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7 Most Promising Horror Comics of 2021

Written by James Ferguson

As with every year, my top ten list of the best horror comics of 2020 was difficult to put together. This year there were quite a few titles that had just started when the list was put together, but showed great promise. I felt like they needed a little more time before I could include them in that list, but I still wanted to highlight them in some way. Hence, this rundown of comics that bridge the gap between the 2020 hellscape and whatever awaits us in 2021. These are comics that are just getting going and should definitely be on your radar.

The below comics are all titles where I've read at least one issue, so I can vouch for them. I didn't include comics that have been announced and look cool but I haven't read yet. That might be an entirely different list. Anyway, check these out!

small-coverBuy from Amazon Scarenthood (IDW Publishing)

Writer / Artist: Nick Roche
Colorist: Chris O'Halloran
Letterer: Shawn Lee

The horrors of parenthood meet the supernatural in this stellar series written and illustrated by Nick Roche. This comic follows Cormac, a single father with some secrets as he's trying to raise his daughter and juggle work. After meeting some of the local parents, he gets roped in a local mystery that puts him square in the sights of a demonic entity that has centered on his kid's day care. This is a harrowing story that's only amplified by the danger this puts Cormac's daughter in. It's not just Cormac that's in the crosshairs. His kid is by extension as well and that adds a whole new level of terror to this book.

We're three issues into this series at the time of this writing and there's only one left. From the looks of things, this is going to go out with a bang.

Reviews: Scarenthood #1 | Scarenthood #2 | Scarenthood #3

small-coverBuy from Amazon Sea of Sorrows (IDW Publishing)

Writer: Rich Douek
Artist: Alex Cormack
Letterer: Justin Birch

After scaring the crap out of me in the mountains with Road of Bones, the team has gotten back together for another historical horror series with Sea of Sorrows. This one takes us to the high seas as a ragtag salvage crew looks to pull up an old U-boat with the promise of treasure. What they find is something monstrous lurking in the dark depths. This chilling tale is a perfect slow burn that has gotten steadily tenser with each scene.

Sea of Sorrows was going to debut earlier in the year, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. The first two issues are out now with two more planned.

Reviews: Sea of Sorrows #1 | Sea of Sorrows #2

small-coverBuy from Amazon I Breathed a Body (AfterShock Comics)

Writer: Zac Thompson
Artist: Andy MacDonald
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

This one is a bit of a cheat, as the first issue isn't due out until January 20th, but I have had a chance to read it and it's super creepy. It presents an unsettling look at our obsession with fame and the current influencer culture, with an otherworldly spin to it. If you've followed some of writer Zac Thompson's other work, you'll know how weird and disturbing some of those stories can get. This one is no different. After an amazing first issue, I cannot wait to see where this one goes.

small-coverBuy from Amazon Home Sick Pilots (Image Comics)

Writer: Dan Watters
Artist: Caspar Wijngaard
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

With the current obsession with '80s nostalgia, it's refreshing to read a comic set in the '90s. Bring on the JNCO jeans and chain wallets of my youth! Home Sick Pilots follows a punk band in 1994 looking to make a splash by playing a gig at a haunted house. The singer goes in early to check the place out and goes missing...then the house starts walking around. This is an eerie and mysterious book that has some of the best artwork on the stands today.

There's only one issue of Home Sick Pilots out so far. It's an ongoing series so there's plenty of time to jump on board.

Review: Home Sick Pilots #1

small-coverBuy from Amazon I Walk With Monsters (Vault Comics)

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Sally Cantirino
Colorist: Dearbhla Kelly
Letterer: AndWorld Design

If you want to talk about one of the most effective and shocking first issues, look no further. I Walk With Monsters starts with a simple idea of a young woman and a monster hunting bad guys, something we've seen before. It quickly builds to something so much more, as we get flashes back to the girl's past, seeing what drives this journey and what she's really after. It's a personal story that delivers on scares and drama. It also has one of the best cliffhangers in recent memory.

I Walk With Monsters just started. The second issue came out recently. I'm not sure how long it's planned to run, however the third and fourth issues have already been solicited.

Reviews: I Walk With Monsters #1

small-coverBuy from Amazon Terminal Punks (Mad Cave Studios)

Writer: Matthew Erman
Artist: Shelby Criswell
Letterer: Micah Myers

You might look at Terminal Punks and think it's a comedy series about a punk band fighting mutant animals in an airport. That's what it is to an extent, but then you see some of the crazy blood and gore these creatures dish out and it's something else entirely. It's a nice blend of quirky horror and horrific violence.

Terminal Punks is two issues in and planned to run for five issues.

Review: Terminal Punks #1

These are comics that are just getting started and there's still time to jump on board if you missed out on the first chapter. This is what's on my radar. What's on yours? Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook to let me know!

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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