Finally! It’s October – the favourite month of the year for us here at Biff Bam Pop!
Get ready for a wild ride over the coming days and weeks as we celebrate all manner of scariness, from film, to television to music to books. We’ve already kicked off the festive occasion yesterday, but this column is your first shot of comic book horror.
Quake with fear, for The Witching Hour is here!
Written by: Various
Illustrated by: Various
Published by: Vertigo Comics
The title itself is a horror throwback to the days when DC Comics regularly published weird stories under it’s own banner. These days, they do it via their Vertigo Comics imprint, which suits this reader just fine.
The Witching Hour, first published between 1969-1978 was a horror-themed anthology series “hosted” by three witches named Mordred, Mildred and Cynthia, the comic book version of Shakespeare’s maiden, mother and crone. Astute fans of the Vertigo series, The Sandman, would remember a version of them from the final story arc of that title. Speaking of which, The Sandman will find it’s way into this column again in a few weeks time!
Sorry! I went off track for a bit there!
This version of The Witching Hour is a one-shot, 70-page October spectacular! It contains nine short stories that explore the art (and the terror) of witchcraft, by a whole host of great comic book creators, veteran and new, including Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matthew Sturges, Mark Buckingham, Shawn McManus and many, many others. Of course, artist Jenny Frison, whom I’m a fan of, wraps it all up in a great looking cover that evokes a beautiful, yet gothic, horror.
Who doesn’t like a little scary-but-short story treat during the month of Halloween? Make the run to your local comic book shop today and conjure up The Witching Hour #1 for yourself or your coven.
Then wrap yourself in a shawl and read the book by candlelight or bonfire. It’s dark magic is sure to excite!
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!