horror

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, vol. 1

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volume 1 cover

Let’s get something straight right away: unlike the original video games, Resident Evil is not scary in comics form. It may be bloody and tense, but if it weren’t for the tropes it uses, I wouldn’t call it horror. In The Marhawa Desire, readers will find a cheesy…

Fragments of Horror

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Japanese horror films have long been popular in the States; remakes of movies like The Ring and The Grudge have led people to seek out their scarier Japanese counterparts, while fans claw and cringe for ultra-violence like The Audition and Battle…

Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition

  First published in Japan in 2002 and translated into English in 2003, Junji Ito’s Gyo has been re-released this April in a deluxe hardback 2-in-1 edition by Viz Media. Designed to complement Ito’s classic Uzumaki, the handsome matte cover…

Love In Hell, Vol. 1

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Hell can be many things: a place of endless horrors and punishment, a black abyss devoid of God’s light, or simply other people. The infernal realm has inspired numerous literary works, comics, movies, and video games. An underground realm occupied by a…

Rohan at the Louvre

It’s hard not to be curious about a manga commissioned by the Louvre from Hirohiko Araki, a mangaka best known for the seinen series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The Louvre calls to mind an austere classicism along the lines of the…

Lychee Light Club

From their secret base in the belly of a sprawling, pollution-spewing industrial park, the boys of the Lychee Light Club work to fulfill their fourteen-year-old megalomaniac leader’s glorious vision of eternal youth, devoting themselves to the construction of a mechanical…

Blood Alone, vol. 1-6

The vampires in Blood Alone have something called farumek — the ability to hypnotize humans by looking into their eyes. That is how I felt when I first picked up this subtle but addicting tale several years ago, back when it was…

Velveteen & Mandala

The next time someone tells you comics are “just for kids,” show them Jiro Matsumoto’s Velveteen & Mandala, a graphic novel that pushes the envelope on what most readers may be willing to tolerate. With scenes such as a group…

Biomega, vol. 1-3

It’s the year 3005 and the N5S Virus—-a horrible disease that transforms people into walking zombies—–pushes humanity towards the brink of extinction. A synthetic human named Zoichi Kanoe searches the sprawling cityscapes for Eon Green, a teen girl who is…

Highschool of the Dead vol. 2

    The zombie apocalypse lumbers on in the second installment of Daisuke Sato’s Highschool of the Dead! After prescribing a violent remedy for Rei’s boyfriend’s infection, she and Takashi link up with other survivors and formulate a plan to…

Highschool of the Dead vol. 1

    Highschool of the Dead is the story of teenagers who find themselves thrust into danger after a global pandemic causes the dead to roam the earth, infecting those unfortunate to cross their shambling path. The drama unfolds not…

Kieli, vol. 1

Kieli has always been able to see ghosts. This ability has made her less trusting of the hypocritical teachings of the church, the main power in her world. When she stumbles upon a young man named Harvey and learns that…

Dark Metro, vol. 1

Deep beneath the streets of Tokyo lays a place most people don’t even think twice about—the subway. But that seemingly innocent transportation network is also a place where life and death intersect. One man, Seiya, is the bridge between those…

Presents, vol. 1

I was excited to hear that DC’s CMX imprint was doing a mature line and was eager to read its horror offerings. I’m pretty much a chicken, but I’ll risk nightmares for well-written horror stories. Unfortunately I was disappointed in…

The Cain Saga, vol. 1

Earl Cain Hargreaves is one strange duck. A member of the British aristocracy, this teen lives with his manservant, Riff, collects strange and rare poisons, and spends his off hours solving gruesome crimes, often perpetrated by people he knows or…