With Halloween just around the corner, our list of 14 best Halloween-themed graphic novels and comic books for this year, brings you a wide spectrum of top picks featuring your favorite superheroes as well as some horror classics.
Follow these memorable characters in stories that are guaranteed to warm your toes by on a dark and stormy October night:
Batman: The Long Halloween. By far our most favorite Halloween-themed graphic novel. Christmas. St. Patrick’s Day. Easter. As the calendar’s days stack up, so do the bodies littered in the streets of Gotham City. A murderer is loose, killing only on holidays. The only man that can stop this fiend? The Dark Knight. In a mystery taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, Batman: The Long Halloween is one of the greatest Dark Knight stories ever told.
Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.
John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night Vol. 1. From John Carpenter, the man who brought fans the cult classic horror film Halloween and all of the scares beyond comes the ultimate graphic novel anthology of tales to warm toes by on a dark and stormy October night! Carpenter brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels and comics for a collection of tales featuring graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts to haunt your dreams at night.
A Very DC Halloween. Your favorite superheroes are usually busy keeping the universe safe, but when Halloween winds blow through the DCU, these heroes are transformed into nightmares! Batman is driven mad by haunting visions of The Joker! Wonder Woman brawls with an undead sea monster! Superman fights a demonic entity! Swamp Thing battles in the mystical realm of the Green! Harley Quinn urges a man to commit a brutal murder!
Halloween Tales Vol. 1. This spooky — yet sensitive — graphic novel which is part of a trilogy reveals that, on Halloween, it’s always darkest before the dawn. In Halloween, immerse yourself in the great book of the night. And if, at a street corner, you meet a ghost, take a walk with him. You may just recognize him — and if melancholy torments you — he could be the one to make you smile again. Then, in The Book of Jack, braving a haunted house, young Jack discovers a mysterious book, a book that tells the story of his life.
But what dark twists could others write into the blank pages that remain? Finally, in The Story of Joe, a solitary boy finds refuge with the creatures of the night. But consumed by his imagination, he loses touch with reality and undergoes a strange transformation… Follow these young characters in stories that span from the dusk of childhood to the dawn of adolescence, as they explore the darkness and light in us all.
DCeased Halloween ComicFest Special Edition (2019) #1. A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction.
The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first… but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends?
Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special. “This single issues serves as both a stand-alone story in the Wytches world and a prequel to the highly anticipated Wytches , Vol. 2, “BAD EGG” tells the story of Seb and Jackson—two innocent teenagers reared on opposite sides of the eternal struggle between good and evil. Sebastian’s mother is a member of “The Irons,” the most ruthless Wytch hunters in history, while Jackson’s family are “High Horn” Wytches. Can these two boys find friendship amidst this age-old blood feud, or are their fates already sealed?
House of Mystery (2008-2011): Halloween Annual #1. It’s Halloween at the House of Mystery, and that can only mean one thing: the bash of a lifetime! But when Fig discovers a strange mask in the attic, she begins having visions of everywhere the mask has been—sending her on a journey across the Vertigo line, including original tales of terror from Hellblazer, Madame Xanadu, and more.
Grimm Fairy Tales 2015 Halloween Special #1. Sela Mathers is asked to be a guest speaker at a small college, but what she doesn’t realize is that the 3 Little Pigs from her past have some very big horrors in store for her! The 3 Little Pigs return, and this time, they’ve summoned an evil that may be too powerful for anyone to contain! Could this be the end for Professor Sela Mathers? Find out in Zenescope’s all new Halloween Special.
Victor Crowley’s Hatchet Halloween Tales #1. Spend Halloween with three creepy tales from Honey Island Swamp! Novelist SA Check (Volcanosaurus) delivers the doomed destiny of a circus troupe attempting to add Victor Crowley to their freakshow. In “Following,” writer Jason Pell (Beware the Witch’s Shadow) shows us that heartbreak can lead to a fatal outcome. And in “Patchwork,” horror author James Kuhoric (Freddy vs Jason vs Ash) delivers a Halloween monster mash of bloody revenge.
Grimm Fairy Tales #2: Halloween Special 2010. The second Grimm Halloween special arrives with a brand new original VAMPIRE story! When four vampire obsessed teens head out for a night on the town in search of the real thing, they quickly discover that they have bitten off much more than they can chew.
The group finds themselves face to face with an actual clan of real vamps who are intent on teaching the wannabe teens a horrifying lesson. Whether you love or hate ‘Twilight,’ this is one Grimm issue you definitely want to read.
Killogy Halloween Special. The critically acclaimed horror/comedy and soon-to-be animated series is back with a vengeance with a special Halloween one-shot! Devilocked horror punk Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (formerly of the Misfits) stomps through the apocalypse like you’ve never seen him before! Written and illustrated by rock star-turned-comics creator Alan Robert (Crawl to Me).
John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night Vol. 3. From John Carpenter, the man who brought you the cult classic horror film Halloween and all of the scares beyond comes 13 more twisted tales of terror, tricks, and treats. In volume 3 of the award-winning graphic novel series, Carpenter brings together another stellar ensemble of storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels and comics for another spine-tingling collection of stories that will haunt your dreams at night.
Spider-Man: The Short Halloween. A heaping helping of Spider-Man tales of the all-new Amazing Spider-Man Family. First, J.M. DeMatteis and Val Semeiks bring us a story shedding more light on the longtime friendship between Pete and Harry. Then in the Amazing Spider Ma’am, meet Aunt May’s Arch Nemesis!
Meanwhile, in the alternate universe of Mr. & Mrs. Spider-Man, Peter and MJ must stop a desperate criminal – and a future career for Peter Parker is born! Back in our world, The Private Life of Peter Parker shows us a true hero when Pete is trapped in a life and death situation with a child who needs his support. Then watch as Mayday Parker joins the family to answer one crucial question: who is Gwen Reilly? All this and more, plus the return of Peter Porker – The Amazing Spider-Ham! Collects Amazing Spider-Man Family #4-6.
Grimm Tales of Terror: Halloween Special 2018. Join, Keres, the Goddess of Death as she helps three hedge funders find out the true meaning behind some of the holidays oldest traditions.
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