The month of October is almost halfway through and you know what that means… Stranger Things Season 2 is two weeks away! Wait, that’s not right. I mean, Halloween is two weeks away! And speaking of Stranger Things, we know you’re looking to take in as much spooky content as you can by the end of the month. Aside from rewatching the Craft for the umpteenth time or starting Mindhunter on Netflix, have you tried checking out comics for your scares? We’ve listed five of the most chilling comics you can check out this October that will make you scream! Okay, maybe scream is going a bit far but we promise at least one gasp in horror.
1. Babyteeth, Donny Cates & Garry Brown
What would happen if a sixteen-year-old girl gave birth to the anti-christ in the 21st century? I have no idea. I’m one issue in and I cannot find the second issue no matter how hard I try. Based on the first issue alone though, I can tell you this book is genuinely scary. The baby simply kicking in the womb causes earthquakes. Like the rest of the comic book industry I’ve been following Donny Cates, comic book wunderkind, and his hit titles God Country and Redneck. But it’s clear that Garry Brown is the unsung hero of this book. His art, along with colorist Mark Englert, have aesthetically created a world as spooky as the premise of the book. Babyteeth is a book that will leave you feeling dirty for wanting more but trust me, you will want more.
2. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Roberto Aguirre Sacasa & Robert Hack
So, you’re visiting The Nerd League and you’re reading this article. You know what that tells me? You’re probably a fan of a little show called Riverdale. I considered putting it’s spooky comics companion, Afterlife with Archie, on this list but its irregular release schedule makes it a bit difficult to follow. Instead, I picked my current favorite Archie Horror title, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Currently, in the midst of its second arc, the series follows a young Sabrina during her teenage years in the 1960s. Sacasa’s writing is as quick and witty as ever and don’t get me started on the artwork. Robert Hack might be the top horror artist working in comics right now and I say that knowing there’s a Mignola book later on in this list. This title is a perfect read for the month and a good prep for its upcoming live-action adaptation on the CW.
3. Metal, Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
Hey, reader, you know who Batman is, right? Okay, well, now imagine there is a small army of evil Batmen who’ve come to Earth-1 in hopes to unleash their Batgod, Barbatos, and plunge the multiverse into darkness. Sounds more complicated than scary, I know. Turn off all of the lights in your room and Google search The Batman Who Laughs. Go ahead, I’ll wait. It’s pretty damn terrifying and the event as a whole is one hell of a ride. Metal is the culmination of Snyder and Capullo’s nearly decade-long run on Batman and it is as gorgeous as it is frightening. The must-read high-octane scare on your Halloween pull list.
4. Mr. Higgins Comes Home, Mike Mignola & Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Remember when Mike Mignola retired from comics after killing off Hellboy and sending him to hell. Well, he might not be drawing the comic but he is teaming up with Warwick Johnson-Cadwell for a brand new graphic novel from Dark Horse. I don’t know much about Mr. Higgins Comes Home yet as it’s the one book on this list that has yet to be released. What I can tell you is that it is a comic about a vampire coming out in October from one of the greatest minds in comics of all times. If that’s not enough to get you to pay $14.99 for this book, you need to go out and start Hellboy right now!
5. Vision: The Director’s Cut, Tom King & Gabriel H. Walta
Okay, sure Vision came out in 2016 but hear me out on this one. The series is currently being re-released in Director’s Cut issues with more content and that is as necessary as the original comic. King and Walta created one of the most haunting superhero stories of the 21st century in the form of a synthetic family. Vision is a story about identity, truth, and human nature and in twelve issues, it will leave you feeling anxious and covered in goosebumps. If you haven’t checked this series out yet, it is a must that will haunt you for a very long time.