeyer

If you’ve been around mini-comics for a while or have read up on their history you’ve probably seen work by Clark Dissmeyer (also known as CAD). He’s been an incredibly prolific creator for decades even when not making a large effort to get the work out to the public. Although he’s dabbled in a variety of genres and approaches, The perfectly titled Through the Basement Window: The Collected Comix of Clark A. Dissmeyer 1984-1986 is a solid collection of some of his darker, spooky and sometimes macabre comics work. This is a 160-page trade paperback edited by longtime collaborator Marc Myers and designed by Richard Krauss.

Here’s an excerpt (taken from the book) from an unpublished 1984 interview that offers some insight into Dissmeyer’s approach as a creator:

“I want to avoid the familiar stereotypes, archetypes and cliches of comics — funny animals, heroes, continuing character humor, slapstick, ‘topical’ satire, straight gag formats, EC imitation, etc. I want to do good non-cliched horror comics, vignettes and short stories. To conduct experiments in narrative without falling into RAW-like obscurantism, and in structure to develop an individual visual vocabulary.”

You can see an incomplete list of his output at the Database. Many of those minis and zines are hard to find so this collection would be a great start for those unfamiliar with his work.

Through a Basement Window can be purchased at Amazon or, no doubt, by contacting publisher Marc Myers.

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Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 by Jason Crawley, Mike Hoffman & Others

Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror #17

Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 https://buff.ly/2itsWDL and https://buff.ly/2AsMhMn is a 100-page, black and white, mature horror anthology featuring various writers/artists. Cover art by Mike Hoffman. Created by Mike Hoffman and published by Jason Crawley.

First off is Being Different by Jason Crawley (story) and Santos Zaballos (art). This terror tale introduces a couple of Romanian sisters newly transplanted to England in the late 1800’s. As the two adjust to life at an English ladies boarding school they also must contend with a jealous rival and a grisly murder reminiscent of the Ripper!

Next is Let the Corpses Lie by Juan Alcudia (story) and Carlos Lamani (art). This time we follow an ex-con recently released from jail and hired to do a job, only thing is the job proves hazardous to his health!

Then in Run, Rabbit, Run! by Jason Crawley (story) and Marc Gras Cots (art) we’re treated to a twisted take on the lucky rabbit’s foot through the eyes of a loyal and observant companion!

In The Fishman by Alex Ogalla (story) and Sal L. Donaire (art) we get hooked and reeled into a tale that combines climate change, time travel, and the fate of the planet! Talk about a fish story!

Later enter a world of magic, swords, and fantasy in the Wicked Creatures by Sam Agro (story and art). Here a brave king seeks to defeat a vile demon with the help of his beloved wife’s conjuring, but alas all is not what it seems!

Following is Phosphenes by David Brana (story) and Javier Caba (art), which proves to be no sleeper as an awkward janitor discovers a mathematical formula that allows him to enter dreams!

What Happened to the Ripper? by Jason Crawley (story) and Ellis Goodson (art) takes us on a tall tale that’s out of this world as we learn the true fate of the infamous Jack the Ripper!

As the pages turn we encounter a big game hunter in Trophy by Jeff Provine (story) and Ellis Goodson (art). This time the hunter has entered into the supernatural realm to bag his prized prey, but mortal moods prove they can still play their part!

Next a stranger visits a small village in Blood Sausage by Alfonso Bueno (story) and Santos Zaballos (art) and looks to gather folktales that he may regret getting his hands on!

As night falls we visit Electric City by Mike Hoffman (story and art) where monster look-alikes live and embrace community in the shadows of a power outage!

And lastly, The Gunplayer by Mike Hoffman (story and art) provides a short and powerful glimpse into the pervasive gun culture that has come to define our time and destroy lives.

As always The Bloke brings together a delightful assortment of horrors that shape and turn ordinary situations into fearful flights of fantasy! The writing in each story is well thought out and paced to carry the reader along for the ride and then hit them with the unforeseen twist! The art spans several different styles and each is executed with expertise and exquisite detail that’s an eerie elation to take in!

You can descend into the Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror #17 https://buff.ly/2itsWDL and https://buff.ly/2AsMhMn  and find more at https://www.facebook.com/BlokesTerribleTombOfTerror/ and keep up with what The Bloke is unearthing on Twitter @BlokesTomb

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Review: Doppelganger #1 of 4 by Jordan Hart and Emmanuel Xerx Javier

Doppelganger #1 of 4

Doppelganger #1 of 4 https://buff.ly/2htfXy1 is a 24-page, full color, horror-suspense comic created, written, and colored by Jordan Hart with pencils and inks by Emmanuel Xerx Javier. Published by Alterna Comics.

A middle-aged family man in a monotonous job with an irritating boss is involved in a car accident. He walks away with a mild concussion, but things only get worse. While trying to clear the cobwebs from his head he returns home only to find a much unexpected guest waiting for his return!

This is an original story that can go in so many directions it’s impossible to predict. The build-up unfolds smoothly in a believable way that provides no indication of where the story is going. The dialogue between the characters flows naturally and is just as relatable as the home and work environments are. The artwork does a magnificent job of portraying the story in a realistic setting complete with convincing background details and individual body types for the characters. Combined, the story and art make Doppelganger a uniquely entertaining comic that grabs the reader’s imagination and doesn’t let go!

You can find Doppelganger at https://buff.ly/2htfXy1 or at https://buff.ly/2hrrnSL and find more from Alterna Comics at https://www.alternacomics.com/

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Review: Sick in the Head by Alexander Gustafsson

 

Sick in the Head https://buff.ly/2fyGtoK is an 80-page, B&W, humor horror comic for mature readers written and illustrated by Alexander Gustafsson.

A film producer past his prime and his gun toting nephew find themselves up against the supernatural when their latest lesbian vampire flick takes a turn for the weird! While filming and arguing with an apprehensive actress, an unexpected fanged fiend crashes the set with a hunched backed henchman and undead killer in tow! Soon the line between the real and celluloid worlds blurs as mayhem ensues, big breasted vampires get poked with wood, and body parts began to fly! This ain’t your normal horror movie comic spoof, this is Sick in the Head!

Alexander does a great job of making fun of traditional horror movie tropes while telling an original story loaded with giggle worthy gore and brutal bustle! The story takes some really unexpected turns that gives Sick in the Head a fresh and marked departure from many other comics that fall into predictable territory. Everything from the underlining concept driving the plot to the cartoonish art come off as crisp and different. This is a fun and silly story for grownups!

You can get Sick in the Head at https://buff.ly/2fyGtoK and find more sickness at https://www.facebook.com/sickocomic/