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Comic Review: John Carpenter’s Asylum Volume 2
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John Carpenter’s Asylum Volume 2
Paperback
Created by John Carpenter, Thomas Ian Griffith and Sandy King
Written by Sandy King and Trent Olsen
Pencils and Inks by Leonardo Manco
Colors by Kinsun Loh
Lettering by Janice Chiang
Storm King Comics
Release Date: October 11th, 2016
Cover Price: $24.99

“There’s a war coming to the City of Angels.”

John Carpenter’s name is synonymous with horror. For five decades, he has given fans nightmares with his legendary films, characters, and music. In 2013, one of the greatest horror movie directors of all time, Carpenter, stepped into another medium for his genre; comics. Along with his wife and co-writer Sandy King as well as actor/writer Thomas Ian Griffith (John Carpenter’s Vampires), the Halloween patriarch created his Storm King Productions line of comics, namely, Asylum. Asylum tells the story of a down and out priest Daniel Beckett, a man who sleeps around, smokes, curses, and has lost his connection. He is a demon hunter, and soon he’s the suspect in brutal murders chased by flawed but effective LAPD cop Jack Duran. When Duran’s son is kidnapped by a demon, enemies become partners and Duran and Beckett race against Hell itself to save him. Beckett is much more than meets the eye it turns out.

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FREE Read: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Prelude Comic
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Clive Barker's Hellraiser Prelude Comic

Today sees the release of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #1, the beginning of a new on-going series from BOOM! Studios which has Barker back writing for the franchise he created! You can check out our review of this exciting first issue, and if you’re interested in checking it out, then we have a treat for you.

BOOM! has provided us with the 8-page digital Prelude to Hellraiser #1, “At the Tolling of a Bell,” which we invite you to download for FREE right now! This is an all new, original story — NOT part of any other issues — which was written by Clive Barker with Christopher Monfette, with art by Leonardo Manco. This prelude issue is ONLY available now digitally and will not be sold as a single-issue in print form. It will be in print for the first time only as part of the first trade volume of the series, so don’t wait, grab it right here right now for FREE!

Click the link to download the PDF: Prelude to Hellraiser #1 PDF [Note, clicking on the link does NOT begin the download; you’ll be brought to a new page where you can select the PDF to download.]

If you want a peek at Prelude to Hellraiser #1, click the thumbnail at right here below to see a 1-page preview from the issue.

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Comic Review: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #1
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Clive Barker's Hellraiser #1Hellraiser #1
Written by Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette
Art by Leonardo Manco
Colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Lettering by Travis Lanham
Cover A: Tim Bradstreet
Cover B: Nick Percival
Cover C: Clive Barker
Price $3.99
Release date: March 23, 2011

It’s always funny to hear that with all the Hellraiser movies out there, Clive Barker has only been involved in the first movie, and the novella that movie was based on. And that’s it. And this is the name most often connected with the series. So I’m sure it’s exciting for horror fans to learn that Barker has returned to the series that made him famous, as he has with the new comic series from BOOM! Studios. It’s been almost 25 years since he last worked on the series, so now it’s time to see if he has picked up where he left off.

Anyone familiar with the movies will be right at home with this comic. It quickly sets up the familiar elements of the series: the puzzle box, the Cenobites, lots and lots of bodies without any skin — they’re all here within the first 10 pages. Hellraiser #1 sees Pinhead, the most famous of the Hellraiser characters, as he tries to make some kind of deal with a powerful force. It also brings back a character that will be known to people that know the series, but others will need to check the Hellraiser Wikipedia entry.

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Clive Barker Returns To ‘Hellraiser’ With New Comic Book Series
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Clive Barker's Hellraiser comic

Clive Barker is returning to his cult favorite Hellraiser franchise, but this time, it’s in comic book form with Hellraiser #1, a new comics series from BOOM! Studios.

The 40-page full-color Hellraiser #1 will be written by Barker and Christopher Monfette with art by Leonardo Manco, and will sell for $3.99. Cover art is by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival, while the variant cover will be drawn and signed by Clive Barker.

This first issue will also contain a 10-page backup story written by the co-writer and co-director of The Matrix trilogy, Larry Wachowski.

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Comic Review: 28 Days Later #9
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By The Canadian Titan

Boom Studios: 28 Days Later, issue #928 Days Later #9
Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Art by Leonardo Manco
BOOM! Studios
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 7, 2010

Let’s jump back into post apocalyptic Britain where we find Selena, Clint, and Derrick taking refuge at the farm we saw them in through 28 Days Later # 7 & 8.

Derrick is on the mend and feeling better, but there is only one problem. His injuries have left a permanent mark on him and he is now a risk to the group and to their safety. This though does not slow them down though; convinced they can continue they prepare to leave about one of the safest places on the entire island. Leaving the farm they continue on their long journey to reach London. But what will this cost them? On top of picking up a new companion to travel with them and hoping that this does not slow them down, they now have more than zombies after them. What do you do when you have the living and the dead hunting you?

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‘Pale Horse’ Showing Us The Old West Like We’ve Never Seen Before
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2010-04-13_palehorse_01_CVRABOOM! Studios is looking to redefine the western genre this June with the debut of their new mini-series Pale Horse.

The story revolves around ex-slave and former Union soldier Cole. A man who holds family above all else in his life. A man who has spent the years after the Civil War building a reputation as the most fearsome bounty hunter in the land. A man whose life is turned upside down when a bounty is placed on his head. When Cole isn’t able to protect his family he goes on a rampage of revenge, leaving only a trail of blood in his wake. With nothing but his horse, his one surviving son and his gun, Cole’s rampage leaves no stone unturned and no culprit alive.

BOOM! Studios Managing Editor Matt Gagnon had this to say about the upcoming mini-series:

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