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"Cursed Comics Calvacade #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by James Tynion IV, Bryan Hill, Tim Seeley, Riley Rossmo, Gary Dauberman, Vita Ayala, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Magdalene Visaggio, and Michael Moreci
Illustrated by Mark Buckingham, Andrew Pepoy, Riley Rossmo, Ricardo Federici, Kyle Hotz, Victor Ibanez, Gabriel Hardman, Minkyu Jung, Felipe Watanabe, Jonas Trindade, Dexter Soy, and Christian Duce
Colored by Ivan Plascencia, Sunny Gho, Matthew Wilson, Trish Mulvihill, Jordie Bellaire, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Veronica Gandini
Lettered by Steve Wands, Clayton Cowles, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed, Deron Bennett, and Carlos M. Mangual
2018, 80 Pages, $9.99
Comic released on October 10th, 2018

Review:

I've long argued that super heroes come a lot closer to horror than you'd initially think. I mean, just look at Batman's rogues gallery and tell me that villains like Clayface, Killer Croc, and Two Face aren't literal monsters. Although they may come close to the spooky stuff, cape comics rarely tread into the darkness...but then there's always Halloween. Enter Cursed Comics Calvacade, a new 80-page anthology from DC Comics packed to the brim with scares featuring your favorite super heroes from Gotham City to the far reaches of outer space.

Last year saw the release of the DC House of Horror, which was a similar setup. This year's anthology tops it with some absolutely incredible stories. There is not a bad one in the bunch here. Every single tale is top notch and they all pack a punch. This makes choosing a favorite difficult. I'll throw out some highlights though.

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The opening tale, “The Spread,” from writer Tim Seeley, artist Kyle Hotz, colorist FCO Plascencia, and letterer Steve Wands features one of my favorite horror mainstays of the DC Universe, Swamp Thing. Hotz's artwork steals the show here with some gruesome imagery as the being once known as Alec Holland fights off hordes of mutant creatures. Flesh is shredded by his massive arms, sending blood and sinew every which way.

While all this is terrifying and some really unsettling stuff, the closer is so pitch perfect. You learn what set Swamp Thing down this road and it's as noble as it is heartbreaking. This is the kind of story you can tell when dabbling with horror in the greater DC Universe and it is of the best quality.

Another favorite follows immediately after this one with “Gorehound” from writer Gary Dauberman, artist Riccardo Federici, colorist Sunny Gho, and Wands returning for letters. It puts Batman into a horror movie, playing with the tropes of the genre in some fun ways. The Dark Knight represents a monster to criminals in Gotham City and he certainly appears as one at times here. This is the kind of madness that Bruce Wayne faces on a nightly basis and it's pretty frightening.

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I'll highlight one more story just to give you an idea of what you're in for with Cursed Comics Calvacade. “Strange Visitor,” written by Magdalene Visaggio, illustrated by Minkyu Kyu, colored by Jordie Bellaire, and lettered by Josh Reed, features Superman as he suffers from a series of nightmares. I love how Visaggio paints the picture of the Man of Steel that can face any foe with his array of impressive abilities, but he's powerless against a shadow creeping into his mind as he sleeps. I would love to see this idea explored further, as it's such an interesting adversary for a man who can throw any other enemy into the sun.

If you sit in the middle of the Venn diagram of super hero fans and horror fans, Cursed Comics Calvacade is a must-read for you. Show this comic some support because I desperately want to see more like it, and not just every October. Can you imagine an ongoing anthology comic like Creepy or Tales from the Crypt set in the DC Universe? I'd be all over that and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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