31 Days of Horror 2020 Presents Heroes & Villains: Scarenthood, The Doomed And The Damned

Oh boy, we’re just a scant TEN DAYS away from spooky time! I’m presently dealing with the real life horror of having a shitty downstairs neighbor that thought it was a great idea to begin an Extreme Home Makeover after 10 PM on a Thursday. Then again on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They also have a yappy dog.

In anticipation of Halloween and to distract myself from the forthcoming election fiasco I watched Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark again. Initially, my personal preference would have been for the books to be adapted into a series of anthology films but Del Toro’s take on it has grown on me over the last year. I should point out that I have multiple copies of the books in my home (in my nightstand where some would keep a bible and on my bookshelves) AND I have them on my Kindle…Great reading for kids you want to traumatize and adults alike.

BOO! Comics!

Advance Alert!

Scarenthood #1
Nick Roche (W/A)
Chris O’Halloran (C)

Scarenthood from IDW will be out on November 4th but I was able to get an advance look at it and wanted to cover it here for those of you that want to keep the spooky train a-runnin’ after the 31st. Of course, if you’re in the US like I am things may be plenty scary then anyways…guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Here’s the blurb: With their kids away on a field trip, a group of parents disturbs an ancient evil buried beneath the old Church Hall, unearthing a decades-old mystery about a missing child, and inviting something… hungry into their lives. Suddenly, their mornings go from playdates and peanut allergies, to a battle for the souls of one broken family—and one child in particular.

What scares you the most: fighting demons, or letting your kids down?

Admittedly, I was fully on-board with this book when I saw Nick Roche’s name attached to it. His work on the Transformers: Wreckers Saga books played a HUGE role in getting me into IDW’s Transformers books. With that kind of goodwill built up I was more than ready to see what kind of NON-robot stuff he had cooked up and Scarenthood was just a great as I hoped it would be.

I’d really love to get into specifics here but I can only safely say that you should pick up Scarenthood and see for yourself. What really got to me was the tone of the book, it’s a really great blend of humour, a dash of the mundane, and the creeping supernatural dread that make for a scary and relatable story.

DC The Doomed And The Damned

Just in case the Swamp Thing collection from two weeks wasn’t enough for you, DC is bringing the scary AGAIN this with The Doomed And The Damned…which I’m only now realizing is a goof on The Brave And The Bold.

Blurb me, Crypt Keeper!

It was a dark and stormy night when the creatures of the DC Universe began to emerge from their lairs into the cool evening air. Tales of the macabre, the murderous, and the morbid abound in this spine-chilling special about monsters and mayhem! What happens when Batman encounters a true urban legend after speaking its name three times in a mirror, or when Madame Xanadu enlists the help of Man-Bat to take down a shadowy specter? And who can stop an intergalactic demon from turning people into frog beasts? Only the unlikely team-up of Green Lantern and Etrigan! All this and seven more fang-tastic tales to trick your treats and bob your apples.

DC always manages to turn in strong horror offerings year after year and I’d even go so far as to say that they’re better at doing horror than Marvel is. Off the top of my head I can really only think of Marvel Zombies and, from the 70s, Werewolf By Night and Tomb Of Dracula from the publisher. I don’t know what it is about the stable of DC characters that makes it so they’re more predisposed to the horror genre, but they just work.

The book comes in at the hefty price of $9.99 but it’s well worth it. I mean, it’s square bound AND it works out to be a dollar per story which isn’t a bad deal to me. Lately, DC has been doing a lot of these premium format books which makes me wonder if ten dollar collections like this are going to become a regular thing. Or it could host be that a lot of their characters are turning 80 over the last few years.

Buy DC The Doomed And The Damned if you want to see Batman punch a ghost. That automatically puts it in the running for “Greatest Comic Book Of All Time” tied with all the other books in which Batman punches ghosts. I find it funny that 99% of the time Batman is portrayed as a stone-cold atheist and skeptic up until a crazy demon (or The Demon) appears and then he has some amulet in his utility belt that will take care of it. Regardless, Batman punching ghosts is awesome.

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